Our Post Graduate Fellow, Matt Provolt, will be leaving the CUDC after his year of service. The CUDC created the one-year position for graduates of KSU’s Master of Architecture, Master of Urban Design, or dual MArch/MUD program. Matt shared with us some of his thoughts about his time here at the CUDC and what he was able to accomplish. We wish him well in his next adventure!
What did this year-long Fellowship mean to you?
Initially, when I accepted the post-graduate fellow position, I was excited to return to the CUDC because I was remembering the time I had here in the past. I was a CUDC intern during my time in graduate school, and that experience opened my mind to so many different ways of looking at the city; gave me the opportunity to forge lasting friendships with my fellow students and staff; and connected me with people who have significantly influenced and shaped my life and professional trajectory in the time since. Coming back here for this fellowship, then, meant working with my former colleagues again and getting involved with more of the interesting projects I so enjoyed during my internship. Over the course of the year, though, this position has turned into something much more than that. It has been an amazing learning experience which has helped me mature as a person and as an urban designer. I have been able to have my hand in many thrilling and meaningful projects, and this has given me the foundation I need to take a strong step forward in my career. I am very grateful to have had this wonderful opportunity.
What were some of the highlights of the Fellowship?
One of the most enjoyable things for me was my involvement with the Elyria TLCI, a project which I saw from start to finish. It gave me the opportunity to explore and get to know an entirely new place; one with a fascinating history, beautiful building stock, and a distinct set of exciting challenges. I also got to work closely with the city’s Mayor, so that was an exciting experience as well. Additionally, I got to pick up the reins from a former fellow on a project that sought to improve the grounds of a men’s homeless shelter and create for them a recreation + garden space. That project was my first experience in being able to design and physically build (with the help of my colleagues) an outdoor garden space that then was used by the men staying at the shelter. That one was pretty rewarding, and it’s still continuing on and growing to this day! And of course, toward the end of my year, I got to utilize my interest in pedestrian-friendly street design. I did this in conjunction with a climate change mitigation project, wherein I created a set of user-friendly illustrations that show how various types of streets should be designed to mitigate the negative effects that extreme climate days have on people; namely pedestrians. For that I drew from personal research and my own daily experiences within the pedestrian environment in Cleveland.
What will you miss most about working at the CUDC?
It’s truly difficult to decide whether it is the people or the projects I will miss most, so I suppose it’s a combination of both. The project work here has been really exhilarating, and the wide range of its scope and the impact it has on our region is truly remarkable. It is why I loved my internship and is what has inspired me most during this fellowship year. What additionally makes the project work so enjoyable, however, is my colleagues with whom I am able to share ideas, ask questions, and just goof around on a regular basis. They have definitely added another level of fun into the mix, and I’ve had countless great conversations with everyone here. I’m certainly going to miss this group of people.
What’s next for you upon the conclusion of the Fellowship?
This fellowship has greatly strengthened my desire to build a career in which I can design at a large scale and affect meaningful change in our cities. To continue pursuing that goal, I have recently accepted a position as an urban designer + planner at a local community development corporation. This new position will allow me to continue growing as a designer, to further develop my skills in planning and community engagement, and to affect some of the meaningful change which motivates me to be a better urban designer. I’m very excited for this new challenge!
Can new design and construction ideas breathe life back into some of Cleveland’s houses?
We believe that design brings value, and may help others re-envision the possibilities for Cleveland’s undervalued housing stock. Every year Cleveland loses thousands of houses to demolition.
In 2014 a 3rd year Kent State University architecture studio led by Chris Maurer examined design possibilities for radically renovating an existing vacant brick house, 1045 E 67th St. Over the summer, CAED/CAEST students worked on-site every afternoon to realize their collective design vision.
In 2015, we’re returning to the house to finish construction with the aim of selling it in the fall and using the funds to renovate another house in 2016. And we’re looking for volunteers to join us!
