09-16-14

Pop Up Motel Arrives at North Coast Harbor

 

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Beginning on September 18, the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) will welcome students and faculty from the University of Arts and Industrial Design at Linz.  Coming to us from Austria, their “Motel on the Road” project will be stationed at end of the E. 9th St. Pier at North Coast Harbor, adjacent to Voinovich Park (see map below). The project is an interactive art installation where two shipping containers will become a think tank, a communication platform and melting pot where strangers meet strangers producing something new at each destination.

“Motel on the Road” will arrive in Cleveland from Pittsburgh via Ann Arbor and continue stopping at various cities through the end of September. Artist performances, roundtable discussions, digital tours, and live music will take place throughout the week, and in coordination with other downtown events.

The containers will be open from 11:00am into the evenings beginning on Thursday Sept. 18 and closing on Tuesday, Sept. 23. We hope to see you down there!

Events are as follows:

Thurs. Sept. 18.

11:00am Opening Ceremony

12:00pm “Fake” City Tour of Linz, Austria


Fri. Sept. 19:

11:00am Project Art Workshop with Pepi Maier and Barry Undewood

7:00pm Live Music


Sat. Sept 20:

11:00am Collecting Stories with Artists Li Ka Ying and Jane Lam

12:00pm Lobby Time

5:00pm “On the Road” Roundtable

7:00pm DJ Party


Sun. Sept. 21:

11:00am Sofa lessons with Austria featuring Artist Juliana Herrero

4:00pm Sound Lab Artist Martin Winkler


Mon. Sept 22:

10:00am Lobby

11:00am Open Space 1

2:00pm Student Think Tank

6:00pm  Student Think Tank with Artist Daniela Steiner


Tues. Sept 23:

10:00am City Intervention with Prof. Alex Beck

4:00pm Open Space

7:00pm Closing Ceremony and Performance

 

Download the Motel on the Road event poster PDF.

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View the map of the Cleveland location below:

For more information, please contact Jeff Kruth at the CUDC at cudc@kent.edu or call (216) 357-3434.

09-15-14

Sometimes the Smallest Projects can have the Biggest Impacts

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This September 24-26, Urban Innovation Exchange invites you to Detroit to explore this growing movement of small-scale neighborhood transformation, and to exchange ideas for the future.

Meet innovators leading impact. Learn about the places they’re bringing to life. Find out how their work holds important lessons for cities everywhere.

Our Associate Director, David Jurca, will be discussing Pop Up City during the UIX Forum: Art of Place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

To find out more information about this event and to register please visit here.

Urban Innovation Exchange
September 24-26, 2014 | Detroit USA
UIXDetroit.com @UIXDetroit #UIXDET

09-15-14

Alumni Lecture Series| Rob & Melanie Dower

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This Friday, September 19th, Rob and Melanie Dower will discuss their personal journeys to establish their individual career paths, as they settled in the City of Pittsburgh.  They will discuss key moments in their career, defining projects, seizing opportunities, and the influential literature and mentors in their lives.  Rob and Melanie will share their experience balancing their family life while always striving to push themselves to the next level of their careers.  They will even touch on the struggle to have two architects attempt to renovate a home together!  Rob and Melanie look forward to being able to share the knowledge they have gained to date, and hope that it will help to inspire others to “Find the Right Fit”.

Melanie Buzgan Dower graduated from Kent State University with a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design in 2006. After graduation, Melanie moved to Pittsburgh and joined Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. Now an Associate, Melanie has spent her last 8 years expanding her leadership role. With a focus on workplace excellence and integrated systems, Melanie has carved her niche and found herself on a longer term trajectory in the firm. Melanie continues to balance her work-life ratio as an active mom of two, while also influencing some of the most meaningful architecture in the City of Pittsburgh.

