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October rocks, with heavy hitters like VIA, Maker Faire and Reel Q, plus tacos galore, the cult of Lebowski, dogs in costume, and even some yinzer gore. It was a challenge to pick just 12, so check out our events section each week for more.

DogtoberFEST
Courtesy DogtoberFEST.

1. DogtoberFEST at The Waterfront: October 1

Whether you’re ready to add a canine companion to your clan or are looking for a festive fall outing for your favorite four-legged friend, head to The Waterfront for an afternoon celebrating all things canine (and some cats too!). Pittsburgh’s largest animal adoption event, DogtoberFEST will feature 64 shelters, breed-specific rescue groups and vendors. Attendees can meet adoptable dogs, shop for pet-themed products and doggie goodies at a specialty vendor market and bake sale, pick up resources from vets and trainers, and more. The free, outdoor festival will also feature live music by The Real Deal, search and rescue demonstrations led by Nosework, and a recreational enrichment trail for pups. If your dog loves to don garb, don’t miss the Pooch Pride Parade Costume The free furry fun is presented by the Coalition to Adopt, Rehome and Match Abandoned Animals and Robinson Animal Hospital.

Smithfield United Church of Christ
Smithfield United Church of Christ. Amy Cicconi Photography.

2. Doors Open Pittsburgh: October 1 & 2

If you’re like us, you’ve strolled the streets of downtown, looked up to spot a carved gargoyle, intricate spire, or green roof and thought to yourself: I wish I could go inside. Now you can. Swinging open the doors to some of Pittsburgh’s most iconic structures, this first-of-its-kind event features behind-the-scenes access at 40 downtown buildings—including historic landmarks and off-the-beaten-path gems. From private clubs to chic hotels—it’s your chance to experience Pittsburgh’s storied structures, rich architectural heritage, and diverse urban landscape. Peer into the magical “forever mirrors” at the Benedum Center, wander through the Allegheny Harvard, Yale and Princeton Club—originally built in 1894 as workers’ row houses—and explore ornate, early-19th-century masterpieces erected by industrialists like Henry Clay Frick. Inside the Flemish Gothic Union Trust Building, you’ll experience the awe-inspiring central rotunda, 10-story atrium and breathtaking Tiffany glass dome. Bask in the Beaux-Arts splendor of The Pennsylvanian, tour an aquaponics site and enjoy rooftop access at the convention center. Don’t just walk past quickly without noticing, look up and go on in. Download the event guide.

Pittsburgh Taco Festival
Pittsburgh Taco Festival.

3. Pittsburgh Taco Festival at Hop Farm Brewing: October 2

The city’s love affair with the small but mighty traditional Mexican dish will be on the front burner at the first of what we hope will be an annual affair. Bringing 20 top taquerias together, the highly buzzed about Taco Festival will feature everyone from Edgar’s and Round Corner Cantina, to La Palapa and Mission Mahi. Boasting one of the largest selections of tacos in the Burgh, the event will also feature a Chihuahua costume contest and a taco-themed mercado. Slinging the goods at Hop Farm Brewing—because nothing tastes better with tacos than beer—the festival offers two afternoon sessions with live music by DJ Mateo and Gavas Beat. The brainchild of Pittsburghers Craig and Bridget McCloud—self-professed taco lovers who operate Popsburgh, a food cart selling handmade Mexican paletas—the event celebrates the couple’s favorite handmade street food. Dig in for a cause because this tasty fest benefits Allegheny CleanWays’ mission to eliminate illegal dumping and littering. Buy tickets now because this foodie fiesta is expected to sell out.

UpPrize
UpPrize finals event. Photo: Erika Gidley.

4. UpPrize networking event at AlphaLab Gear: October 6

Have a grand idea and want to take it to the next level? UpPrize, the social innovation challenge created by The Forbes Funds with partners BNY Mellon and Bridgeway Capital, is back after its stellar debut last year. You’re invited to share your best and brightest solutions and help NEXTpittsburgh launch the latest round during this free networking event. Called “the networking event of the year” by AlphaLab Gear‘s Ilana Diamond, the night will feature great food, local craft beer, and the chance for citizens, cohorts, organizations, and others to envision solutions addressing two challenge areas: access to healthy food and innovative technology. Imagine yourself in a room packed with entrepreneurs, nonprofits, funders and techies—with every chance to talk social innovation and network for all you’re worth—and you’ve got the picture. Applications will be accepted between October 1 and November 30. Each challenge offers a $350,000 award. Finalists will be selected by January 2017.  This is close to being filled so hurry. Learn more about UpPrizeRegister now.

Aye Nako
Aye Nako from Brooklyn.

5. VIA Music & New Media Festival: October 6 – 9 at Ace Hotel

For four days Pittsburgh will be at the epicenter of experimental music and audiovisual culture. It’s fitting that for its 7th ambitious edition, the previously nomadic VIA Festival will make the city’s newest boutique hotel its flagship laboratory for cutting-edge audio and visual presentations. VIA and East Liberty have a collaborative history, with the festival popping up in its formerly vacant urban spaces and running an underground venue at 6119 Penn (RIP). The thoughtfully curated fest features 40-plus artists and 15 main events, highlighting unlikely pairings in sound, new media, performance and technology. Staunchly multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory and multi-format, the star-studded lineup brings together legends and legends in the making—several making their Pittsburgh debut—such as Cannes winner Giant, Rihanna collaborator Sam Rolfes, iconic rapper Rakim, and South Bronx pioneers ESG. Free highlights include a discussion with landmark black female artists, a master class with Brooklyn performance duo Fluct and a hands-on coding and digital drawing game titledExquisite Donut. What sets VIA apart in a sea of festivals? Its commitment to including local artists, and rich opportunities for attendees to be active participants in featured artworks. Projecting out from Ace, VIA also offers satellite events at non-traditional spaces such as pop-up galleries, theaters, libraries, universities and more. View a schedule and buy tickets.

King Cobra
King Cobra, Justin Kelly (2016).

