Pre-Conference Opportunities: Segway Tours and Workshop

Raleigh Center City Segway Tours by Triangle Glides presented by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Thursday, March 17 | 2 to 3:30pm
321 S. Blount Street, 27601 (City Market)

($45 registration fee)

FULLY NARRATED SEGWAY TOURS will get you up close to Raleigh’s fascinating points of interest. Unlike a walking tour, you’ll cover much more ground as you “glide” from place to place. Training, helmets, and a wireless audio pack provided. No Segway experience is necessary. All tours include Segway rider training.


Bridging the Gap Between History and Possibility
Thursday, March 17 | 6:00 to 7:00 pm
230 Fayetteville Street, 2nd Floor (The Stockroom at 230)
Raleigh, NC 27601

(FREE and open to the public)
Lecture presented by City of Raleigh Appearance Commission and Raleigh Historic Development Commission

Presenter: Burt Pinnock, AIA, Principal, Baskervill

Beckoning cobblestone streets, award-winning restaurants, shops and a thriving nightlife; Historic Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, VA has a lot of offer the local community. The controversy, however, lies in its past. In the late 19th century, Shockoe Bottom played a major role in the American Civil War and served as the second largest slave trading center in the country; the main driver of Richmond’s economy at the time.

In 2011, the city installed 17 Slave Trail markers throughout Shockoe Bottom. The walking trail chronicles the history of the slave trade in the city and includes landmarks such as Lumpkin’s Slave Jail and the site of the first African American Baptist Church. Now, with plans to expand mixed use development in the area, including the Lumpkins site, some are excited at the possibility of transformation and new opportunity, while others contend that such projects should not be taking place on, what many believe to be, sacred ground.

In this presentation, Burt Pinnock, AIA, will explore how the evolving legacy of Shockoe Bottom affects the people, places and practices of the city. He will also address how designers can work with the public to make these types of places accessible to a wide range of visitors. As the lead architect for a number of culturally significant projects in Richmond, including the transformation of the new Black History Museum and 17th Street Market Renovations planned for 2017, Mr. Pinnock seeks to explore the intricacies behind this highly polarizing debate that pits historic preservation against urban renewal, while illustrating how a design vision can bridge the gap between past and present.