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.

Photos from 1988 Remaking Cities Conference
Images courtesy of the Carnegie Mellon University Archives