Creative, Adaptive Reuse at Real Cocktail Baltimore July 28

July 24, 2011

2:35 pm

The next Real Cocktail Baltimore is rapidly approaching.

The theme of the last Real Cocktail Baltimore event was eliminating blight. The theme this time is creative, adaptive reuse. We’ll approach this theme from two different angles. In the midst of a housing foreclosure tragedy, we must recognize that there are far more vacant properties than usual. This excess inventory presents great opportunities for creativity and adaptive reuse. At this event, Robert L. Steele, whose group sells the most foreclosed property in Baltimore, will discuss the market and adaptive reuse that he has seen in this environment. Looking toward the future, Michael Zebrowski will discuss his recent project. Dubbed “Lightbox“, his project addresses adaptive reuse of recycled materials, passive solar design to curb energy consumption, and local construction using local materials. He guided his team of architecture students through the process of adapting a 40-foot shipping container into a gallery and workspace using reclaimed materials. The project was featured recently at Artscape.

About the Speakers

  • Robert L. Steele retired from the Air Force after serving his country for 26 years. He became a licensed real estate agent in 1990, and began working with foreclosed property in 1995. Over the past ten years, Mr. Steele and his team have been the largest seller of bank-owned property in Maryland, and sold 694 units in 2010.
  • Michael Zebrowski came to Morgan State University after teaching in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. In addition to the recent Lightbox project, Mr. Zebrowski was involved in prefabricating an elementary school for Cayes des Jacmel, Haiti, after the disaster. The school was constructed using shipping containers from the Baltimore Harbor. Mr. Zebrowski received a BPS from State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Calling Real Estate-Focused Baltimore Startups!
We invite you to apply today to be a showcased startup, gaining additional exposure at this community event as well as online — will cover every company that participates. We’ll select a few startups to participate as our Real Estate Innovation Showcase at the event.

Please Join Us
When: Thursday, July 28, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Where:  Wyndham Peabody Court Hotel, 612 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD
What: A cocktail of real estate enthusiasts
Price: $0 online / $250 Community Sponsor

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Biffrey is a real estate investor, development activist and founder of RE-Think!: The Real Estate Think Tank (formerly Real Cocktail) based in Baltimore. RE-Think! focuses on innovation around real estate and urban planning. Get tickets for the upcoming RE-Think! "Go Green" event, September 24th. Follow Biffrey @rethink00

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