6. Reel Q Film Festival at the Harris Theater: October 6 – 15

Get ready to strike a pose at Reel Q. Boasting standout performances from Madonna to James Franco to Isabella Rossellini, Pittsburgh’s annual presentation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema returns for its most star-studded festival in Reel Q history. Spanning film, television and Broadway, this year’s festivities bring 10 days of diverse programming to downtown’s Cultural District. We all know about the Material Girl, but what about the talented male dancers who performed with the pop icon? Reel Q kicks off with a bang, presenting the behind-the-scenes story of the dancers who performed with Madonna during her legendary 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour. Don your 1980s-era garb, because the film will be followed by a Madge-themed after-party at Bricolage. Reel Q wraps with a stellar pairing of Oscar-nominated actor James Franco and Golden Globe winner Christian Slater, who star in Justin Kelly’s 2016 film, King Cobra—a gripping true story about a murder scandal that rocked the adult entertainment industry. Reel Q also features themed shorts, French cinema, 20th-anniversary classics, a closing party and more. View a scheduleBuy tickets.

Pittsburgh Abides
Courtesy Pittsburgh Abides.

7. Pittsburgh Abides Big Lebowski Fest: October 8 at Spirit

In August, fans on all continents mourned the passing of David Huddleston, who played the title role in the iconic 1998 Coen brothers film, The Big Lebowski. Here to give 412 achievers their annual fix of the cult flick—while anointing new generations of Dudes—is Pittsburgh’s homegrown take on a quirky festival held around the globe. Slip into that beige bathrobe, mix up a White Russian and spew witty Dudeisms, when Spirit becomes a playpen for everybody’s favorite slacker. More than a movie screening, the 4th annual shindig is bigger than ever with two floors of Dudery hosted by charismatic artist Alexi Morrissey. Be an achiever as you play rounds of ear spitting, ringer toss and trivia, ride a zip line, and compete in a citywide scavenger hunt (bring them a toe by 3 p.m.!). Pitch your Lebowski sequel to actor/director Patrick Jordan, show off your dance moves in a competition judged by Attack Theatre’s Peter Kope and score under par in a mini-golf course designed by Pittsburgh artists. Wash it all down with classic rock performed by the F*cking bEagle Brothers and Charlie Hustle and the Grifters. Buy tickets.

Grindhouse Wetware
Courtesy Grindhouse Wetware.

8. Maker Faire Pittsburgh on the Northside: October 15 & 16

Where can you watch a robot sort trash and recyclables and witness a hand-cranked Gatling gun fire off 144 rubber bands? Dubbed “the greatest show-and-tell on Earth, Maker Faire lands on the Northside for two days jam-packed with wondrous exhibits, demos, performances, and activities—spanning every category under the sun, like the Internet of Things, Steampunk, gaming and more. Pittsburgh’s second foray into the Maker Faire phenom will flood Buhl Community Park, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Nova Place with a melting pot of makers, tinkerers, inventors, techies and beyond. Equal parts science club, county fair and DIY confluence, Maker Faire brings together some of the region’s most inventive minds—from cutting-edge roboticists to kid inventors to commercial entrepreneurs. Delve into the fascinating world of biohacking, play a fun new lawn game handmade in Pittsburgh, and learn basic coding and animation techniques to customize your own Pokémon characters. Step into an augmented reality sandbox to create digital art and interact with colorful projections, topographic maps and photo portraits. View a schedule and buy tickets.

FUSE@PSO
FUSE@PSO. Photo by Wade Massie.

9. FUSE@PSO presents Bartók + Björk at Heinz Hall: October 19

Ready to meet the lovechild of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók and Icelandic icon Björk? Musically speaking that is. The synergistic sonic results just may surprise you. If you missed the rousing debut of conductor Steve Hackman’s FUSE@PSOlast year, then you have three fantastic chances to catch the cutting-edge series when it returns. Boldly going where most symphonies don’t venture, FUSE pairs contemporary and classical masterpieces to forge bold musical hybrids. For its 2016 launch, Hackman will conjure a vibrant and evocative mashup of Bartók’s 1943 Concerto for Orchestra, and 11 striking songs from Björk’s seminal albums—DebutPost and Homogenic. The one-of-a-kind concert will showcase the vocal talents of Malia Civetz, Carla Kihlstedt and Kristin Slipp. With Hackman at the helm, the production will explore Bartók’s love of Western art music and eastern European folk music along with the eclectic vision of Björk, which spans pop, electronica, jazz and more. Arrive at 5 p.m. for a lively happy hour in Heinz Hall’s sublime garden, featuring specially-priced drinks, activities, snacks and mingling with the musicians. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and it’s open seating with drinks allowed. Buy ticketsPlease note: Due to the current PSO Musicians’ strike, concerts through October 27 have been canceled. For more information, please visitpittsburghsymphony.org and PSOupdate.com.

Wigle Whiskey
Courtesy of Wigle Whiskey.

10. Walkabout Apple Whiskey Weekend: October 21, 22, 23

Where can you bob for apples and drink them in your whiskey? Channel the spirit of Johnny Appleseed—who introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania—celebrate the fall harvest season and be among the first to taste Wigle‘s new cider-infusedwhiskey at this weekend-long festival. At Wigle‘s Strip District distillery and Northside barrelhouse, Walkabouters will sample the new release, sip autumnal cocktails, grab grub from food trucks, bob for apples, and take selfies with Johnny Appleseed. Free and family-friendly, the festivities will include presentations by the Apple Whiskey development team, apple-themed games with City of Play and live music by The Lonely Lights and Chris Hannigan. Created in collaboration with Chatham University’s Food Studies Program, Wigle’s newest concoction is a base of rye and wheat whiskey hand-blended from 15-gallon casks. Savor the robustly-flavored results for yourself as you enjoy this custom blend of hearty apple cider and subtle sweetness on a crisp fall day. For more whiskey, check out the Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival October 28 at Rivers Casino.

El Vez
El Vez, photo by Randall Michelson.

