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FORGE: NEW URBAN FRONTIERS


March 31-April 2

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FORGE: NEW URBAN FRONTIERS


March 31-April 2

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FIND YOUR NEXT FRONTIER. CHOOSE YOUR TRACK.

It wasn’t steel that built Pittsburgh. It was innovation: a mode of living that drove the people here to forge their city’s future with their own hands. While the steel that was their medium is gone, that blue-collar mentality of individually crafting your future is deeply ingrained in the city today. Pittsburgh is a place teeming with a diverse population of thinkers, makers, and doers conceiving the future, and striving to “Forge: New Urban Frontiers”. Our vision for Quad is to reveal the innovative ways that Pittsburgh is working to define the future of cities, and to show how change at the urban scale can be initiated by even the smallest of actions.

Pittsburgh is an incredibly diverse, vibrant city with a lot going on. In order to showcase just a few of the incredible ways the city is reinventing itself we are splitting our programming into tracks. These tracks will showcase the people, projects, and places that are redefining the City of Pittsburgh and contributing to a global dialogue about what a city can be in the 21st century.

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Pittsburgh


"Beyond Pittsburgh's pretty downtown, transformation and momentum reign, with former industrial areas giving way to restaurants, shops and art venues."

The New York Times

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Pittsburgh


"Beyond Pittsburgh's pretty downtown, transformation and momentum reign, with former industrial areas giving way to restaurants, shops and art venues."

The New York Times

EXplore. discover. learn.

Our conference will give you the chance to experience just a sample of the many incredible people, projects, and ideas that are helping Pittsburgh reemerge as one of the preeminent urban innovation centers. It's not about following the same path, it's about finding your own. We'll give you the tools to find your way, and you'll get to explore. Savor Pittsburgh's award winning culinary scene. Hike the urban forests or bike the riverfront trails. Explore over 90 neighborhoods. Ponder the masters of yesterday, today, and tomorrow in our renowned museums. Really, you'll be surprised just how crazy awesome and exciting Pittsburgh has become.

Neighborhoods:

Pittsburgh is not a typical American city by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, it is a confederation of over 90 unique ethnic neighborhoods that are bisected by re-appropriated industrial infrastructure. Each neighborhood represents a distinct community, culture, and even a way of life. And yet, even with all the difference they are still uniquely and unmistakably Pittsburgh.

topograPHY:

Few cities can match the dramatic and chaotic topography of Pittsburgh. The city is divided by steep, narrow ravines and wide, meandering rivers. All of these geologic features make any semblance of a grid impossible, giving the entire urban fabric cinematic effect. Moving through Pittsburgh is like experiencing an endless room frame by frame- always changing and never predictable. 

history:

The Arsenal of Democracy. The City of Champions. The Gateway to the West. Pittsburgh has been known by many names, but the most ubiquitous is it's title as "The Steel City." And rightfully so. By 1911 the city was producing over half the world's steel, home to the richest and most powerful industrialists in the world, and a major hub of industrial and consumer innovation

 

and you don't have to take our word for it...

We aren't the only ones who think Pittsburgh is great. Believe it or not, people have been singing the Steel City's praise for decades. We were going to try and list all of the recent publications, TV shows, non-profit foundations, research universities, arts incubators, and bloggers who have fallen for the city of bridges but- no lie- we would have exceeded our page limit.

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Carnegie Mellon University


Learning by making.

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Carnegie Mellon University


Learning by making.

School of architecture

The School of Architecture (SoA) provides deep immersion in the discipline of architecture, intensified by the broader Carnegie Mellon culture of interdisciplinary innovation and creative inquiry.

As one of nation's top 10 ranked architecture schools, we define the discipline of architecture as the integrated pursuit of design creativity, historical perspective, social responsibility, technical expertise, and global environmental leadership. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare students to be excellent, discipline-defining design thinkers in diverse global contexts. 

This world-class architecture education is enhanced by our position within one of the world’s leading research and entrepreneurship institutions, and by the fundamental premise that architectural excellence demands both rigorous training in fundamentals and the development of unique specializations. Students may extend their core knowledge either through concentration in architecture subdisciplines like sustainable design or computational design, or through interdisciplinary interaction with CMU’s other renowned programs—whether the sciences, the humanities, business, or robotics. Though every SoA student graduates with intensive architecture knowledge, no two graduates leave with the same education. 

In the twenty-first century, few architecture problems are straightforward. SoA graduates excel in the roles architects have performed for centuries—and in new roles catalyzed by the depth and breadth of their education—to create and execute innovative solutions to a huge range of emerging global challenges.