12-23-14

Student Perspective | Jordan Charles | Urban Proxy

We recently interviewed Master of Architecture (MArch) student, Jordan Charles, about his independent studio project “Urban Proxy”. Read our interview below to learn more about this unique project.

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Hi Jordan, introduce yourself, what is your background?

My name is Jordan Charles, most of my friends know me as Peezy. I like to consider myself an “architect in training” striving to acquire his Master of Architecture during the day and a superhero at night. I pretty much have the same profile as some other individuals in the field – jack of all trades, master of none. However, I do take pride in my drawing abilities. While they aren’t where I’d like them to be they are good enough to allow me to make sense of my ideas and transfer them from my thoughts to paper.

What studio was this project for?

“Urban Proxy” was my final project for the independent studio I had taken up to fulfill the final requirements for my MArch. I had derived from the typical trajectory for the CUDC’s MArch program due to conflicts with my summer schedule and the required summer studio. So instead of taking the summer studio, I pushed the studio back to the following fall semester which is where it had morphed into an independent studio. However, I am pleased with how the adjustment worked out. I believe the independent studio gave me the freedom necessary to create “Urban Proxy”.

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“Urban Proxy” embodies a lot of personal beliefs I have in regards to design and architecture. People are in part defined by their experiences and architecture provides a stage for experiences to occur, so in theory architecture defines people. I wanted this project to provide a stage where positive experiences could occur for individuals that may feel they didn’t have a proper place within the city.

At the root, what is “Urban Proxy” about?

The genesis of Urban Proxy initiated with the intent of devising a scheme that resisted a static nature in search of a proposal that could be primarily flexible. The idea of flexibility sparked a desire to devise a plan to produce both programmatic and architectural elements that were freed from shackles. Change occurs more frequently than ever before and as society (thus the city) change, more should be expected from our environments. To be able to keep up with the changes, adaptability is a trait critical to designs that intend to remain relevant. Read more…

12-19-14

Student Perspective| Tyler Middendorf | Detroit Charrette

As the year comes to a close, we here at the CUDC, are looking back at some of our students accomplishments and their achievements throughout the semester. MArch & MUD student, Tyler Middendorf, participated in a design charrette in Detroit, MI. We asked him to write about his experience for our blog. Read Tyler’s story below and get a glimpse of the student perspective.


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When the semester first began, I was asked if I would like to participate in a design charrette in Detroit. To be perfectly honest, I did not know exactly what a charrette was, but, as jumping into an adventure head first is my nature, I did not hesitate to accept the invitation.

Ultimately though, that is what a charrette is all about; a bunch of adventurous minds jumping into a new problem together and exploring the possibilities. As the home team, Lawrence Technological University knew the lay of the land, both in terms of the design site and the studio. The visitors, Ball State University and your hometown heroes from Kent State, provided the distanced outside perspective; the “fresh take.” This mashup of perspectives allowed for informed design that did not get too caught up in the particulars involved in the typical design process.

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The three day charrette went quickly, to say the very least. We arrived to Detroit, our trace paper and markers in tow, with just enough time to get a quick and dirty tour of the city and throw down some BBQ. Still wiping the sauce from our faces, we were swept onto a tour bus to visit our design site, the Marina District, about 4 ½ miles northeast of downtown. We drove the site with local narration, giving us just enough background information to really start asking questions. Shortly after, we met with a couple of Marina District citizens who presented what they saw as the gems and the germs of the site. After a delicious dinner of lamb and flaming cheese (Opa!) we headed to Lawrence Tech’s downtown studio and split up into three teams, each one a blend of the three participating schools.

We started off the design process by listing the key problems of the district that we had heard throughout the day, and from there laid out our project goals. We then broke off into sub committees to draw site analysis diagrams addressing the problems and goals we had listed. We drew until night became day. We drew until even our Microns were tired. We drew until the project finally insisted that it needed a break from us, and only then did we return to the hotel.

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We were back at it early the next morning though, only now we were overlaying our analysis diagrams, tracing their interactions, identifying nodes, and extracting pathways. There were mounds of trace, transparencies covering all surfaces in the room. With these nodes and pathways identified, we were ready to really begin producing. We drew sections that gave the streets personalities and signage and symbols that gave the district identity. The waterfront, bike paths, and commercial streets were illustrated. Again, we drew late into the night, taking breaks only for coffee and pizza.

The next morning was crunch time. Though we had been working hard, there was still much left to do, much more visual explanation required to make the locals see what we saw in their district. We worked until the zero hour. With only minutes before the presentation, we decided who would explain each part of the project, and we formed a rough and rudimentary outline of our speech. The ink on the master plan was not yet dry when we hung it on the wall for review.