Rob Dower graduated from Kent State University with a Master of Architecture and Certificate of Urban Design in 2006. After graduation, Rob moved to Pittsburgh and joined Strada Architecture, LLC. Immediately recognized as a key designer in the firm, Rob has worked closely on some of the most influential new projects in the City of Pittsburgh. Rob works on a wide array of project types and has continued to be a leader in the firm for the past 8 years.

As always our Alumni Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on September 19th, 1309 Euclid Ave, Suite 200.

09-12-14

“In Our Backyard” to host Neighborhood Crowdfunding Workshop

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On Tuesday, Sept. 16  from 7:00-9:00pm “In Our Backyard” (IOBY) will be hosting a workshop titled “Seven Habits of Highly Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns” at Trinity Commons. IOBY is a Brooklyn, NY based crowdfunding platform for neighborhood projects, and have seen more than 400 projects receive full funding and implementation since their founding in 2010. Crowdfunding is an excellent way to ignite a project, garnering support from likeminded neighbors. IOBY, hosted by Neighborhood Connections, will be offering the workshop free of charge, so stop by and bring a friend!

Trinity Commons is located at 2230 Euclid Ave., just a  short distance from the CUDC.  For more information and registration click here: http://ioby.nonprofitsoapbox.com/cleveland

09-12-14

ULI Cleveland Campus Series: Connecting Downtown Kent and KSU

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ULI’s Cleveland Campus Series will take place Thursday, October 2, 2014 in Kent, OH

An in depth look at how a mid-size city, the State’s 2nd largest university, regional public transit, and private developers collaborated during the economic downturn to link a declining city district with the university’s campus. Utilizing over $110 million in public and private investments, the effort transformed a four block area into the new home for multiple corporate headquarters, 15+ shops and restaurants, high-end residential, hotel, and publicly funded parking garage.

REGISTER NOW!

Schedule
3:30pm – Registration
4:00pm – Panel Presentation
5:00pm – Q & A
5:30pm – Cocktail Reception at Bricco

Event Pricing
Member $20/$30
Non-Member $35/$45

Registrations made after Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Member $40/$50
Non-Member $55/$65

Location
PARTA Parking Garage
Conference Room
201 East Erie Street
Kent, OH 44240

 

09-08-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Divya Sridhar | Sept. 12

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What would your neighborhood look like if your neighbors and you designed it together? What could the community look like if  it was built from a place of trust and respect towards each other, and nurtured local ecology? This Friday, September 12, Divya Sridhar will share how City Repair attempts to explore the power of people through collaborative place making in urban spaces, and reconnects them to each other and to the local environment.

Divya Sridhar is  a graduate of the M.Arch program from the class of 2006, and a LEED AP. She’s a Permaculture Certified Designer and a mom. She facilitates design approach and outcomes in neighborhoods for a process called City Repair. 

The Alumni Lecture Series is held from 12-1 pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200. They are free and open to the public. View the full schedule of upcoming speakers here.

09-02-14

Alumni Lecture Series | David Jurca | Sept. 5

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Our Alumni Lecture Series continues this Friday from 12-1 PM with our own Associate Director, David Jurca.

David’s interactive talk Opportunity or Constraint? will explore the creative process of shifting one’s perspective on a design problem to reveal the possibilities often hidden within. He will present practical lessons for designers gathered over eight years of professional practice and applied research at the CUDC. Employing several innovative projects as case studies, including the transformation of an underused parking garage into a lively public space, David will encourage urban makers to embrace constraints as a generative design force.

David is a 2006 graduate from the CUDC. As Associate Director of the CUDC he contributes to the full range of the practice’s projects, with a particular interest in shrinking cities research. Working with social media, video and other technologies, David spearheads the CUDC’s efforts to develop new techniques for community engagement. David teaches the graduate design studio, advises MUD capstone students and has led several community design charrettes.

All lectures are from 12-1 PM at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, unless otherwise noted. Free and open to the public. 

09-02-14

CAED Groundbreaking | October 3-4, 2014

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The weekend of October 3-4, 2014  Kent State University Alumni are invited to return to campus to see the changes and what the future holds for College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED). The college will be hosting a number of events to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new building; this is an ideal time to visit your alma mater!

