Morgan's Brain

Sep. 2, 2009 at 1:00am

Conversations RE:Tacoma Lecture Series Tickets Now Available!

I am happy to be associated with some wonderful civic-minded people who have rallied together to create a conversation series on a topic near and dear to our hearts: Tacoma.

The theme for the series this year is "The City, The Neighborhood, The Building" with each of the three conversations zooming in from the wide to a close up view of what makes our city tick - or not tick as the case may be.

The brain trust assembled for this grass-roots organized event is truly staggering!

In a couple weeks, on September 17th, the discussion will be about Urban Tacoma's Recent Past and will feature David Allen, Developer; Bruno Freschi, Architect; Michael Sullivan, Historian; Moderator, David Nicandri, Director, Washington State History Museum.

On October 22nd, Eric O. Jacobsen, Urbanist (not to be confused with Erik, FeedTacoma's Urbanist!) and Jim Diers, Lecturer, University of Washington will talk about Creating Vibrant Communities. I went through Jim's Community Development course last Fall/Winter and am  looking forward to his always enthusiastic and insightful presentation.

Then, on November 12th, we get a behind the scenes perspective on what it took to create the Center for Urban Waters with Jim Parvey, PE, LEED AP; Dan Seng, AIA LEED AP, CDT; Tom Fitzsimmons, COO; Clare Petrich President of the Port of Tacoma Commission, Jim Goldman, LEED AP; Moderator J.J. McCament, Executive Director, Urban Waters Board.

A lot of people put a lot of hours into organizing this series - an I am so thankful they did. Tacoma needs more real world discussions like this! (not that there's anything wrong with the Feed!)

Besides, how often do you see lecture series take place at a hip lounge like the New Frontier?!

For more details and to locate tickets, visit Conversations RE: Tacoma.

comments [6]  |  posted under tacoma


by Erik on 9/1/2009 @ 9:44pm
Very cool. Great line up of people. Jim Diers is an inspiring speaker.

by Ben Ferguson on 9/2/2009 @ 9:52am
I'm going! I hope to see and meet many of you there.

by morgan on 9/14/2009 @ 11:08pm
ACK! The first of the series is this Thursday. Get your ticket RIGHT NOW and save BIG! Follow above link.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/14/2009 @ 11:24pm
I have to work Thursday night :(

by boearc on 9/15/2009 @ 11:25am
Sorry to miss the lecture - but listen for the singing on the bridge of glass penetrating the auditorium with music.

And can someone please ask a question for me to David Nicandri: "When are you going to Free the Chihuly Bridge?"
It is not longer funny and ironic to see folks being fooled by the fence and turning away from entering or exiting the bridge.

And if the worry is about potential vehicles damaging the 'roof' of the auditorium below - how did the car get to the roof of the Museum of Glass for the ad campain this past year?

by morgan on 9/24/2009 @ 6:28am
I was SO close to asking your question David. Not to Nicandri - I've already done that - but to Bruno Freschi. He had mentioned several times how important it is to keep new buildings on Pacific relate to the street.

As it happens, the TNT's Peter Callaghan was at the lecture too and had this to say:

The next lecture "The Neighborhood: Creating Vibrant Communities" should be a good one too. It's going to be at the New Frontier and will most likely sell out: