PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The 10th annual Gallery Crawl kicks off Friday evening in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

This year, one of the highlights is a game called “Build Your ‘Burgh.”

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Architects Alan Schlossberg and Emily Putas and intern Vince DeFazio helped created the game, which involves the construction of a mini-city using styrofoam “building blocks.”

It’s part of an exhibit by the American Institute of Architects at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust building, one of 33 stops on the Gallery Crawl. You don’t have to be an architect to play the game.

“The game’s all about learning,” Schlossberg says. “We wanted gallery crawlers to understand more about what their city does, how it is built, and what architects do to help make it a nice place. This is a way to learn about architecture through the things that you know.”

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The visitor picks a card, which tells the player what to do.

Architect Schlossberg says the process of “building” will be record for posterity.

“We’re going to have a videographer that’s going to record players as they build their hypothetical little ‘Burgh. Schlossberg says architects themselves can benefit.

“It’s very important that we hear what people say when they’re talking about what makes a fine city. What they enjoy about their city and their communities. Each person who plays the game will add something to it,” he said.
For more information, log on to http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/event/2522/gallery-crawl-in-the-cultural-district

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