Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pittsburgh First Art and Technology Festival Being Organized in the East End

Coming in April of 2010, the GA/GI (pronounced GAHgee) is a Geek Arts and Green Innovators Festival-- the first arts and technology fest in the city of Pittsburgh with the Passports Art Diversity Project serving as organizer and promoter.
"We're excited to be doing this for the city," said Christine Bethea, Passports Director. "It's high time, we showcased what this city has to offer in technology and ecology on a level where average people can see it, touch it and get involved."

Instead of taking the festival to some lofty downtown site, Passports had chosen to utilize a popular monthly art crawl in the east end of Pittsburgh as the event's venue which pulls people from all over the city with several neighborhoods within walking or bike riding distance distance.Plans include a fashion show with Eco wear and LED-lighted styles, an Art Robots Show; technogy exhibitions, a fuel efficient car show, and vendors from a variety of eco-friendly companies. For additional information on how to get involved visit the GA/GI site. or e-mail passports.art@gmail.com.

Photo by Alberto Almarza

Monday, September 14, 2009

Swiss Award Columbian Eco "Hammer"

Eve Picker of Pittsburgh,PA had the good fortune to meet the unabashedly pro-urban Enrique Penalosa.
A former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Peñalosa was responsible for numerous radical improvements to the city during his term. He prioritized access for children and public spaces and restricted private car use. He built hundreds of kilometers of sidewalks, bicycle paths, pedestrian streets, greenways, and parks. And he organized Car-Free Day in 2000, for which he was awarded the Stockholm Challenge Award and rewarded by a referendum vote endorsing an annual car-free day and the elimination of all cars from Bogota streets during rush hours from 2015 onwards.

Source: Utterly Opinionated--All Things Urban by Eve Picker

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Former Pitt Students Think Rust Belt Cities Should Stick Together Like GLUE

It was only after Abby Wilson and Sarah Szurpicki, two former University of Pittsburgh students, had traveled to several cities and abroad that the seeds of the Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE) were sown. "We were tired of the monolithic negative stories about older industrial cities in the Rust Belt," said Wilson from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Szurpicki, her GLUE project partner from Detroit, Michigan couldn't agree more. They spent a year, from fall of 2007 through the summer of 2008, traveling the Great Lakes region and beyond, gathering stories, selling the idea of a project and fine tuning it. They were most fascinated by the "forward looking visions and backward glancing nostalgia," they heard from city residents and officials, deciding that if they could catalogue the success stories, these models could be shared and replicated all over the Rust Belt. Thus the Great Lakes Urban Exchange--GLUE--was born.