2008 Larimer, Hazelwood and Wilkinsburg
Collaborating with two major community organizations, East Liberty Concerned Citizens and The Kingsley Association, and working with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, students in the Larimer Studio examined two radically different approaches to how the neighborhood could evolve over the next 40 years. The Studio was led by Professors Rami el Samahy and Jonathan Kline.
- Framework: Promenade, Miller + Schloemer + Thianthai + Wagner
- Busway to Plaza, Kang + Kim
- Larimer Market, Olivo + O'Donnell
- Housing & Public Space, Fonticoba + Small
- Imagining the Softscapes, Bodhidatta + Wu
- Analysis for LEED ND, Graycar
- Inhabiting Interruptions, Jauregui + Riggs
- Greening Larimer, Satterfield + Talley
- Mutable Landscape, Humphrey
- Weaving Porosity, Lam + Lui
- Urban Streams, Manzke + Tolbert
- Larimer Campus, Sethiwan
Thirteen students returned to Hazelwood to propose interventions that were inspired by the neighborhood’s residential and commercial fabric. The studio, led by Professors Ken Doyno and Dan Rothschild, created a common framework for the entire neighborhood into which projects were slotted. Interventions included a dense, mixed-use waterfront district at the foot of Junction Hollow; an expanded greenway with recreational amenities; a new residential island along the ALMONO site, the adaptive reuse of Gladstone Middle School, and the reuse of the Gladstone Elementary School into a mixed-use building.
A design-build studio was introduced to the Urban Laboratory in 2009 by John Folan, T. David Fitz-Gibbon Professor of Architecture. The Urban Design Build Studio (UDBS) takes fourth-year architecture students on a three-semester journey during which they design and construct a project. The mission is to provide faculty and student technical expertise to the local community in an effort to produce regionally specific, prototypical, cost effective, sustainable design strategies for the built environment.
The inaugural UDBS was developed in partnership with the Institute for Ecological Innovation (IEI) and the Hamnett Homestead Sustainable Living Center in Wilkinsburg. The Sustainable Living Center, under construction in a turn-of-the-century Victorian, is envisioned as a community resource and gathering place for Wilkinsburg and the rest of the city, with a focus on sustainable living technologies and practices that can economically benefit lower income individuals.
Students in the UDBS prefabricated a 100-foot-long porch from new, recycled and reconstituted materials harvested from local deconstruction projects. One hundred percent of the rain water will be collected from the roof and used for agricultural purposes.
A Green Makeover for an Ailing Borough
The Allegheny Front. Air date: Week of 09/02/2009
Wilkinsburg sees start of Sustainable Living Center
Monday, October 26, 2009