Monday, September 3, 2012

Building Community Vision

If your calendar is open at lunch this coming Friday, September 7, plan on attending the inaugural City Club of Eugene meeting for 2012-13. The meeting will feature a presentation of the winners of the 24th annual AIA-Southwestern Oregon People's Choice Awards, as well as attempt to answer the question why good design should matter to our community. Voting for the People's Choice Awards took place during last month's Eugene Celebration.

For those unfamiliar with City Club, its mission is to “build community vision through open inquiry.” The Club explores a wide range of significant local, state, and national issues and helps to formulate new approaches and solutions to problems. Club members have a direct influence on public policy by discussing issues of concern with elected officials and other policy makers. Membership is open to all.

Given City Club’s mission, its regular Friday forums are a natural fit for the promotion of design excellence. Accordingly, AIA-SWO and Architects Building Community (ABC) recognize the value of forging a cooperative and lasting relationship with City Club. 

In addition to the announcement of the People’s Choice Award winners, Mayor Kitty Piercy will announce her three favorite projects of the past year, winners of the Mayor’s Choice Award.  

Rounding out the program will be a panel discussion about how well-designed buildings improve the lives of everyone. The scheduled panelists are: Michael Fifield, FAIA, interim head of the UO’s Department of Architecture; Robin Hostick, urban planner for the City of Eugene; and Kaarin Knudsen, Associate AIA from Rowell Brokaw Architects. Following the panel's discussion will be City Club's famously robust Q & A period. 

City Club meets at noon for lunch on the top floor of the Eugene Hilton. City Club is offering AIA members the same rate that its own members enjoy: $14 for lunch or beverage and dessert for $5. Guest/Gallery admission is $5 (free for City Club members). 

If you can't make the meeting, listen to it on KLCC (89.7 FM) next Monday evening at 6:30 PM.

What: City Club of Eugene meeting: 24th ANNUAL PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS…And Why it Matters to People Like You

When: Friday, September 7, 2012  11:50 am to 1:30 pm

Where: Eugene Hilton, 12th Floor Vistas Ballroom, 66 East 6th Avenue in downtown Eugene

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