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Learning from Pittsburgh: Rethinking How to Be Smart | Raymond Gastil | TEDxUniversityofPittsburgh
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Added Oct 6, 2016
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Pittsburgh City Planning Director Ray Gastil discusses how innovation in city planning and design can be based not only on best national and international practices and technology, but also on a renewed appreciation for existing physical and cultural infrastructures. The local knowledge implicit in the social experience of the neighborhood row house front stoop, the use of hillside staircases to reach hilltop neighborhoods, and even the informal ways people that learn to communicate as they negotiate streets and sidewalks -- the Pittsburgh Wave -- can all contribute to planning a city.

Ray Gastil is City Planning Director for Pittsburgh, where he leads initiatives to improve neighborhood planning, resilient communities, comprehensive planning, complete streets, and riverfront planning. He co-chairs the Affordable Housing Task Force. The Department has responsibilities for the City Planning Commission, Art Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Historic Review Commission.He has served as planning director, Seattle, and Manhattan planning director, NYC, and founding director of Van Alen Institute, where he led exhibitions, publications, and design competitions, including Open: New Designs for Public Space. Earlier, he served as transit-oriented design director for Regional Plan Association.

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