Five Saturdays in 2015 – July 11; July 25; August 08; August 22; and September 05 – we’ll be on-site working 8:00AM-4:00PM at the house. If you’re interested in volunteering please reach out to Kristen Zeiber via email: kzeiber[at]kent.edu – we’ll put you on our list and email out the to-do tasks the week ahead of every Saturday. Earn Community Outreach IDP hours, bring tools for the day if you have them, and come as you can, whenever you can.
Thanks in advance for all your help! For more information on the design/REbuild house visit here.
AIA Cleveland is bringing back their annual summer festival that will bring architecture and design firm personnel and their families together with the public to celebrate design and enjoy the beach! The AIA Cleveland Sand Castle Competition and Beach Volleyball Tournament will take place at Edgewater Beach on Saturday, July 18th and feature a competition of more than two dozen sand castle and volleyball teams populated by Cleveland architecture, engineering, and construction firms.
When: Saturday, July 18th
Where: Edgewater Beach
10 AM – Castle Competition / Volleyball Tournament Begins
5 PM – Parade of Castles, Jury
6 PM – Championship Volleyball Match & Awards Presentation
Registration closes Friday, July 3rd. Register HERE to build collegiality within the architectural community and raise design awareness across Cleveland.
Unfortunately at this time we are going to have to cancel the upcoming lecture with Miguel Coyula. We are planning to reschedule in September and will keep you posted of the exact date. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Miguel Coyula is an architect, urban planner, and professor at the University of Havana. He will give a comprehensive overview of Havana from its origins to the present, ending with an open question shared by many people these day: What kind of city will Havana be in the coming years?
Professor Coyula will be introduced by Ronn Richard, President and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation.
The event will be held at:
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
Kent State University
Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Directions to the CUDC
Following Professor Coyula’s talk, there will be a light dinner catered by Earth Bistro Café featuring contemporary American cuisine with a Cuban flair. This event is free and made possible by KSU President Emeritus Lester Lefton, but registration is required.
For any inquiries regarding the event, please contact the CUDC.
Please join us for a brown bag lunch talk with Cuban agronomist Isis Salcines along with a screening of the film, Tierralismo.
This free event will take place at the CUDC (1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200) on May 27 from noon-1pm. Please bring your lunch–we’ll provide drinks and snacks.
About the film…
TIERRALISMO A film by Alejandro Ramirez Anderson
On the outskirts of Havana, sandwiched between highways and public housing, a revolution is taking place. Here, in the district of Alamar, a 26-acre farming co-op provides employment for dozens of workers, while producing vegetables and medicinal plants for the local community and beyond.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in the early 1990s, Cuba was no longer able to access machinery and agricultural chemicals from its former Communist allies. In this difficult environment, the government relaxed economic rules and allowed the formation of cooperatives like the Organopónico Vivero Alamar.
What began as necessity—farming without pesticides and chemical fertilizers—has become a source of pride to coop members. They fertilize with compost and cow manure, raise their own insects for biological pest control, and have even created a fully biodegradable alternative to the plastic bag for use with seedlings.
Tierralismo introduces us to everyone from agronomists and senior management to workers who plant, plow, and propagate. The film also covers non-farming aspects of the operation, such as human resources and accounting practices where transparency is paramount.
Lovingly photographed, TIERRALISMO offers a behind-the-scenes portrait of the Organopónico Vivero Alamar and a stirring defense of the importance of farm work and sustainable farming practices.
About the speaker…
Following the film, Isis Salcines, Projects Coordinator in the Projects and Investments Office at the Organoponico, will give a presentation about her work. Ms. Salcines holds an advanced studies degree in Agricultural Engineering and has been with Organoponico since 1998. During her time at the cooperative, she has launched a new food preservation project and has focused on the marketing and distribution of local organic produce to domestic and international markets.
For more information about the event, please contact the CUDC here.
Congratulations to Kent State CUDC graduate student Alena Miller who took 3rd place in the 2015 Cleveland State University Real Estate Market Analysis Competition. Alena competed in a field of 20 students. Her project focused on the design of a community to support an influx of immigrants and refugees, in accordance with resettlement criteria outlined by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Using a site in Cleveland (E. 61 Street, just south of Chester Avenue) she developed a plan for 180 apartment units plus 156,000 SF of urban agriculture. The inclusion of urban farming generated 25 on-site jobs for the refugee community.
Alena’s project is especially timely, given the large and growing numbers of people who are forced to flee their homelands each year due to political conflicts and violence. Greater Cleveland receives approximately 600-700 refugees a year—a number that could grow if planning, policies, and programs are in place to support these populations.
Her work represents a unique investment opportunity that advocates for the future of Cleveland. Congratulations, Alena!
Happy Arbor Day 2015!
Today is Arbor Day (April 24th this year), a holiday dedicated to planting and caring for trees. Could there be a more worthwhile activity? As many Subaru bumpers proclaim, Trees Are The Answer to many problems. This is especially true in our neck of the woods.
We all know one of Cleveland’s nicknames is The Forest City, but what can we do as residents to better live up to this title?
Be a good Forest Citizen and check out these opportunities to show some love to the leafy friends that make our city a better place:
- Get your hands dirty at the Adventure Tree Planting at Whitesburg Park in Chagrin Falls on Sat., April 25, 9am. Learn more on the Facebook event page here.
- Did you know the City of Cleveland will plant 1,000 trees in the next two years? Learn more about the Cleveland’s urban reforestation plan.
- Check out Cuyahoga County’s Tree Canopy Interactive Map to see how your home’s tree canopy compares to surrounding communities.
- Learn more about the Western Reserve Land Conservancy‘s Reforest Our City initiative, which offers Tree Steward Trainings and grant programs: http://www.wrlandconservancy.org/ReforestOurCity.htm
- Did you know roadside trees reduce nearby indoor air pollution by more than 50%? Learn more about the health and economic benefits of having leafy neighbors with these Tree Facts.
- Attend the Arbor Day 2015 event at The Holden Arboretum tomorrow, April 25th from 10am-4pm, which includes tree seedling giveaways, kids guided tree climb, and Great Lake Timber Show.
- Search all of Ohio for a volunteer opportunity or create your own event. Visit Arbor Day Foundation’s Volunteer Center.
Enjoy your Forest City!
Join AIA Cleveland and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for the next lecture in the Emerging Practitioners Series as we welcome visiting designers Keith Hayes and Nikole Bouchard. Based in Milwaukee, Keith and Nikole are currently working in Cleveland’s St. Clair Superior neighborhood on the matireal landshape project. Focused on creating an up-cycled public plaza, the project will reuse discarded tires to construct topography and engage residents to build community.
In Version: The Mistaking of Placemaking
A first hand perspective on the amalgam of forces at work (Keith) and the role of architecture in the field of public interest design (Nikole).
Friday, April 24, 2015
CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
Lecture is free and open to the public.
Visit the Facebook event page here.
As a designer and social entrepreneur, Keith Hayes is informed by interfacing with resources, landscape, and language.
ln 2010, he launched beintween, a social and spatial organization improv(is)ing leftover spaces, based in Milwaukee, WI. Noteworthy accomplishments include a successfully funded Kickstarter for matireal, an 8 acre linear corridor known as the artery, a guerilla installation known as the swing park, and the organization of a design/build coopetition. He is now actively pursuing partnerships to develop a takerspace, the reclamation of a double lot + vacant home in Milwaukee, in addition to a plaza proposal in Cleveland. Hayes informs his practice through the application of relationships, resources, and research through a process he refers to as sp/acement, whereby arts and cultural development become a retainer of community rather than a token to displace it.
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, MArch
University of Miami, BArch
Nikole Bouchard’s research focuses on how the intersection between architecture, landscape, and infrastructure can stimulate ecologically sensitive and culturally relevant design interventions.