11. Night of 1,000 Elvises at The Warhol Museum: October 22

Warhol turned repetition into a global art phenomenon using everyday objects and pop icons. You’ll see much more than double at the museum’s signature fundraiser, back with a creative new twist riffing on one of the Warhol’s favorite subjects. Whether you prefer him as a guitar-slinging Army sergeant, rockabilly bad boy or 1970s lounge crooner, it’s not too early to start crafting your over-the-top Elvis ensemble for this glittery tribute to all things The King—and King of Pop. Channeling the Tupelo tornado will be the self-proclaimed “Mexican Elvis,” El Vez (aka singer-songwriter Robert Lopez), who has not performed locally since 1998. Attendees can get marked with Elvis-inspired temporary tattoos, swing their hips Memphis-style during DJ sets and shop for iconic Warholian wares. Elvises will have access to the museum’s seven floors, and will be the first to see the new exhibition, Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body. Featuring 200 artworks, the first-of-its-kind show explores Warhol’s focus on the human body—abstracted, tormented, sculpted and idealized—and delves into his personal struggles with physical appearance. VIPers will have access to an exclusive underground “Viva Las Vegas” lounge featuring casino games, unlimited drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Buy tickets.

Bricolage
Artwork by Joe Mruk, Red Buffalo Illustration.

12. Night of the Living Dead N’at: October 27 – November 12

Ever since the first zombie crawled out of a western Pennsylvania cemetery in George Romero’s 1968 seminal cult classic,Night of the Living Dead—literally spawning a new genre—Pittsburgh has nurtured a love affair with horror films. With the spooky season upon us, Bricolage is breathing new life—and death—into the cinematic classic, updating it with a raucous yinzer twist. Bricolage’s longtime fan favorite Midnight Radio Series returns to dish out a comedy-laden revamping of the flick complete with a contemporary “yinzerized” script adapted by the company’s producing artistic director, Tami Dixon. Paying homage to the Godfather of Zombies, the spine-tingling show will be augmented by the eerie live music of classical rock powerhouse Cello Fury. Via its trademark 1940s radio format, Midnight Radio will also showcase live Foley sound effects, commercial spoofs, and a dub over the film screening using Dixon’s clever script. For added gore, don’t miss the pre-show Happy Half-Hour and The Brains N’at Ball on Halloween. Buy tickets.

Check out more events every week in NEXTpittsburgh, including these coming up in October:

VIA
VIA visual artist Chris Coleman.

StepTrek in the South Side Slopes: October 1
Esperanza Spalding presents Emily’s D+Evolution at the August Wilson Center: October 7
Weird Reality Symposium at Carnegie Mellon: October 6—9
Quantum Theatre’s The River at Aspinwall Roverfront Park: October 7—30
Patti Smith lecture at Carnegie Music Hall: October 10 (sold-out)
Tig Notaro at Carnegie Library of Homestead: October 14
Pittsburgh Zine Fair at the Union Project: October 16
Third Thursday: EDEN at Carnegie Museum of Art: October 20
ReelAbilities Film Festival: October 20—November 2
Global Links’ Dia de los Muertos fundraiser: October 22
Hometown-Homegrown at the Heinz History Center: October 22

Looking for live music? Read our Everything you need to know about Pittsburgh concerts in October feature.

Looking for events for families and children? Check out our 10 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this Septemberfeature.

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From massive stadium shows to neighborhood-spanning festivals, August has something for everybody. Here’s a closer look at some of the more notable concerts in Pittsburgh in August:

August starts off slowly, with a pair of golden-voiced crooners, Josh Groban and Sarah McLachlan, headlining First NiagaraAugust 2. Former American Idol contestant Phillip Phillips visits Stage AE that same night, with support from singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson. Vancouver indie punk act White Lung headlines Club Cafe August 3. (Their new album, Paradise, earned Pitchfork‘s vaunted “Best New Music” designation.) Thursday, August 4, Coldplay comes to town to play Consol, their first Pittsburgh visit since 2009. Chris Martin and co. are touring in support of A Head Full of Dreams, their seventh studio album. A pair of female singer/songwriters, Alessia Cara and Foxes (Louisa Allen), open.

Pittsburgh regulars O.A.R. headline an outdoor show at Stage AE August 5, almost a year to the day they played PNC Park. That same night, country superstar Brad Paisley visits First Niagara. Opening for Paisley are Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae, best known for their single “Girl in a Country Song,” which pokes fun at stereotypical portrayals of women in country music songs. Also, singer-songwriter Jasmine Tate returns home for an intimate show at the Pittsburgh Winery.

On Saturday, August 6, party like a Rox star at the free McKees Rocks Feastival. This year’s headliners include a pair of Brooklyn-based funk bands, Turkuaz and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, as well as another funk band,Dumpstaphunk, from New Orleans. There will be nearly 20 food trucks on hand, plus the I Made It! Market and an arts and crafts area for the little ones. And be sure to check out the free after-party at the Rex Theater later that evening.

Otherwise, don’t miss Baltimore indie rock duo Wye Oak at Club Cafe, touring in support of their June release, Tween, which has been landing better reviews than their previous album, probably because they brought back their guitars for this one.

The weekend wraps up with Relapse Records artist Nothing at Cattivo August 7. The Philly shoegaze/post-rock outfit churns out wave after wave of atmospheric guitar fuzz, perfect for fans of Slowdive, Whirr, or MBV.

Things pick up the second week of August, beginning August 9 with the grit and boogie of Brooklyn’s Broncho at Club Cafe, bolstered by openers Nevada Color. For even more fuzzed-out guitars head to Spirit for The Ghost Wolves, a garage-rock duo from Austin. There’s also a sold out performance by Halsey at Stage AE that same night.

The next day, August 10, includes a performance by Kesha and The Creepies. According to Rolling Stone, the pop superstar will use the seven-date tour to premiere “dirty rock & roll and country music,” including, she says, “songs you’ve never heard me play before and I may never play again.” The show is sold-out except for VIP packages.

That same night, the Prince of the City, Wiz Khalifa, performs with hip-hop’s favorite OG uncle, Snoop Dogg. Also on the bill are Kevin Gates, Jhené Aiko, Casey Veggies, and DJ Drama. Snoop is scheduled for an appearance at Diesel after the First Niagara gig, but odds are it won’t be much more than a brief appearance, like when 50 Cent stopped by to promote his vodka.

