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.
Join us for our upcoming Friday Lunch Talk with guest speaker India Pierce Lee. She will share lessons and work since completing the Loeb Fellowship from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
Friday, March 20th
12pm – 1pm
CUDC Conference Room
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
India Pierce Lee joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2006 as program director for neighborhoods, housing and community development. She oversees the foundation’s Greater University Circle Initiative, a unique multi-institutional anchor-based partnership engaged in catalytic projects to revitalize neighborhoods that include transportation, wealth building and economic inclusion, employer-assisted housing, and community engagement. Ms. Lee is a graduate of the Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community Development from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, where she obtained a Master of Science degree in social administration.
In 2010 she served on the Design Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. In April 2014 she lectured at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design on Cleveland’s Greater University Circle Initiative: Building a 21st Century City through the Power of Anchor Institution Collaboration and in May served as the commencement speaker at Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences where she received the 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award for outstanding contributions to the social work profession, the community and the Mandel School.
Ms. Lee serves on several boards and has been recognized for outstanding service to Cleveland throughout her career, including receiving keys to the City of Cleveland from former Mayor Michael White and the City of Dallas-Fort Worth by former Mayor Jewell Woods. In January of 2012 she was appointed by Mayor Frank Jackson to the City of Cleveland’s Civil Service Commission.
As always, our lectures are free and open to the public.
The CUDC is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Ohio History Connection to produce a user-friendly, how-to guide for the rehabilitation of historic and traditional housing stock in areas of Cleveland and northeast Ohio that have experienced disinvestment and decline. The guide will describe and advocate for low-cost and high-quality solutions that are based on the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The guide will promote historic preservation by helping property owners rehabilitate a neighborhood’s historic fabric to encourage community investment and preservation.
The Ohio History Connection awarded 13 organizations History Fund grants. The History Fund is a competitive matching grants program that is one of four “tax check-off” funds found on Ohio’s income tax forms and funded entirely through Ohio taxpayers’ voluntary contributions.
The Ohio History Connection’s History Fund had $130,000 to grant–$20,000 more than last year–and awarded 13 grants to organizations throughout Ohio. The History Fund received 33 applications requesting a total of $388,000 in grant-funding, underscoring the importance of the need for this grant program for history and preservation-related projects throughout Ohio.
CUDC students Matt Dureiko, Jeff Jasinski, and Max Wagner received an Honorable Mention from the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) annual urban design competition. Accompanied by Cleveland State University student Michael Mears and Case Western Reserve University student Sergio de Ilzarbe, the five members proposed an urban design and financial scheme for a site in the Tremé-Lafitte neighborhood of New Orleans.
Their proposal, “Delta Commons” featured a series of resilient strategies that tied into the existing character and culture of the neighborhood. A series of “backyard commons,” integration to the Lafitte Greenway, and a site level strategy for storm water mitigation were all elements of the plan. Sensitivity to the existing neighborhood was also addressed through an ample number of affordable housing units, a community workforce and training center, and the addition of a new street car line. 120 teams competed throughout the US and Canada this year, making the Honorable Mention distinction particularly noteworthy.
Three teams in total met at the CUDC over the course of the two week competition in January. Teams “The Front Line” and “Big Easy Oaks” contributed proposals that addressed the reuse of the I-10 highway underpass as a unique recreational and gathering space, and developing at a density sensitive to the neighborhood. The interdisciplinary nature of the competition asks students to partner across disciplines, and receive feedback they may not otherwise hear in a typical academic setting. The Cleveland ULI chapter partners with the CUDC, helping to bring in outside jurors throughout the competition. More information on the competition can be found here.
Where do the intersections of urban design, architecture and entrepreneurship merge? Find out Friday, March 13, 2015 as we welcome Jennifer Coleman to our Spring Lecture Series.
