Friday, May 4, 2012
CARRIE:7 Visitors Center and Exhibit Hall for the Historic Carrie Furnace
Saturday, 05 May
Please join us for an Open House/ Exhibit to review the work by the 48_305 3rd year Design Studio this semester. This year¹s project has been a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon and Rivers of Steel, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the region's industrial past , and the current owners of the Carrie Furnace site.
As the industrial stigma associated with Pittsburgh slowly fades, a new tourist industry is forming based on generational nostalgia. Former mill workers, children of steel families, and those drawn to industrial ruin have all expressed interest in visiting the Carrie furnace site. Right now, the site exists as a 'stabilized' ruin; a rusted reminder of Pittsburgh's once great steel industry. It is the only non-operational steel mill left in the county. Currently, the site is accessible for 'Hard Hat Tours' - small group site tours with a chaperone from Rivers of Steel. Their intention is to develop the site, and create a new visitors center for year round accessibility. This studio challenges the traditional visitor center paradigm, and proposes innovative concepts to reintroduce the Carrie Furnaces as an economic engine to the region and surrounding communities of Rankin, Swissvale, and Braddock.
When: Saturday, May 5th
Location: Historic Pump House in Homestead
Student Reviews 4:00pm to 7:00pm. All are welcome to participate.
Open House/Reception 8:00pm to 10:00pm. Open to the public. Light food and refreshments provided.