History of Remaking Cities
The Remaking Cities Institute (RCI) within the School of
Architecture of Carnegie Mellon University was formed in 2006 in
response to the demand for a greater link between academic work and
ongoing community initiatives undertaken by firms, government agencies,
and community groups. In early 2012, the RCI began to explore the
potential to organize and host a second international Remaking Cities
Conference in Pittsburgh in 2013, twenty-five years after the first
conference in 1988.
RCI learned that The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was planning an international conference in 2013 in Washington, DC, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the formation of the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) program, the pro bono community planning service of the AIA. At a meeting in Washington, DC, it was agreed that the two conferences will be combined and held in Pittsburgh October 15-18, 2013. It was also decided that Congress is a better word than Conference to describe the interactive and collaborative format of the convening.