As an architect & entrepreneur Jennifer Coleman has over 24 years experience in the field of architecture and has managed the design, bidding and construction observation of a diverse array of building projects. Her company, Jennifer Coleman Creative LLC, is dedicated to improving life in the city through smart design, combining a traditional architectural design and planning practice with community engagement and history gathering and website and graphic design. She is also the founder and CEO of CityProwl, a company producing urban walking-tours that can be downloaded from the Internet to digital media players for self-led tours. Jennifer received a $30,000 startup grant from the Cleveland Foundation’s Civic Innovation Lab.
Ms. Coleman is Chair of both the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and Downtown/Flats District Design Review Committee and was appointed to the Mayor’s 2010 Group Plan Commission. She is a past board member of the Ohio Board of Building Standards. An avid civic volunteer, she is past president of the Cleveland Chapter of Links, Inc. and has served as an officer on the boards of the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She is also a board member of LAND Studio, the Cleveland Arts Prize, Cleveland International Film Festival and the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.
As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Friday, March 13th, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.
The CUDC is seeking a community partner from an Ohio city, suburb, town, or neighborhood facing a unique urban design or planning challenge and in need of fresh ideas and perspectives to host our 2015 Urban Design Charrette.
The CUDC and our two partner urban design schools – Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design in Detroit, MI; and Ball State University’s Urban Design Center in Indianapolis, IN – will bring graduate students in urban design & architecture to the selected partner community for a 3-4 day intensive workshop charrette. The Midwest Urban Design Charrette, as our three schools call the partnership, has been conducted for four consecutive years, traveling to Detroit, MI in 2014, Indianapolis, IN in 2012 and 2013, and Cleveland, OH in 2011. You can view reports that have been generated from these past charrettes here.
The ideal community partner will be a municipality or other vested stakeholder with the ability to engage local community stakeholders and potentially realize some of the final design recommendations. The partner will also be responsible for basic food and lodging for approximately 30 students and staff over the 3-4 day Charrette period. The CUDC, LTU, & BSU team will bring staff, supplies, and expertise.
The Midwest Urban Design Charrette is a unique and rewarding experience for students, who get an opportunity to face real-life design challenges and propose solutions, and for cities, who receive a wide range of design and planning ideas in a short and intense period of time. We welcome the chance to bring our partner schools to Northeastern Ohio in the fall of 2015 and hope to hear from cities, towns, suburbs, and neighborhoods equally excited about this opportunity.
Proposals due by April 15, 2015.
For more information, submissions guidelines, and deliverables please click here.
Built upon the overwhelming success of the inaugural Rooms to Let: Cleveland last year, the innovative event will return to the Slavic Village neighborhood on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th, 2015. Artists will create a temporary art exhibition using vacant homes as their medium. The event, free and open to the public, will also include a neighborhood block party with live music, hands-on art activities and local food purveyors.
Led by Slavic Village Development, Rooms to Let: Cleveland seeks to continue the conversation around vacancy and the plight of Cleveland’s historic neighborhoods in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. This year’s event will expand this dialogue to a new group of visual and performance artists to further interpret the evolution of community and recovery.
Interested artists should apply here. The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2015.
Rooms To Let: Cleveland is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
Slavic Village Development is an entrepreneurial non-profit neighborhood redevelopment organization serving the Broadway Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland with over 30 years of experience in community development.
To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, AIA Cleveland presents an evening with 5 prominent female architects and designers that will broaden the discussion of gender roles within the architecture profession.
The program will begin with a lecture by Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA on important female designers in history and her own experience in elevating as an Ohio AIA Gold Medalist, the highest honor the institute bestows on an individual. Following Elizabeth’s talk, she will moderate a panel discussion with 4 other influential female practitioners to engender a discussion about the opportunities and challenges for women in the contemporary design and construction workplace.
An exhibition will be mounted as part of the program to be exhibited at the CUDC and subsequently in the gallery of the AIA Cleveland office through the month of April.
To learn more or to register please visit here.
