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RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

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Pawtucket: what's it like?...find out at the RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in PAWTUCKET on Sat., April 14. The conference is a great chance to walk and talk Pawtucket all day long. Walking tours will stroll Downtown, the Exchange St historic district, and Pawtucket hydroelectric facilities past, present, and future. Bus tours will visit Pawtucket industrial sites, 20th-century landmarks, and Oak Hill. Plus there's a tour of East Prov industrial sites, but if you wanted the opportunity to visit a bonbon factory in Central Falls, that tour is SOLD OUT.

Also, there's a Pawtucket Forum (catch up on train station and trash transfer developments), a Pawtucket KleenUp, Pawtucket food from the Exchange St. Cafe, and several sessions and the closing reception at The Grant. Eltron and J are hosting a panel at The Grant on renovating old buildings as incubator spaces.

The main theme for the conference, besides Pawtucket, is "Something Old, Something Green," as we look at the exchange between historic preservation and environmental sustainability. But I just wanted to make sure that the Pawtucket Patriots out there knew that the conference is a big showcase for Pawtucket.

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I'm registered! This is always a great conference and one of the better ones among statewide preservation conferences.

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I printed out the pdf and am perusing the sessions.

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I printed out the pdf and am perusing the sessions.

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Come hear J. and I wax poetic about almost losing our shirts and shoveling icy slush off of leaky roofs!

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should be a fun day!

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Got my confirmation today and I got all my first choices for conferences. :good:

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Got my confirmation today and I got all my first choices for conferences. :good:

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It's good to see this event go to a city other than Providence or Newport. Woonsocket or West Warwick would also be a good choice.

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Would love to do West Warwick, but the grant funding for the conf prioritizes cities and towns with local historic districts. It can be done, however, as there have been conferences that team up a town with a LHD with one without. North Smithfield/Woonsocket; Hopkinton/Westerly. Block Island has a local historic district...hmm...

FYI last-minute registerers, the tours of Exchange St, Central Falls, and Industrial Pawtucket are SOLD OUT.

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"The greenest building is the one already built," said keynote speaker Jean Carroon.

Any feedback from the conference?

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"The greenest building is the one already built," said keynote speaker Jean Carroon.

Any feedback from the conference?

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It was awesome!

Of course, I was just glad our temporary plumbing held out, but having 400 people in the building was great to say the least. Good job all around!

All of the feedback I heard was enthusiastically positive for the conference and pawtucket!

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I was waiting for a chance to download my photos from the Hydro Walking Tour, but I haven't had a chance yet. The conference was great though, the opening speaker (I forget her name off the top of my head) gave a lot to think about. And the Grant was beautiful. Glad I finally got to see it.

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Here's some photos I took on the walking tour I went on:

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How green is our architecture? As discussed at a number of the conference seminars, the recently developed system for certifying a proposed building

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How green is our architecture? As discussed at a number of the conference seminars, the recently developed system for certifying a proposed building

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Having been gone from the thread for awhile, doing my own building thing, I have to say discussions like these are fantastic. It is nice to see people thinking about these things, and while a conference seems to be the place where these ideas come out, and then rarely go anywhere else, I am glad that the jolt of energy I got from hearing such ideas at the conference can be similar to the jolt I get when reading discussions such as these. I only hope that city planners and architects are taking the same ideas as seriously as we are. I hope clients (cities, developers, homeowners) are learning how to ask the right questions in case their architect is not up to speed or willing to do the extra research to explore these new opportunities.

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Grant was a superb venue, and Pawtucket was awesome. City people, nonprofit people, for profit people, losing-shirt people...all a pleasure to work with. Thank you so much!

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(and Cotuit!)

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I must say, too, in reference to our panel, that it was a bit unnerving to have Brett from Puente, Clay Rock from Monohasett, and Anne and John from the Firehouse on a panel with us, and then Buff Chace, Steve Durkee and Joe Haskett (and Cotuit!) in the audience asking us questions... I must say, the tables were turned... in a great and unexpected way.

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RISD had made noises over the years about having an office or a person or a program devoted to architecture in the public realm, but you need a microscope, St. Anthony, and a post-graduate degree in forensics to find anything on the risd website about these programs if they even exist.

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