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NCD OPEN CALL

Open Call

The City of Pittsburgh is seeking candidates for a Conservation Districts working group to establish the structure of a zoning overlay that will be implemented city-wide.

“Consideration of Brownsville Road as a potential Neighborhood Conservation District is in agreement with the Cultural Heritage Plan’s recommended “opportunity” for Sector 5”
Architectural Inventory Carrick Neighborhood Oct. 2016

The City of Pittsburgh is seeking candidates for a Conservation Districts working group to establish the structure of a zoning overlay that will be implemented city-wide.
The working group will create its definition and a list of guidelines that will delineate eligibility for future Conservation Districts candidates.

Conservation Districts are a zoning overlay tool intended to protect a neighborhood’s unique physical, socio-spatial, environmental and locational characteristic. The team will take into consideration a synthesis of elements when contemplating a neighborhood as a potential Conservation District. These factors will encompass the relationship between a neighborhood’s place and architecture as a socio-spatial unique attribute; the community’s demographics, particularly class, race and gender; the nature of its daily life with a focus on how inhabitants interact with and move around the neighborhood; the neighborhood’s cultural Neighborhood Conservation Districts history and environmental characteristics.

This exploration will consider the development of specific areas, while understanding there are comparative distinctions between the city’s neighborhoods and not all can be treated equally. Conservation Districts will be used to protect, restore, preserve and enhance significant older areas within a community beyond what is specified in the standard zoning code, but also understanding that there is a connection between the contemporary reality of its daily life and the interaction with adaptive development which should promote growth and enhance the wellbeing of the community.

  • Applicants must have architectural degree or design related discipline with a strong and diverse urban
    design aesthetics and experience. Other preferred backgrounds are urban sociology, planning,
    sociology, art, cultural and architectural historian.
  • Applicants must be willing to dedicate a minimum of four hours a month for a period of six months.
    The time will be spent on monthly meetings, tours and correspondence. Click here for application instructions.

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