We now live in a world that is wired, and we understand that innovation is key to the success and future of Oakland, Pittsburgh, and our region.
Home to some of the world’s top research, educational, medical and cultural institutions, Oakland is determined to be America’s first Digital District. Working with several local and regional partners, we have planned Pittsburgh’s first digital Infrastructure project called Innovation Oakland.
Can you imagine a city designed to complement your new technology driven lifestyle? A city where you will never be lost, where “Welcome Centers” are new interactive touch screens located on a public sidewalk providing real-time information about events, museum exhibitions, or where to find that Thai lunch you are hungry for. Where robots guide the visually and hearing impaired visitors in and around our hospitals and universities. A city where you know exactly where to park, thanks to the real time parking space information provided to you via a digital screen in view as you drive along Forbes Avenue. Imagine attending a concert or basketball game in Oakland where the street lights, street signs, and banners can all be changed instantly to reflect event information and guidance - all controlled remotely from a laptop. A city where public art installations match the mood and event of the moment: the Pitt Panthers just won and the Boulevard of the Allies Bridge is changed into a blue and gold tunnel of light. A city where digital illiteracy no longer divides people- everyone will participate and benefit from the new economy. A city that becomes a global destination for tourists who travel to experience the “Digital District”.
Innovation Oakland (IO) seeks to build this and more. IO will combine information, art, place-making and way-finding solutions to create smart infrastructures solutions that will attract new users into our community and that will:
- Ensure that Oakland's infrastructure reflects the City of Pittsburgh's international reputation as an Innovative City
- Brand a regional identity that reflects innovation
- Foster and celebrate technological developments happening in Oakland's research institutions
- Eliminate the Digital Divide by providing the entire population access to digital technology
- Improve navigation and way finding to benefit all community matters
- Stimulate neighborhood and business revitalization
- Create exciting and vibrant destination spaces that reflect the 21st century
- Provide a pedestrian-focused signage and navigation system
- Promote the Oakland community
- Showcase Oakland’s assets
The IO Digital Art Gallery will be the first step into turning the Oakland neighborhood into an innovation community.
Guided by new technology and cutting edge design, the IO Digital Art Gallery will be an example of a 21st century dynamic space! Located at the highly visible corner of Forbes Avenue and South Bouquet Street, the pedestrian plaza site is accessible to the thousands of local residents, employees, students and visitors that populate Oakland daily.
Thank you to the University of Pittsburgh for making this remarkable site available for a period of time as the initial location of the digital gallery! The digital gallery improvements (including all recognition) are subject to removal at the end of the period of availability. Should the digital gallery change locations and be moved elsewhere, all recognition will also be moved to a new visible location.
The Plaza will include:
- A series of state of the art digital canvases, LED screens that display "real time" information for the public (ex: bus arrival and departure & incident management messages), promotion of local events and Oakland happenings and video streaming
- New energy efficient “smart” light poles that have sound capability
- New pavers and benches
- Rain Garden to include native plant-scapes
The Digital Art Gallery will be managed by world renowned curator Murray Horne, who is also the curator of the Wood Street Gallery in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The IO outdoor Digital Art Gallery will be the first of it kind in the US and will feature local, national and international artists.
What We Need & What You Get
- We already have the components to make this Digital Art Gallery a reality, right now, what we need is the funding to install it. With such technologies, we need to cover the cost of a construction team to install this exciting system.
- By helping to make this a reality, we want to make sure that you are rewarded! Not only will you have a great destination to visit in our neighborhood and experience world-class digital art and updates on community happenings, but you will also receive a great thank you gift! All contributions will be made to Community Human Services to directly benefit the IO Digital Art Gallery.
- We are so excited to have your support! At the close of this campaign (September 30th) we will follow up with you and customize your recognition to reflect exactly what you want it to be, that means that if you make a gift that will result in a brick paver, we will make sure it reflects the message you would like, that could be your name, your company name, or a short phrase.