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Preservation for People

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TKWA Partner Chris Socha will use the story of Walker’s Point to discuss the community and environmental benefits of reusing old buildings.

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The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance is very excited to present our Fall virtual lunch and learn program in partnership with The Kubala Washatko Architects (TKWA) - Preservation for People: Adaptive Reuse, Sustainability, and Neighborhood Character in Walker’s Point!

Many of us feel intuitively that older buildings and neighborhoods are more interesting places to live, work, and play. But did you know they're also incredibly environmentally friendly? And what is it about places like Walker's Point that are rich in historic character and walkability that make them so appealing? Is it possible for that somewhat magical sense of place to be eroded or even lost?

TKWA Partner Chris Socha will use the story of Walker's Point as a springboard to talk about the far-reaching benefits of reusing existing buildings, including a lower carbon footprint and the retention of the neighborhood character that makes older and historic places so lively and appealing.

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Login instructions to view the program on Zoom will be provided to registrants prior to the event and will also be posted on the Eventbrite Online Event Page on October 27.

About Milwaukee Preservation Alliance

Milwaukee Preservation Alliance promotes stewardship and awareness of the historic, cultural, and economic value of Milwaukee’s built heritage. We aim to strengthen Milwaukee’s neighborhoods by advocating for preservation in order to foster a strong and vibrant community. Through advocacy and education, MPA is making preservation mainstream in Milwaukee by demonstrating to residents, business owners, and building owners the link between historic preservation and viable economic development.

About The Kubala Washatko Architects

Award-winning architecture, urban planning, and interior design studio TKWA has a proud track record of rehabilitating older, character-filled buildings into vibrant, environmentally-friendly contributors to local communities, including their headquarters in what was an abandoned power plant in Cedarburg. In 2017, TKWA opened their Urban Lab on S. 5th St. in Milwaukee's Walker's Point. This creative space is housed within a modest, yet highly visible and accessible, storefront within a larger redevelopment of an existing industrial warehouse.

About Chris Socha

Architect and prominent urban Milwaukee advocate, Chris Socha leads TKWA UrbanLab. This new venture is focused on supporting ongoing community efforts in making downtown Milwaukee a more vibrant urban center. The studio’s physical presence in the City allows TKWA to provide an active voice in shaping the future of Milwaukee at a time of dynamic change and growth in the downtown. A generalist in practice, Chris works to ensure that the built environment contributes to an active and livable public realm.

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