YOUR FEEDBACK NEEDED AT SEPT. 7 COMMUNITY MEETING-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University


07 September, 6-7:30p



cityLAB, a non-profit organization that performs experiments with the city as its laboratory, is holding a community meeting from 6 to 7:30 PM on Wednesday, September 7 at the St. Lawrence O’Toole Activity Center, 140 N. Atlantic Avenue. At the meeting, a ‘toolbox’ of fifteen exciting ideas for Garfield will be unveiled. These ideas, which have been developed through cityLAB’s 6% Percent Place experiment, include things that everyone can get involved with – and need your help! cityLAB wants the CMU community to attend the meeting and get involved.

Also present at the meeting will be 90 of Professor John Folan’s students from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture. Professor Folan is the T. David Fitz-Gibbon Professor of Architecture and Director of the Urban Design Build Studio at Carnegie Mellon. These students will spend the entire fall semester researching and developing detailed implementation plans for each of potential neighborhood projects in the ‘toolbox’. Both Professor Folan and Eve Picker, president and CEO of cityLAB, will make presentations at the meeting.

While a big, “top down” approach is vital in developing the infrastructure of a city, cityLAB believes that the “bottom up” approach is equally as important. Many small experiments can redefine a community as catalytically as one big one can. This is cityLAB’s mission – to systematically discover the ways to change Pittsburgh’s future for the better by creating bottom up projects en masse. All are welcome to the community meeting in order to achieve these goals together.

cityLAB has developed the Six Percent Place experiment in the East End, with Garfield, Friendship, and the Penn Avenue Arts Corridor as its laboratory with funding from The Benedum Foundation, The Benter Foundation, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development. Jim Denova, vice president of the Benedum Foundation, has called the Six Percent Place experiment “a great laboratory for testing this unique economic development strategy,” which he predicted would form a blueprint that could be “applicable to many other rural communities and urban neighborhoods.”

Anyone curious to learn more about cityLAB and the Six Percent Place experiment is encouraged to visit cityLAB’s website at or call And anyone curious to learn more is welcomed at this community meeting.