Discovering ways to apply traditional techniques to solve new problems is the energy that fuels Union Studio. We share, listen, gather resources and study precedents on a daily basis. Members of our staff have been rewarded with invitations to join conversations across the country in the form of “how-to” presentations, panel discussions, and articles. Please feel free to contact us with ideas for future speaking engagements.
May 19, 2016
“Seasonal Resort Zoning: Taking a Concept From the Past and Creating a New Future” – Douglas Kallfelz with Robert L Brennan Jr. (Brennan Law and Heritage Sands Inc.) and Daniel Fortier, AICP (Town Planner, Town of Dennis). Heritage Sands is the culmination of a planning process that was designed to create a new future for the traditional Cape Cod Cottage Colony. The session will take you through the conceptual process for crafting the Dennis Seasonal Resort Community Zoning, gaining public support for a concept that had been opposed for the preceding 40 years, through the construction of Heritage Sands. Heritage Sands stands as a shining example of bringing a vision to fruition.
April 29, 2016
“Rebooting Small-Town New England” – Donald Powers with Hunter Foote (Bellus Real Estate), Jonathan Labonte (City of Auburn Maine / Office of the Governor of Maine), and Ivy Vann (New Hampshire House of Representatives). Panelists discuss the striking differences in the economic issues facing the different communities in New England. While cities in the urban core deal with a surge in population growth, many parts of our region are dis-incorporating because of population decline. What is the future of small-town New England?
April 10 - 13, 2016
“Imagined Adaptations” – Douglas Kallfelz, Stephanie Zurek, and BCA, Inc. present a case study of resiliency measures for an 18th-c. Newport house and neighborhood. The Keeping History Above Water conference will be one of the first national conversations to focus on the increasing and varied risks posed by sea level rise to historic coastal communities and their built environments. Register and learn more.
July 17th, 2014
“Traditional Building in a Modern World” – Donald Powers examines the friction between “modernism” and “tradition” with the goal of helping to bridge this unnecessary and unproductive divide within the architectural community. He’ll trace the coexistence of traditional and modern “before the ‘ism'” by looking at influential architecture from the early 20th century — a significant era when modern ideas and technique informed tradition, and vice versa. Examples of current architecture will show how, with the absence of doctrine, modern design principles have been added beautifully to the collective, time-tested knowledge and technique that we call tradition. For more information and to register, click here.
October 28, 2013
“Transforming Kennedy Plaza” – Donald Powers presents the 2013 re-visioning process that resulted in a dynamic plan to revitalize Downtown Providence’s central transit hub and civic plaza. For more information and to register, click here.
October 18, 2013
“Having It All: Combining Affordable Housing, Historic Preservation, Infill Development and Neighborhood Character to Create Strong Economies for Future Generations” – This workshop explores the challenge of creating affordable housing in historic New England communities with dense downtown neighborhoods. Examples to be explored include Newburyport Massachusetts and the Smith Hill section of Providence. Find out how non-profit make it work with affordable tax credits and partnerships with for-profit real estate developers. Paul Attemann (Union Studio) with Judith Tymon (Town of North Andover, MA), John Feehan (YWCA Greater Newburyport), Lou Russo (L.D. Russo, Inc.), Andrew Sidford (Sidford Architects). Click here for more information.
May 29, 2013
“Urban Design: The Architecture of Affordability” – Practicing in the “new economy” is teaching us how to uphold the principles of New Urbanism while developing communities with an eye toward making affordability more main stream. Architects and developers share their experience with affordable housing: Don Powers with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (Duany Plater-Zyberk), Steve Maun & Giovanni Palladino (Leyland Alliance), Hana Eskra (Gorman & Company), Alexander Gorlin (Alexander Gorlin Architects) and Michael Watkins (Michael Watkins Architects). Click here to learn more.
March 22, 2013
“Design Principles for Solar Homes” – Donald Powers and Joe Haskett discuss how solar design options differ depending on home siting, as well as how to maximize the use of solar energy to heat the home, heat domestic hot water and generate electricity. Click here for more information.
January 22, 2013
“Solutions to Maximize Solar Opportunities” – Donald Powers with Christopher Grady (KEPHART) and C.H. Herro (Meritage Homes). Click here for more information.
