Wednesday, November 24, 2010

architectural predestination

Yes, I know it is being held in abeyance.  Still, the only thing that confuses me about this decision is why anyone, let alone so many, thought there was any chance at all something else was going to be the result there (of that meeting that is).

Is a bit fascinating that everyone remembers all of a sudden that it is the Civic Arena. Was there an official renaming ceremony?

Like the illustration?  To me it looks like the building is on a small tropical island floating in a sea of grid-like waves.

Random long tail note... there is even an arenadigest.com/ out there now.  About all arenas everywhere.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks more like it's in a Kansas cornfield, and any second, Jimmy Stewart's going to be running down Centre Avenue with a crop duster chasing him!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 8:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant Cary Grant, not Jimmy Stewart. Come to think of it, maybe they could move the Jimmy Stewart museum to the site, since it's having a hard time staying afloat in Indiana (PA), and add a Gene Kelly museum too. Heck, made it a big Pittsburgh/Hollywood musical museum, since it was originally the home of CLO, add a Rob Marshall statue out front. Who else could we honor there?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 8:52:00 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

The Post-Gazette had an article months ago about Mellon's naming rights expiring.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 1:40:00 PM  
Anonymous n'at said...

think edgar kaufmann would demolish it? perhaps a question best answered in another Toker book...

to that end, the protagonist must die at the end. like shane.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 6:56:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Maybe we could set-off 800 cases of Redi-whip to get a good stream of foam out the doors and make it like Old Yeller.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 8:29:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

I heard a caller on KDKA suggest that the arena be gutted out and then rigs be brought inside to drill for Marcellus gas. Funny...but not really a bad idea. All the noise and dust would be contained and the location is great for accessing most of the land from underneath. Two miles in all directions just about covers it. And think of all the money it would bring the city, the county, parks, Pitt, Duquesne, lots of charities, and lots of other landowners in the city.

And there could be enough money to save the arena itself. How many acres is the arena property?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 10:03:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

JP: I remember actually.. Wasn't that the article where the SEA kind of said they really didn't know what it would be called once the naming rights expired?

MH: You're not right, man.

Wiz: Points for consistency. You may have an idea there. I say the pad could be centered right at Freedom Corner. You should mail that idea into the folks working on the comprehensive plan for the Hill District.

Thursday, November 25, 2010 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Rob Pfaffmann, AIA, AICP said...

The image you posted is from "Rhapsody in Steel" A classic propaganda animation for the steel industry. You must see it all the way thru and watch closely for the animation of the Arena!

If you study late 20th century (or any time period for that matter) history you have to recognize your eyes will not see it in context of the times. If you read the literature and popular culture of the post war era, the priorities were the same (jobs, housing, energy) yet different. The City was a mess after WW II, Smoke Control was the Marcellus Shale of the day, and the Arena was a crown jewel of reform in the way we were going to move into the space age and build light filled apartments for all.
Propaganda? You bet? A reflection of our predominant values, yup...See MAD MEN
Today's analogy is the GREEN convention center. in 50 years we will look at it and laugh and say how cute and archaic. Great cities are not built by cynics and naysayers.
In 1961, the Igloo competed with its civic peers (Arch Space Needle, displacing minority neighborhoods btw) we reached for the stars, dreamed of the Jetsons and so much more. We can be snarky and say how naive, but it is part of our history and if you look closely at urban renewal throughout history, it often is not clear whether it is worth the risk at many levels. Paris would not be Paris without similar displacement renewal. Does it make it right? NO! BUT: IT IS OUR HISTORY AND IT IS AN INNOVATIVE STRUCTURE 50 YEARS LATER BY MOST ALL ACCOUNTS.
THE TEST FOR US IS NOT JUST KEEPING IT BUT TRANSFORMING IT FOR A NEW USE. THIS REGION HAS GOT TO SEE THAT EVEN FROM FAILURE AND OBSOLECENCE COMES OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN and INNOVATE IN A WAY THAT IS FAR RICHER THAN STARTING FROM SCRATCH.

Monday, November 29, 2010 9:39:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

and the scan is from my copy..

http://nullspace2.blogspot.com/2008/12/steel-city-20.html

Monday, November 29, 2010 9:45:00 PM  

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