Despite nearly $60 million in investment over the past 10 years, twenty-nine vacant spaces, poorly screened parking lots, and miscellaneous set-back buildings are situated within the Penn Avenue Arts District. These are what we have come to call “green + screen intervention sites.” Like every other neighborhood organization in the country, we have neither the capacity nor the inclination to purchase and produce a new structure on every single lot on the avenue. Yet, these intervention sites are the classic negative images that re-inscribe perceptions of the neighborhoods. The Green + Screen project is centered on creating architectural screens and landscaping that can fill in the gaps on the avenue–making a more cohesive arts corridor.The first Green + Screen is located at the 4903 lot of Penn Avenue. Construction of this screen is currently underway! See photos of the current project here.
Who is part of this Design Story?
The ecoDesigners Guild(eDG) has formed a volunteer design team that includes industrial + graphic designers, architects, and engineers. This team works in conjunction with Summit Academy who has been doing the construction. The Friendship Development Associates and the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative has give the team the first pilot project at 4903 Penn Avenue and has sought out funding from the URA to continue with the project at 2 other locations on Penn. The Green + Screen Project is currently expanding to 2 other lots on Penn Avenue: the K-2 Convenience Store and the parking lot of Spak Brothers Pizza.
Join the team and make something great!
The ecoDesigners Guild (eDG) is looking to form 2 additional volunteer design teams to create Green +Screens for the new lots. A Green + Screen info meeting will be held at the Brillobox (upstairs) on June 17th from 7-9pm. This project is a fantastic way to give back to a Pittsburgh neighborhood in a green and sustainable way through brilliant design! Join eDG at the Brillobox and see how to make a difference in a neighborhood!