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Each team presented their project, and it was fairly remarkable the differences that had emerged between each in the short span of time. The local natives gave us their feedback on our work, and just like that, the intensive three day design session drew to a close.

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In the end, perhaps we gave the Marina District residents some new ideas, and hopefully at least a few of them were good. Beyond that, we got to learn from our peers from other places, exposing us to different methods and different graphic techniques. We learned the value of quick iteration which can be applied to the long and tedious projects with which we are typically involved, helping us to move through problems with just a little more ease. Most importantly, the charrette was also a reminder of why we do architecture and urban design in the first place. We aim to improve the world in some capacity, and if we can achieve that to any extent in just three days, imagine what we might do with the rest of our lives?

-Tyler Middendorf, MArch/MUD

 

12-02-14

Applications for SPACES R&D Season ends December 5

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SPACES Gallery is exploring the concept of Invisibility during its 2016 R&D season in order to bridge different artistic disciplines through a holistic framework, connect various projects across multiple platforms, and encourage an investigative examination of timely issues.

This open call requests that artists respond to Invisibility with proposals that explore the theme for its multiple dimensions, including but not limited to: labor, surveillance, debt, dematerialization, power, marginalization, transparency, hidden structures. They are especially interested in projects that expand conventional notions of Invisibility while offering new insight into contemporary art and exhibition-making.

This call-for-entries is open to all established or emerging artists, curators and cultural producers who are 21 years old or older. Applications must show a response to the theme of Invisibility, a strong conceptual grounding, and a willingness to delve into research and then develop that research into projects.

The deadline for applications is December 5, 2014. For more information and to apply please visit here.

12-01-14

Night Market Preview | December 6

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All are welcome to come enjoy live music, fire side chats, cold weather wear swap, gift wrapping and FREE lantern making at the Night Market Preview—located in the Superior Arts Neighborhood of Cleveland’s Campus District. This is a smaller scale version of the Night Market planned by St. Clair Superior this spring. The event invites us all to join in the holiday spirit for an outdoor evening of fun!

WHEN: Saturday, December 6th
4-8 PM Night Market Preview
5-7 PM FREE chili from The Manna Truck
6 PM Superior Arts Banner Celebration
WHERE: 2203 Superior Ave.
BRING: If you can, something for the cold weather wear swap!

The event will coincide with the 27th Annual Holiday Open Studio & Sale taking place at the ArtCraft Building, 2570 Superior Ave. Tower Press & Artefino, 1900 Superior Ave. will also be hosting open studios and displaying local artwork.

The event is a partnership of Campus District, Inc., Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Brite Winter, Needs Cleveland, and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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12-01-14

The CUDC Celebrates 15 Years!

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Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design invites you to the CUDC’s 15th Anniversary Party on Friday, December 5.

For fifteen years the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative has been improving the built environment through design assistance, research, education, and advocacy. See how our work has transformed through the years, view student work from past and present, and the release of our 7th Volume of Urban Infill: Historic Preservation & Urban Change.

Hors d’oeuvres & drinks provided.

Please RSVP here.

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

Friday, December 5, 2014 from 5 – 7 PM

11-21-14

Massimo and Lella Vignelli | December 1, 2014

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Join AIGA Cleveland, the Consulate of Italy in Detroit, AIA, the Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State University ‘s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for an evening celebrating the lives and work of Massimo and Lella Vignelli.

Panelists include R. Roger Remington, Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design, RIT; Dr. Renato Miracco, Cultural Attache, Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C.; and Steven Litt, Moderator, Art and Architecture Critic, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com. RSVPs are needed by November 24, 2014, and can be sent to maryhelen[at]aiacleveland.com. There is no cost for attendance at this event.

December 1st, 2014
5:30 PM (event will begin at 5:45 PM)
Cleveland Institute of Art – Russell B. Aitken Auditorium
11141 East Boulevard Cleveland Ohio

In preparation for the main event on December 1, the CUDC will be hosting an in-house screening of Gary Hustwit’s film Helvetica, which features Vignelli prominently. The screening is this Monday, November 24 at 5:30pm at the CUDC, 1309 Prospect Avenue. Buzz for entry. There will be popcorn!

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Lord Norman Foster | November 19, 2014

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Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design is co-sponsoring an Ideas for Tomorrow Speaker Series featuring Lord Norman Foster.

Norman Foster was born in Manchester. After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961 he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he was a fellow of Jonathan Edwards College and gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture.

Established as Foster Associates in 1967 his practice, now known as Foster + Partners, is an international studio for architecture and design with projects on six continents. Over the past five decades the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and ecology through a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans and public infrastructure, to museums, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design.

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 5-6 PM at the InterContinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center.

Please click here for more information and to register.

