Oakland’s Forbes Digital Plaza

It’s no secret Oakland is determined to be America’s first Digital District given that it’s home to some of the world’s top research, educational, medical and cultural institutions. Innovation Oakland seeks to build a future where cutting-edge technology will be used to better the lifestyles of those who visit and live in Oakland. Through integrating information, technology and art, Oakland is poised to showcase its innovative nature and start-up culture.


About the Plaza



In 2015, the Oakland Business Improvement District and partners unveiled the 21st Century Digital Plaza to hundreds of spectators in the heart of Pittsburgh’s 2nd largest business district located at the corner of Forbes Avenue and S. Bouquet Street. This premiere pedestrian plaza is a new approach to public space place-making and community branding. As a model project built in celebration of Oakland’s culture of innovation, the IMG_2090 2Digital Plaza is the first of a series of projects planned as part of Innovation Oakland. The OBID’s outdoor digital art gallery is the first of its kind in the country and is designed to feature local, national and international artists.


Thank you!

OBID would like to thank our Digital Champions whose support has made it possible to design and build Pittsburgh’s premiere 21st century plaza!

$275, 000
Duquesne Light

This project was financed in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority


University of Pittsburgh

In Kind Donation
Oakland Real Estate Company
LUXE Creative

Dollar Bank

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group

GBBN Architects

Dr. Eugene Myers
Community Human Services
Hieber’s Pharmacy

Dr. John M. Wilds
Louise Cavanaugh Sciannameo
Georgia Petropoulos
IKM Incorporated – Architecture, Planning, Interior Design
Hurley Associates
Hurley Insurance Brokers

Murland Associates Limited Partnership

First National Bank

Jeff Abramovitz
Ting Yen
John Krolicki
Adrienne Walnoha
Bryan and Sarah Perry
Rita’s Italian Ice
Gidas Flowers
Red Oak Cafe