Forge: New Urban Frontiers

18:49 - 7 March, 2016
Forge: New Urban Frontiers, See Pittsburgh in a new light...
See Pittsburgh in a new light...

Carnegie Mellon University's chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) will welcome hundreds of top architecture students and young professionals to Pittsburgh for the largest Quad Conference in the organization's history. The multi-day conference will explore urban renewal through the lenses of technology, sustainability, public interest design, and the arts using Pittsburgh as a powerful example of post-industrial resilience. The conference's keynote speakers include James Ramsey of RAAD Studio and The Lowline, controversial Braddock Mayor and US Senate Candidate John Fetterman, real estate crowdfunding platform founder Eve Picker, architect and artist Dee Briggs, educator John Folan, and many

The Tower at PNC Plaza / Gensler

13:00 - 22 December, 2015
The Tower at PNC Plaza / Gensler, Courtesy of Gensler - Connie Zhou
Courtesy of Gensler - Connie Zhou
  • Architects

  • Location

    300 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Doug Gensler
  • Architectural Design Director

    Hao Ko
  • Project Director

    Lisa Adkins
  • Area

    800000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Gensler - Connie Zhou, Courtesy of Gensler - Chris Leonard

Courtesy of Gensler - Connie Zhou Courtesy of Gensler - Connie Zhou Courtesy of Gensler - Chris Leonard Courtesy of Gensler - Connie Zhou +33

BIG, West 8 + Atelier Ten Unveil Masterplan for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District

14:00 - 18 November, 2015
BIG, West 8 + Atelier Ten Unveil Masterplan for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

BIG, West 8 and Atelier Ten have revealed their masterplan design for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill district, just outside the city's downtown region. Located on the former site of Pittsburgh's Civic Arena, which was demolished in 2012 and has since left a significant hole in the city's fabric, the design will bring 1,200 residences and over 1 million square feet of retail space to the area, while reconnecting the wider Hill District with the downtown core by reinstating the city's road grid, overlaid with a series of pedestrian footpaths, public plazas and green spaces.

Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG +13

How Infrastructure Segregates Cities

18:00 - 24 July, 2015
How Infrastructure Segregates Cities, via The Washington Post
via The Washington Post

The Washington Post has published a piece looking at how infrastructure acts as a form of segregation in cities in the US. Using racial dot maps from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, they show how highways, railroads, historically uncrossable avenues, and similar urban design decisions have a huge impact on the physical isolation of different races. These types of infrastructure were also found to reinforce boundaries set by natural patterns of topography and bodies of water. Cities found to have clear infrastructural segregation include Pittsburgh, Hartford, DetroitWashington, D.C., and Milwaukee. Read the full article, here.

HAC Lab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern

19:30 - 9 June, 2015
HAC Lab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern, Newman-Schmidt Studios, Workmen installing the first aluminum panel, 1951. Gelatin silver print. Director’s Discretionary Fund.
Newman-Schmidt Studios, Workmen installing the first aluminum panel, 1951. Gelatin silver print. Director’s Discretionary Fund.

The city of Pittsburgh encountered and was transformed by modern architecture in an ambitious program of urban revitalization in the 1950s and ’60s. HAC Lab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern untangles Pittsburgh’s complicated relationship with modern architecture and urban planning. This experimental presentation at Carnegie Museum of Art’s Heinz Architectural Center includes abundant archival materials from the period, an active architecture studio, and a salon-style discussion space, unearthing layers of history and a range of perspectives.

Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism

04:00 - 27 February, 2015
Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism, Via Archive of Affinities. Image © Nils-Ole Lund
Via Archive of Affinities. Image © Nils-Ole Lund

Being such a recent movement in the international architectural discourse, the reach and significance of post-modernism can sometimes go unnoticed. In this selection, chosen by Adam Nathaniel Furman, the "incredibly rich, extensive and complex ecosystem of projects that have grown out of the initial explosion of postmodernism from the 1960s to the early 1990s" are placed side by side for our delight.

From mosques that imagine an idyllic past, via Walt Disney’s Aladdin from the 1990s, to a theatre in Moscow that turns its façade into a constructivist collage of classical scenes, "there are categories in post-modernism to be discovered, and tactics to be learned." These projects trace forms of complex stylistic figuration, from the high years of academic postmodernism, to the more popular of its forms that spread like wildfire in the latter part of the 20th century.

