Reminder: ARTPGH + DESIGNPGH Events Next Week

Just a friendly reminder that we've got a great series of ARTPGH+DESIGNPGH events coming up!  First is the Barbara Goldstein / Jon Rubin lecture, and following that is a series of public meetings.  Find out more about each below!

Lecture: Barbara Goldstein and Jon Rubin

As the public process for ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH gets started, we will kick off with a lecture by Jon Rubin, a Pittsburgh artist who will be leading outreach for the plan, and Barbara Goldstein, public art conusltant of San Jose, CA, who will be advising the city's public art policy.

The lecture will be held on Monday, November 12 at 6:00 pm at Doherty Hall (Room 2210) at Carnegie Mellon University.  Special thanks to the event sponsor: the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and to the event host: Office of Public Art.  Full details about the event can also be found at the GPAC website:

ARTPGH + DESIGNPGH Public Meetings

This is your first opportunity to meet the ARTPGH + DESIGNPGH Team in person.  Learn about and provide input into the planning process for the City of Pittsburgh’s first ever public art and urban design plans.  You can download the flyer for the public meetings here--help spread the word!

At these meetings we’ll ask residents to provide input about the design and function of their neighborhoods.  The team will discuss the general character, strengths, and weaknesses of our neighborhoods--from this we can start to craft policies to enhance our built environment.  We’ll also present info about the ARTPGH + DESIGNPGH plans, including the process, goals, and projected outcomes of this exciting process.

We need to hear from you, the residents, about what makes your neighborhood special.  In order to translate that special character into real policies that will help to preserve and enhance our neighborhoods, we need you to participate!

No prior knowledge of art or design is necessary!

When & Where

We've got six meetings located strategically throughout the City, allowing you to participate near to where you live or work.  There will be two meetings per evening throughout the city. These meetings will cover the specific regions in which they take place, but all are welcome at each.

Tuesday, November 13th
6 pm to 8 pm

  • Brookline Carnegie Library
    708 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
    Public Transportation: Bus 39 and 41, Blue Line (T)
  • The Kaufmann Center @ The Hill House
    1825 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    Public Transportation: Bus 81, 82, and 83

Wednesday, November 14th
6 pm to 8 pm

  • The Brashear Association
    2005 Sarah Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    Public Transportation: Bus: 48, 51, 54, 75, 81 and 83
  • Schenley Ice Rink
    1 Overlook Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Thursday, November 15th
6 pm to 8 pm

  • The Kingsley Association
    6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
    Public Transportation: Bus: 74, 77, 82, 86, and 89
  • The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
    10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
    Public Transportation: Bus: 1, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 2, 4, 54, 6, 7, and 8

The full schedule can be found both at the PLANPGH Outreach page and the PLANPGH Facebook Events page.

Meeting RSVP

RSVP is suggested, but not required.  We kindly ask that you please RSVP to the meeting you plan on attending using one of three methods:

The next round of public meetings will occur in March 2013, when the public will have the opportunity to review and comment on the work completed to that date. There will be ongoing opportunities and subsequent public meetings for the public to become involved with ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH over the next 12 months. Please visit to sign up for email updates related to ARTPGH, DESIGNPGH, and other components of PLANPGH.


Conducted by the Department of City Planning and its consultants, initial public community meetings will engage residents to provide input about the design and function of their neighborhoods.  Information will also be presented about the ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH plans, including the process, goals and outcomes of this endeavor.

ARTPGH will create a strategy for the City to engage local, regional and national artists, facilitate care for its extensive art collection, and involve artists in public space, facility and infrastructure design. DESIGNPGH will examine existing types of urban design and devise a plan with set guidelines that will inform future developers about the quality and character of design that is expected and feasible in our neighborhoods. The lead consultant for ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH is Urban Design Associates (UDA), headquartered in Pittsburgh, who are working with City staff to conduct the planning process and public interaction of these two plans. In addition, Barbara Goldstein will be the lead sub-consultant on the ARTPGH process and Jon Rubin will lead the public outreach process for both plans.

PLANPGH is a Comprehensive Plan that is created through a process that allows residents to voice their opinions and make suggestions about how the City can grow smartly over the next 25 years. It will guide elected officials, City staff, and stakeholders in making Pittsburgh an even better place to live, work, and play.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Morton Brown
Public Art Manager
Pittsburgh City Planning
Office: 412-255-8996

Kate Rakus
Senior Planner
Pittsburgh City Planning
Office: 412-255-2470

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