Tweetie Bird It is about imagining that the center is ever flexible and having the courage to create new centers.-Theaster Gates on his work #ArtPlace [More from ccoletta]

July 3, 2004

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Real estate developers transform cities - sometimes in ways we applaud, and other times in ways that make us cringe.

is a developer working in downtown Pittsburgh. She is also an architect and urban designer. Her small projects that turn abandoned buildings into lofts have drawn praise for their fine design and Eve, for her tenacity in seeing them through.

Her company, no wall productions, specializes in transforming abandoned buildings into lofts, combining fun and function to create hip living and working spaces. Eve is a native of Australia and has worked in cities around the world but prefers Pittsburgh for its grittiness.

Legendary developer James Rouse is the subject of a new book by Josh Olsen. Rouse was the man behind many "firsts" in real estate: no money down mortgages on suburban homes, the shopping mall, new towns, and festival marketplaces. Josh will be here to talk about his new book on Rouse, "Better Places Better Lives."

Josh is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Bristol. As a Fulbright Scholar, he became fascinated with legendary developer James Rouse, by what Rouse was able to accomplish, and by what motivated him. The result was his new book, "Better Places Better Lives: A Biography of James Rouse" published by the Urban Land Institute. Josh currently works for a development company in Washington, D.C., where, he says, he is learning that it is easier to write about real estate development than to practice it.

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