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2002-05-31 until 2002-09-11
Carnegie Museum of Art
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
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.