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Dear Friends of Springboard Design Around The World,

As you may have noticed, Springboard Design has been using new communication tools! So far, we’ve shared the excitement of promoting musical excursions close to the heart of our Springboard staff (e.g. Sunday Secret Vaults at the The Independent Brewing Company with musical selections by Paul Rosenblatt). Moving forward, we hope to continue to keep you in the loop for similar events, but we also plan to broaden our scope.

Over the past few months, we have been hard at work creating a more effective database of our growing network of clients, colleagues and friends. In the 14 year history of Springboard, we’ve had the privilege to work with so many amazing people who’ve helped create memorable projects of all scales. Our projects have evolved into increasingly interdisciplinary ventures, and for that we are grateful for the collaborations that have made these projects possible.

With that in mind, we look ahead to our more holistic roles as Architects in the modern world, a community of ideas. Experience has taught us that sometimes, it is our duty (and pleasure) to BEGIN CONVERSATIONS – to discuss early ideas, to share innovations, and to act as engaged connectors between people. We strive to engage those early concepts and initial ideas, and through thoughtful discussion and investigation, evolve those ideas into actions and realized projects. Our role as Architects has grown to include fostering these early conversations, and nurturing new ideas; It is also our role to provide the tools, inspiration, and cutting-edge innovations that can help launch projects into exciting new directions.

Springboard Design announces a Monthly Newsletter, which will arrive in your email inboxes with a well-crafted variety of content. Our goal is to keep you connected to…

  1.  Resources to assist you, inspire you, and motivate you to foster those early ideas
  2. Innovations in building technology
  3. Important cultural events and exhibitions happening in Pittsburgh
  4. Highlights of recently finished/featured Springboard Design projects
  5. Highlights of Springboard Design services

We hope to continue CULTIVATING A COMMUNITY OF IDEAS, one where we can serve our friends and colleagues though continuous and educational engagement. We are excited to share with you our recent architectural and artistic work, but we are equally excited to provide a forum for insightful inquiry and innovation beyond Springboard Design.

-Cassandra Osterman
Editor, Springboard Design Newsletter

Dear Friends,

You are cordially invited to another in The Independent Brewing Company’s ‘Secret Vault’ music series curated by Springboard Design Principal Paul Rosenblatt on Wednesday, December 3, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Independent Brewing Company is a Squirrel Hill tavern dedicated to servingfresh local beer. Also notable is that they have a turntable and an in-house record collection of over five hundred vinyl records. That number pales, however, in comparison to the personal collection of local architect, artist, and design enthusiast Paul Rosenblatt who will be bringing selections to play from his own personal vinyl collection.

Paul will be bringing selections both classic and rare, but, in any case, selections you definitely need to hear now.  These are the choice and the deep cuts.

For more on Paul, check him out here:  www.springboarddesign.net. His recent exhibition in 707 Gallery, “Well-Played: Paul’s Vinyl Records,” part of the Pittsburgh Biennial 2014, included more than 15,000 vinyl records from his collection. You can read about it here in last week’s City Paper.

On Wednesday, Paul will be pulling plenty of surprises from the Psych / Acid Rock sections of his collection.  The theme of the evening is: ‘Psych (Rock) 101.’ You can count on hearing pop, proto, classic, and neo-acid cuts from bands like Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, and The Doors, as well as some bands that you may never heard of before like The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and The 13th Floor Elevators.

While we listen to music, the Independent is going to curate an equally interesting tap list on Wednesday evening, and may even bring out a few surprises of its own.

So, rock on by.  Dig looking at album covers.  Enjoy making and hearing esoteric statements regarding the guitar players on certain tracks.  And enjoy a good beer or spirit at the place with the best music playing in Pittsburgh – on a Wednesday night.  We are sure you will feel right at home at the Indy with their record collection – and Paul’s!


Dear Friends,

Seems like everything at Springboard Design has a musical theme these days!

I wanted to let you know about a great Alfred Hitchcock-themed Halloween party coming up at the Carrie Furnaces —  the old iron furnaces that are now national landmarks run by Rivers of Steel Heritage Foundation.

I’m really excited to be one of the DJs who will be spinning tunes in this incredible space! If you are a fan of great industrial architecture, cool tunes and delicious food and drink come join me for what should be a very special party. And best of all, it is for a good cause: portions of ticket sales are being donated to our wonderful hosts, Rivers of Steel, who maintain the Carrie Furnaces as a National Landmark.

Here is a link to their site: http://www.riversofsteel.com/preservation/heritage-sites/carrie-furnaces/

Tickets are $35 each.  Parking on site is free, but is limited, so you need to “purchase” a free parking ticket from the eventbrite page to secure your spot.  There are also buses between the Independent and the event, that will leave at 7:30 p.m. and return at 1 a.m.  And a bus (or buses) from Bar Marco in the strip district that will leave at 7:30 p.m. and return at 1 a.m.  Both buses require a $5 round trip ticket from eventbrite.

