Eco: “connected to the environment”
Innovation: “the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods”
Ecoinnovation District: an area dedicated to sustainability, innovative development practices and inclusive job growth.
The Ecoinnovation District in Pittsburgh is the first of its kind. It is a groundbreaking initiative that combines the goals of both EcoDistricts (focused on creating environmentally and socially sustainable communities) and Innovation Districts (designed to help promote economic growth and create business and employment opportunities).
Interface Studio is leading this unique project focused on the Uptown / West Oakland communities in Pittsburgh. Uptown and West Oakland are strategically located between 2 of the 3 largest “city centers” in Pennsylvania - Downtown and Oakland. New investments in housing and start-up businesses are happening both within and around Uptown. For these reasons, Uptown and West Oakland present unparalleled opportunities to encourage new investment that supports new and growing businesses but also creates opportunities for existing residents.
But Uptown faces many challenges that need to be overcome. Overlooked for many years, Uptown has experienced too many demolitions and is negatively impacted by continued blight and vacancy. The significant traffic flowing between Oakland and Downtown has resulted in a significant amount of surface parking, poor air quality and outdated infrastructure.
We're currently in the process of working closely with residents, community partners and other stakeholders to develop the plan. We've collected extensive amounts of data and discussed our observations with those that know the community best. We're now shifting the conversation toward solutions and actionable design strategies that can respond to the unique conditions of Uptown.