On August 11, metalcore favorites Killswitch Engage open for Danish metal band Volbeat at Stage AE. It’s also day one of1Hood Day, Pittsburgh’s annual hip-hop festival, organized by 1Hood Media. Day one features a dozen up-and-coming musicians and rappers, while day two (hosted by David Banner!) features performances by some of 1Hood’s most well-known performers of conscious hip-hop, including, Idasa Tariq, Blak Rapp Madusa, and Jasiri X. The event takes place atAnthony Rivers Park in East Liberty.

Speaking of local festivals, August 12 is day one for RANT, the Rock All Night Tour. “It’s a true showcase of what this city has to offer in the world of live music,” says event organizer, Mary Jo Coll. Now in its fifth year, over 200(!) local acts will play at 30+ venues in and around Lawrenceville, all for free. August 12 is also the kick-off for the three-day Heritage Bluesfest in Wheeling, West Virginia, featuring Shemekia Copeland, Butch Trucks, and many more.

If you’re somehow up for more music that weekend, consider seeing America at Jergel’s August 13, or The Bronx at Club Cafe August 14. The Cali punk band moonlights as Mariachi El Bronx, and you can catch them at Club Cafe the very next night, with support from Homeless Gospel Choir.

Also August 14, head to Allentown’s RE360 Warehouse to celebrate Black Forge Coffee House’s first anniversary. The pay-what-you-can event includes the debut of a collaborative cold brew mead with Apis Mead & Winery, burlesque from Kat De Lac, comedy from Matt Light, and live music from Dethlehem, Homeless Gospel Choir, and a rare performance from Molasses Barge.

On August 15, in addition to Mariachi El Bronx, there is a performance by dreamy Cali pop outfit Best Coast at Mr. Smalls. This is the duo’s first ever headlining gig in Pittsburgh; their only other stop in town was opening for Green Day in 2013.Stargazer Lilies open. Kinks-inspired garage rock band The Mystery Lights also have a gig the 15th, at Lawrenceville’s Spirit.

Ted Nugent roars into town August 16 for a night at Stage AE, but the biggest concert of the month happens August 17, when two of the biggest hip-hop artists on the planet, Drake and Future, perform at Consol Energy Center. The tour kicked off July 20 in Austin, where the 6 God performed a staggering 50-song set (on top of another 25+ from Future). The Austin show, of course, included a six-song encore with Future and Drake trading off on tracks from their collaborative mixtape,What A Time to Be Alive. If you don’t like Drake (?!), you can instead catch prog-rock legends Yes perform their Drama and . . .Topographic Ocean albums in their entirety.

Gov’t Mule returns to town August 18 at Stage AE for their Smokin’ Mule Summer Tour, with support from Blackberry Smoke. August 19 marks the kickoff of the three-day Skullfest. In true punk fashion venues still haven’t been determined, but more than 50 local and national bands are already scheduled to perform, including Wolf Eyes, Belgrado (Spain), and EEL.

On August 20Blues Traveler headlines a rare quadruple bill at Stage AE, including performances by The Wallflowers, G. Love & Special Sauce, and Howie Day. Across town, at the Rex Theater, the “King of Surf Guitar,” Dick Dale, who continues to tour at age 79 to pay for thousands of dollars of monthly medical expenses.

Club Cafe welcomes The Delta Saints August 22. The Nashville band plays “Bourbon-fueled Bayou-Rock” that’s part-blues, part-Southern roots rock. For a true taste of the South, come back to Club Cafe August 23 for Buckwheat Zydeco. Or, venture down East Carson a few blocks to catch sludge metal legends the Melvins at the Rex Theater, their first stop in town in over three years. Their new album, Basses Loaded, is the band’s 21st studio album. It features contributions from six different bassists as well as a gnarly cover of The Beatles’ “I Want to Tell You.”

On August 25, the inimitable Brian Wilson performs at the Benedum. The Beach Boys leader is on tour (with Al Jardine!) to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Pet Sounds, which many critics regard as the greatest album . . . ever? Expect to hear Pet Sounds from start to finish alongside other Beach Boy classics.

For more classic rockers, catch David Crosby at the Palace in Greensburg August 26. That’s the same day alt-country/folk singer William Elliott Whitmore headlines at the Rex.

August ends on a strong note. First, Odd Future kingpin Tyler, the Creator visits Stage AE August 28, with an opening set from Taco. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Blink 182 (minus Tom DeLonge) headlines First Niagara the same evening, with support from A Day To Remember and All Time Low.

Finally, the face of modern blues rock and one of the best young guitar players today, Gary Clark Jr., headlines Stage AE August 30.

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Thanks to Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh is the first city to be featured in Jaunt, the free mobile app that allows users to navigate a curated collection of our city’s historic and modern architecture. More than 105 entries are featured, from buildings to bridges to industrial sites, including the Emerald Art Glass House, David McCullough Bridge, Carrie Furnaces and Fallingwater.

The app features a map view based on the GPS of the user’s phone and a grid view to see an overview of everything offered. Content can be sorted by architect, date, location, status, style or use.

Each entry contains a detailed architectural description and, in some cases, photographs and design drawings. There is also a limited number of unbuilt projects—such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for the Point—as well as demolished buildings such as the Civic Arena.

Jaunt_Grid“Sometimes things that don’t get built trigger discussion,” says Rami el Samahy, principal of the design firm over,under which created the app. “And with something like the Civic Arena, love it or hate it, if you weren’t here prior to 2012, you may know nothing about that building, so you can imagine that in less than a generation that will be gone. Yet it was a key piece of the Pittsburgh skyline and a true Pittsburgh story constructed of Pittsburgh steel and designed by a Pittsburgh firm.”

While the design firm over,under, is located in Boston, the Pittsburgh connection comes through Rami el Samahy, who until recently was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture.

Pittsburgh is the first official Jaunt city, with Boston and Doha, Qatar to follow. Students from CMU’s Doha campus provided the information systems and designed the technology for the app but the designers wanted to start in Pittsburgh because of the amazing resources at the CMU Architecture Archives.

