November 13, 2012 | Vol. 73 No. 16

Public meeting for art and design slated

The first public meetings have been set for ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH, the Public Art and Urban Design components of the city’s first comprehensive plan, called PLANPGH.

Conducted by the Department of City Planning and its consultants, these meetings will educate residents about current modes of public art and urban design, including best practice examples, and invite them to provide input that will be used to form policies that will effectively shape the city over the next 25 years.

Information will also be presented about the ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH plans, including the process, goals and outcomes of this endeavor. PLANPGH, the city’s first-ever 25-year comprehensive plan, includes 12 components – some of which have been in the works since 2010 – and is anticipated to be completed in 2014.

“High-quality public art and urban design demonstrates to residents and visitors that Pittsburgh is not only ‘America’s Most Livable City,’ but one that plans and builds in a functional and aesthetic way,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.

“Every resident should feel welcome, comfortable and enthusiastic about working with us on this important effort. By engaging residents in the planning process, we’re ensuring that Pittsburgh continues to grow as a wonderful city with a great quality of life for everyone.”

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 public art and urban design plans are heavily dependent on public participation and are estimated to be completed over the next 18 months. The public meetings and workshops will engage city residents to ensure community voices are heard and integrated into the plan. ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH collectively have a $585,000 budget, which is funded by the City of Pittsburgh, The Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation and Colcom Foundation.

Six meetings, located throughout the city, will allow residents to participate near where they live or work:

On Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6-8 p.m.at Carnegie Library Brookline, 708 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15226; and, at The Kaufmann Center, 1825 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, on Tuesday, Nov. 13;

On Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 6-8 p.m at The Brashear Association, 2005 Sarah Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203; and, also at the Schenley Ice Rink, 1 Overlook Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15207; and,

Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at The Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 and The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

RSVP is requested, but not required. RSVP to the meeting by using one of three methods: RSVP on their Facebook page; use the RSVP form on the PLANPGH website; or contact Morton Brown, Public Art Manager, at 412-255-8996 or morton.brown@pittsburghpa.gov.

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 on-going opportunities and subsequent public meetings for the public to become involved with ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH over the next 12 months. Visit planpgh.com to sign up for email updates related to ARTPGH, DESIGNPGH and other components of PLANPGH.

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