Springboard Design is pleased to accept applications for exhibitions in our 125SF gallery, Pittsburgh’s smallest art gallery. This tiny exhibition space, which opened in October 2016, includes a single 125 square foot gallery located under the roof of Sidney Street Studios in the historic South Side. The building is home to the Springboard Design office and Clear Story Studio. Springboard Design Principal Paul Rosenblatt and Creative Director Petra Fallaux serve as co-curators.
Paul Rosenblatt AIA SEED has been immersed in the world of art and architecture for many years. As the founding principal of Springboard Design, Mr. Rosenblatt is best known for his architectural work with purpose driven organizations and artist communities. Mr. Rosenblatt has developed an especially distinctive voice in the planning and design of training facilities, maker spaces, and museums. Mr. Rosenblatt is a Founding Principal of Springboard Design.
From her 11 years of experience as the Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Art Galleries – including the founding and building of the 10,000sfRegina Gouger Miller Gallery – Ms. Fallaux has developed an informed perspective on the planning of non-profit cultural organizations and exhibitions. She has organized well over 100 exhibitions. Ms. Fallaux is also an active artist who brings a refreshing perspective to Springboard’s surface design specifications. An active contemporary quilt artist since 2003, her credo in her own work is: shape, color, and simplicity. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Petra Fallaux is most attracted to spare geometric forms in art. Degrees from the Universities of Leiden (BS Psychology) and Amsterdam (MS Film Studies) and a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School for Public Policy are underpinnings of her background and knowledge. Ms. Fallaux is the Creative Director of Springboard Design.
For more information, check out the 125SF Gallery website for news about current and upcoming exhibitions.
Creator Square is an urban revitalization, economic development, and job skills transfer program originated by Springboard Principal Paul Rosenblatt AIA and developed with economic consultant Donald Bonk, a Johnstown native. It is an artisan residency program based in the historic, rust belt community of Johnstown, PA, located one hour southeast of Pittsburgh. The goal of Creator Square is to bring skilled ‘makers’ to live/work studios at the city’s downtown epicenter; mix them with local makers, manufacturers and educational institutions; and connect Johnstown’s creative community, industrial infrastructure, and entrepreneurial activity.
Members of the residency will receive national recognition, affordable live/work housing, access to new economy manufacturing equipment, skill transfer via collaborative work, career development guidance, teaching opportunities, and a financial stipend. Creator Square is a means for makers to create and sell their products nationally, a place for makers to teach and learn, and an opportunity to collaborate with local manufacturers on new ideas and products.
Creator Square is at the intersection between global thought and local initiative, a local application of the emerging global trends in both the collaborative economy and the maker movement.
Like many rust belt cities, Johnstown is populated with historic buildings in various stages of vacancy. In Spring 2014, Springboard Design began work with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and students from Carnegie Mellon University to identify an underused building for a pilot artisan-residency program. The three-story Parkview Building was selected and purchased, and is being adapted into an artisan studio building with common spaces, a public gallery, and a shared workshop equipped with machinery for interdisciplinary craft, small batch manufacturing, and next-gen economic development.
The Parkview Building, host to Creator Square Johnstown, will operate as the center of an artisan/maker residency program where participants share amenities to design and make products for their existing businesses. In addition to cultivating this ‘making’ economy and invigorating downtown Johnstown with new enterprise, another key tenet of the program is the active skills transfer between resident makers and the local community. This includes current and past workers in the defense related manufacturing sector. While having the opportunity to build their businesses, the makers in-residence – dubbed ‘Creative Masters’ – will also offer classes and workshops in their specialties in concert with local area colleges and other organizations. The program is designed to partner makers with local manufacturers and businesses, creating a supply chain of salvaged, reused, or scrap materials for their work.
Creator Square Johnstown, the artisan residency founded by Springboard’s Paul Rosenblatt in 2014, recently received funding from the Pennsylvania Economic Development Administration (EDA) to proceed with the $800,000 Parkview Building renovations we planned for Creator Square, a “launchpad for business growth with makerspace and collaboration and gallery space as a part of a larger innovation ecosystem.” Together with the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, Springboard Design helped prepare and submit the successful grant application and are gearing up to begin construction and renovations sometime this spring. We are excited about this project for many reasons. From a design perspective, it exemplifies Springboard’s commitment creative approach to adaptive reuse and public interest design. From an organizational perspective, it demonstrates how an arts led initiative can help to drive economic growth in coal country.
For more information, check out www.creatorsquarejohnstown.com.
(Photo Credit for town hall meeting: Todd Berkey – The Tribune Democrat)
Design Corps and the SEED Network are pleased to announce the FIRST THREE Certified SEED Consulting Firms in the country- including SPRINGBOARD DESIGN.
“These exceptional firms have been selected for their exemplary ability to work with clients and communities through collaboration and participation to create the highest level of positive impact through their design. The selected firms have the capacity to understand the greater needs of clients and communities that often lie outside of the traditional scope of the architect. While not included in traditional scope of architecture, these services are often what make a project successful in meeting the goals of all stakeholders involved. These stakeholders include more than just the project owner. They can include the end-users of the building, the neighboring community, the local governments, and foundation funders.” – SEED Network
For more information, follow the link to our full SEED Certified Consultation page.