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Traditional Building Conference: Boscobel, July 16-17

  • 1.  Traditional Building Conference: Boscobel, July 16-17

    Posted 06-03-2019 11:51 AM
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    • Network with architects, craftsmen, facilities managers, and suppliers
    • Earn 10+ AIA HSW learning units
    • Enjoy cocktail receptions in the historic Hudson Valley 

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    The next Traditional Building Conference will take place at Boscobel House & Gardens July 16-17, 2019. Overlooking the Hudson River, Boscobel was painstakingly restored after falling into disrepair in the 1950s. It now stands as a testament to the power of preservation and traditional building techniques. Boscobel's interiors display one of the finest collections of New York furniture from the Federal Period, including documented examples by America's most celebrated cabinet maker, Duncan Phyfe.

    Join us and enjoy exclusive access to the mansion while learning the latest in restoration, sustainability and traditional materials and methods while overlooking the tranquil Hudson Valley.

    Courses for AIA Learning Units:

    • Flood Mitigation at the Farnsworth House
    • Pre-construction Investigations and Mock-ups for Historic Preservation Projects
    • Working with a Custom Cabinet Maker
    • Boscobel House and Garden Tour
      The Restoration of Jefferson's Rotunda
    • Contextual Sustainability: The Child of Vitruvius and the Picturesque
    • Carbon Net Zero and Historic Communities
    • Traditional Takes: Short Presentations on Traditional Building Practice

    Click here to meet our speakers.


    Attendees will enjoy architectural walking tours and behind the scenes access to Boscobel. In the nighttime hours following the conference, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival while be joining us on Boscobel's grounds.


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    Peter Miller Hon. AIA
    Restore Media, LLC
    Washington DC

  • 2.  RE: Traditional Building Conference: Boscobel, July 16-17

    Posted 06-03-2019 02:28 PM
    Hi Peter,

    I am honored to be speaking in Traditional Building Conference at Boscobel House & Gardens. Interestingly, I will be talking about a concept that I call Contextual Sustainably originally developed during my time as a board member at CRAN, but has continued to developed since  The lecture is titled "Contextual Sustainability: The Child of Vitruvius and the Picturesque."
    The debate over traditional and modern is set forth by architects and critics tending to be territorial to their own style preferences.  Contextual Sustainability is a style-blind code to judge all architecture, traditional or modern...

    I am also trying to put together a larger one or two day symposium next year on the subject, hopefully co-sponsored by many organizations like CRAN since the concepts span so many disciplines.

    Thanks again.


    David Andreozzi AIA
    Barrington RI