Drawing Provided by Al Borde.  When the UDBS entered the process of Recycle Park, years of effort had already been invested by the residents of Braddock, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh still suffering from the collapse of the steel industry and from governmental neglect. The design process was already underway with significant efforts from the Braddock-based artist collective Transformzium, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Braddock Carnegie Library. Despite operating without a budget, significant efforts had been made in gathering the raw material necessary to flesh out this park and to garner community support in construction. These members had recruited the efforts of the Ecuadorian architecture collective Al Borde, who had led community outreach efforts and engaged the park with community construction efforts. These initial installations were removed by the Borough of Braddock government due to code violations. The UDBS entered to build upon the community outreach efforts and brainstorming that the communities had already engaged in, and were called upon to create a feasible, code-compliant strategy to create this park.
 To begin the design process on Recycle Park, every UDBS member was responsible for acquainting themselves to masonry joinery. We were to learn about traditional methods of joining brick, and to brainstorm more unconventional methods of joinery. Attached is a link to a time-lapse of me working on a corner detail, thinking of how to detail expressiveness into a corner.    https://vimeo.com/182035253
 In the Fall and Winter of 2016 Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art hosted an exhibition entitled  Building Optimism: Public Space in South America . It featured cutting edge and inspiring work from across a number of Latin and South American countries, including work from Al Borde. One of the rooms of the exhibition was dedicated to hosting the design process of Recycle Park thus far, including Al Borde's efforts. The detailed and vast repository of knowledge that the museum programmed into the space served as a huge inspiration for our work and was instrumental in the formation of our initial ideas about the park.
 Working from the community ideas and available materials represented within the  Building Optimism  workshop, the members of the UDBS began preliminary design work on Recycle Park, tying images representative of community desires or organizations to features features that would make up a comprehensive park design.
 Simultaneous to imagining park programming in plan, perspectival sketches were produced to imagine the spatial conditions of the park and project ourselves into the space.
 These sketches focused upon creating a playful atmosphere and imagining how families could engage the park-spaces for children to play, parents to relax, teenagers to sit and talk. It was important to imagine the potentials of this space-to imagine how it could become something greater.
 While the brick models had been an excellent design tool for ourselves within the UDBS, allowing for us to communicate our ideas to one another and brainstorm iteratively, the models also served a greater purpose. The UDBS is partnered to the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh through Project RE_, and as such UDBS student and TIP students work together on projects where possible. For our first visit of the semester to TIP, we brought our masonry models as a discussion point and as a tool to be used in advancing education in their masonry training program.
 For our first session, we were each paired with a TIP student. I was paired with a student in her eighth week of the ten week program named Courtney. The first time I ever visited 7800 Susquehanna for a workshop between the UDBS and TIP, I was very nervous, as I always am when meeting people with whom I am to have a professional relationship. There was no need for any of this nervousness. When personal introductions had concluded and it was time for us to partner up, Courtney swept over to me, took me under her arm and told me I was with her for the day. She stepped forward fearlessly and made me feel at home. Over the next few hours, she worked patiently and respectfully with me, teaching me to lay brick, properly. She was an exacting teacher and a genuinely kind and outgoing person, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her.
 As we had become distantly acquainted to many of the players and factors involved in Recycle Park, the time had come for us to meet these groups face to face. Maria-Luisa Borja from Al Borde was back in Pittsburgh to lecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art as part of the School of Architecture's Fall Lecture series, and she joined us in meeting at the Braddock Carnegie Library with other members of the Recycle Park Group. Vicki Vargo, Executive Director of the Library and North Braddock Borough Councilmember was present, as was Dana Bishop-Root, member of Transformazium, director of educational programming for CMoA, and a group of volunteer architects and designers.
 The purpose of the meeting was to perform a specific inventory of available material stock, much of which was brick coming from the gentle and controlled demolition of an abandoned church, being performed by Transformazium, as well as to determine strategies for bringing the project to completion. Following the meeting at the library, we went over to the site of storage for Transformazium's bricks, a material we were imagining would form a masonry carpet to navigate the park's terrain shifts. We then moved and lifted bricks and created planting beds side by side with TIP students and members of the Recycle Park Group.