November 15, 2012
“Intentional Communities: History & New Applications for Clustered Development” – Douglas Kallfelz with Robert Brennan Jr. (BDLWT&G, Inc) and Michael Watkins (Michael Watkins Architect, LLC). Click here for more information.
October 17-19, 2012
“Innovating Community Design and Mass Market Housing” – Donald Powers with David Dixon, FAIA (Goody Clancy), Bryan Bell, AIA (Design Corps), John Brown, FRAIC (housebrand), Adele Chang, AIA (Lim Chang Rohling & Assoc.) and Brian Phillips, AIA, LEED AP (Interface Studio Architects).
“Deconstructing the Mass Appeal and Continued Relevance of Traditional Architecture“- Donald Powers with Gary Brewer, AIA (Robert A.M. Stern Architects), Stuart Cohen, FAIA and Julie Hacker, FAIA (Cohen & Hacker). Click here for more information.
September 20, 2012
“Context-Based Zoning and Other Innovative Tools” – Donald Powers with Ted Brovitz (Howard/Stein Hudson), George Proakis, AICP (City of Sommerville, MA), and Matthew Lawlor (Robinson & Cole, LLP). Click here for more information.
June 13-14, 2012
“Cottage Housing & Innovative Zoning” – Donald Powers with Dan Gainsboro (Genesis Planners), Marcia Rasmussen (Director of Planning, Concord, MA), and Edward Marchant (Moderator).
May 9-12, 2012
“The Real Deal: Implemented Incremental Urbanism” – Donald Powers with Linda Pruitt (The Cottage Company), Rob Sharpe (Architect), and Sarah Lewis (Ferrell Madden Lewis). To view the slideshow, click below (Donald’s presentation begins at 0:25:23, with a discussion of Trinity Place at 0:28:00 and Cottages on Greene at 0:36:00).
April 21, 2012
“Boston: Developing Emerging Neighborhood Districts” – Donald Powers with Dan Gainsboro (NOW Communities) – project tour of Concord Riverwalk.
November 16-18, 2011
“Principles of Compact Cottage Court Development” – Donald Powers with Jonathan Ford (Morris Beacon Design), Dan Gainsboro (Genesis Planners), and Lenny Iannuccilli (RE/MAX)
“Form-Based Codes: A Status Report from New England” – Donald Powers with Ted Brovitz (TBB Inc.), Matthew Lawler (Robinson & Cole LLP), and George Proakis (City of Somerville, MA)
October 28, 2011
“Utopias: A Conversation” (a panel discussion responding to the David Winton Bell Gallery exhibition Building Expectation: Past & Present Visions of the Architectural Future) – Donald Powers with Omur Harmansah (Joukowsky Inst. for Archaeology), Dietrich Neumann (Dept. of the History of Art & Architecture) and Nathaniel Robert Walker (Exhibition Curator)
October 26, 2011 & October 12, 2011
“Planning and Designing Successful Mixed-Use Centers” – Donald Powers (for Grow Smart Rhode Island) with Steve Cecil (The Cecil Group)
March 17-18, 2011
“Sustainable Opportunities Across the Transect” – Douglas Kallfelz
January 19, 2011
Douglas Kallfelz with Boyce Thompson (Builder Magazine), Albert Cummings & Craig Curtis (Miller Hull Partnership)
June 10-14, 2009
“The Details of the New Urbanism: From Curb to Cupola, The New Paradigm” – Donald Powers with Louis Marquet (Leyland Alliance LLC), Michael Watkins, John Anderson (Anderson Kim), Roger Wood (East Beach Co.), Steve Maun (Leyland Alliance LLC), and Giovanni Palladino (Leyland Alliance LLC)
December 7-10, 2009
“Smart Streets for Smart Growth: Rethinking Green Infrastructure in Cities and Towns” – Douglas Kallfelz with Andrew Lavallee (EDAW) and Shaun O’Rourke (EDAW AECOM)
“Great Houses for Great Neighborhoods” – Donald Powers and Douglas Kallfelz
March 13-15, 2008
“Classical and Vernacular Traditions in American Architecture” – Donald Powers
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