11-17-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Julie Whyte

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Our Alumni Lecture Series is coming to a close this Friday and we couldn’t be happier to end with Julie Whyte. Julie is a 2012 graduate of the CUDC’s dual-degree Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design program. Since graduation, she has pursued a multidisciplinary range of experiences, including regional planning for a non-profit organization and CUDC’s Post-Graduate Fellowship. She is currently employed as a Designer at Bialosky & Partners Architects.

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Surface Water and Watersheds map created for the NEOSCC  (Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium).

Julie’s talk, “Shifting Between Scales”, will be talking about her current position at Bialosky & Partners Architects, as well as, her time as the CUDC’s first Post-Graduate Fellow.julie_blog

Rendering created for Cleveland Magazine while at the CUDC.

As always our lectures are free and open to the public. 12-1pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.


11-10-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Matt Schmidt

You’re running out of time to check out our Alumni Lecture Series. This Friday you are going to want to come and hear Matt Schmidt’s talk, Defining Community.  He will discuss how community and placemaking play a role in what we design, and how his own viewpoint of community has both evolved with, and been defined by, his work in architecture and planning since leaving Kent State and the CUDC. How we design with and for a community will be discussed, and the need for architects and planners to think differently about the environments we create as the communities we work in continue to change.

PowerPoint PresentationMatt is now a city planner and urban designer at The Trust for Public Land, Matt has worked on designing and developing parks and trails since he joined the organization in 2013. He is currently working on incorporating park amenities into green infrastructure projects in Cleveland and Milwaukee, as well as participating in the design and development of the Lake Link Trail in Cleveland’s Flats and a community-lead neighborhood green space initiative. Matt’s previous 13 years of experience at a Cleveland-based architecture and planning firm included the management and development of city master plans, multi-modal transportation studies, strategic neighborhood redevelopments and streetscape designs in communities throughout the region. Matt studied architecture at Kent State University, and completed his graduate degree at the Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. Matt serves on the Executive Committee of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Planning Association, and was recently honored to be included in the 2014 Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 Under 40.

PowerPoint PresentationAs always our lectures are free and open to the public. 12-1pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

11-05-14

Monica Ponce de Leon | November 13 | CWRU

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Thursday, November 13, Case Western Reserve Baker-Nord Center for Humanities will welcome Monica Ponce de Leon as part of The Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture: Across Art and Architecture.

Using examples from her own creative practice, Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan, will discuss the ever-shifting relationship between artistic production and the architectural project. At the center of the lecture she tackles pre-conceived notions about design, creativity, and the power of imagination.

Pre-lecture reception begins at 5:30 pm in the lobby of the Allen Memorial Medical Library.

Date: 11-13-2014
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library – 11000 Euclid Avenue
Registration: Free and open to the public, registration recommended

You can find out more details about Monica Ponce de Leon and the event here.

11-03-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Claire Markwardt & Neil Reindel

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We only have a few lectures left in our Alumni Lecture Series, and this week features recent graduates Claire Markwardt & Neil Reindel. Their talk, ULI Competition: Tips, Tricks, Trials and Tribulations, will focus on their experiences competing in the 2013 + 2014 ULI Gerald D. Hines Competitions.

Join us on Friday, from 12-1 pm, to learn tips and tricks for completing competitive entries while overcoming various trials and tribulations through the two week process. Ultimately, this presentation hopes to reveal the value of competitive design thinking, its importance as an integral part of the academic experience, and why it has continued to be an asset and continuing endeavor after graduation.

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2013 Team, “Active East”, (from left to right) David Jurca, Neil Reindel, Claire Markwardt, Abe Weiner, Ian Jones, and Greg Soltis. 

Claire Markwardt and Neil Reindel are recent Graduates of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. They received their Bachelors of Science in Architecture from Kent State University in May of 2012, and their Masters of Architecture and Masters of Urban Design from Kent State’s CUDC in May of 2014. While completing their studies, they were part of many local, national, and international design competitions. They received the following recognitions:

  • Individually, both were winners of the USA Firenze Competition in 2011
  • AIA Akron Student Design Award for Sony Center in 2012
  • ULI Gerald D. Hines Competition Honorable Mention for Active East with teammates Gregory Soltis, Abraham Weiner, and Ian Jones in 2013
  • AIA Cleveland Student Design Award for linC: Living Infrastructure Network_Cleveland in 2013
  • ULI Gerald D. Hines Competition Honorable Mention for Second Nature with teammates Abraham Weiner, Dan Whalen, and Tom Brown in 2014
  • ASLA Ohio Chapter Student Design Award for the Bike Box Living Roof Lab, where they served as project leads for the design constructed in 2013/2014

As always our lectures are free and open to the public. 12-1pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

 

10-31-14

Fall 2014 Conneaut Charrette: The Student Perspective

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This fall’s Community Design Charrette course, led by the CUDC’s David Jurca and Kristen Zieber, responded to the challenges and opportunities presented by the City of Conneaut, Ohio. What is a “charrette”? A charrette is fast-paced, collaborative work session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem. Charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people.