“It’s an exciting city to do, not an obvious choice,” says el Samahy. “Pittsburgh is a great city and has amazing examples of some of America’s finest architecture from all eras.”

Martin Aurand, architecture librarian and archivist at the CMU Architecture Archives, provided resources through the library to digitize original drawings and photographs that the public would not necessarily be able to easily access. He also provided “energy and knowledge” according to el Samahy, and much of the descriptive writing for the app.

Each description includes an “additional reading” section with recommended books and articles.

The team behind the app includes students from the CMU School of Architecture and from the CMU Qatar campus. Support for the project came from the Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives and the Berkman Faculty Development Fund.

Download the Jaunt Pittsburgh guide here.

 

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According to CNBC, almost 13 percent of the U.S. working-age population was in the process of starting or running a new business last year — a 67-percent jump from 2010. Forbes notes that “an increasingly diverse cross-section of individuals is leaving large organizations and pursuing the creation of their own businesses.”

This year, you may be one of the new crop of individuals looking to make your mark. If so, you’re in luck—Pittsburgh has a rising number of coworking spaces and shared resources that will help you launch your new venture with less risk and a growing community of like-minded individuals that will provide inspiration and support. These facilities offer month-to-month leases and turnkey amenities that allow you to plug-and-play from Day 1.

Entrepreneurs and freelancers of all kinds—from coders to cooks—have access to a wide range of options all over the city. To start you off, here is our comprehensive guide to Pittsburgh’s coworking spaces.

FLEXIBLE OFFICE SPACE

The Beauty Shoppe in East Libery- Photo by Rob Larson
The Beauty Shoppe in East Libery- Photo by Rob Larson

 The Beauty Shoppe

Where: East Liberty

6101 Penn Ave.,  Pittsburgh, PA 15206

How much: Starts at  $50/month for students for  flexible membership and  $100 for non-students.  Private offices start at $350.

Why: The Beauty Shoppe’s  tagline “Work Beautifully” says it all. Founders Rabih Helou and Matt Ciccone are obsessed with the way people work, and it shows in the thoughtful design.

 

Cube Creative Space

Where: East Liberty

5877 Commerce St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

How much: Private offices start at $350/month.

Why: Cube in East Liberty offers affordable, short-term lease office space for companies that have outgrown the shared spaces. With communal kitchens, lounges and amenities, Cube offers the best of communal and private office spaces.

The X Factory

Where: Point Breeze

6901 Lynn Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

How much: Pricing is flexible. Contact Howard Eisner at 412-855-3353 or howardeisner [at] gmail [dot] com.

Why: At five stories and 250,000 sq. ft. it is one of the largest shared spaces in the city.

Revv Oakland

Where: Oakland

3710 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

How much: Desks start at $150/month.  Private offices start at $500/month.

Why: In the heart of the neighborhood with Pittsburgh’s top universities, Revv Oakland boasts a distinctive lineup of startups, including Uber, NoWait and StitchFix.

Catapult

Where: Lawrenceville

4327 Butler St, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

How much: Catapult starts with$10 day passes and flexible desks at $50/month. Offices start at $250.

Why: Located in Lawrenceville, the coworking space offers not only desks but regular networking events through its Meetup group and an open device lab where developers can test their work on multiple devices.

StartUptown

Where: Uptown

1936 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

How much: Rates start at $150/month.

Why: StartUptown launched before “coworking” was a thing—the space is bright and cozy and houses companies ranging from design to bio-engineering startups. Mentorship is available for companies who are interested. The space is located in the Keystone Innovation Zone, which makes companies eligible for a number of benefits, including tax credits.

StartUptown @PFEX

Where: Uptown

1727 Blvd of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

How much: Rates start at $150/month.

Why: The beautifully redesigned old building goes back to its roots with a movie-themed aesthetic. There are offices on two floors and conference rooms for small to large meetings.

BrunoWorks
BrunoWorks

BrunoWorks

Where: Downtown

945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15219

How much: Rates start at $50/month for students to $250 for full membership.

Why: Right in the heart of downtown, real estate innovator Eve Picker’s coworking space was born out of the desire to optimize excess space. The product is a beautiful, lofty workspace with amenities that include office and art supplies plus photo backdrops and light kits.

21st Street Coffee

Where: The Strip District

2002 Smallman St. Pittsburgh PA 15219

How much: Desks can be used daily for $10, weekly for $30 and $100 per month.

Why: Everyone’s coworking entry point has been coffee shops. 21st Coffee has formalized that by devoting a section in the loft space of the café where coworkers get the basic amenities plus a 20% discount at the coffee shop.

Work Hard PGH

Where: Allentown

744 E. Warrington Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15210

How much: Memberships start at $45/month.

Why: Work Hard PGH is a coworking space that fosters deliberate collaboration—members are welcome to mine the expertise of its community of digital and freelance professionals. Work Hard PGH offers desk space and basic amenities as well as production facilities such as a green screen room, podcasting and VO booths.

PGH Green Innovators CoWorkshop

Where: Lower Hill District

Energy Innovation Center (EIC), 1435 Bedford Ave., Suite 140, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

How much: Furnished desk space rates range from $300 to $425/month.  Email tbartnik@pghgreeninnovators.org for more information.

Why: PGH Green Innovators welcomes individuals and non-profits working on green economic development. Located in the Energy Innovation Center, PGI is part of the Keystone Innovation Zone, which makes companies eligible for a number of benefits, including tax credits.

Alloy 26

Where: North Side

100 South Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

How much: Membership starts at $99/month

Why: Alloy 26, the largest space of its kind in Western Pennsylvania with 50,000 square feet of flexible workspace, is opening its permanent location in April. Part of the massive urban renewal project Nova Place, Alloy 26 occupants will find themselves in an emerging technology space only minutes from downtown.

Whetstone Workgroup

Where: Sharpsburg

2310 Main St., Pittsburgh, PA 15215

How much: Access to space starts at $125/month

Why: The newly opened Whetstone Workgroup marries coworking for freelancers with on-site childcare for entrepreneurs with kids. In addition to office space, Whetstone offers workshops, software access and special events tailored to freelancers. Located in the same building as La Dorita (see below).