The CAED wants this to be a great experience for you; a time to reconnect, participate in the building project and meet alumni from other years. More than 10 classes have committed to reunions and many alumni are planning to return to campus. Their hope is to have more than 150 alumni come back to campus and celebrate together.

Click to RSVP or learn more.

If you have any questions please contact Wiley Runnestrand (wrunnest[at]kent.edu) or Marti Ring (mkring1[at]kent.edu); especially if you are interested in planning a reunion for your class.

 

08-26-14

Fall Lecture Series | Steve Manka | August 29th

This year for our Fall Lecture Series we have decided to invite CUDC Alumni to participate to celebrate our 15th Anniversary of the CUDC.

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Friday, August 29th, will feature one of our first graduates, Steve Manka. Manka, a 2001 graduate, is the founder of Manka Design Studio which is a Cleveland based sculpture studio focused on large scale public art installations. The studio has installed a wide range of public art projects throughout Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and recently Chicago.

His talk, Public Art as Acupuncture, will focus on how Public Art can be regarded as a form of Urban Acupuncture, properly pinned to amplify an identity and provocatively tie people to places and to each other. The talk will review the design goals and process of the Manka Design Studio.

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Following the lecture there will be a workshop from 2-5 PM. The workshop will focus on sketching for urban design analysis: perspective and analytical sketches.

Supplies needed:
bus pass – public transit will be taken from CUDC to University Circle for primary sketching
clutch pencils (2B)
sketch book
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Both the lecture and the workshop are free and open to the public. 

08-19-14

Position Available at Oberlin College

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The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for the position of A.J. Lewis Center Facilities Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator.

This is a full-time continuing staff position reporting to the Director of Environmental Studies. They seek applicants with a combination of strong technical and interpersonal skills who are interested in enhancing the environmental performance and educational value of a facility named the most important green building in the last 30 years by Architect Magazine.

A detailed description of the position and application process is posted here. 

08-19-14

Call for Volunteers

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The City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is looking for engaged and enthusiastic volunteers for the 2014 Sustainable Cleveland Summit. The Sustainable Cleveland Summit is a great opportunity to contribute to the greater conversation about sustainability in Cleveland, while making connections and meeting new people also involved in changing our region.

Summit information and volunteer details are below:

What: 2014 Sustainable Cleveland Summit (Registration)

When: Wednesday, September 17-Thursday, September 18, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Where: Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave E , Cleveland, OH 44114

Cost: Free for volunteers! $40 for non-volunteers

Want to sign up to volunteer? Need more information? Contact Cathi Lehn at clehn[at]city.cleveland.oh.us –or- 216-664-2421.

08-15-14

The Neighborhood Design Center is Seeking an Executive Director

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The Columbus Neighborhood Design Center seeks an Executive Director to lead this dynamic and growing non-profit serving various urban neighborhoods with design and planning services. Principally funded by the City of Columbus, the NDC seeks opportunities to broaden its funding base and to provide comparable low cost design services to communities and non-profits. Its labor pool is comprised principally of university students in architecture, landscape architecture and planning. The NDC facilitates community-based dialog, generates responsive design and planning concepts, and immerses student interns in the development of solutions that are both realistic and visionary.

The Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) is a 501c(3) nonprofit committed to assisting the under served. They believe that access to design is a right, not a privilege. When in need of affordable design services small businesses, neighborhood institutions and government entities in Central Ohio and beyond utilize the Neighborhood Design Center. Through simple yet cunning design, their staff and interns bring the ideas and dreams of their clients to life. 

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, three references with contact information and a portfolio of relevant work. The application materials should be submitted as a single PDF to EBizAdvisors[at]gmail.com no later than 11:59 pm on August 31 (please note in the subject line: “NDC Executive Director”). The PDF attachment must not exceed 25MB in size. The Neighborhood Design Center is an equal opportunity employer.

