Learning how to save energy and promote sustainability while still preserving historic architecture is the focus of “Restore Jacksonville,” a conference this week at the Main Library Conference Center.
Hosted by the Historic Preservation Section of the City’s Planning and Development Department and Riverside Avondale Preservation, the conference is designed for contractors, architects, energy consultants and homeowners who want to learn techniques to conserve energy as well as how to avoid running afoul of zoning regulations and the permitting process.
Senior Historic Preservation Planner Lisa Sheppard said the agenda was designed with an emphasis on sustainability and education.
It’s intended for professionals and those who are new to the preservation culture.
“We want to get everybody on the same page when it comes to historic preservation,” she said.
Presenters include Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C-based economic development and historic preservation consulting firm; Steve Thomas, former host of “This Old House” on PBS; Steve Mouzon, founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism; and local historian and author Wayne Wood.
The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission will present its annual awards at 6 p.m. Thursday. Twenty-two projects, publications and individuals will be recognized, including the restoration of Friendship Park and Fountain on the Southbank.
On the schedule Sunday are guided tours of historic buildings Downtown and neighborhood sustainability projects.
The conference is sponsored by the City and through grant funding from U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Historic Preservation and the Florida Historical Commission.
For the complete schedule of seminars and classes and registration information, visit restorejacksonville.com.
“Message in a Bottle: Wall of Light” debuted at First Wednesday Art Walk.
Created by artist Doug Eng, the installation is a collection of more than 15,000 water, juice and sports drink bottles containing personal messages of gratitude from North Florida residents for military personnel deployed overseas.
The lighted structure is comprised of 28 36-square-foot panels that stretch 170 feet through Main Street Park near the Main Library.
The most prevalent words used in the messages are “love” (4,384), “hope” (3,033), “peace” (2,918), “faith” (1,718) and “courage” (1,631).
The wall will be part of Downtown’s décor for the May 25-27 Jacksonville Jazz Festival. After the installation is removed, it will become part of Eng’s collection.
All of the messages in the bottles are posted on the project’s website at messageinabottlejax.com.
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