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PHLF: The Pittsburgh Story and Remaking Postindustrial Cities

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, July 25th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Remaking Post-Industrial CitiesIn this lecture, Don Carter, director of the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, tells the story of Pittsburgh and other post-industrial cities through his recent book, Remaking Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons from North America and Europe. The book examines the transformation of ten post-industrial cities after the precipitous collapse of big industry in the 1980s on both sides of the Atlantic. Carter brings together in-depth case studies of five cities in North America (Buffalo, Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh) and five cities in Europe (Bilbao, Liverpool, Rotterdam, Ruhr Region, and Turin). The book documents the cities’ recoveries in the thirty-year period from 1985 to 2015.

About the Presenter: Don Carter is the David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement of the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He also teaches in the Master of Urban Design program in the School of Architecture. Prior to joining CMU, Don was the president of Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh, where he led many of the firm’s most complex projects, drawing upon his broad international experience as an architect, urban designer and developer over 36 years. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a member of the Urban Land Institute where he was national Chair of the Inner-City Council. He holds a degree in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and did post-graduate study in urban design and regional planning at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 x 527.

PHLF: Abandoned America. States of Disrepair.

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, June 25th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Abandoned America

Join author and photographer Matthew Christopher for an exploration of ruins across our cities and countryside, as he shares a hauntingly beautiful portrait of the abandoned America around us. From steel mills and industrial sites to schools, churches, prisons, homes and more, Matthew’s work provides a glimpse into lost worlds that few get to visit firsthand.

With his travels broadening to ancient sites in Romania, Greece and India, we’ll learn more about the phenomenon of abandoned sites across the globe and discuss why preservation of our heritage is a concern everywhere, not just in our own communities.

About the Presenter: Matthew Christopher has had an interest in abandoned sites since he was a child, but started documenting them a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. His two books, Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream and Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences and his website, also titled Abandoned America, have chronicled the stories of modern ruins across the United States and gained international attention. He recently expanded his scope to document abandoned locations across the globe. Matthew has an MFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and has taught photography at a college level and now teaches photography workshops.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 x 527.

PHLF: (Lecture) Changing Pittsburgh

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, April 23rd
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Changing Pittsburgh

Changing Pittsburgh

A summary of economic and demographic changes in the city and its surroundings

In this lecture, Chris Briem contemplates the recent population changes taking place in the City of Pittsburgh, in particular, Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods and the impact of the ongoing redevelopment of East Liberty. He will show how the city is changing in the context of employment and economic changes that are occurring across the Pittsburgh region.

About the Presenter: Chris Briem is a regional economist at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR). His work at the center’s Program in Urban and Regional Analysis focuses on economic and demographic forecasting, industry analysis and competitiveness of the Pittsburgh region. Ongoing projects include economic forecasts for Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh region, analysis of migration trends in the Pittsburgh region, analysis of local government finances and fragmentation and the impact of demographic changes on the regional economy.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 x 527.

PHLF: A Short Discussion of Architecture and Time

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, February 19th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Architecture and Time

A Short Discussion of Architecture and Time

Judged from afar, historic buildings are old, and contemporary architecture is new. But the more carefully you look, the more time works to intertwine the seeming opposites. Some particularly old buildings are still futuristic, while the avant-garde can be surprisingly shop-worn. By looking at a combination of familiar favorites and unlikely obscurities in architecture, punctuated with insights from a few key texts, this presentation aims to present a broadening sense of how buildings allow us to experience time, not simply as past, present, or future, but across a varied range of effects.

About the Presenter: Charles Rosenblum is a journalist, critic and scholar writing about architecture, art and other aspects of visual culture. For the past 20 years, he has taught history of architecture and art at a number of universities in Western Pennsylvania. His writing has appeared in books and publications nationally and regionally, including several for PHLF. Charles has won journalism awards for architectural writing in the Pittsburgh City Paper and Pittsburgh Quarterly. In 2013, he was historical consultant and on-screen expert for the documentary, Henry Hornbostel in Architecture and Legacy, broadcast on WQED. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia with a dissertation on Hornbostel’s architecture.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 x 527.

