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Urban Co[Lab]

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Fourth Year | Spring 18’

Project done in collaboration in the Urban Acupuncture Studio run by Stefan Gruber

This semester long studio explored temporary use and tactical interventions as alternative instruments for tackling contemporary urban challenges. After decades of demographic decline and stagnation, Pittsburgh is growing again. But despite the overall optimism about the city’s future, such a shift also causes fears and tensions. Who will really benefit from the renewed growth? Can architects and urban designers contribute to more equitable urban developments or are their endeavors inevitably linked to gentrification and displacement?

Throughout the semester we experimented with temporary use as a way to encourage citizen engagement and the claiming of a collective right to the city. The studio designed a full scale temporary intervention in collaboration with institutional partners such as MACS.



Classroom Porch

Classroom Porch

Lab Porch

Lab Porch

Lounge Porch

Lounge Porch

Standard Structure Dimensions

Standard Structure Dimensions