The Inspire Speaker Series: Inspirational Stories about Creating a Sustainable, Vibrant, Healthy and Just Region
Storytelling is our way of expressing the soul of our community to one another. Stories expose our beliefs, emotions and vulnerabilities that can connect with people in ways that facts and statistics can’t. Stories foster empathy, remind us of what it means to be human, and challenge us to be the change we seek.
Join us to hear stories from citizens who are working to create sustainable, vibrant, healthy, and just places for us all to live, work, learn, and play. This Moth-style and TED-like event will dare us to dream big about what is possible for our communities, projects, and places.
Speakers include Vivian Loftness & Christian Hughes!
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(Urban Design Regional Employment Action for Minorities)
UDream increases diversity in the profession of urban design nationally, and in the Pittsburgh region specifically, by offering opportunities for permanent employment in Pittsburgh.
Do UDream in 2016?
Dreaming of New Cities
Many participants have stayed in Pittsburgh, implementing new concepts for neighborhoods, working in local architecture firms and participating in a new local chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Before the program began seven years ago, it was a very different city — Pittsburgh had lost its NOMA chapter because there were so few minority architects.
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.
Program Director, UDream
Architecture Building Communities
How can designers improve communities?
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 2015 is open. Download the registration form or apply online today.
News + Updates
UDream's Community Presentation on September 16th in the Hill District made an IMPACT! (read more)
NOMA - Fall 2014 Issue - Community + Design (click here)
Teenie Harris ARCHIVES at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA)
CMU SoArch Lecture Series | Sou Fujimoto
Artist Talk: Charles Jencks, The Architecture of Hope
10/24/2014, 6:30 – 9 P.M.
THE CARNEGIE MUSIC HALL
DesignPgh14 | Design Awards Ceremony & Gala
Summer 2014 | Drafting DREAMS
Current UDream participant transcends the gender lines in Architecture (Click Here for Article)
Summer 2014 | Life After You Dream
UDream Alums purchase, rehab, and invest in Regent Square (Click Here for Article)