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Uber Advanced Technologies Group Center / Assembly Design Studio

11:00 - 26 January, 2017
© Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Strada LLC
  • Other Participants

    Giffin Interior & Fixture, Continental Building Systems, Continental Office Environments, Urban Tree, MASH Studios, Steve Gerten
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Frick Environmental Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

17:00 - 15 August, 2016
Frick Environmental Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux + 21

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

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

  • 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

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.

Exhibition: Sketch to Structure

19:30 - 22 May, 2015
Exhibition: Sketch to Structure

Sketch to Structure unfolds the architectural design process to show how buildings take shape. With sketches, plans, blueprints, renderings, and models from the Heinz Architectural Center collection, this exhibition reveals that architectural design, from initial concept to client presentation, isn’t straightforward.

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.

Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care

00:00 - 12 September, 2014
Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care, Snohetta - Maggie's Aberdeen, 2013. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Snohetta - Maggie's Aberdeen, 2013. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

Organized by the New York School of Interior Design, and curated for CMOA by Raymund Ryan, curator of architecture, Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting a new exhibit: Maggie's Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care. Opening September 13, the exhibit showcases the extraordinary Maggie's Centres, works of integrated architecture designed to address essential human needs and the everyday challenges of cancer patients undergoing treatment. The work of Frank Gehry, Piers Gough, Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas, and Richard Rogers have been selected to be included in the exhibition, and provide insight into how some of the most influential architects of our age have sought to positively alter the look, and more significantly, the feel, of healthcare facilities.

David Page, Page\Page Architects - Maggie's Highlands, 2005; Landscape - Charles Jencks. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art Piers Gough, CZWG Architects - Maggie's Rotterdam, 2011. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP - Maggie's Dundee, 2003. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP - Maggie's Hong Kong, 2013. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art + 12

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

Eliciting Environments | Actuating Response

00:00 - 30 January, 2014
Eliciting Environments | Actuating Response

Current computational, sensing and fabrication technologies provide new opportunities for architects and designers to embed intelligence and responsive behavior directly into architectural matter. Such design tactics not only elicit new sensibilities and socio-aesthetic desires, but also instrumentalize new understandings of hierarchies, networks and organization of building systems controls. Responsive technologies play a critical role in advancing the evolving relationships between humans, constructed environments, administrative controls and natural systems. Systems that mitigate human-machine-environment interaction are evolving to encompass more complex methods of collecting and managing data that can produce subtle differences in feedback and response. 

Center for Sustainable Landscapes / The Design Alliance Architects

01:00 - 25 April, 2013
© Denmarsh Photography
© Denmarsh Photography

© Denmarsh Photography © Denmarsh Photography © Denmarsh Photography © 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

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

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Client

    Hill House Association
  • General Contractor

    Massaro Corporation
  • Area

    20500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

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.