Soon to come:

Think Tank Pittsburgh

Think Tank’s website indicates that they are currently looking for space in the downtown area.

Maker Places

TechShop

Where: East Liberty

192 Bakery Square Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

How much: Membership starts at $95/month for students and $125 for individuals.

Why: TechShop is a workshop and prototyping studio that provides access to an impressive array of tools and maker technologies. The 16,000 square-foot Bakery Square location is equipped with world-class tools and equipment including computers with design software. TechShop also hosts classes and networking events for makers, creatives and innovators.

Hack Pittsburgh

Where: Uptown

1936 5th Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15219

How much: Membership dues are $30/month plus three hours of volunteer work.

Why: Hack Pittsburgh is as much a community as a coworking space. Members get 24/7 access to the shop, all tools and resources. Additionally, Hack Pittsburgh hosts classes, workshops, Meetups and field trips to Maker events.

Open Floor

Where: Millvale

2 Sedgwick Street Millvale, PA 15209

How much: Spaces are $250/month.

Why: Open Floor is exactly what it says. Housed in an old ammunition factory, makers have access to space for work. Tenants supply their own equipment, and Open Floor provides utilities. There are currently about 15 makers whose projects range from metalwork to cut & sew manufacturing.

Shared Kitchens

The Pittsburgh Public Market- Photo by Brian Cohen
The Pittsburgh Public Market- Photo by Brian Cohen

 The Market Kitchen at  Pittsburgh Public Market

Where: The Strip District

2401 Penn Avenue,  Pittsburgh, PA 15222

How much: Members pay a  $100 annual membership fee  along with an hourly rental  fee of $17.50. Cold and dry  storage are also available for  rent.

Why: The Market Kitchen is the largest, state-of-the-art, fully licensed, multi-station kitchen facility in the city. Members have 24/7 access to equipment that ranges from a 40-quart mixer to a 60-gallon kettle, combi ovens, reach-in refrigerators and mentoring services.

La Dorita

Where: Sharpsburg

2312 Main Street, Sharpsburg, PA 15215

How much: Members pay a $200 security deposit, a monthly membership fee of $20 and a tiered hourly rental rate that starts at $15.

Why: La Dorita has a licensed and fully equipped commercial kitchen designed for caterers and small businesses. Equipment includes a Southbend six-burner range with standard oven, full-size imperial convection oven and a single door refrigerator & freezer.

Soon to come:

The Grange in Millvale

Where: Millvale

524 Grant Ave., Millvale, PA 15209

How much: TBD

Why: Millvale is creating a “restaurant cluster, local production and specialty processing” facility for food entrepreneurs. When fully operational, The Grange will house a fresh food market and shared office space for agricultural-based DIY businesses.

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Powered by NEXTpittsburgh / Written by Jennifer Baron

After the last verse of Auld Lang Syne fades, it’s time to don an Elizabethan cape and learn to play Mölkky. A new year beckons, packed with everything from an urban recreational lodge to a silent disco.

Comedian Todd Glass
Comedian Todd Glass

1. Todd Glass at Arcade Comedy Theater: January 7 — 9

You might already know that Pittsburgh’s comedy scene is generating national buzz (see our recent feature to find out why). Whether you missed his sold-out appearance at last year’s Pittsburgh Comedy Festival—or you love his new book hilariously subtitled, A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy—you’ll want to grab tickets now to see Todd Glass. The Philly native—who got his start doing stand-up on Comedy Central—has attracted an international fan base via his popular podcast, The Nerdist Network, and stints on Tosh.0, Louie, Conan and Last Comic Standing.

Every Glass show is different, blending elements of improv, personal anecdotes and signature Glass witticisms. Packed with irreverent satire, explosive routines and plenty of squirm-in-your-seat audience interaction, Glass’s Arcade Comedy shows will be accompanied by Pittsburgh musicians James Rushin (piano) and Ross Antonich (drums). Make sure you’re in the audience for the hilarity, because Glass is working on new material for an upcoming comedy special to air in 2016.

Courtesy of Chatham Baroque
Photo Courtesy Chatham Barque

2. Chatham Baroque’s Twelfth Night Gala at The Ace Hotel: January 9

Can you say happy quadricentennial? Mark the end of 2015, the death of the Bard and Chatham Baroque’s 25th anniversary at one very chic and musical soirée. Don that “funereal cocktail attire” (think black netted chapeaus, sleek cloaks and wild wigs) and party like it’s 1599 at the group’s grand Twelfth Night Gala. For its 17th annual edition, the benefit bash adds a festive literary flair, paying tribute to the influence that William Shakespeare continues to have on the arts and culture since his death 400 years ago.

Kick off the winter night from 6 to 8 p.m. with a nod to Midsummer Night’s Dream during the VIP Oberon’s Feast catered by The Whitfield, followed by main event festivities from 8 to 11 p.m. Revelers will be treated to performances by Chatham Baroque and can bid on artwork in a silent auction curated by Jessica Beck of The Warhol Museum—all set against the backdrop of Pittsburgh’s newest boutique hotel. Performing locally and around the globe, Chatham Baroque features Andrew Fouts (baroque violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba) and Scott Pauley (theorbo and baroque guitar) who bring technical prowess, period instruments and vibrant interpretations to 17th- and 18th-century music. Purchase tickets.

3. Pittsburgh Restaurant Week: January 11 – 17

Courtesy Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
Courtesy Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

Zagat just named Pittsburgh a #1 food city and this is your chance to see why. For its winter installment, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week celebrates “New Dishes for the New Year” with a kickoff party on January 7th, preview weekend January 8-10 and 50-plus dining destinations spanning seven days and the entire city—from Paris 66 to Avenue B. Helping to boost the local restaurant economy during a slower time of year, diners will enjoy special multi-course menus, cleverly priced $20.16 specialty items and prix fixe meals from area eateries—all while experiencing Pittsburgh’s eclectic neighborhoods and taking in the city’s dining landscape without breaking the bank.

