The Nine Mile
Run Project has authored a number of publications illustrating
the ecosystem / reconstructive art / discursive democracy approach
to brownfield public space reclamation. These publications help
to define how ecology, community and art function cooperatively.
of these publications are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
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Opportunity Dialogue (1997)
Ample Opportunity: A Community Dialogue, was the first
NMR-GP effort. The project team, directed by three artists, includes
a diverse group of professionals from academia, industry and municipal
government. For over a year the NMR-GP team endeavored to generate
an informed public conversation regarding Nine Mile Run, a brownfield
site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania being developed into a mix of housing
and public greenway. Brownfield development is routinely the domain
of engineers, economists, and public policy analysts who work to solve
the brownfield "problem." Alternatively, this artist-led team regards
the development of a brownfield as an opportunity rather than a problem.
Considering brownfields as the legacy of the industrial revolution,
a social event that effectively privatized America's urban rivers,
streams and estuaries, the team approached this project as the social
reclamation of public use, value and aesthetics.
Mile Run Watershed: Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation Plan
The Nine Mile Run Watershed Plan is a unique approach to watershed
planning in an urban post-industrial context. The report focuses on
the lower watershed encompassing Frick Park and the brownfield development
site, with some analysis of the upstream problems which affect the
human health and ecology. The report addresses land, water, biology,
culture, management, enhancement, creativity and art. The process
featured, professionals and community members, working together to
discuss the issues over a 6 month period. The text, features community
comment throughout. The Nine Mile Run Watershed Plan was developed
by the STUDIO in partnership with Pittsburgh City Planning. The project
team consisted of scientists, engineers, artists, landscape architects
and urban planners from Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Museum
of Natural History and Pennsylvania State University.
Re-Evaluating Stormwater: The Nine Mile Run Model for Restorative
This volume contains materials associated with a design charrette
held October 14-17, 1998 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. That event
examined possibilities for small-scale, site-specific retrofit and
redevelopment activities that could simultaneously restore the hydrology
of urban watersheds, contribute to management of stormwater runoff
and sewer overflows, and revitalize the economic and cultural life
of urban places. The charrette focused on the Nine Mile Run Watershed
of Edgewood, Pittsburgh, Swissvale, and Wilkinsburg, as a model for
development of physical and policy measures which could be replicated
throughout the greater Pittsburgh region and beyond.
In addition to
the texts available online, the project team has produced texts for:
- The Journal, "Public
Works Managment and Policy." Volume #1, No. 3, January 1997.
- "Brownfields as Places":
A Case Study in Learning to See Assets and Liabilities, Opportunities
and Constraints. Kirk Savage and Tim Collins.
- The Journal, "Leonardo",
on Words, "UrbanReclamation,
Place, Value. Use." Tim Collins and Reiko Goto.