Focus: Art, Community, Architecture
I found the presentation on the history of the Village of Best, presently known as Biltmore Village very interesting. The village was designed by Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted, the architect and landscape architect for the Biltmore Estate.
Enjoyed a presentation by architect Matt Frederick, author of 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School. Interesting discussion on Radical Urbanism with regards to human-scaled neighborhoods inter-woven into the social fabric, and incremental growth allowing “organic development”.
Other seminars of interest included: Integrated Project Delivery that used virtual design with (BIM) Building Information Modeling with Rivet, and also 4D simulation. Another valuable session presented Graphic Recoding with topics in innovation, creative thinking, systems thinking and mind mapping complex ideas.
One of the highlights of the conference was the keynote presentation by William Cecil and Jack Cecil, the great-grandsons of George W. Vanderbilt and present owners of The Biltmore Company and Biltmore Farms. They took us through an historic journey of the Biltmore Estate’s past as well as sharing their philosophies and vision for the future for both these unique companies that are so important to Asheville and WNC.