Nikole has previously taught at Syracuse University, Cornell University, The University of Waterloo and The University of Toronto. While teaching in Canada, Nikole collaborated with Toronto-based InfraNet Lab/Lateral Office on various design competitions and exhibitions. During this time, a number of award-winning projects were produced, including the 2011 Holcim Gold project Regional Food-Gathering Nodes and Logistics Network in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. Prior to joining InfraNet Lab/Lateral Office, Nikole worked at the offices of Steven Holl Architects and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in New York City.
Princeton University, MArch
Cornell University, BArch
For more information, contact the CUDC at cudc(at)kent.edu or call (216) 357-3438.
CUDC LUNCH TALK
Friday, April 24th 12-1pm
Event is free and all are welcome!
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Havana, Cuba is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, despite decades of disinvestment in its historic architecture and civic infrastructure. As diplomatic relations begin to improve between the US and Cuba and the long-standing trade embargo is lifted, foreign investment will pour into Havana. The rapid influx of new money and ideas may help to stabilize Havana, but will also inevitably disrupt and transform the city in unpredictable ways.
Last month, Doug Steidl, Dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State, and Terry Schwarz, Director of KSU’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, traveled to Cuba at the invitation of Hiram College and the Joaquín Weiss Institute. At Friday’s lunch talk, Terry will discuss some emerging opportunities for design and urban regeneration in Havana.
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For more information, please contact us at email@example.com or (216) 357-3434.
AIA Cleveland and the Kent State CUDC are pleased to host an evening lecture from Richard Kennedy of James Corner Field Operations. As Principal In Charge of the Public Square project, Richard will discuss the aspirations of the redesign of Cleveland’s most prominent public space. The two part event will start at the CUDC, then continue at the new AIA Cleveland Center for Architecture & Design, nearby.
Richard Kennedy Lecture
Wednesday, April 29th
CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
AIA Cleveland Center for Architecture & Design Grand Opening Party
Wednesday, April 29th
AIA Cleveland, 2059 East 14th Street
Cleveland, OH 44115
Space is limited to 100 seats for the event, so attendees must register. Tickets are available for $5 for all AIA Members and $20 for Non-Members.
Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided at the AIA Cleveland Center for Architecture & Design during the Grand Opening Ceremony. This program is approved for 1.5 HSW Learning Units.
To register for the event or obtain more information, please visit: AIA Cleveland Lecture and Launch
A recent rendering of the current plan for Cleveland’s Public Square, designed by James Corner Field Operations.
CUDC LUNCH TALK
MAKER is a Cleveland-based design studio established in 2011 by Westleigh Harper and Michael Horton. The firm was founded on the principle of responsibly contributing to the development of the City’s urban fabric. Through design, construction and planning exercises, they seek to uncover the inherent potentials specific to each site while progressing the design culture of the region forward. In addition, factors such as project timeline, budget, site constraints and zoning restrictions are viewed as generative attributes. This method has instigated new opportunities within each project, allowing their studio to produce thought-provoking work and contribute to the success of our Cleveland neighborhoods.
Their lecture, titled “Elastic Limits”, will follow the trajectory of their growing practice from its inception in 2011 to the present. Maximizing density, material exploration, and responding to client and zoning challenges are common themes throughout their body of work and have served as the guiding ethos behind their design process.
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CUDC LUNCH TALK
Jack Bialosky Jr | Senior Principal and Managing Partner, Bialosky + Partners Architects
Friday, April 10th
CUDC Conference Room, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Event is free and all are welcome!
Staying Out of the Niche: How to keep your firm fresh and relevant in an ever-changing world
The talk will explore the diversity and evolution of the work and culture of Bialosky + Partners Architects. A talk in three parts; first Jack will take a brief walk through the progression of major projects in the firm’s 60 year history. Each design represents a milestone in the firm’s history and contains key advancements and knowledge that builds and informs the next work. This also provides a window into the progressing culture of the firm. Second, Jack will discuss how to build a great firm culture and what talents, skills, and qualities the firm looks for in its staff. The talk will conclude with a quick presentation of current work and a picture of where the firm is headed over the next 10 years.