2014: A Great Year for Landscape Architecture

00:00 - 14 December, 2014
2014: A Great Year for Landscape Architecture, East 70th Street Garden at The Frick Collection designed by Russell Page. Image © 2014 Navid Baraty, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation
East 70th Street Garden at The Frick Collection designed by Russell Page. Image © 2014 Navid Baraty, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation

By all accounts 2014 has been a great year for landscape architecture, and not just because of the completion of the final phase of the High Line by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations. Previously published by the Huffington Post as "2014's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture," this roundup of the year by the President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation Charles A Birnbaum finds plenty of promising developments, marred only slightly by some more backward-looking descisions.

This year there was a cultural shift that saw landscape architecture and its practitioners achieve an unprecedented level of visibility and influence.

This year the single most notable development came courtesy of the New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman who wrote: "Great public places and works of landscape architecture deserve to be treated like great buildings."

Landscape architecture and architecture on equal footing. Let that sink in.

AD Classics: PPG Place / John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson

05:00 - 28 February, 2014
via Wikipedia Commons
via Wikipedia Commons

The design of PPG Place, by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, melds the notion of the modern corporate tower with a neo-gothic monument. Clad in almost a million square feet of glass manufactured by the anchor tenant PPG industries, the architects ingeniously rethought accepted practices in curtain wall design to create "the crown jewel in Pittsburgh's skyline." (1)  The 1.57 million square foot complex was one in a series of high profile corporate projects completed during Johnson's controversial foray into postmodernism.

Night view of fountain and tower. Image © Highwoods Properties 2014 Glass reflections. Image © Highwoods Properties 2014 © Flickr user nooccar Ground Level Plan +33

Center for Sustainable Landscapes / The Design Alliance Architects

01:00 - 25 April, 2013
Courtesy of Denmarsh Photography
Courtesy of Denmarsh Photography

Courtesy of Denmarsh Photography Courtesy of Denmarsh Photography Courtesy of Denmarsh Photography Courtesy of Denmarsh Photography +13

Plan Envisages Reusing Pittsburghs Industrial Past to Bring The City Closer Together

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
Plan Envisages Reusing Pittsburghs Industrial Past to Bring The City Closer Together, 43rd St District View Back Towards Pittsburgh Courtesy of Sasaki Associates
43rd St District View Back Towards Pittsburgh Courtesy of Sasaki Associates

With the advent of the High Line and the recent announcement about Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail, it's becoming clear that the 'parkway' is a powerful new force in urban planning, which has the potential to change the way cities around the world function. A new project in Pittsburgh seeks to harness these possibilities, as the city's history of industry has left its stamp upon the city in the form of a rusting industrial riverfront. A plan by Saski Associates envisages re-using this space to create a green belt, tying the city closer together. By adding pedestrian, cycling and light-rail transport routes, and creating plenty of green spaces, they hope to tap Pittsburgh's unrealized potential to be a river-front city, while encouraging geographical and social closeness amongst its communities.

More images and the architect’s description after the break…

Kaufmann Program Center / Renaissance 3 Architects

01:00 - 20 June, 2012
Kaufmann Program Center / Renaissance 3 Architects, © Ed Massery
© Ed Massery
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Client

    Hill House Association
  • General Contractor

    Massaro Corporation
  • Area

    20500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Ed Massery © Ed Massery © Ed Massery © Ed Massery +22

Portal to the Point proposal / wHY Design

13:00 - 6 November, 2011

Portal to the Point is a design project initiated to honor the completion of renovations to Pittsburgh’s most visible National Historic Landmark, Point State Park. wHY Architecture is one of five finalists selected to redefine the space beneath the Portal Bridge that leads into 36-acre park.

Continue reading for more project information and renderings.

Andrea Palladio's Works on Display

19:00 - 14 October, 2011
© Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library, V/3
© Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library, V/3

Architect Andrea Palladio’s (1508–1580) influence can be found throughout the world in monumental architectural works on both sides of the Atlantic. His Four Books on Architecture (1570) are some of the most famous and influential writings on architectural theory. The Royal Institute of British Architects Trust in conjunction with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, has organized a traveling exhibition called Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey. This display will offer up a unique opportunity to view the numerous works, drawings, and models of one of the most influential architects of the last 500 years. Hosted by the Carnegie Museum of Art in their Heinz Architectural Center, the exhibition will run from September 3-December 31, 2011.

