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"Designing Oakland"
2002-05-31 until 2002-09-11
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Once a neighborhood of wealthy residents who wished to escape the city's pollution and overcrowding, Oakland, just three miles east of downtown Pittsburgh, is now the city's cultural, educational, medical, and technology center and home to a diverse native and international residential community. Although Oakland now shares the cultural spotlight with downtown, it remains vibrant, and many feel it can be the intellectual generator of the region's revitalization.

Ironically, the same developments that made Oakland an asset to the city also created its congestion, conflicts over land use, and declining housing stock. Since the mid-1990s, organizations ranging from local community groups to larger institutions have created more than two-dozen plans for remedying these problems and providing a more orderly approach to future development.

Designing Oakland will examine selected aspects of the history of the neighborhood's built environment and present a number of recent master plans and design projects. Aimed at explaining both specific initiatives and broader principles of urban planning and urban design, the exhibition will include photographs, architectural drawings, models, planning documents, and other ephemera. Designing Oakland is the second in the "Pittsburgh Neighborhoods Project" series of exhibitions initiated by the Heinz Architectural Center in 1998.


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