(Urban Design Regional Employment Action for Minorities)
UDream strives to increase diversity in the profession of urban design nationally, and in the Pittsburgh region specifically, by offering opportunities for permanent employment in Pittsburgh.
UDream 2014Community Presentation to the Hill District!
September 16th@ 6PM | Ammon Recreation Center, 2217 Bedford Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The current UDream class, made up of ten individuals from various educational and social backgrounds, will once again land in the Hill District to present their preliminary findings on diverse project scenarios that could strengthen and elevate the Hill District landscape. Each project team will elaborate on their respective research and analysis:
(i) to optimize “Stop & Stay”spaces, one must understand the implications of direction and movement, i.e., way-finding.
(ii) a concentration of scalable live-work space within the Hill District begins to define itself!
(iii) explore the possibilities of an artistblockofstatic and dynamic space, where existing context is celebrated and innovative notions are crafted.
(iv) understand the catalyst of culture and community, the character of the Hill District: Before development comes social stability! Nurture the social fabric of the Hill District.
(v) the Hill District’s identifablechallenging topography sets a precedence for multi-generational living– engage the street for a continuum of use!
This year over 20 local (Pittsburgh), high school students convened on CMU's campus for an intense, comprehensive urban study. Students teamed up with UDream participants of varying educational backgrounds (e.g., architecture, planning and landscape architecture) to consider site, program, space, structure, and use. Compiling on the site, located in the Hill District, previously analyzed by the UDream participants, the high school students, including one Hill District resident, considered the making of "place."
UDream provides recent graduates of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and urban planning programs the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of urban design in a summer and fall immersion experience.
UDream begins on the Carnegie Mellon University campus with a 5 week program of academic courses and studio work with an emphasis on urban sustainability. The courses and studio are taught by architecture faculty and local urban design practitioners. The academic program is followed by a 12 week internship with an urban design or architecture firm, public agency, or non-profit group engaged in planning and community development.
The goal of UDream is to increase diversity in the profession of urban design nationally, and in the Pittsburgh region specifically, by offering opportunities for permanent employment in Pittsburgh. UDream is looking for recent graduates from the fields of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Landscape Architecture who are interested in staying and working in Pittsburgh upon completion of the program. Through the generous support of the Heinz Endowments, UDream is able to offer full tuition, stipend, housing, and travel to and from Pittsburgh to program participants.
In this week-long camp, high school students learn how to develop ideas into creative, new design solutions for a local Pittsburgh neighborhood. Working with young professionals and designers from the Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design fields, high schoolers gain first hand design experience as they learn spatial planning, site documentation, model building, history, and how to use innovative technology tools.
As a team, we will consider possible uses for the property and create a design solution. At the end, we present our solutions to friends, family and members of the community. This camp is offered free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Heinz Endowments.
Registration for 2014 is now closed. Check back with us to view what this year's participants created for the Hill District Community Development Corporation.
News + Updates
UDream Community Presentation | Hill District | Tuesday, September 16th @ 6pm at Ammon Recreation Center (2217 Bedford Avenue)
Saturday, September 13th@ 11:00am, meet at CMU's Morewood Bus Stop
Join SoArch-AIAS for an amazing trip to Pittsburgh's North Side. We will be going to the Mattress Factory as well as an Alice in Wonderland installation. This is a highlight of AIAS' events this semester, don't miss it.
Thursday, September 18th @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy
For $10, join us at our third Society of Tavern Seekers (SOTS) cocktail hour event of 2014 at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy.
SOTS is a gathering of historic preservation enthusiasts, organized by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, to create social and professional networks of people engaged and interested in the work and mission of PHLF, one of the nation’s premier historic preservation organizations.
Wednesday, September 24th@ 6:00 p.m. at GBBN Architects
Please join us for a unique design charrette opportunity to help create a space of comfort and calm to support those who are caring for and accompanying a loved one in need of care and support the Pittsburgh community!
Have you ever wanted to commission a unique element for your home or office, like a stained glass window, bike rack, railing, or piece of furniture? This workshop will focus on how to commission artists to create building parts for the home or business. The Office of Public Art will present examples and talk about the process of hiring an artist, such as contracts, budgets, and reviewing design ideas. An artist and a homeowner who has commissioned an artist will be present to talk about their experiences. This workshop will be useful for artists and people seeking to commission artists.
Monday, September 29th @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas-Family Division
A PHLF docent is on hand to tell you the story of the place. Completed in 1886 to the designs of Boston architect H. H. Richardson and in use until July 27, 1995, the former Allegheny County Jail was renovated between 1999 and 2001 to house the Family Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. A portion of one of the cell blocks has been preserved as the “Old Allegheny County Jail Museum.”
The Jail Museum was created through a grant from the Drue Heinz Trust to PHLF, in cooperation with the Allegheny County Juvenile Court and Curator Ed Urban, former Deputy Warden. The Jail Museum opened in 2005. Enter the Family Court Facility through one of two entrances. In both cases, you must go through security and NO cameras are permitted.
UDream Alums purchase, rehab, and invest in Regent Square
After concluding the 2011 UDream program, Alicia Crumbley and Riccardy Volcy both advanced their stay in Pittsburgh with long-term opportunities in the Architecture and Construction field. The primary intent of both Crumbley and Volcy was to capitalize on the latter mission of UDream by staying in Pittsburgh to pursue their careers. Read more.