Wednesday, March, 11, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
Free for AIA Members and students
$10 for Non- Members
(light refreshments provided)
This week our featured guest speaker will be Mary Ann Lasch. Mary Ann is the Program Manager for Planning and Landscape Architecture at AECOM. If you have never joined us for our Spring Lecture Series, but have always been curious, this is one that you are not going to want to miss.
Mary Ann will be speaking about inspiration and the almost unlimited range of possibilities and opportunities for landscape architects.
Mary Ann Lasch is both an accomplished landscape architect with experience in design, planning, project management, and environmental advocacy; and an organization development consultant with expertise in process facilitation, change management, and strategic planning. Her landscape architecture and planning career includes work for architecture firms, real estate developers, national planning agencies, and major corporations.
With this broad experience she understands and addresses planning issues from all sides. Mary Ann establishes clear, realistic, and actionable strategies for planning and real estate development projects worldwide. She then creates land use plans and regulations, master plans, guidebooks, and implementation programs to ensure that development and conservation strategies can be implemented. She has more than twenty years of experience in building group consensus and facilitating large groups for a broad range of public and private sector clients.
As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Friday, March 6th, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.
We know it’s still cold outside, but our Spring Lecture Series is really heating up! This Friday we welcome former student, Samuel Friesema.
His lecture lecture will focus on his recent thesis proposal, Networks of Urban Acupuncture, which explored methods of injecting large amounts of new program into existing built-out contexts through interdisciplinary methods that combine architecture, urban theory, and policy. The lecture will feature an overview of Friesema’s thesis research and proposed design solution as well as speculative projections on how the research can be further developed and implemented in practice.
Samuel Friesema is an urban and architectural thinker and designer. He has over eleven years of professional practice experience in the field of architecture. He has worked at award winning firms and has several award winning projects. He has recently earned a Masters of Urban Design from the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (Kent State University).
As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Monday, February 27th from 12-1 PM, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.
NOTE* due to extreme cold today, Allison Schifani’s lecture will be rescheduled for Monday, March 9th from 12-1 PM.
Allison Schifani, Postdoctoral Scholar in Digital Humanities at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, joins us this Friday for our Spring Lecture Series.
Her talk, “Speculative Urbanism: Uncertain Architectures in the Rust Belt” explores the emerging cultural logic of “speculative urbanism.” Following the work of An Uncertain Commons in Speculate This!, Schifani situates speculative urbanism in two distinct categories: affirmative and firmative. Firmative speculation “renders latent possibilities as calculable outcomes.” Affirmative speculation is rather a collection of “modes of living that recognize the dormant energies of the quotidian and eventualities that escape the imagination.” Contemporary forms of urban practice and play that harness emerging technologies or re-imagine analog forms, she argues, have the distinct capacity to affirmatively speculate in and about the city. She explores new forms of speculative urban engagement that run counter to the financial speculation of contemporary capital: destabilizing firmative valuation structures, unearthing hidden infrastructures thought to be “virtual,” and opening up space for the formation of alternative publics.
Allison Schifani received her PhD from the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work explores literatures, media art, and urban intervention in the 20th and 21st Century Americas. Her manuscript project, Biotechnical Ecologies: Urban Practice and Play in Buenos Aires and Los Angeles focuses on extra-institutional ways of shaping the experience of the city and speculating on its digital futures. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies and is forthcoming in Media Fields. She is also currently writing on emerging DIY media and art practices in Cleveland.
As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Monday, March 9th from 12-1 PM, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.
The 2015 Rudy Bruner Award selection committee met last weekend in Cambridge to review applications from 40 communities in 26 states, and selected five finalist, among them was Cleveland’s Uptown District.
The Uptown District is the redevelopment of a corridor linking art, educational and health care institutions with surrounding neighborhoods, creating outdoor gathering spaces, retail shops and restaurants, student and market-rate housing, and public transit connections.
Congratulations on such a prestigious honor! Stay tuned to late May/early June when the medalists are announced.
