You’ve got to hurry a bit, but there’s still time to make it to the 2012 AIAS West Quad Conference in Spokane, hosted by the Washington State University Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students, happening from March 29 through April 1. The theme of the Meeting is “Preserving Identities,” and to crib a bit from the official website:
Between the hustle and bustle of a place are the elements that define it: character…culture… environment…and architecture. These elements coalesce to give a place (a city) its identity.
As cities grow and transform, cultures evolve, community needs change, and buildings may become obsolete. Is it possible to bring all of it along and leave nothing behind? Can new life be breathed into old buildings about to fade away? Can cultural memories become interwoven into the identity of a place moving forward?
The Spring 2012 AIAS West Quad Conference, “Preserving Identities,” will establish an educational dialogue on historic preservation and adaptive re-use issues ranging from design to construction to ownership. It will examine preservation and adaptive re-use as a sustainable way leading into the future and also explore the preservation and embodiment of present day cultures and identities of local communities into future works of architecture.
For more information and registration go to http://www.spokane2012.com/about.html