Multidisciplinary Forum on Preservation and Sustainability To Be Held at U.Va.'s Architecture School

March 25, 2011 — The 2011 Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas Lecture will be part of a multidisciplinary forum, "Keeping Memory Green: Preservation, Sustainability, and the Built Environment." The forum will be held April 8 and 9 in the University of Virginia's Campbell Hall.

Organizers hope that "Keeping Memory Green," a collaboration of U.Va.'s School of Architecture, McIntire School of Commerce and Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, will outline a common-sense agenda leading toward a greener future, with owners of existing buildings and homes playing a significant role. The forum will focus on the transformation of New York City's Empire State Building by Malkin Properties and its president, Anthony E. Malkin, into an energy-efficient building.

Malkin will present the keynote address, "Iconic Structures and 21st Century Realities: The Case of the Empire State Building," on April 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in Campbell Hall, room 153. According to the conference organizers, it could be argued that this iconic building is now the most environmentally conscious office tower of its era. Moreover, Malkin's decision to make the process transparent provides an incentive to explore its systems and techniques for increasing the sustainability of historic buildings while preserving their service and cultural heritage.

Saturday's focus will be "Lessons Learned, Lessons Applied: Extending the Empire State Building's Process," beginning at 9 a.m. The forum will conclude at 5 p.m. All Saturday sessions will be held in Campbell Hall, room 153. The schedule:

Session One, 9-10:30 a.m.: "Lessons Learned, Broad Implications of the Empire State Building Case"

Session Two, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: "Different Scales"

Session Three, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: "Services, Energy, and Housing"

Session Four, 4:15-5 p.m.: "Next Steps: Public Policy Issues"

The Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas Lecture series was established in 2004 by John Paul C. Hanbury, who earned his bachelor's of architecture degree in 1957, and S. Michael Evans, a 1972 graduate, in conjunction with the Norfolk- based architecture design firm Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas & Co. The intention of the lectureship is to further the appreciation for historical preservation in attracting nationally prominent scholars and practitioners to provide public presentations on the subject of architecture.

The event is free and open to the public.

The forum is also co-sponsored by Slingshot LLC, U.Va.'s Brown Initiative and the Kelly-Tukey Lecture Fund at U.Va.

For information and program details visit the forum website.

— By Jane Ford

Media Contact

Ellen Cathey

School of Architecture