 As the meeting with the Recycle Park group had been held at the Braddock Carnegie Library, it provided an excellent opportunity to reflect the changing nature of the construction of public space in Braddock-moving from a model of singular patronage towards community effort and collaboration. More thoughts on this changing paradigm were recorded on the UDBS' blog or at:  http://ivy-faye.squarespace.com/udbs-representing-activism/
 As a part of the initial visit to Braddock, the UDBS visited the site of Recycle Park. As a result, Ivy produced documentation of the site and its existing conditions. A more thorough explanation of the site documentation process can be found on the UDBS blog or at:  http://ivy-faye.squarespace.com/udbs-representing-activism/
 To round out the documentation of the site of Recycle Park and to begin to understand the conditions we were working with, Ivy conducted research to go back and find images of Verona Junior High, which had sat on the site up until the 1950s, and whose rubble now lies but a few feet below the surface of the site. More on the history and significance of the site can be found at the UDBS' blog, or at:  http://ivy-faye.squarespace.com/udbs-representing-activism/
 Following the meeting with the Recycle Park Group and workshop with TIP in Braddock, the UDBS met with TIP again to begin brainstorming the  Uncommon  installation at CMoA. From one of the initial models provided by the UDBS, TIP had begun to integrate soldier coursing into their training. UDBS students and TIP students worked hand in hand with soldier-coursed rings and a brick carpet that TIP had produced to brainstorm arrangements that would facilitate social interaction, playfulness and imagination for children, and seating for parents and other adults.
 As work progressed on  Uncommon , the UDBS, working through Project RE_ had another incomparable opportunity. Principal of One Architecture, Matthijs Bouw, and Director of One Urbanism and UDBS alum, Travis Bunt visited the UDBS. Matthijs was lecturing as a part of the CMU School of Architecture Fall Lecture Series, but both he and Travis were here for another reason as well. Project RE_ was about to host the Hackable City workshop, a workshop focusing on planning economic resiliency into the cities of tomorrow. To plan for this workshop, Matthijs and Travis spent an afternoon with the UDBS, brainstorming how to design the workshop as to provoke honest and productive dialogue.
 The Hackable Cities workshop was structured as a set of two initial discussions predicated on thematic dualisms of Power/Access and Business/Stories that would then come together into s single discussion of all the invited guests in the room. Among the guests were notable persons from a great range of walks of life around Pittsburgh. Among these invited guests were John Wallace, Mary-Lou Arscott, Patti Folan, Majestic Lane, Kit Mueller, Steve Shelton, and Adam Paulisick. Also in attendance were the students of the UDBS, urban planner Bill Caldwell, and a number of students and professors from CMU. It was truly impressive and awe-inspiring to be able to sit in such a room and witness change happening.
 In the process of developing Recycle Park, the UDBS adopted a design tool to facilitate collaborative design through a tactile and communicative "drodel" (Drawing-Model). Built from a sheet of plywood with fold-out panels and constantly being worked and reworked with gesso, paint, charcoal, and collage, the drodel became a fabulous tool for creating collaboration within the studio. The role and potential of the Drodel was elaborated upon more on the UDBS' blog and at:  http://ivy-faye.squarespace.com/udbs-representing-activism/
 In the middle of the fall semester, and during the ongoing design of both the August Wilson House and Recycle Park, the members of the UDBS' Fall '16 cohort were granted a tremendous opportunity, the opportunity to travel to Quito, Ecuador from November 11 to November 19 to attend the XX Bienal Panamaericana de Arquitectura to see world class architectural work from across Central and South America, attend a lecture by UDBS director John Folan, and experience another culture and country. This was an truly incomparable experience. For the sake of brevity, not all of the incredible opportunities and experiences we enjoyed will be represented, but they were all beautiful learning moments.
 As a part of the UDBS' time in Quito, the students collaborated with students from the architecture program at La Universidad de las Americas in Quito. The students worked hand in hand in recycling everyday materials such as water bottles, pallets, tetrapacks, and string to create vertical growing structures that were to be deployed to a farm in the mountainous outskirts of Quito, in the El Guapulo region. It was incredible to work with fellow architects from another culture and learning to navigate language barriers in design.
 Another incredible opportunity the UDBS was given was to visit the offices and living quarters of Al Borde and their interns. We had already met Malu, but we were now able to meet David, another central member of Al Borde, as well as the four interns currently working with them. The detailing of the space was incredible, as was the elegance with which a series of historic structures were being converted into fantastic spatial and detailed experiences. To witness the intricate work of such skilled professionals, and to see them living their convictions and work was incredible. More on Al Borde's offices and experiences can be found on the UDBS blog or at:  http://ivy-faye.squarespace.com/udbs-representing-activism/
 To conclude the UDBS' visit to Quito, we visited the Quitumbre portion of the city and within Quitumbre, a lush and verdant valley surrounding one of the minor tributaries to the Rio Machangara. This site was not always so beautiful, however. It was once the favorite dumping ground for waste companies. Only through over two decades of continuous community effort, the construction of co-op housing that shares responsibilities for the continued health of these wilds, and through true passion and hard work was this possible. To see work of such impact and passion was transcendent.