Highlighting Pittsburgh’s numerous and diverse dining options, PRW also brings residents from the city and surrounding ‘burbs together to stroll the streets and see what delicious new dishes are on our gastronomical horizon. Get a first taste at Pittsburgh Glass Center during the PRW kickoff bash featuring festive cocktails conjured by Prairie, free samples from participating restaurants, charity raffles and tunes by DJ Digital Dave. View a complete schedule and a restaurant map.

Photo by Bryan Conley.
Photo by Bryan Conley.

4. Third Thursdays: BOOM! at Carnegie Museum of Art: January 21

Have you ever wanted to curate your own private disco inside a Parthenon-like hall surrounded by historic sculpture, giant plastic casts and installation art? This month, thanks to Carnegie Museum of Art’s (CMOA) creative new Third Thursdays series, you can do all of this and much more. Teaming up with artists from Garfield-based BOOM Concepts, the Oakland destination will dim the lights, turn up the volume and keep the galleries open late for a night of music and merriment amidst the museum’s world-class spaces. And NEXTpittsburgh is a proud media sponsor.

A huge hit in Korea, Brazil and Japan, the wireless headphone clubbing phenomenon dubbed “Silent Disco” is making its way to the Burgh. Don a set of headphones, tune into a channel, choose beats by DJs Christo (of Wiz Khalifa production fame) and EyeJay and dance the night way throughout the museum’s ornate Hall of Sculpture. Be among the first to see the new Teenie Harris exhibition, Great Performances Off-Stage, and take an “unconventional gallery tour” led by Sean Beauford, Joi Rogers, D.S. Kinsel and Julie Mallis. In between grooving and gallery roaming, check out the museum café’s new late-night menu. Register now.

Elizabeth Rudnick, You’re Not Real, I’m Real.
Elizabeth Rudnick, You’re Not Real, I’m Real.

5. Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District: January 22

For its first Gallery Crawl of 2016, The Cultural Trust’s quarterly showcase features a fun, free and jam-packed night of immersive art, music, performance, film and hands-on activities at 30 venues between 5:30 and 9 p.m. There are slew of art openings to hit, so we’ve got some not-to-miss highlights.

At Wood Street Galleries, Pastoral Noir features British artists whose immersive installations explore nature, haunted science and rural myths. Pop into SPACE to check out The Mountain and the Bumblebee, a group exhibit of contemporary art and poetry focused on the theme of landscape. At 707 Gallery, curator Sean Beauford presents Poison, a powerful look at relationships between drugs and urban communities, while Elizabeth Rudnick’s You’re Not Real, I’m Real uses cutting-edge and conventional media to explore anxiety and desire in the digital age. 709 Penn hosts Fran Flaherty’s Post-Erotica, which explores motherhood, along with Red & Green and Other Colors, an audio-video exhibit by Herman Pearl and Isabelle Strollo that dissects and distorts commercial images to reveal hidden mysteries. View a complete schedule.

Courtesy of The Rec Room
Courtesy of The Rec Room

6. The Rec Room: Winter Games at Spirit Hall: January 24

Winter Games

Move over Pyeongchang, there’s a new winter games in town. The perfect way to escape the cold, cure cabin fever and rethink Sundays (without having to trek out to Hidden Valley) is at this new bi-weekly, indoor game series cooked up by Weather Permitting, Pandemic, City of Play, Sweetwater Beer and Schell Games. For its inaugural edition at Lawrenceville hangout SpiritThe Rec Room features live music by Andre Costello and the Cool Minors and DJ Miss Mungo.

Games rotate each week, and will include unique parlor sports such as Bally, GaGa, Mölkky and Bucket Pong, plus new hybrid physical-digital games. Joust to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, steal blocks without getting caught in the light, scale the highest mountain around—which happens to resemble a sidewalk—and more. Enjoy music, beer, pizza and good-natured fun. You might even nab a cool award badge. While games are intended for adults, parents and children are welcome to attend together. Cost: $10.

FUSE@PSO. Photo by Wade Massie.
FUSE@PSO. Photo by Wade Massi

7. FUSE@PSO at Heinz Hall: January 27

Been hearing the buzz about FUSE but have yet to catch one of the hip hybrids at Heinz Hall? The fresh new can’t-miss series returns to kick off 2016 with a mash-up concert exploring American identity through music. The “Dean of American Composers” meets introspective indie folk when FUSE merges the sounds of Aaron Copland and Bon Iver. For its latest installment, series creator and PSO conductor Steve Hackman will reinvent Copland’s renowned 1944 orchestral suite, Appalachian Spring, alongside the contemporary music of Justin Vernon’s Grammy Award-winning indie folk group, Bon Iver. The unique sonic landscape of pastoral, textured and contemplative music will also feature the PSO and guest vocalists Avery Leigh Draut, Will Post and Keren Tayar.

Ramping up the energy will be a special guest appearance by Pittsburgh’s own Beauty Slap, who will perform special arrangements of their songs with the symphony and wrap up the night with their beat-and-brass heavy electronic dance music. The PSO is also debuting its new FUSE+ package offering select classical concerts and post-show experiences. Arrive at 5 for a happy hour in the tranquil garden, with pre-concert beats from local DJs, discounted drinks, snack fare and mingling with musicians and fellow music-lovers. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and is open seating with drinks permitted inside Heinz Hall. Check out Hackman’s blog to get a behind-the-scenes look at the conductor’s innovative artistic process and follow along as he develops upcoming concerts. NEXTpittsburgh is happy to be a media sponsor.  Purchase tickets.

8. Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake at The Byham Theater: January 30

Dada Masilo. Photo by John Hogg.
Dada Masilo. Photo by John Hogg.

Tchaikovsky’s 19th-century masterwork—one of the most popular ballets of all time—has been adapted by George Balanchine, inspired a Japanese anime flick and is the focal point of Darren Aronofsky’s chilling 2010 movie Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman. But on January 30th, ballet lovers will experience Swan Lake as they never have before. Reimagining the iconic ballet through a focused South African lens, the electrifying work showcases Masilo’s unconventional choreography and raw physicality, while frankly exploring intense emotions, scathing humor and issues of gender, sex, homophobia, apartheid and AIDS.

