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

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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 ’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.

Center for Sustainable Landscapes / The Design Alliance Architects

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Architects: The Design Alliance Architects
Location: , Pennsylvania, USA
Landscape Architect: Andropogon Associates
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Denmarsh Photography

Plan Envisages Reusing Pittsburgh’s Industrial Past to Bring The City Closer Together

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With the advent of the High Line and the recent announcement about ’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

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Architects: Renaissance 3 Architects
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Client: Hill House Association
General Contractor: Massaro Corporation
Project Area: 20,500 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ed Massery

Carnegie Mellon Spring 2012 Lecture Series

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Known for drawing in a diverse background of well-known architects, Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture‘s spring 2012 lecture series began January 23rd with Jesse Seppi and concludes with Tatiana Bilbao on April 23rd. All events will take place at the Carnegie Museum complex and the series is co-sponsored by the Heinz Archiectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art. A schedule of the lecture series can be viewed after the break.

The Mobius: Portal to the Point / Weiss/Manfredi

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Our friends from Weiss/Manfredi have shared their Portal to the Point Design Ideas Exploration proposal, a project exploring the connection between city and the environment for Point State Park in the City of , .  Currently, Point State Park, which is located at the geographic epicenter of Pittsburgh, does not take advantage of its potential to bridge the city, which is built on industrial accomplishments, with the river banks of the Allegheny and the Monogahela, both of which have granted Pittsburgh a prosperous ecological history. Weiss/Manfredi’s proposal attempts to stitch the city and its river banks together with a new brigde typology, a Mobius Pathway that is “not about the singular act of connecting two disparate parts, but about the comprehensive connectivity of a larger network.”

More about the Mobius Pathway after the break.

Portal to the Point proposal / wHY Design

Portal to the Point is a design project initiated to honor the completion of renovations to ’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.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty Branch Addition and Renovation / EDGE Studio

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Architect: EDGE Studio
Location: , Pennsylvania
Project Team: Anne Chen AIA LEED AP, Jonathan Eggert AIA, Amanda Markovic, Stephen Mrdjenovich, Matthew Manzo
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ed Massery

10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods

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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

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Architect: EDGE Studio, Pfaffmann & Associates
Location: , Pennsylvania
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

Detroit: Urban Renewal and the Great Recession

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The recession that began in 2007 technically ended in 2009, but you wouldn’t know it from visiting . The capital of U.S. auto manufacturing has been hit particularly hard, and stories of its plight during the economic downturn abound. Less reported, though, are the ideas and proposals put forth to return this city to its former glory. The urban renewal projects proposed are some of the latest in a long line of design projects that attempt to bring renewed prosperity and well being to the downtrodden sections of cities throughout the world. More on urban renewal and after the break.

August Wilson Center for African American Culture / Perkins+Will

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Architect: Perkins+Will
Location: , Pennsylvania
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Civil Engineer: ATS Chester Engineers
Lighting: Studio i
Acoustics: ArupAcoustics
Project Area: 64,500 gsf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Steinkamp Photography, VEKA Marketing, Joshua Franzos Photography

Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation / EDGE Studio, Nbbj

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Architect: EDGE Studio, Nbbj
Location: , Pennsylvania
Project Team EDGE Studio: Gary Carlough AIA, Jeff King AIA, Mick McNutt AIA, Stephen Mrdjenovich
Project Team : Doug Parris AIA, A.J. Montero AIA, Kathy Kelly AIA
Project Area: 22,000sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ed Massery

Three PNC Plaza / Gensler

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Architect: Gensler
Location, , Pennsylvania
Structural Engineer: Astorino
Sustainability Consultant: Paladino & Company
Contractor: P.J. Dick
Project Area: 750,000sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Gensler

Tower at PNC Plaza / Gensler

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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., currently the sixth largest bank in the United States, is a leader in green design, currently possessing over 100 green buildings. PNC was an early adopter of sustainable design, opening its first green building in 2000. PNC and Gensler have recently announced plans to design and construct the world’s most environmentally friendly skyscraper at PNC’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, . More information and images after the break.

Gotham City’s Architecture Portrayed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Director Christopher Nolan is preparing to shoot his third and final Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” which promises to bring the events of its blockbuster predecessors full circle. The filmmaker will experience new ground with the conclusion to his trilogy by shooting a portion of the film in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Shooting locations for Nolan’s Batman installments are shot all over the world, in places such as, India, Iceland, Romania, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, , Chicago, and now Pittsburgh. Each location offers unique elements of architecture to create the look and feel of Gotham City and Batman’s world. More information after the break.

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

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The Gates Center for Computer Science will complete a computer science complex on ’s west campus. The building will house the three departments of the School of Computer Science providing offices, conference rooms, open collaborative spaces, closed project rooms and a reading room for more than one hundred and twenty faculty, three hundred and fifty graduate students, one hundred researchers or postdoctoral fellows and fifty administrative staff members along with a more public component of ten University classrooms, a two hundred and fifty seat auditorium, a café and two University computer clusters.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: , Pennsylvania, USA
Project Area: 208,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Liberty Medical Center / Front Studio Architects

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Designed by Front Studio Architects, the Liberty Medical Center, a 20,000 sqf, 4-story medical office building on Liberty Avenue, brings a strong presence to the street that engages both users and observers of the architecture.  The architects carefully considered how this new construction could become a link between the existing varying scales within the neighborhood.  Follow the break for more photographs of this design.

Architects: Front Studio Architects
Location: , Pennsylvania, USA
Client: Albanese Properties
Contractor: MM Marra Construction
Project Area: 20,000 sqf
Completed: 2009
Photographs: Ed Massery