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Lecture: How to Get Better Architecture in Pittsburgh.

June 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Charles Rosenblum
Writer and Architecture Critic

Tuesday, June 11
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

There is plenty of wonderful historic architecture in Pittsburgh, but what about the new? We are experiencing a profusion of shoddy and unsightly new work at a time when national commentaries lament the outpouring of bad architecture more broadly. Still, there is plenty of good design to be had. Pittsburgh apparently just needs to work harder for its share. The trick is to seek out quality architecture and make it a larger part of the local discourse. Of course, key institutions do this already, but more people should join the discussion. This lecture will explore where to look for sources of good architecture and how to advocate for better work in Pittsburgh’s official processes and general culture.

About the presenter: Charles Rosenblum is a journalist, critic, and scholar writing about architecture, art and other aspects of visual culture. For the past 20 years, he has taught history of architecture and art at universities in Western Pennsylvania. His writing has appeared in books and publications nationally and regionally, including several for PHLF. He has won journalism awards for architectural writing in the Pittsburgh City Paper and Pittsburgh Quarterly. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia with a dissertation on the architecture of Henry Hornbostel.

This lecture is FREE to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: or 412-471-5808 ext. 527.


June 11, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, 15221 United States
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633