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Photo slide show: Phipps' Center for Sustainable Landscapes

When it opens today, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps will be one of the greenest buildings on earth. It will generate its own renewable energy, treat and reuse water capture onsite and much more. And it will look fabulous, too. See it first in this photo slide show.

Linda Lane: Keep the main thing the main thing

Linda Lane has a daunting task: shepherding the city’s school district through some of its biggest challenges in history while remaining a hands-on educator.

How to really use social media effectively: an interview with Dr. Andrew Stephen

When a trusted grad student told us about his "brilliant and pragmatic" social media professor at the Katz Business School, we bit. In this interview, Dr. Andrew Stephen answers our many questions, from the biggest mistakes made in social media to what national companies and local groups are doing it right, and why.  

A hotbed of innovation: What's new at Carnegie Mellon

At Carnegie Mellon, students and faculty alike are inspired to create technologies that change the world. So when a CMU grad and four-time entrepreneur returned to campus, they lined up the best and the brightest to present their ideas to him. Here's the insider view.

A European perspective of Pittsburgh

As a New Yorker architecture critic once said, if Pittsburgh were in the heart of Europe, people would travel hundreds of miles out of their way to see it. This German blogger would agree as she chimes in with her own highly favorable impressions of Pittsburgh, from her favorite bridge to her favorite view. If you don't better appreciate your city after this, we suggest a trip to Europe (via that direct Paris flight).

New life for old buildings: Adaptive reuse in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is filled with outstanding examples of adaptive reuse, the re-purposing of older properties for a different use. It's cheaper than new development, with easier financing, and usually results in superior projects. From theaters to schools to hospitals, here's a rundown on what's been done and what's left to be re-imagined.

Tech Talk: Flashgroup, made in Pittsburgh. Staying in Pittsburgh.

Who says you can't grow a startup in Pittsburgh with top-tier VC funding from elsewhere? Meet Flashgroup, and the two Carnegie Mellon computer science profs behind it.

Tech Talk: Courting international startups

Pittsburgh offers a climate of innovation, partnership and entrepreneurial support that foreign startups cannot find in other cities, says Babs Carryer in this column. A few powerful partnerships, including the Carnegie Mellon-Portugal Program, resulted in some key Portugal startups visiting Pittsburgh last week. Here's her report on what happened and what could lie ahead.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Distinctively Dutch Festival launches Downtown

For the next three months, the cutting-edge culture of the Netherlands will converge on Downtown's Cultural District and arts venues around town. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is set to kick off its Distinctively Dutch Festival, packed with two dozen events, work by 75 artists, ambitious world premieres, and a festival buzz that can already be felt.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: 10 new shows open at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Ten new art exhibits will converge under one roof this Friday night, when Pittsburgh Center for the Arts hosts an opening party for its latest round of solo shows. From trash-inspired sculpture made from taxidermy and body bags to mixed-media paintings that reference videos of the tsunami in Japan, the presentation showcases and impressive crop of regional talent.

Let's Move: Tackling childhood obesity in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh leads in too many categories when it comes to the national epidemic of childhood obesity. But one local group wants to take a run at the problem. Turns out, there's much that can be done.

Who says you can't grow a drug company in Pittsburgh?

They said it couldn't be done in Pittsburgh but Knopp Neurosciences, a startup gem, proves otherwise. Step by step, Babs Carryer explains how they grew a drug company here with all the talent needed.

Your all-local guide to great holiday shopping

Want to make a difference this holiday season? Give a gift to Pittsburgh and support your local, independent shops. You'll help boost our neighborhoods and contribute to the overall vitality of our city. And it's fun when you have this great guide to cool stores in town.

My ideal Pittsburgh weekend: Renee Piechocki

When her artist friend visited Pittsburgh, the director of the Office of Public Art showed her the artsy side of town, from a tour of the newly installed Romare Bearden mural at Gateway Station to a ceramic studio in Carnegie and two visits to the world-class Carnegie Museum of Art. Follow the fun with Renee and her group of friends.

The Talent Dividend: How more college grads can add to Pittsburgh's bottom line

What's the best thing a city can do to achieve more economic success? Increase its number of college graduates. The most prosperous cities have the highest number of college grads. Read how the Talent Dividend calculates just how much college degrees add to a city's bottom line--think billions--and why Pittsburgh is one of 57 cities competing for the million dollar prize to boost college attainment.
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