In Masilo’s world, the traditional and the contemporary collide, bursts of Tchaikovsky merge with African rhythms, a gay prince and barefoot male dancers in tutus populate the story and stereotypes are smashed. An explosive fusion of classical and African dance, the work showcases Masilo’s unique high-speed style while offering a refreshing new take on the venerated dance form of ballet. A star on the international dance scene, Dada Masilo grew up in the impoverished Johannesburg township of Soweto, studied dance in South Africa and Brussels and founded her own company in 2008. Contains nudity. Purchase tickets.

Courtesy of The Great Pittsburgh Spelling Bee.
Courtesy of The Great Pittsburgh Spelling Bee.x

9. The Great Pittsburgh Spelling Bee at The Irma Freeman Center: January 30

Quick, can you spell antediluvian? Dust off your dictionaries, brush up on those affixes and channel your inner Akeelah Anderson because The Great Pittsburgh Spelling Bee is back. A celebration of the age-old art of spelling words—before the days of Autocorrect and Siri—the homegrown bee is calling all wordsmiths and budding etymologists to join fellow language lovers for an evening of good-natured competition and community spirit. You’ll be spelling for a great local cause since all proceeds benefit the Gay and Lesbian Community Center and Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Reviving the beloved pastime are organizers Mark Sepe and Erin Oldynski, who are also judging the bee along with Peter Kosloski.

Spellers will vie for a top prize of $50 while second and third place winners will receive special awards. With a sliding scale entry fee of $5-$10 for participants, this bee is accessible to all budgets. Have the chops to compete? Register as a speller today (note: the bee is primarily for adults, but all are welcome to participate). Not the best speller, but want to watch the fun? The event is free for audience members and refreshments will be served.

Courtesy of the Heinz History Center.
Courtesy of the Heinz History Center.

10. Yoi! Remembering Myron Cope at the Heinz History Center: January 31

Practice your best yoi!, double yoi!—and even a resounding triple yoi!—grab that Terrible Towel and head to the History Center to celebrate the life and legacy of the one-and-only Myron Cope. The Strip District destination is calling all Cope devotees to an afternoon of all things Myron. Learn all about this true Pittsburgh original during a multimedia presentation featuring rare archival material donated by Cope’s family and hear a talk by legendary New York Times sportswriter and Squirrel Hill native Murray Chass. Count down to Super Bowl 50 and honor the “voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers” on the heels of what would have been Cope’s 87th birthday. Event emcee is famed sports broadcaster Bill Hillgrove, who will share his favorite Myron Cope stories.

If you were a child in Pittsburgh during the 1970s and 1980s, you likely have the four short words “Myron Cope on sports” etched in your brain. Cope’s distinctive, inimitable Pittsburgh accent—heard ’round the world—was paired with a level of enthusiasm rarely seen in the broadcast booth. Along with names like Heinz, Strayhorn and Warhol, Cope is a larger-than-life figure beloved by locals and the Pittsburgh diaspora alike. Née Myron Sidney Kopelman in 1929, Cope attended Taylor Allderdice and Pitt and became the first football announcer inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. The event runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and is included with museum admission (free for members).

Because all good lists must come to an end, we give you our not-to-miss honorable mentions for January: 

Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art.
Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art.

The Galaxy Ball at the August Wilson Center presented by True T Entertainment and The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force: January 16

Pittsburgh Speaker Series featuring Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Heinz Hall: January 20

Some Brighter Distance at City Theatre Company: January 23 – February 14

Architecture lecture by Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group at Carnegie Museum of Art: January 28

Cesar Millan at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts: January 28

Looking for live music? Check out NEXTpittsburgh’s 10 can’t-miss Pittsburgh concerts in January feature.

Looking for family activities? Read its Top Family Adventures this January in Pittsburgh feature.

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Powered by NEXTpittsburgh Written by Kim Lyons / All photos courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and their partners have unveiled their long-awaited master plan for 28 acres in the Hill District, which will include 1,200 housing units, 1 million square feet of commercial space and more than twice the green space of the original plan.Eight new buildings are planned for the housing units, all providing views of the city. Construction of the housing—20 percent to be reserved as affordable housing—is slated to begin in late 2016 if the plans are approved.The plan is bold and innovative, but sensitive to the community’s needs as well, seeking to physically reconnect the Hill District neighborhood with the rest of the urban core, says Kai-Uwe Bergmann, BIG Partner, who presented the plan to the community this week.

 

Wylie Avenue would be extended to connect with Downtown. Photo courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

Wylie Avenue would be extended to connect with Downtown. 

“For 60 years this area has been mostly asphalt,” Bergmann says, “and we want to stitch it back together.” He adds that he knows of no other major American city that has nearly 30 acres of land adjacent to its downtown so ripe for development.

An aerial view of the proposed plan. Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group.

An aerial view of the proposed plan. Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group.

The Penguins and Pittsburgh Arena Real Estate Development, which are overseeing the commercial phase of the development and McCormack Baron Salazar, developer of the housing phase, hired BIG to design the residences and public spaces at the site.

Using the area’s existing topography, the plan’s design connects the site to Downtown, Uptown and the rest of the Hill District, with a series of pedestrian-friendly walking paths, park spaces, and a plaza.

 

Courtesy BIG.

“What’s amazing about Pittsburgh is its topography,” says Bergmann. “But it makes the Hill District area inaccessible, you can’t push a baby carriage or a wheelchair up a 14 percent slope.”

This plan would fix that problem, with all of the walking areas adjusted to no greater than a 5 percent slope, Bergmann says, using zig-zagged walkways.

The $500 million project calls for a hotel, retail shops and office space, and includes underground parking.

 

Washington Place reimagined as a pedestrian plaza. Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group.

Washington Place reimagined as a pedestrian plaza. 

The public  spaces were designed by West 8, an urban landscape architecture firm with offices in Rotterdam, New York and Belgium.

“The site, with its slopes and views, is perfectly suited for bringing an experience of the native landscape to this urban condition,” Jamie Maslyn, Partner at West 8 said in a statement. “The design creates a new open space identity but more importantly gives neighbors and visitors the sensations of nature in the heart of the city.”

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