Free Fall Forums on Fridays

The remaining schedule of Free Forums, held Fridays in the Poe Room on the second floor of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Branch are as follows:

David Sides, Project Manager, Center for Geographic Information Sciences at Towson University

Friday, October 8

Through much of its three decades-plus existence, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology has been primarily associated with a variety of Governmental support functions such as transportation, planning, emergency response and natural resource management. Recent years have seen a rapid expansion in the ways GIS is adopted and applied to share geographic information among many new users. Organizations increasingly recognize GIS as an intuitive portal through which to access data and manage processes. Web and mobile communications, personal navigation devices, and Google Earth “mashups” are making maps and the underlying GIS that enable them near-ubiquitous. Mr. Sides will discuss the principles of GIS, present some examples of Center for GIS projects, and share some resources for taking advantage of GIS data and tools.

Peter Doo, AIA, LEED AP

Friday, October 15

Peter Doo, AIA, LEED AP, founding partner of Doo Consulting will discuss the newly adopted Baltimore Green Building Standards which went into effect in September.  The BCGBS is one of the nation’s first and most comprehensive standards for sustainability.

Janet Felsten, Baltimore Green Mapmaker

Friday, October 22

Janet Felsten, Founder and Director of the Baltimore Green Map, which uses mapping as a tool to document, promote and advocate for a sustainable city. Through outreach activities, the project encourages the discovery, use and stewardship of the Baltimore region’s natural, cultural and green living resources for city residents and visitors alike. The maps reflect the cumulative power of many small actions toward building a healthy urban environment for the benefit of all.

Mahan Rykiel on the Downtown Baltimore Open Space Master Plan

Friday, October 29

A discussion led by the design team selected to direct the Downtown Baltimore Open Space Master Plan.  The goal is to create a plan that incorporates the preservation and enhancement of existing parks and open spaces and recommends creating new opportunities that together establish a viable open space network for its downtown area.

The public is invited to bring their lunches to the Poe Room on the second floor of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Branch, for lectures about Baltimore’s built environment. All Forum sessions are free, and open to the public.  For more information, please call Tracey Clark at 410-539-7772.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch :: Poe Room, 2nd Floor
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Launched in 1987 by AIA Baltimore, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation is a non-profit, educational, public-oriented outreach organization. The Foundation is a member-based organization with a 26-member board of directors drawn from the architectural, business, and cultural communities. The Foundation today focuses its attention and energies on helping to promote an understanding of and an appreciation for Baltimore’s built environment—it does this through walking tours, lectures, public programs, and an architecture-in-the-schools program. The Foundation is also actively engaged in researching the early architectural firms and practitioners of architecture in Baltimore.