Aerial rendering of a development proposal for Cleveland’s MidTown District created by CUDC graduate students Matthew Nykamp and Heather Flick. The concept, named “Deeply Rooted,” proposed a public green space network overlaid on broadband data infrastructure.
First year graduate students at the CUDC kicked-off their urban design studio experience this fall with a local design competition. Focused on a segment of Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor, the competition involved several local partners and offered a $1,000 cash prize provided by Geis Companies.
Stretching along three miles of Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue, the Health-Tech Corridor (HTC) served as the geographic scope for the studio. The HTC is a 1,600 acre swath of near east side neighborhoods, including healthcare institutions, business incubators, academic centers, and over 123 high-tech companies, all anchored by a bus rapid transit (BRT) line.
The competition’s primary focus sites lie within the broader Health-Tech Corridor, clustered between E. 55th Street and E. 70th Street in the MidTown neighborhood. Students were given a tour of the area by knowledgeable community partners, including: Jeff Epstein, Director of the Health-Tech Corridor; Maura Maresh, Development Director at Geis Companies; and Will Warren, Finance Analyst at the City of Cleveland’s Department Economic Development.
Five student teams competed in the studio’s design competition. Each project employed a unique perspective on the opportunities presented by the site. Although all teams produced strong proposals for the jury to consider, ultimately Team RED was selected as the prize winner.
Students will present their work again at an event organized by Heath-Tech Corridor at JumpStart on February 26, 2014. If you’re interested in learning more about the upcoming event or the student projects, please contact studio instructor David Jurca.
Final slide presentations from all teams are shown below:
From Grey to Green | Clarisse Gates, James Lennon
Graduate students Clarisse Gates and James Lennon envision a holistic development strategy focused on improving the health of MidTown employees and surrounding residents. From Grey to Green identifies measurable goals for green infrastructure, providing attractive and functional amenities to spur new development.
MidtownLink | Said Abiakl
Exploring the site’s potential to connect adjacent neighborhoods, MidtownLink weaves a multi-use trail through variously scaled public spaces. Said Abiakl conducted a rigorous analysis of climatic conditions, storm water strategies, and programmatic arrangements to arrive at an iconic circular form to anchor the mixed-use development.
Mi[xe]d Town | Tyler Middendorf
Through research on the district’s historic development patterns, Tyler Middendorf derived the insight that past developments were too focused on a single industry. Comprised of businesses primarily based on the automotive industry, the district fell victim to volatile global market forces, resulting in the vacancy we see today. In an effort to prevent similar collapses in the future, Mi[xe]d Town diversifies entertainment, mobility, and employment opportunities, creating a resilient community.
MidTown Beat | Brittany Ballish, Andrew Foster
Building on existing assets within MidTown, Brittany and Andrew aim to grow the various rhythms of activity in the neighborhood. A proposed music therapy facility leverages the area’s music identity, punctuated by the nearby Cleveland Agora. Public spaces create areas of respite while integrating multiple levels of entertainment. Transit-oriented design elements reconnect Midtown with Downtown Cleveland, universities, and healthcare campuses. Streetscape enhancements and public arcades respond to the need for north-south connections to enable future growth and neighbor relations.
Deeply Rooted | Heather Flick, Matthew Nykamp
“The Deeper the Network, The Greater the Community” is the tagline for Matthew Nykamp and Heather Flick’s proposal, which aims to grow rich digital and physical social spaces. Leveraging the area’s broadband fiber infrastructure, Deeply Rooted attracts both new technology businesses and current neighborhood residents to interact in a dynamic public realm.
RED | Turki Alosimi, Mykie Hrusovski, Katelyn Milius
* Competition Winning Project
RED‘s goal is to create a technology-focused environment that promotes healthy living, celebrates diversity, fosters collaboration, and provides opportunities for growth on site. The project team addressed this goal by creating a flexible design strategy, rather than rigid master plan, which empowers nearby residents to climb up the ladder of success.
Team RED also created a stop-motion animation, which portrays an engaging story of two people working in the neighborhood.