04/10 2013

ARTPGH + DESIGNPGH PUBLIC MEETINGS: APRIL 2013

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On April 22nd-25th, 29th and 30th, there will be a second round of public meetings for ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH, the Public Art and Urban Design components of PLANPGH, the City’s first comprehensive plan. These will be six “open house” meetings conveniently located throughout the City that will allow residents to participate near where they live or work.  Get more info about the meeting format below the schedule.

Meeting Locations:

  • Monday, April 22nd (drop in anytime from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.):
    • The Kaufmann Center
      1825 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
      412-392-4400
      Public Transportation: Bus 81, 82 and 83
  • Tuesday, April 23rd (drop in anytime from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.):
    • Schenley Ice Rink
      10341 Overlook Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15207
      412-422-6523
  • Wednesday, April 24th (drop in anytime from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.):
    • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, East Liberty Branch
      130 S. Whitfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA
      412-363-8232
      Public Transportation: Bus 71A, 71B, 71C, 74, 77, 82, 86, 87, 88, and 89
  • Thursday, April 25th (drop in anytime from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.):
    • West End Overlook Shelter
      Access parking from northern end of Fairview Avenue
      Public Transportation: Bus 26, 27, and 29
  • Monday, April 29th (drop in anytime from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.):
    • The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
      10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
      412-322-5058
      Public Transportation: Bus 1, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 2, 4, 54, 6, 7 and 8
  • Tuesday, April 30th (drop in anytime from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.):
    • Mount Washington Senior Center
      122 Virginia Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15211
      412-488-8405
      Public Transportation: Bus 40, 43 and MI (Monongahela Incline)

Please note that for outreach purposes, we have divided the City into six study areas. While you’re welcome to attend any meeting you wish, it’s recommended that residents attend the meeting in the study area in which they work or live as the content will be relevant to those specific neighborhoods. View a map of the study areas.

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

Click here for a PDF flyer for distribution

If you require special accommodations, please contact ADA Coordinator Richard Meritzer: 412-255-2102richard.meritzer@pittsburghpa.gov


Meeting Format:

The meetings’ workshop format will allow residents to arrive at any time during the 4 pm to 7 pm timeframe and to rotate through three 20-minute workshops. The three concurrent sessions will present and discuss preliminary plan recommendations on:Public Art Policies; the Urban Design Manual; and Neighborhood Visions. The session on neighborhood visions will provide a list of visions from existing community plans, of which attendees may offer feedback and suggestions. Within the public art session, initial best practices and suggested policy recommendations will presented and discussed, and in the third concurrent session, preliminary recommendations for the urban design manual, including recommendations on development that captures neighborhood character, will be presented.

Residents will provide feedback on this current planning work, that will set the framework for the draft ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH plan documents. ARTPGH andDESIGNPGH will set policies and tools to guide the City in the areas of public art and urban design for the next 25 years. The recommended policies and findings will be presented for public feedback later this year.


Also, you may have heard that TALKPGH is coming your way! TALKPGH is the mobile outreach component of ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH. It is an artist-led project that will travel to each of the 90 neighborhoods and interview residents relevant to these plans. Check it out here!


ARTPGH is developing 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 is examining 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 public art and urban design plans are heavily dependent on public participation and are estimated to be completed over the next 9 months. There will be ongoing opportunities and subsequent public meetings for the public to become involved. Please visit planpgh.com to sign up for email updates related to ARTPGH,DESIGNPGH and other components of PLANPGH.