The course primarily focused on the design issues related to the Conneaut community’s lakefront geography. Students worked in teams alongside CUDC staff and a few alumni to develop urban design proposals created in partnership with a range of community stakeholders. The engagement process was thorough, but accelerated, taking place over the course of a three-day weekend.

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Conneaut is located on the far eastern edge of Ohio, touching the Pennsylvania border. This Lake Erie oriented site offers opportunities for connecting ecotourism, diverse residential options, small town identity, and watershed health issues into a coherent vision plan. Students incorporated the research assembled in the Community Process & Development course into their hands-on community design work during the charrette.

In order to effectively and efficiently engage the range of issues presented by the project, students divided into four teams. Each team focused different, but overlapping, geographic areas. Second year graduate students led each team, with support from CUDC staff and alumni participating during the charrette weekend.

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We asked each team leader to write about their experience at the charrette and to further explain the projects they tackled.

Read more…

10-27-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Carmen Strauchon

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This Friday we welcome Carmen Strauchon from Forest City to our Alumni Lecture Series. Carmen’s talk, Transforming the Retail Experience: The Reemergence of Street Retail, looks at how suburban malls and neighborhood strip centers have monopolized retail site selection for several decades. Now with new shopping center development and construction coming to a halt after our most recent economic downturn, we are experiencing a new trend with the reemergence of street retail. With a growing number of Americans now living in or near urban areas, city streets are once again becoming favored locations for retailers across the nation, and a new destination for consumers. The talk will focus on the type of retailers being attracted to these locations and why and how existing centers are changing to capitalize on this retail shift.

Carmen provides architectural and engineering oversight, design direction and development support for Forest City properties, currently focusing on the renovation of Short Pump Town Center in Richmond. Carmen also coordinates communications and deliverables with other Forest City departments to assure the necessary tools and information are available for successful project completion. Additionally, she supports senior management in a full range of project research and development. Most recently, Carmen has represented Forest City in several forums for professional organizations including Georgia Transit Engineers and Urban Land Institute.

Previously, Carmen was part of Forest City’s management team for the Georgia Multimodal Passenger Terminal, a two year planning program of a 1 million sq. ft. transit center and adjoining 11 million sq. ft. development in downtown Atlanta. Specifically, Carmen oversaw the Conceptual Design of the station and the Master Plan of the 120 acre project site. Carmen also coordinated all public involvement and stakeholder outreach for the project, resulting in the delivery of over 100 stakeholder and public meetings under budget and on time.

This is a talk that you are not going to want to miss. As always our lectures are free and open to the public. 12-1pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

 

10-21-14

Volunteer Day | October 25, 2014

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It’s time to get our Design [re] Build House ready for the winter! We’re not yet finished with the house interior, but this Saturday, October 25th we’ll be hosting an all-day volunteer party.

Curious about the project? Interested in ideas about bringing Cleveland’s vacant housing stock back to life? Swing by 1045 E 67th St. between 9 am-5 pm , check it out, and lend a hand.

Tasks will include landscaping, construction waste cleanup, some concrete work, and boarding up windows. We’ll provide some refreshments, but if you are planning on coming all day, please bring a packed lunch.

If you’re interested please RSVP to Kristen Zeiber at: kzeiber[at]kent.edu or 216-357-3437 by Thursday, October 23rd, so we can plan team sizes in advance. Thanks for all your help!

If you can’t make it to our volunteer day, but would still like to help. The St. Clair Superior Development Corporation (SCSDC) has been chosen to compete in the Enterprise Nurture an Idea Award challenge for the Design [re] Build project. You can donate here.

10-20-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Jacob Chandler

We’re more than half way through our Alumni Lecture Series and each week our speakers continue to bring something interesting and insightful to the table. This week is no different as we welcome 2009 grad, Jacob Chandler.

Jacob’s talk, Practical Applications, will discuss his observations, experiences and insights from his studies and his professional work. The content will follow two paths of discussion: the practical role of software in traversing architectural problems, and the reality of producing “digitally fabricated” design elements.

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After graduating from the CUDC (M.Arch, ’09), Jacob Chandler pursued his M.Arch II at the University of Pennsylvania exploring digital design and fabrication methods. Jacob has spent the past four years working at SHoP Architects in New York City. Jacob’s interests are in the application of digital tools, the dialogue between the craftsman and designer, and the continual pursuit of a better architectural product through open communication.

As always our Alumni Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on October 24th, 1309 Euclid Ave, Suite 200.

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