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AIAD 2014 Annual Meeting and Elections

By-Laws: Section 3 - Election Publications

A. The Chapter shall publish a notice to the entire membership at least 20 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The notice shall restate the date, time and location for the meeting, list the nominations, shall provide background on the nominees, and shall give instructions for absentee ballot voting if there are contested positions.

AIA DETROIT ANNUAL MEETING

Date: November 12, 2014
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Detroit Golf Club
(17911 Hamilton Rd, Detroit, MI 48203)

 

Absentee Ballot Instructions

AIA Licensed Architects and Associate members may request an absentee ballot from the date of this announcement (10/24/2014) up to a week before the Annual Meeting (11/5/2014).  Ballots can be requested by contacting Lauren Myrand at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Absentee ballots must be submitted by close of business day, November 12th.

2014 Board Nominations (*denotes contested position)

Vice President
Robert Hoida
 
 
 
Treasurer
Kim Montague
 
 
 
Michigan Director*
Fred Butters
Amy Deines
Dima Daimi
Kristina Glusac
Detroit Director
Theo Pappas 
 
 
 
Associate Director
Chandra Moore
 
 
 
Affiliate Director
Aimee Zoyes
 
 
 

Candidate Profiles

We have asked all of the candidates to provide some background on themselves while running for a position.  We hope you take the time to get read about the candidates before voting!  Remember, you can vote via absentee ballot (can be requested up through Wednesday, November 5th), or in person at the Annual Meeting on November 12th.
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2015 AIAD Board Nominees

Nominee Statements of Intent

We have asked all of the candidates to provide some background on themselves while running for a position.  Below are their statements explaining their intentions for serving on the AIA Detroit Board.  We hope you take the time to read about the candidates before voting!  Remember, you can vote via absentee ballot (can be requested up through Wednesday, November 5th by emailing Lauren), or in person at the Annual Meeting on November 12th.
 
 

Guest commentary: Listen to the people turn unused land into upbeat plans

This is the first of an occasional series of guest columns about the challenges that Detroit's vacant land poses and strategies to find uses for it.

Jazz, Motown, pop, rock, techno, hip hop -- it goes without saying that Detroit has a rich music history. Our music has always reflected our great city. Perhaps now our great city can reflect a piece of our music. We need a little syncopation.

In music, syncopation means to take weak, less dominant musical notes, and make them stronger. In Detroit, something akin to this process has been happening organically over several decades.

As the vibrant economy of the mid-20th Century has been weakening, new forces of change have emerged -- residents, churches, community associations, nonprofits and others have taken it upon themselves to start shifting us away from the status quo.

Through the process of Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning, we can work together to guide the shift to become a city that works better for our entire community. We can create a syncopated Detroit that will amplify the weaker notes, giving them room to grow, and reinforce a new balanced city that builds on our greatest asset, the people of Detroit.

When it comes to land use, the single family home and the large industrial site were the dominant urban notes of 20th Century Detroit. We already know that with the losses in population and industry, these land uses have given way to vacancy. Surveys suggest that there are approximately 20 to 40 square miles of undesignated open space (i.e., vacant land and buildings) within Detroit's 139 square miles. This range spans almost the size of Manhattan (22.9 square miles) to nearly the size of San Francisco (46.9 square miles).

The question has always been: What do we do with this land? DWP Long Term Planning suggests we need to analyze data, but also look to Detroiters for guidance. For years, they have been creatively using this land like a musician composes a song. They have been taking the weaker notes that exist in our city and making them stronger by transforming them into the sites for community spaces, festivals, art parks, rain water collection, markets and urban gardens and farms. For example, the residents of Brightmoor transformed a one-story single family home into a stage for an outdoor theater.

All land has value -- social value and cultural value, in addition to economic value. Throughout the city of Detroit, people are innovatively using the vacant land and illustrating it as an asset versus a liability. They are creating productive landscapes -- spaces that engage the public while also enabling a diverse economy of products and services.

The result is a new land use where something is made, a service is provided, the environment is healed, jobs are created, and people have a place to play.

 

Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning wants to strategically take these emerging notes and make them stronger and, in turn, build a 21st Century equitable and ecological city for all people -- a richer Detroit for Detroiters.

Dan Pitera is executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy and the Detroit Works Project's Long Term Planning Civic Engagement Lead.

Full Article Compliments of The Detroit Free Press Here: http://www.freep.com/article/20120401/OPINION05/204010483/Guest-commentary-?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Opinion|s

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