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Suburban Retrofit: Theory and Practice

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    Suburban Retrofit: Theory and Practice Galina Tahchieva Wednesday, April 4, 2007 6:00pm The Little Fox Theatre, Downtown Redwood City (map) $10.00 fee payable
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 2, 2007
      Suburban Retrofit:

      Theory and Practice

      Galina Tahchieva

      Wednesday, April 4, 2007


      The Little
      Fox Theatre, Downtown
      Redwood City (map)

      $10.00 fee payable at door


      of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) in Miami, FL,
      GALINA TAHCHIEVA, will be speaking at
      "The Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing Conversation on City
      Design" on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2007,
      from 6:00 - 7:45pm! Don't miss this insightful presentation on

      Many communities are faced with the possibility of failed
      shopping centers, strip malls, or office parks. How can these
      failures be
      retrofitted into productive, environmentally sensitive, elements of
      community? The Suburban Retrofit planning technique, which modifies
      suburban developments into mixed-use, sustainable environments, is
      one of the
      New Urbanists' pragmatic approaches to the environmentally and
      dysfunctional elements of suburban sprawl.

      Using several DPZ
      projects as case studies, this lecture introduces the concept of the
      Retrofit on all urban scales, including regional, neighborhood,
      block, and
      street. Among Ms. Tahchieva's case studies will be the exciting
      of the first strip shopping center retrofit; a retrofit of a shopping
      mall into
      a town center; and the transformation of an office park into a mixed-
      use urban

      About Galina Tahchieva

      Tahchieva, who is widely regarded as Andrés Duany and Liz Plater-
      "right-hand," joined DPZ as a project manager in 1993. She holds a
      master's degree in urban planning from the University of Miami,
      and a master's degree in architecture from the University
      of Architecture and Civil Engineering
      in Sofia ,
      Bulgaria . Ms. Tahchieva is a member
      of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is certified as a LEED-

      collaborated with Andrés Duany on a number of books, including The
      New Civic
      Art and the forthcoming The Technique of Urban Design in the Practice
      Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Ms. Tahchieva is an expert on the most
      advanced techniques of traditional urban design. Her extensive hands-
      experience with projects at DPZ has further contributed to her
      knowledge of
      successful urban developments. Ongoing projects that she is currently
      managing include new neighborhoods and towns in Florida ,
      Alabama , Georgia ,
      New York , New Jersey
      and Texas , a regional plan in
      Florida , and downtown master-plans in Florida
      and Louisiana .
      She also leads projects in Europe, managing the design of new towns in
      Scotland and Spain ,
      and introducing New Urbanist ideas to Eastern Europe through work on
      a new town
      in Bulgaria .

      About DPZ

      Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) is a leader in the New Urbanist
      which seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. The firm
      first received international recognition for its design of
      Seaside , Florida ,
      and has since completed designs for over 250 new towns, regional
      plans, and
      community revitalization projects. This work has exerted a major
      influence on the practice and direction of urban planning in the
      United States .

      firm's method of integrating master plans with project-specific design
      codes and regulations is currently being applied to sites ranging
      from 10 to
      over 500,000 acres throughout the United States
      and abroad; in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and
      Australia .
      DPZ has received numerous awards, including two State of Florida
      Governor's Urban Design Awards for

      About The Forum

      Forum at Redwood City
      is held on the first Wednesday of each month, from October through
      Communities By Design (CBD), a local nonprofit, and the City of
      Redwood City jointly
      produce the Forum, with assistance from Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc.
      The fee for the Forum is $10 (payable at the door, checks or cash).
      The Forum
      is held at the Little Fox Theatre, located at 2209 Broadway in
      Redwood City (map). Doors open at 5:30pm. (Please note that due to
      regulations, attendance at the Little Fox Theatre is limited to
      persons over
      21.) The presentation and discussion is followed by an optional, no-
      host dinner
      at a nearby restaurant in downtown Redwood
      City . A flier for the event is attached.

      For those arriving by car, there is plenty of parking available
      within a
      comfortable walk of the Little Fox (Click here
      for parking information). Transit is also a
      great option, as the Little Fox is also only 2 blocks from the
      Redwood City
      Caltrain Station. For Caltrain schedule information, click here. You
      may also click here for a map of the area.

      If you
      need any additional information, please contact Dan Zack at the City
      Redwood City at (650)
      780-7363 or dzack@....

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      Please join us on April 4th!

      "Really good
      downtowns are congested. Stop worrying about it and pray for it."

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