The Design Center advocates for the value of good design, planning and public policy to support more livable and sustainable communities in the Pittsburgh region.
The Design Center envisions a region where design is accessible, valued and celebrated throughout diverse and connected communities.
by Graham T. Beck – Next City
Most of the Rockaway Peninsula was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, but the Averne by the Sea development was 90% unaffected. This is largely due to the development’s resilient design and planning. Link to full story.
by Frances Bula – TheCityFix
Olympic host cities sometimes overspend public funds on new infrastructure. Vancouver, however, used a public-private partnership for transportation that turned into an unprecedented success. Link to full story.
by Catherine Maier - University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
Instead of walking for utilitarian purposes, many people now walk for fitness. These researchers propose to design neighborhoods that adapt to this new trend. Link to full story.
by Brett Schwartz - APA Planning
Young people are an important asset to utilize in community planning. Engaged youth bring a fresh perspective to the process and develop a stronger appreciation for their towns. Link to full story.