To order tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hitchcock-a-halloween-party-at-the-carrie-furnace-tickets-13440108727

Tickets come with 3 $5 drink tickets.  You can purchase additional drink tickets at the event for $5 each.  A number of  food trucks and food tents will be there offering food for purchase as well.  Designated driver tickets are $20 and will have a separate color wrist band that is not eligible to purchase additional drink tickets.


Dear Friends,

The Independent Brewing Company is a tavern located in Squirrel Hill dedicated to serving fresh local beer made only by Western Pennsylvania breweries. Also notable is that they have a turntable and an in-house record collection of over five hundred vinyl records, which is awesome. However, that number pales in comparison to the personal collection of local architect, artist, and design enthusiast, Springboard Design Principal Paul Rosenblatt. This coming Wednesday, October 15, (and approximately once a month every month hereafter), Paul is going to be curating another installment of  the Independent’s Secret Vault music series from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This is the second time Paul will be hosting a Secret Vault event at the Independent– the first time was a blast. Come join us for another great party.

Paul will be bringing selections from his home collection, which, by the way, exceeds 15,000 pieces of vinyl.  He’s bringing selections that you might not have heard before but that you definitely need to hear now.  These are the deep cuts.

For more on Paul, check him out here:  www.springboarddesign.net  and also check out his current exhibition in 707 Gallery, “Well-Played: Paul’s Vinyl Records,” part of the Pittsburgh Biennial 2014. http://culturaldistrict.org/exhibit/7730/well-played-pauls-vinyl-records

On Wednesday, Paul will be pulling plenty of surprises from the Surf, Exotica, Hawaiian, and Garage Rock sections of his collection.  The theme of the evening is:‘Beyond the Surf: Summer’s Over.’

While we listen to music, the Independent is going to curate an equally interesting tap list on Wednesday evening, and may even bring out a few surprises of their own.

So swing on by.  Enjoy the music.  Enjoy looking at album covers.  Enjoy making and hearing esoteric statements regarding the guitar players on certain tracks.  And enjoy a good beer or spirit at the place with the best music playing in Pittsburgh on a Wednesday night.  We are sure you will feel right at home at the Indy with their record collection – and Paul’s!


Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the presentation of Public Record,a Pittsburgh Biennial exhibition, on view September 26–November 9, 2014, at the Trust’s SPACE and 707 Penn galleries. An opening reception takes place September 26, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., during the Trust’s quarterly and 10th annual Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.

Among the Biennial installations is Paul Rosenblatt’s Well Played: Paul’s Vinyl Records—held in 707 Penn Gallery—which features recordings of live and electronic performances that were manufactured, marketed, sold, collected, and (well) played before the artist collected them again. Visitors to the gallery can dig through the artist’s collection and play records, and an interactive component to the exhibition allows visitors to virtually “dig-in” to the collection and play records online.



Art Paper’s special issue on architecture and design features an extensive review of the White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes exhibition by Springboard’s own Paul Rosenblatt. 

Although the article is not available online, you can still order an issue which features many other articles including a fascinating consideration of John Latham’s Flat Time House at http://www.artpapers.org/.

For more information, contact Paul directly at paul@springboarddesign.net.


At noon PST – that is 3PM EST for those of us on the East Coast – Springboard Design Principal Paul Rosenblatt preents a webinar on blogging and architectural communication. Still time as we write this to get in on the fun. Just follow this link: http://www.designrealized.com/Architecture_Blog


This is the email message we received yesterday:

“Guess what? Your book has been selected to go on the inaugural tour of The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library! The tour is presented in partnership with Ugg’s Creative Council and was curated by our friend Christopher Jobson over at Colossal.”

Join us November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th for this “landmark” tour!

November 2nd
6pm-10pm
Pittsburgh Art Walk – Pittsburgh, PA
in front of Assemble
5125 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
#SBPPittsburgh and #CreativeCouncil

A little background: A year or so ago, Springboard Design Principal Paul Rosenblatt submitted a sketchbook to the Sketchbook Project. If you don’t know about the Sketchbook Project, here is a link to the project and Paul’s scanned sketchbbok. He will be briefly reunited with the book on November 2 when the book tour arrives in Pittsburgh. Come see paul and his sketchbook there or just his sketchbook – with many others – in another location along the tour.

Here is a link to the Sketchbook project site: http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject2012

Here – below – is a link to Paul’s sketchbook on the site…that is, for those of you who won’t have a chance to see it in person on November 2, 3,4! 😉

http://www.arthousecoop.com/library/2882#page-slide_1

And if you are ever in Brooklyn, go visit the Brooklyn Art Library and see all of the sketchbooks there…

Brooklyn Art Library
103A North 3rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Closed Mon – Tues.
Open 12-8pm Wed – Sun.

Ph : 718-388-7941


The Carnegie Museum of Art Website just announced the completion of the renovation of the Scaife Galleries, designed by Springboard Design. “Five of our 21 art galleries,” the Carnegie writes, “have been reinstalled to offer a fresh interpretation of the permanent collection and to highlight many of the museum’s strengths in Impressionism, sculpture, Realism, and Aestheticism, providing a unique view of the museum’s holdings.”

The museum has also included some beautiful views of the space on their website:
http://web.cmoa.org/?page_id=5559