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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
September 19, 2005

Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture's Cornerstones Announces "Symposium 2005—Remaking the Pittsburgh Region"

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture's outreach program, Cornerstones; The Center for Architectural Development and Building (Cornerstones) announces its 2005 symposium, "Remaking the Pittsburgh Region." Cornerstones developed this event in collaboration with Oxford University, Yorkshire Forward, the National University of Singapore, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. The symposium will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2005, in Southside Works Cinema (425 Cinema Drive) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"This year's symposium is a totally different and inspiring program from years past," said Cornerstones President Arthur Schwotzer. "The setting is the SouthSide Works Cinema, in the heart of pulsating and ever-expanding SouthSide Works Development. This is the remaking of Pittsburgh at its best and Cornerstones will be a part of it with our 5th presentation of some of the best speakers for our timely topics for the Pittsburgh area."

This year's symposium will focus on ways to remake the Pittsburgh region by examining what other cities have accomplished and how local communities, county and state government as well as business and community leaders can work together to build a revitalizing environment in the Pittsburgh region. The symposium will continue to identify strategies that will allow the Pittsburgh area to accomplish its social, cultural and economic goals with respect for the natural environment.

The University of Oxford Professor Gordon Clark will deliver this year's keynote address. Clark will discuss how globalized economic activity relates to local economic development, employment opportunities and income. Clark will also discuss how financial institutions are structured in part for promoting sustainable economic development.

Cornerstones is an outreach program of the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture. Faculty, staff and students of the school and local professionals aim to discuss issues of design, development and building and create new opportunities for economic growth. The group is committed to enhance architectural education, provide scholarship funds and open doors for career opportunities. Cornerstones also sponsors hands-on design and development workshops that focus on issues of national, international and global significance.

Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture, established in 1904, is one of the most distinguished architecture programs in the United States. The defining interests of the School of Architecture are integrated design education, sustainable design, advanced building systems, building performance, computational design, urban design and professional practice.

To register for "Symposium 2005—Remaking the Pittsburgh Region," or for more information about the symposium or Cornerstones, contact Bob Johnston at 412-268-9554. For more information about the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture or the College of Fine Arts, visit or contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or

The schedule for "Symposium 2005—Remaking the Pittsburgh Region" follows:

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

7:15 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. Welcome - Arthur C. Schwotzer
President, Cornerstones
Moderator - Janet Milkman
President & CEO, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
8:05 a.m. Keynote Address
"Globalization of the Economy and its Effect on the Pittsburgh Region"
Professor Gordon Clark
Halford MacKinder Professor
School of Geography & The Environment, University of Oxford
8:45 a.m. Cultural Uniqueness
"Remaking the Cultural District"
J. Kevin McMahon
President/CEO. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
9:30 a.m. Development Opportunities "Creating or Recreating a Walkable City/Town/Village"
W. Joseph Duckworth
Partner, Arcadia Land Company, Wayne, Pa.
10:15 a.m. Renaissance Communities"New Civic Leadership"
Alan Simpson
Urban Renaissance Champion at Yorkshire Forward, U.K.
11 a.m. Coffee Break and School of Architecture Exhibits
During the break, attendees can walk through exhibits from the Urban Lab, The Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, Solar Energy Decathlon House, The Carnegie Mellon Institute for Remaking Cities and the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.
11:30 a.m. Regional Economy
"Pittsburgh Region Economic Outlook"
Mark Schweitzer
Vice President and Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
12:15 p.m. Wrap-up/Workshop
1 p.m. Adjournment


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