Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, June 5, 2014
Nationally-recognized urban design experts to offer free advice for Pittsburgh development plans

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 5, 2014) - Mayor William Peduto will present a Pittsburgh case study today to the Mayor’s Institute on City Design in Louisville, Ky., where as the Institute’s guest he will receive expert analysis of plans for the Strip District.

Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute has helped transform communities by holding working sessions with mayors and leading design experts to find solutions to challenges facing their cities. Each session is organized around case-study problems where mayors present design issues their cities are facing and get input from experts and other mayors.

Mayor Peduto is there with Mayors Rusty Bailey of Riverside, Calif.; John Curtis of Provo, Utah; John Eberhart of Fairbanks, Alaska; Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis, Minn.; George Wallace of Hampton, Va.; Lovely Warren of Rochester, N.Y.; and Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio.

Mayor Peduto will talk to the group about various plans at work in the Strip District. They include alternative development plans to save the Pennsylvania Fruit Auction and Sales Building; an adjacent riverfront development plan by the Buncher Co.; and the ongoing Allegheny River Green Boulevard plan. Generally, Institute participants will discuss how to balance the historic character of the district with increased interest in economic development and building in the area, and infrastructure needs from stormwater management to pedestrian and biking infrastructure.

The Strip District is an important link between Downtown and neighborhoods to the east, and the city is expected to apply lessons it learns in balancing smart historic preservation and development there in other neighborhoods citywide.

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design is a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors, with support from United Technologies Corporation.

According to the Institute:

"Every year, the partner organizations plan and manage six Institute sessions held throughout the country. Each two and one-half day session is limited to less than twenty participants, half mayors and half a resource team consisting of outstanding city design and development professionals.

Mayors present a range of challenges, including waterfront redevelopment, downtown revitalization, transportation planning, and the design of new public buildings such as libraries and arts centers. Following each presentation, mayors and designers identify important issues, offer suggestions, and discuss potential solutions. The interchange sparks lively debate, opens new perspectives, and generates creative ideas. Members of the resource team also make presentations on the role of their profession in the process of city design, illustrated by outstanding examples and best practices.

Despite the intimate nature of its proceedings, the Institute has graduated more than 950 mayors. Many of these are still in office, and over a dozen are either in Congress or in a governor’s mansion. The program has also graduated more than 700 designers who have often commented on learning as much from the mayors as the mayors have learned from them. Design is a two-way street, and the Mayors’ Institute was founded both to educate mayors about design and to educate the design community about the latest practical needs of our cities."

Public schedule:

Introduction and overview, Trinity Simons, Mayors’ Institute on City Design

Time: 9-9:20 a.m.

Location: The Foundry at Glassworks, 815 E. Market St., Louisville

Resource team member Paul Morris, President & CEO, Atlanta BeltLine, Atlanta, Ga.

Time: 9:20-9:40 a.m.

Location: The Glassworks

Mayor Hodges of Minneapolis

Time: 9:40-11 a.m.

Location: The Glassworks

Resource team member Leila Aman, Principal, Fregonese Associates, Portland, Ore.

Time: 11-11:20 a.m.

Location: The Glassworks

Mayor Curtis of Provo

Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

Location: The Glassworks

Lunch at The Glassworks

Time: 12:50-1:45 p.m.

Resource team member Daniel Hernandez, Managing Director, Rose Urban Solutions at Jonathan Rose Companies, New York City

Time: 1:45-2:05 p.m.

Location: The Glassworks

Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester

Time: 2:05-3:25 p.m.

Location: The Glassworks

Resource team member David Hill, Principal, D.I.R.T. studio, Auburn, Ala.

Time: 3:25-3:45 p.m.

Location: The Glassworks

Mayor Peduto of Pittsburgh

Time:4:10-5:30 p.m.

Location: The Glassworks

Resource team member Deborah Berke, Deborah Berke Partners, New York City

Time: 5:30-5:50 p.m.

Location: The Glassworks

Dinner at 610 Magnolia

Time: 7-9:30 p.m.

Location: 610 W. Magnolia Ave., Louisville


Thursday, June 5, 2014
Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
City of Pittsburgh
Cell: 412-660-1999

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