Learning objectives include the following:
1. Why diversity of project types and scale are more fun
2. Winning new project types through collaboration
3. Applying design knowledge across various project types
4. How to build a great firm culture
5. What it takes to secure and advance in a position at a great firm
Jack A. Bialosky, Jr., AIA, LEED AP, leads one of the Midwest’s most successful and collaborative architecture firms, Bialosky + Partners Architects.
Jack A. Bialosky, Jr., the son of a prominent Cleveland architect, assumed leadership of a firm widely known for its modern residential and religious projects. After working at Kallman McKinnell & Wood Architects in Boston, Jack returned to Cleveland to initiate 20+ years of stewardship and transformation of his father’s small local firm, Bialosky + Partners Architects. The firm is known for the quality of its designs, the trust of their clients, the longevity of its staff, and the diversity of its portfolio.
In addition to design awards, the firm garnered the 2013 Northcoast 99 Award that recognizes the highest ranked workplaces in Northeast Ohio across all sectors. In 2009, the firm was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as an AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm, the highest honor awarded by its peers, in recognition of great depth and breadth, a collaborative environment, and having a cumulative effect on the profession over a substantial period of time. Jack’s initiative to seek out other collaborative designers and artists has resulted in ongoing partnerships with designers such as Maya Lin, David Moss, and Architecture Research Office.
For more information, please contact the CUDC at email@example.com or call (216) 357-3434.
The CUDC’s design/REbuild program argues that design brings value, and may help others re-envision the possibilities for Cleveland’s undervalued housing stock. Cleveland loses thousands of houses to demolition every year. Can new design and construction ideas breathe life back into some of these houses?
In 2014 a 3rd year architecture studio led by Chris Maurer examined design possibilities for radically renovating an existing vacant brick house. At the end of the semester, the ideas were consolidated into a final construction document set and submitted to the City for permitting. Over the summer CAED/CAEST students worked on-site every afternoon to realize their collective design vision. Then, this spring, our 2nd year Interior Design students proposed ideas for the house interior.
In Summer of 2015, we’re returning to the house to finish construction with the aim of selling it in the fall and using the funds to renovate another house in 2016. And we’re looking for students to join us.
This program invites CAED/CAEST students to get on-site and renovate a house from start to finish. Make thoughtful, creative design decisions during the process and learn about the relationship of architecture, interior design, and construction with your own hands.
SESSION 1: June 8 – July 11 | ARCH 46922-001
SESSION 2: July 13 – August 15 | ARCH 46922-002
Both sessions are 3 Field Study credits. The courses will be held on-site at the house, 1045 E 67th St, in the St Clair-Superior neighborhood of Cleveland. Class meets Monday through Friday from 1:00-6:15 PM every day. It is the students’ responsibility to get to and from the site. As of now, we project that Session 1 will be primarily framing, insulation, drywall, floor refinishing; Session 2 will be more finish work (painting, trimwork, casework, and landscaping). That said, there is no guarantee of precisely what students will be doing on a day-to-day basis – a willing attitude and flexibility are essential.
Construction experience is more than welcome, but not a necessity. Basic tools will be required from each student: workboots, hardhat, safety glasses, gloves, measuring tape, square, utility knife, hammer, toolbelt, etc. Other tools and supplies are helpful but can be provided.
Housing: We know many Kent students have difficulty commuting to and from Cleveland every afternoon. Potentially, session-long neighborhood housing may be available at the Slovenian National Home (6417 St Clair Ave), but they currently have outstanding construction needs before apartments are ready. As a result, if any student is interested in Cleveland housing in the neighborhood of the design/REbuild house, please get in touch with Kristen Zeiber (kzeiber[at]kent.edu] NO LATER THAN APRIL 10th. If enough students are interested, this gives the Slovenian National Home time to finish apartment preparation. Rent is still in negotiations, but likely to be low – ~$150-$200 per student per 5-week session.
Questions? If you have any further questions please reach out to Kristen Zeiber via email: kzeiber[at]kent.edu; and check out the program website here.
Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) is hiring a part-time Business Manager position for our downtown Cleveland office. The job responsibilities include administrative and clerical assistance for the CUDC’s professional practice and academic programs.
Administrative Clerk | Part-time position, Monday- Friday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
FOR A FULL JOB DESCRIPTION AND TO APPLY ONLINE:
- Visit Kent State’s Career Postings Site: https://jobs.kent.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1427740048253
- Enter Position Number: 998191
- Click “SEARCH”
- Click “View” under Administrative Clerk
- Click “APPLY FOR THIS POSTING”
- In addition to applying online through Kent State’s Career Posting Site; please email resume to Terry Schwarz at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Provides part-time administrative, budget, and clerical assistance to the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative unit in downtown Cleveland. This position is housed in the downtown Cleveland office.
- Coordinates and monitors CUDC budget and expense accounts.
- Coordinates workflow and schedule to ensure deadlines are met, priorities are recognized, and policies/procedures are followed.
- Assists with occasional office functions to include set up and clean up.
- Schedules university facilities for academic and nonacademic events (e.g., meetings, dinners, parties, etc.); reserves locations, dates and times; assists clients with the planning of events (e.g., the types of tables); completes necessary forms; enforces university and scheduling procedures.
- Answers, screens, and routes incoming telephone calls from multiple lines, takes messages, may send messages through electronic mail, places and logs long distance calls.
- Greets and screens students, faculty, professional staff, administrators, and visitors, directs to appropriate location or person; may distribute, explain, and/or collect forms, pamphlets, or other informational documents.
- Provides general and specialized information to students, faculty, professional staff, administrators, visitors, or callers regarding policy and procedures of University or department, campus locations, University events, class times and cancellations, telephone numbers, etc.; refers questions requiring more knowledge or data to appropriate person.
- Sorts and distributes incoming mail for department; prepares bulk mailings.
- May type basic items such as memos, schedules, telephone listings, envelopes, labels, data cards and occasional letters or reports from draft using typewriter or word processor. May perform other clerical duties such as filing, producing photocopies, sending and receiving facsimiles, and arranging for repairs.
- Maintains various logs (e.g., parcels, visitors, keys, etc.), calendar of events, and/or appointment book.
- Must pass a security check.
The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) is a community design and research division of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at Kent State University. Based in downtown Cleveland, the CUDC provides technical design assistance to communities throughout the northeast Ohio region, conducts research into urgent and emerging areas of design practice, and offers a variety of public education, and design advocacy programs.
Join us Friday, April 3rd, as we welcome Dr. Xinyue Ye to our Spring Lecture Series. His talk will focus on the introduction of several research tools for spatiotemporal modeling and analytics of social media data, such as information diffusion modeling over time and space, the connection between online activities and real world human behaviors, and new knowledge discovery tools. Some case studies on disaster and public health will be demonstrated.
Dr. Xinyue Ye’s research focuses on space-time analytics development, implementation, and application in the context of big social data and urban/regional science. His work won the national first-place award of “research and analysis” from the US University Economic Development Association in 2011 and he received the emerging scholar award from AAG’s Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group in 2012. He has co-edited eight journal special issues and about 60 journal articles on fostering the interaction of space-time analytics research and socioeconomic dynamics studies. Dr. Ye’s research emphasizes that the application of space-time analytics sheds new light on socioeconomic dynamics research while research questions from socioeconomic dynamics studies push the frontier of space-time analytics innovation.
Dr. Ye is the founding director of Computational Social Science Lab at Kent State University since 2013. Recent and current main federal research projects include University Center Program (Department of Commerce), Coastal Ohio Wind (Department of Energy), Comparative Space-Time Dynamics (National Science Foundation), and Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks (National Science Foundation). Since 2011, he serves as Associate Editor of Stochastic Environmental Research & Risk Assessment, a leading SCI journal in spatial statistical modeling.
As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Friday, April 3rd, from 12-1 PM, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.