Lecture: Restoring the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail

Courthouse and Jail

Join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history and other aspects of historic preservation, community development and urban planning.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, January 29th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

The Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail by H.H. Richardson (1884-88), is one of the most significant of Pittsburgh’s great buildings. In 2014, Allegheny County commissioned the architecture firm of Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel to develop a multi-year plan to comprehensively renovate and restore this National Historic Landmark.

In this lecture, you will learn about the fact-gathering phase of the restoration process so far, which includes a detailed physical investigation of the building and facts about the original materials used on the building, its structure, assembly, and forward-thinking mechanical and electrical systems. We will also look at some of the changes that the building has undergone over the years. It is through understanding the building’s existing conditions in light of the original intent of its architect that we can help plan the process to ensure that the Courthouse remains a functioning and iconic landmark for generations to come.

About the Presenter

Jessica Stuck, AIA, began her professional career in upstate New York working on historic preservation projects including rehabilitation of the iconic Rotunda at the University of Virginia, the Vanderbilt Mansion, and restoration of historic churches in eastern New York and western Massachusetts. She joined Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel in 2014, where she has maintained a focus in preservation, restoration, and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Jessica was the project manager for developing the Allegheny County Courthouse facilities plan.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. This lecture is free and open to the public, too!

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Lessons Learned from Post-Industrial Cities

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Remaking Post-Industrial Cities
with Don Carter

Tuesday, October 23rd
7:00 pm

How did different cities respond to the rapid collapse of “big industry” in the 1980’s? Are there lessons to be learned? What can we do now to create just, equitable communities?

Remaking Post-Industrial Cities

Don Carter — the David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement of the Remaking Cities Institute — examines the histories of 10 American and European cities, their metamorphoses, and their prospects for the future. In these case studies he identifies and expands on the factors he has found to be crucial to the resilience of post-industrial cities.

Carter’s work tackles problems we cannot avoid. Sharing lessons from the experience of different cities, he ultimately shows us how to take control over our future.

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Heroic Chinese Lawyer to Speak at City of Asylum

City of Asylum (2017)

Presented in partnership with Duquesne University and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Teng Biao

Tuesday, March 21st
8:00 pm

Teng Biao has been called one of China’s “unstoppable lawyers.” He is a prominent member of the weiquan, or “rights defenders,” movement, a loosely knit coalition of Chinese lawyers and activists who tackle cases related to the environment, religious freedom and freedom of speech and the press.

Teng was also one of the founders of gongmeng, the Open Constitution Initiative in China in 2003. In 2006 he was counsel for the blind activist lawyer Chen Guangcheng (who has presented twice at City of Asylum).

For his activism Teng was banned from teaching, forced out of a job, disbarred from practicing law, jailed and tortured. He is now free, but living in exile in the U.S. as part of Harvard’s Scholars at Risk program. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Religious Freedom and Rule of Law Defender Award, the Prize for Outstanding Democracy Activist, the Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett Grants, NED Democracy Award and the Human Rights Prize of French Republic.

We are honored to welcome Teng to City of Asylum to share his story with us and to take questions about China.

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Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

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Lecture: Transit as a Development Tool

Thursday, May 19, 2015
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Nationwide, people are driving less and taking more about transit.  It’s not a fluke – it’s now a 10-year-long trend. Why?  And, more importantly, what does it mean to the historic preservation movement and community development?  In this lecture, we’ll explore the huge shift in national transportation trends, their positive urban revitalization impacts, Pittsburgh-area development and the streetcar, its implications for our neighborhoods’ continual rebirth today, and how both everyone from DIY-ers and large-scale investors can identify and capitalize on quality transit assets.

About the presenter: Chris Sandvig is the regional policy director for the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG). He works on regional and state issues impacting PCRG’s member communities and manages its GoBurgh program. He is a long-time transit advocate, Morningside resident, and commutes to work via bike or bus almost every day. Prior to PCRG, Chris spent nine years in corporate business development for industrial and commercial engineered HVAC systems. He holds Industrial Engineering and Public Policy degrees from Penn State and Carnegie Mellon University.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This lecture is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527