 Upon return to Pittsburgh, the UDBS set to work on wrapping up the semester, producing the necessary materials for Recycle Park and August Wilson to be brought forward. Ivy was a part of the team that set to work on the Implementation Manual of Recycle Park. Due to the lack of budget and potential lack of labor, the construction of the park was proposed through a series of workshops, serve as opportunities for members of the UDBS, TIP, the Braddock community, and members of the Recycle Park group to collaborate, and for members of the Braddock community to get engaged and take ownership of the park.
 These workshops were generated as ideas from the community desires expressed in  Building Optimism  and the subsequent recommendations and sketches of Al Borde.
 One of these workshops was the proposed planting of sapling trees to create more thorough and selective shade cover on site. The following drawings are part of a narrative, a narrative of the potential of this park, both as a process and space.  A mother and her child walk through Recycle Park a month after having participated in the Tree Workshop. They admire the fruits of their hard work.
 The child from the previous image has grown. She is now a teenager. She returns to the park with her friends after school, the shade provided by this tree provides a pleasant space to sit and relax.
 The girl is now a woman. She has grown into adulthood and now has a house of her own in Braddock. She likes to go for walks through the neighborhood with her boyfriend. Walking through Recycle Park brings back memories of her childhood. She feels young.
 The woman again visits Recycle Park, this time with her husband and their daughter. She points to the tree, bends and says Mommy planted that when she was just about your age. She wants her daughter to value hard work and to be an active community member. Her daughter is too young to fully understand, but she know that Mommy smiles when she tries to climb this tree.
 In order for these workshops to happen, they need to be feasible. As such, preliminary schedules were blocked out that detail the necessary steps to plant a tree in the Municipality of Pittsburgh (Braddock's peculiar oversight strategies were compared with those of Pittsburgh to provide suggestion). A permit to plant will need to be acquired and the Borough of N. Braddock will need to perform a site inspectio and ensure the site is adequate for planting.
 Once the site has been confirmed adequate for further planting, sapling specimens will need to be acquired. For this, a partnership to TreeVitalize is proposed, as they can provide plant specimens. Partnering with Gardweeno would provide a way to reach out to the Braddock community and get them involved in the planting. If all this can come together, this workshop would be an overwhelming success.
 When the workshop comes together, it will be quite the occasion to witness: busy hands and happy hearts sowing the earth with life, bringing their community together in the beginnings of new life, and creating a wonderful place to stay.
 Another proposed workshop for Recycle Park is the installation of a net climbing structure as part of the site's playground. This workshop will be one of the more difficult to execute, but the pay-off is a gorgeous and engaging piece of play equipment.
 One of the most significant challenges to the execution of this workshop is the that the construction of such a piece of play equipment has tremendous amounts of code associated to its construction, meaning that some party needs to be involved in construction that is checking that all code is being met throughout the build process.
 The workshop was derived from Al Borde's sketches and the community desires for an engaging piece of overhead play equipment that led to Al Borde's drawings.
 Above diagrams out the particulars of construction required to see the net workshop through. One of the biggest challenges is also one of the most invisible: the rubble of the old Verona St. School sitting just below the surface, preventing elements from being staked and anchored to any significant depth. As such, excavation will be required to install poles with proper footing for the netting.
 The execution of the netting workshop will require a staged process involving both professional contractors and heavy construction equipment, and community members. Contractors will be required for the excavation of the existing rubble and installation of the poles. Once these poles are installed the new fill has had a chance to settle, however, a community workshop to install the netting will be able to be held.
 Similar workshops have been held in the past by both Al Borde and the Carnegie Museum of Art. These workshops introduced the fundamentals of knot-tying and use of rope as a construction material to the community, and our proposed workshop would function as an elaboration of those workshops. For their expertise and experience, the education programs of the Carnegie Museum of Art will be called upon to lead these workshops.
 And when it comes together, then this workshop, too, could be a fantastic community event. Tying together art, play, engineering, and construction, this workshop could serve as an incredible opportunity for the community to engage Recycle Park at all stages of development.
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