Preservation Research Office is pleased to be one of the sponsors of Open/Closed: Exploring Vacant Property in St. Louis, the second annual St. Louis vacant property conference. This year’s conference offers a multi-day schedule that includes panel discussions, workshops, film screenings and activities in north city’s O’Fallon neighborhood.
Last year’s conference laid the groundwork of awareness of how vacancy affect St. Louis’ neighborhood quality of life, our sense of place and our economy. This year Open/Closed examines strategies of intervention that can transform vacant property into cultural and economic assets — including managed decline, historic preservation, landbanking, redevelopment, agriculture and arts programming.
Here’s the schedule at a glance:
Wednesday, April 18
Spanish Lake Premiere Screening
7:30 p.m., Location TBA
Thursday, April 19
Assembly Required: The Making and Remaking of St Louis
7:00 p.m., 2900 Sidney Street
Friday, April 20
DETROPIA Screening and Discussion
6:30 p.m., Soldiers’ Memorial
Saturday, April 21
Main Conference: Panels, Discussions and Keynote by Jay Williams
9:00 a.m., The Sanctuary, Red Bud at Rosalie avenues
Monday, April 23
Battle for Brooklyn Screening and Discussion
7:30 p.m., The Luminary Center, 4900 Reber Place
Check out the full schedule online: openclosedstl.org.