Traditional Building Conference

Previous Events: Chicago 2010

Chicago 2010 Conference Schedule:
Wednesday, October 20
Thursday, October 21
Friday, October 22
Saturday, October 23
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Sixty education sessions including seminars, workshops, craftsmanship demonstrations and architectural tours plus the ever popular Traditional Building Design Challenge drew 2,500 from around the world to the annual Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference in Chicago.

“Our attendees are looking for solutions and networking for new business,” said education Director Judy Hayward. Attendance for education sessions was up slightly over last year’s conference in Baltimore while exhibit hall traffic was slightly down. “Continuing Education Credits continue to be an important motivation for attendees, architects could earn 24 Learning Units here,” according to Hayward.

Popular sessions included the “Cast Iron Workshop”, presented by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Preservation Technology International; the “Palladio Awards”; “Masonry and Moisture Problems and Solutions;” and the keynote address: “Greener at the Grassroots.” This years winner of the Clem Labine Prize, Steven Semes delivered an important lecture called “The Future of the Past: a Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism and Historic Preservation,” which discussed sympathetic additions to historic buildings. Mr. Semes has written a book with the same name.

Seminars which discussed the intersection of historic preservation and sustainable development were also popular. Traditional building professionals continue to collect data on the inherent energy efficiency of older (historic) buildings so that recycling these buildings is a universally accepted “green building practice.” Seminars on the adaptive reuse of historic and existing buildings were very well attended.

The Exhibition Hall presented over 100 beautiful, sustainable, durable, custom made, period authentic building product types including antique wood flooring; decorative hardware; kitchen cabinets; roofing; siding; windows; doors; cast iron; cast stone; ceramic tile and fine paint. “Attendance was steady, not overwhelming, but we got some very high quality sales leads,” said one happy exhibitor who summed it up for most.

The annual AIBD Traditional Design Challenge competition created exciting buzz on the exhibit floor as five design teams toiled for two days hand drawing a building design for an infill project in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of south Chicago. The Design Challenge winner was Hibler Group/Andrews University.

Design Award winners for the annual Palladio Design Awards Program were recognized at a dinner Thursday evening at the historic Cliff Dwellers Club. Residential and non residential projects were singled out in eight different categories for traditional design excellence.

The Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference is produced by Restore Media LLC, an information company dedicated to the $170 billion historic restoration, renovation and traditionally inspired new construction market. Restore Media also publishes Clem Labine’s TRADITIONAL BUILDING and PERIOD HOMES magazines as well as fifty two e newsletters; eight web sites and quarterly web seminars.


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