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"Pittsburgh Platforms: New Projects in Architecture and Environmental Design"
2003-06-28 until 2003-10-05
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh Platforms: New Projects in
Architecture and Environmental Design, on view at Carnegie Museum of Art's
Heinz Architectural Center from June 28-October 5, 2003, looks at 19
projects designed for Pittsburgh and its surroundings and explores how
design can re-present the region with its legacy of heavy industry and, more
recently, a new economy.
These 21st-century endeavors are by Pittsburgh-based or Pittsburgh-trained
architects, engineers, landscape designers, and artists.
in the exhibition are in the early phases of their professional careers. The
projects are loosely grouped into five categories: home, work,
infrastructure, landscape, and culture. Each project is presented on an
individual platform with drawings, photographs, and models, as well as
material samples that allow the visitor to appreciate its physical
character. studio d'ARC's presentation of their Live Work House II on
Pittsburgh's South Side features a panel of the weathering steel used as
cladding. D.I.R.T.'s Testing the Waters, a water treatment park in
Vintondale, Cambria County, revives a landscape marred by mining yet
acknowledges the region's industrial past.
"Much like a set of adjacent islands, these platforms form an archipelago of
installations through which the visitor is invited to roam and thus assemble
impressions of a Pittsburgh emerging now and in the near future," says
Raymund Ryan, curator of the Heinz Architectural Center and organizer of the
exhibition. "They are intended as both physical platforms and as platforms
for the introduction, display, and dispersal of visionary ideas."
Other projects in the exhibition include Springboard's Maridon Museum, an
art museum built from a Victorian-era house and the more recent car
dealership next door; dggp architecture's Pittsburgh Glass Center, another
car dealership, once abandoned, now an environmentally friendly setting for
glassmaking classes, artist studios, a resource library, and exhibition
gallery; and The Phantom's Revenge, a Kennywood Park roller coaster
conceived by Kennywood Entertainment's chairman of the board, Harry
Henninger, Jr., that travels at 82-mph while dropping 232 feet and snaking
under and over an existing roller coaster.