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Cory McCurdy

Cory McCurdy

Scotch Plains, NJ, US

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Pittsburgh Civic Park

Pittsburgh Civic Park

As part of my 5th year capstone project I proposed that the then-vacant Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania be transformed into a new park space with adjacent mixed-use structures and connectivity to a newly constructed arena. This new park plan would see the former arena transformed into a sculpture by reuse of it's signature stainless steel roof design, steel crafted by local steel workers. The roof would be deconstructed to form a web of steel reminiscent of skate marks in a newly resurfaced ice sheet and it's former retractability would be restored creating visual interest while preserving the arena's form. The result would be an open air outdoor space that could house shops, cafes, and restaurants. In warm weather months the center of the park would serve as a live music and festival venue. During the winter months the space would be transformed into an outdoor ice rink allowing visitors to skate under the same roof as Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. 

The goal was to create a vibrant new space for the City of Pittsburgh while preserving the essence of a local landmark and engineering marvel.

Sadly, the arena has since been demolished.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US
My Role: Designer

 
Concept
Concept
Site Programming
Site Programming
Proposed Retractable Roof Detail
Proposed Retractable Roof Detail
Cold Weather Precedents
Cold Weather Precedents
Warm Weather Precedents
Warm Weather Precedents

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