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Maya Lin: Intimate Landscape

Land, water, and bringing the outdoors in

By Kathryn Walsh, Assoc. AIA Posted on February 28, 2012

Architects and designers of Pittsburgh are all too familiar with the post-industrial landscape, weaving design through landscape and infrastructure. It is with Maya Lin‘s new exhibit at the Heinz Architectural Center of the Carnegie Museum of Art that we are given an opportunity to escape the built world and strip down to the intimacy of the land. In her new piece specifically made for Pittsburgh, “Pin River — Ohio (Allegheny and Monogahela),” individual custom-made pins are strategically tapped into a white gallery wall to honor the three rivers that merge at Pittsburgh.  Parts to the whole, we are presented with the impact of Pittsburgh’s connection to the larger geographic network. Having had a large influence on my academic days at...

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Developing Community

The impact of local CDCs on the neighborhoods where we live

By Virginia Shields Posted on February 27, 2012

It starts with a meeting, a seed of concern that grows into a dialog, rooted in the heart of a city. Size, demographics, and location differ at every meeting, but the topic is always the same: how can we make our community safer, more diverse, more livable, and more prosperous? The discussion morphs into analysis. Residents, public officials, police, and community leaders all lend a voice or a concern to address the issues. Market and city data is scoured and absorbed. A plan of action is made and a community development corporation is born. Reinventing East Liberty Pittsburgh is no stranger to Community Development Corporations (CDCs), as the city has been subject to many serious revitalization efforts since its decline...

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Design Pittsburgh 2011

See the winners of our juried competition

By The AIA Posted on January 27, 2012

How it Works Each year, AIA Pittsburgh hosts the Design Awards – a juried design competition open to AIA members and firms whose principal(s) are members of AIA Pittsburgh, or any member of any AIA chapter across the country who has a project in the 10 county area represented by AIA Pittsburgh. All projects must have at least one AIA Pittsburgh architect on the project team. All submissions for the AIA Pittsburgh Design Awards Competition can only be submitted by an AIA Pittsburgh architect. The mission of the awards is to recognize and honor architects and designers, and promote excellence, innovation, and achievement in the craft of architecture. Last year AIA Pittsburgh revamped the Design Award submission categories, introducing three...

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AIA Pittsburgh’s 2011 President’s Holiday Party

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