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 Adele Peters – Co.EXIST
This neighborhood on Bainbridge Island, Washington was designed to maximize sustainability and foster community. When completed, it will have 24 net zero homes and a community bike share. Link to full story.
by Richard Florida – The Atlantic Cities
The ideal diverse, cohesive neighborhood may not, in fact, be attainable. This study suggests that fostering links among neighborhoods rather than cultivating diversity within them may be a more realistic path to a cohesive city. Link to full story.
by Emily Badger – The Atlantic Cities
In an effort to anticipate the needs of an aging population, Vancouver has implemented a policy to phase out the doorknob. New buildings will use levers to open doors instead, which are much easier for arthritic hands to manage. Link to full story.
by Richard Florida and Stephanie Garlock – The Atlantic Cities
Class division and disparity between neighborhoods is ever-present in American cities. A new federal initiative could address the economic and geographic aspects of urban inequality. Link to full story.