10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods

13:00 - 13 September, 2011
Photo by David Hilowitz
Photo by David Hilowitz

USA Today has put together a list of city neighborhoods which are satiated with activity, areas which offer a “great slice of urban life.” These districts trend from the urban vicinity to its very core, each in itself exemplifying the revitalization of the American city. The list includes regions which have been influenced by deliberate urban revitalization projects, such as High Line Park in Chelsea; while other neighborhoods have experienced an influx of a younger populace which has contributed to its growth, such as Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh.

See the 10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods after the break.

In Progress: Gateway Center Station / EDGE Studio, Pfaffmann & Associates

16:04 - 1 September, 2011
© Carl Bergamini, Pfaffmann & Associates
© Carl Bergamini, Pfaffmann & Associates

Architect: EDGE Studio, Pfaffmann & Associates Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania EDGE Studio Design Team: Gary Carlough AIA, Jonathan Golli, Matt Fineout AIA, Stephen Mrdjenovich Pfaffmann & Associates Design Team: Rob Pfaffmann AIA, Carl Bergamini RA, Erik Hokanson Completion Date: 2011 Photography: Carl Bergamini, Pfaffmann & Associates

© Carl Bergamini, Pfaffmann & Associates © Carl Bergamini, Pfaffmann & Associates © Carl Bergamini, Pfaffmann & Associates © Carl Bergamini, Pfaffmann & Associates +16

Gates Center for Computer Science and Hillman Center for Future Generation Technologies / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

01:00 - 26 April, 2011
Gates Center for Computer Science and Hillman Center for Future Generation Technologies / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Core Project Team

    Mack Scogin (Principal), Merrill Elam (Principal), Lloyd Bray (Senior Project Architect),
  • Associate Architect

    Gensler
  • Project Team

    B Vithayathawornwong, Dennis Sintic, Carrie Hunsicker, Misty Boykin, Barnum Tiller, Matt Weaver, John Trefry, Margaret Fletcher, Helen Han, Ben Arenberg, Brian Bell, Francesco Giacobello, Daniel Cashen, Janna Kauss, Patrick Jones, Cayce Bean, Jeff Kemp, Anja Turowski, Bo Roberts, Matthew Leach, Gary McGaha, Ted Paxton, Britney Bagby, Jacob Coburn, Amanda Crawley, Reed Simonds
  • Local Architect

    EDGE studio
  • Landscape Architect

     Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Civil And Geotechnical Engineer

    Civil and Environmental Consultants
  • Specifications Consulting

    Collective Wisdom
  • Pausch Bridge Lighting Design

    C & C Lighting
  • Parking Consultant

    Tim Haahs
  • Geotechnical Engineer

    Construction Engineering Consultants
  • Digital Assets Manager

    CHBH
  • Cost Consultant

    Heery International
  • Hardware Consultant

    Ingersoll Rand Security and Safety
  • Facade Assessment

    Wiss, Janny, Elstner Associates
  • Construction Manager

    P. J. Dick, Incorporated
  • Surveyor

    Gateway Engineers
  • Area

    208000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Timothy Hursley, Courtesy of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

© Timothy Hursley Courtesy of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley +31

Liberty Medical Center / Front Studio Architects

01:00 - 14 January, 2011
Liberty Medical Center / Front Studio Architects, © Ed Massery
© Ed Massery
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Architects

    Front Studio Architects
  • Client

    Albanese Properties
  • Contractor

    MM Marra Construction
  • Area

    20000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Ed Massery © Ed Massery © Ed Massery +4

Glass Lofts / Front Studio Architects

01:00 - 11 January, 2011
Glass Lofts / Front Studio Architects, © Ed Massery
© Ed Massery
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Architects

    Front Studio Architects
  • Client

    Friendship Development Associates
  • Contractor

    Sota Construction Services, Inc
  • Area

    39000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Ed Massery © Ed Massery © Ed Massery © Ed Massery +11