Who We Are

The High Point Pittsburgh Investigation

Conducted by David Bear, Fellow at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University and former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette travel editor, the Investigation is an on-going consideration into the possibility of designing of a publicly-accessible facility on the one-acre rooftop of the U.S. Steel Tower in downtown Pittsburgh.

In addition, numerous individuals have contributed their time and talents to the Investigation.  A growing list can be found here.

The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry – Founded in 1989, The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University is a center for experimental enterprises across academic disciplines on the Carnegie Mellon University campus, the community of Pittsburgh, and beyond. The STUDIO’s mission is to support creation and exploration of interdisciplinary projects bringing together the arts, sciences, technology, and the humanities that impact local and global communities. Among other significant accomplishments, a STUDIO project played an important role in the development of the Nine Mile Run Greenway Project, which has transformed Pittsburgh’s eastern neighborhoods.

The High Point Pittsburgh Investigation connects the expertise and insights of an array of architects, engineers, planners, designers in a broad-ranging interdisciplinary effort to address the opportunities and challenges presented in the process of transforming a unique, urban rooftop into a green place of public pride.

The investigative process involves academic participation, outside professional consultants, and other interested parties.

Various individuals in the Pittsburgh community and civic entities have also participated in aspects of the investigation.  The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and VisitPittsburgh have adopted statements of support and participated in the investigation.

To build a broad base of community involvement and support for the on-going investigation, we will conduct various analyses, assessments, and demonstration projects; develop and conduct design focus groups and other classes/projects to address issues as they arise; coordinate public outreach efforts; produce a video project summary; prepare a final recommendation report; and foster the creation of Friends of High Point Pittsburgh, a separate, organizational entity to oversee the actual development, organization, process management, and eventual ownership of any resulting facility.

In addition to University support, the High Point Pittsburgh Investigation has received funding from the Heinz Endowments, the Sprout Fund, the Open Door Art Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, a generous grant in memory of Ann Kalla, as well as individual donors.

You can also Like and follow the project on Facebook or visit our News page for the latest updates on our progress.

For more information or questions, please email High Point Pittsburgh.