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Down Memory Lane

Exploring Douglas Cooper's latest work

By Becky Spevack Posted on February 6, 2013

Memory is a funny thing… what is captured, what is lost; how seemingly insignificant details become paramount while grander moments all but disappear.  Many others have tackled the subject of memory with a far more eloquent understanding than I could ever hope to – take Proust and his madeleine or Dali and his clocks – and Douglas Cooper’s works on paper make him an insightful participant in this dialogue. Upon entering Concept Gallery and climbing the austere stairs to the more traditional exhibit space, you are presented with the first of more than a dozen pieces – large scale, architecturally tinted charcoal drawings.  The details of various buildings are impeccable, considering their obviously hand-drawn nature, but as you explore any...

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Eric Osth, AIA

The key is collaboration

Name:  Eric Osth, AIA Firm:  Urban Design Associates Family:  Married, two children Years in practice:  15 Education:  B.Arch., University of Miami, cum laude; M.U.D., University of California, Berkeley, University Fellowship Your first job:  Loading Dumpsters on a construction crew. Project you are proudest of:  Yang Pu Knowledge & Innovation Zone in Shanghai, China (SOM) and A Pattern Book for Habitat for Humanity (UDA) Building you would like to tear down:  East Liberty Giant Eagle What is the best part of your job:  Terrific, passionate clients. What would you change about your job:  A little less air travel. What have you always wanted to tell your clients:  Thank you. What is the most annoying thing that architects do:  Avoid collaboration. What...

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Resolutions – Is it Time for a Social Media Strategy?

Setting and achieving simple goals

By Patty Swisher Posted on January 23, 2013

It’s the New Year, it’s that time that rolls around every 12 months or so and has us thinking about goals, objectives, plans, and adjusting our course. Does your plan include social media? If so, it might be a perfect time to think about creating a social media strategy.   Here are my take-a-ways for establishing a social strategy: First, you must decide: What do you want to achieve?  Why? Some of the reasons you might use social media include networking, collaboration, recruiting, or thought leadership. It is recommended that your social media strategy be tied to your overall marketing and business goals and objectives. Social media is one tool in your marketing communications tool box and should be part...

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State Historical Marker for Pittsburgh Architect

Ecclesiastical Architect John T. Comès to be honored

By Becky Spevack Posted on January 20, 2013

Like any city, Pittsburgh has distinct characteristics. It is known for its hills and bridges, its love of Eastern European foods, its many varied neighborhoods, and some breathtaking views. Another aspect of Pittsburgh is its churches. Throughout the city these places of worship can be found, small and large, grand and humble. They speak to the history of their surroundings – the immigrants that predominantly settled in a given neighborhood – as well as the history of the larger community and evolution of the city – the wealthy industrialists, the development of the universities, the seat of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Lesser known is the architect behind so many of these buildings. On Sunday, January 27th, the first State Historical...

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Dutch MacDonald, AIA

Get to know the 2013 Chapter President

Name: Dutch MacDonald, AIA Firm: MAYA Design Family: Wife: Becky Mingo; 3 Children: Max, Toby, and Atticus Years in practice: 22 Education: BArch Carnegie Mellon University Your first job: Paperboy. I traveled about 4 miles roundtrip everyday to deliver 22 papers! Project you’re proudest of: The many loft buildings Downtown and in the Strip that were catalysts for revitalize housing in those areas. What’s the best part of your job? Looking deeply at the intersection of technology, people, and environments. What have you always wanted to tell your clients? Don’t short change the design process. It is much more cost-effective to design the right thing in a prototype (design/model) then course-correct while under construction. What’s the most annoying thing architects...

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Libraries for Life

Exceptional, award-winning libraries of the Carnegie Library System

By Becky Spevack Posted on January 3, 2013

In 2011, the Design Pittsburgh jury awarded another Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) project an Honor Award for the renovation and expansion of a branch library within the system.  This is the fifth such award granted over the past eight years, and does not take into consideration awards and accolades given at the national level.  What lies behind this recent dedication to these key community spaces? It all started in 2001 with the CLP’s Libraries for LIFE Capital Campaign, raising money to renew and reinvigorate libraries as neighborhood centers, with a focus on energy efficiency and quality design as a way to look to the continued and future relevancy and functionality of these places. The Libraries for LIFE Capital Campaign...

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Anastasia Herk, Assoc. AIA

Meet the 2012 chair of the Young Architects Forum

Name: Anastasia Herk, Assoc. AIA Firm: IBACOS Years in practice: 6 Education: Masters of Architecture from Kent State University Your first job: Architectural intern at VIA design architects in Virginia Beach Project you are proudest of: Bakery Square  Most embarrassing moment: Falling – Anytime. Anywhere. For a former dancer I’m very clumsy!  What would you change about your job: Location. I miss working Downtown. What is the most annoying thing that architects do: Are stuck in their ways and are unwilling to learn new processes, designs, trends….  Favorite tool: Creativity Favorite city: Pittsburgh! (a true yinzer) Wish list for downtown Pittsburgh: Fill the empty buildings, bring more people in, make it livable and more lively after 5pm.  If you had...

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Where to Start?

Becoming familiar with social media

By Patty Swisher Posted on December 12, 2012

So, I’ve volunteered to write this regular short post on Social Media in the A/E/C industry for Columns.  My goal is to share lessons learned with you. One of the first challenges is understanding what IS social media?  Here is a post that offers 50 variations on the definition of social media. Social media takes many forms including collaborative projects, blogs and microblogs, content communities, social networking sites, and virtual (game) worlds. You will recognize the ‘big’ social media sites (platforms) and applications including Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, and most recently, Pinterest as well as perhaps Flickr, Vimeo, Tumblr, MySpace, and a list of others.  A variety of technologies may be applied when delving into social media including blogs, picture-sharing,...

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Has Social Media Passed You By?

Taking advantage of what's available

By Patty Swisher Posted on November 21, 2012

Like it or not, social media is part of our current culture and continues to grow in its influence and impact on businesses worldwide. Not only has social media been discovered by the AIA on a national, regional, and local level, it also continues to be discovered and adopted by architects, engineers and contractors ranging in size from a one- or two-person firm to the mega-merger firms we’re seeing today. Have you jumped in? Are you incorporating social media as part of your marketing mix? Are you trying to figure out what it’s all about? Hopefully, this will help. The plan is to develop regular content to share with the readers of Columns that highlights lessons learned, best practices, and...

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Design Pittsburgh 2012

See the winners of this year's juried competition

ARCHITECTURE: Silver Medal PROJECT: Gateway Station – North Shore Connector CLIENT: Port Authority of Allegheny County ARCHITECTURE FIRM: Light/Motion Collaborative CONTRACTOR: Whiting-Turner PHOTOGRAPHER: Massery Photography, Inc. ENGINEERS: AECOM; Atlantic Engineering Services; Allen & Shariff Corporation DESCRIPTION: Gateway Station is the centerpiece of a 1.2-mile extension of the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s light rail system.  Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle business district, the station provides intermodal connections and dramatic views of the city.  The extensive use of glass introduces natural light deep into the station and serves as a visible gateway and readily identifiable landmark. JURY COMMENTS:  As the entry says, “It is intuitive, it’s transparent, and it’s transit.”  The architect captured this very essence. This is...

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