View full job description and requirements here

 

08-11-14

Design competition in New Orleans aims to transform abandoned landscapes

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Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) are collaborating on a competition to make New Orleans a global leader in reusing vacant land. Future Ground will generate flexible design and policy strategies that forecast and accommodate changes in density, demand, climate, and landscape over the next half-century in New Orleans, transforming abandoned landscapes into resources for the current and future city.

Three teams will be selected and awarded $15,000 to participate in a six-month research and design process to tackle the social, economic, and ecological challenges underlying reuse of the most prevalent types of vacant land in the city. Working closely with local stakeholders and national experts, teams will produce implementable, replicable solutions that can be applied to specific sites citywide, and that can help catalyze change in cities around the world.

Future Ground is open to multidisciplinary teams of individuals and firms with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, graphic design, policy, engineering, finance, real estate, community development, and other fields relevant to the topic. Entrants are encouraged to partner with at least one individual or organization in New Orleans.

The deadline for registration and electronic submission of the RFQ is 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 29, 2014.

 

08-04-14

Commuting — and Connecting — Along a Crooked River

by Justin Glanville

My kayak’s bow splashes quietly through the river, my knuckles skimming the surface with each paddle. The water feels warmer than I expected, almost welcoming.

It doesn’t smell bad, either — just a mild mix of mud and ripe, midsummer leaves. This is a surprise in the infamous Cuyahoga River, once so polluted it caught fire repeatedly. Its last blaze, in 1969, got so much attention it inspired the federal Clean Water Act.

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08-04-14

The CUDC Says Goodbye to its First Post Graduate Fellow

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Our first Post Graduate Fellow, Julie Whyte, will be leaving the CUDC after her 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. Julie shared with us some of her thoughts about her time here at the CUDC and what she was able to accomplish. We wish her well in her next adventure!

What did this year-long Fellowship mean to you?
This year meant being able to be fully integrated into the workings of the CUDC, from the project side to the academic side. It meant the opportunity to work with and learn from a talented and multidisciplinary staff that is dedicated to promoting positive change in Cleveland and the broader region. I’ve spent the last year exploring what it means to work for a non-profit urban design practice and what it means to be a public-interest designer. On the personal side, I became a Clevelander, began volunteering to play piano for Alzheimer’s patients at a local nursing home, utilized public transit, and joined the local cycling community. Becoming ingrained in multiple aspects of the community expanded my perspective and enabled me to be a better designer.

What were some of the highlights of the Fellowship?
I’ve had the privilege in being involved with many great projects over the past year. One of my favorite projects is the Homeless Initiative, which focuses both on neighborhood-scale interventions to benefit the Campus District neighborhood as a whole, as well as targeted interventions to directly impact and benefit the homeless population. I have enjoyed working with the homeless, aiming to improve their quality of life and help provide them with a sense of empowerment, while working with local stakeholders with the goal of benefitting the entire neighborhood.

Another highlight was the opportunity I had to travel with the staff and students to Indiana for a charrette based in the Indianapolis’ midtown neighborhood. Throughout this design-intense weekend, we collaborated with staff and students from Detroit-based Lawrence Tech and Indiana’s own Ball State University. The students truly light up in that kind of interactive, hands-on environment, and they came up with some fantastic design ideas.

What will you miss most about working at the CUDC?
Aside from the people of course, I will most miss the projects. The CUDC consistently pursues the projects that truly matter. At the end of the day, you feel like you contributed to the community in a positive way. Whether the project is client-based or grant-funded, the CUDC strives to unearth the design solution or solutions that can most benefit the neighborhood where the project is located as well as the broader community.

What’s next for you upon the conclusion of the Fellowship?
What’s next for me is to shift to more Architectural work while still continuing to develop my skills in Urban Design. The Fellowship has been great for helping me along my path of figuring out where I fit in the design profession. I’m aiming to pursue both Architecture and Urban Design and to continually pursue work that is multidisciplinary, because I firmly belief that design is most powerful when it engages at multiple scales.