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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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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2012 President’s Holiday Party

This year’s President’s Holiday Party was a great success! The wig was passed from Mark Dietrick, AIA, to Dutch MacDonald, AIA; We honored all of the newly registered architects from 2012; and we all enjoyed the atmosphere of Wigle Whiskey. Thank you to all who attended and enjoyed! [sws_aia_slideshow AIA_Slideshow=””] [/sws_aia_slideshow]

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With Gratitude…

Finding balance in the whirlwind of life

By Becky Spevack Posted on November 19, 2012

My days are overwhelmed with diapers and demands, reading stories and make believe, laughter and lullabies. I am a full-time, stay-at-home mother to two and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but some days I feel like my brain is about as substantive as the mush I am feeding my 10 month old son. I am also the editor of these pages, of AIA Pittsburgh’s online magazine, Columns. While my work schedule is nowhere near as disciplined as I would like, relying largely on the napping trends of the aforementioned babes, sitting down to my laptop and getting lost in this world is a welcome reprieve, a chance to continue to put my art and design background, as well...

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Design Pittsburgh Gala and Awards Ceremony

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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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CANstruction Pittsburgh 2012

Helping to make a difference, one can at a time

“CANstruction is using one can of food as a catalyst for change. One can to represent the building blocks of massive sculptures. One can to prove that every act of kindness makes a difference. Since 1992, CANstruction has contributed over 15 million pounds of food to community food banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger. Wherever a CANstruction competition is held, thousands of hungry people are fed, a greater awareness of the issues surrounding hunger is brought home to the public, and a spotlight is placed on the design and construction industry giving back to the communities it helps build.” Pittsburgh’s CANstruction will be held for the 2nd year at One Oxford Centre, where teams will build...

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Art Activity Day at LESLIE Park Pool

An action-packed community event in Lawrenceville

Pittsburgh is commonly referred to as the biggest small town – with its 80+ neighborhoods, there is always something happening and it’s easy to miss out on any number of events due to shear quantity.  Here is a look at an upcoming community event that Columns thought may be of interest to you…. And if you know of others, please let us know! The LESLIE Collective has been producing unusual, family-friendly events in empty LESLIE Park Pool for over 3 years to re-imagine a use for a decommissioned CitiParks pool in Lawrenceville.  They’ve done it again! Art Activity Day on Sunday August 19th, 12pm-5pm, kicks off “Project: Lido,” a curated art installation that uses this gorgeous urban ruin as inspiration. ...

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With Sadness and Celebration in Mind: Thanks.

By Anne J. Swager, Hon. AIA Posted on August 2, 2012

In a city still plagued by pay-to-play and machine politics, it almost goes without saying that many of our best leaders are not in elected office. This past weekend, we lost one of those individuals. Mark Schneider was killed in an accident doing what he loved best, riding his bicycle. By now, many of you will have read the accolades of what Mark contributed to the city as a developer and as a volunteer. His contributions were indeed numerous but most notably he backed projects which took great vision and grit to pull off. We take Washington’s Landing and Summerset at Frick Park for granted now but when Mark was thinking of them and advocating for them, the majority of...

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PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 12

PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh vol. 12 was a huge success! Thank you to all who attended, presented, and enjoyed, and thank you to the Union Project for hosting us! We had a total of nine presenters, each with a unique presentation. The first presenter was Brigette Davitt, and her presentation was entitled “Chimera”.  The second presenter of the evening was Mike Roy, whose presentation was entitled “Do Worse to Do Better”. Third up was Raymond Bowman, a member of the Young Architects Forum, presenting his “Electric Cars and Roadside Architecture”. The last presentation before intermission was Mike Schiller, CEO of the Green Building Alliance. His presentation was entitled “Paddling Upstream:  A Look at the Challenges of Connecting the Outdoor Spaces We...

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