Public Invited to Comment on Cleveland Harbor Dredging Project


Ohio EPA is holding a meeting to accept comments concerning an application by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge up to 475,000 cubic yards of material in Cleveland Harbor. The applicant is requesting to open-lake dispose up to 180,000 cubic yards of the dredged material into Lake Erie. The remaining material would be disposed at existing confined disposal facilities located near the Burke Lakefront Airport. Ohio EPA also is evaluating alternative plans with less or no environmental impact.

The meeting will be held at 4:30 PM on March 6, 2014 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 1962 Stokes Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106.

For more information and complete new release click here.


Act Now | Be A Part of the Downtown Community & Development

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In June of 2014 the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) will unveil their Vision and Tactical Plan, Step Up Downtown, which will create a holistic vision for linking and enhancing Downtown development districts, public spaces and assets.

DCA invites you, as part of the downtown community, to participate in this critically important process.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Attend DCA’s public meeting. Contribute ideas and feedback on how to prioritize downtown’s future. Tuesday, March 18th from 5:30 – 7:30pm at Old Stone Church. For more information and to RSVP, click here. Registration is requested.
  2. Guide the future of Downtown Cleveland by taking this brief survey.  Downtown stakeholders’ responses are critical for the final plan, click here.
  3. Spread the word on social media. Step Up @DowntownCLE: Influence downtown’s future today: {http://bit.ly/stepupdowntown}


Two CUDC Teams, in Partnership with CSU & CWRU, Receive ULI Honorable Mention

We are pleased to announce that two participating teams from the CUDC have been awarded an Honorable Mention from this year’s ULI Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition! A two week intensive urban design and finance competition for graduate students, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) received more than 160 entries from 72 universities across the US and Canada this year. This year’s site in Nashville, TN asked students to address large scale issues of flooding, workforce housing, and to create connections across neighborhoods. Five teams comprising of Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and Cleveland State University (CSU) students joined forces at the CUDC in mid-January.

Team “Second Nature,” consisting of CUDC students Claire Markwardt and Neil Reindel, and CWRU students Dan Whalen, Abraham Weiner, and Tom Brown proposed the daylighting of an underground stream, a series of flood control measures, and development along the Cumberland River’s edge.

second-nature-internal-blockProposed Market and Mixed Use Development along the newly day lit French Lick Tributary.

second-nature-section-strategiesSection showing sustainable interventions and flood management strategies used throughout the site. Click to view full size.

Team “E.C.H.O System” comprised of CUDC students Jeff Jasinksi, Matt Dureiko, and Brian Pagnotta, as well as CWRU student John Ostroske and CSU student Michael Mears. Their scheme introduced a series of “spillways” and green spaces as neighborhood amenities between urban blocks, while enhancing the Cumberland River waterfront through a variety of green spaces and a large scale farmers’ market.

echo-system-farmers-marketStreet view showing people interacting with the landscape and each other along the main pedestrian corridor that links the site and baseball field with the hotel, market, and river.

echo-system-birds-eyeAerial view showing the linkages between the river, development, and the city, facilitated by the natural landscape and its orientation.

This is the second consecutive year CUDC students received an honorable mention—including a repeat performance from students Claire Markwardt, Neil Reindel, and Abraham Weiner.


Graphics/Portfolio Workshop | March 1, 2014


Please join AIA Cleveland in partnership with the CUDC on Saturday, March 1st for the first of four mentorship events in a year-long series. The event will take place from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

This event features a workshop focused on honing rendering skills using modern techniques by leading expert, Alex Hogrefe, and will be followed by a portfolio round-robin with principals and partners from some of Cleveland’s most notable firms. We hope to spark a conversation regarding the evolution of how architects present their work and establish their professional identity.

The workshop is open to the public and non CUDC students, but registration is required as space is limited. Please complete registration form here.


9:30 am – Doors Open

10:00 am – Graphic Workshop Part 1

12:00 pm – Lunch

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Graphic Workshop Part 2

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Portfolio Reviews

Materials Required

All registrants must bring a laptop loaded with Adobe Photoshop and SketchUp. This workshop is a working session and registration is limited in order to provide a desk space for each attendee.

Registrants must bring a portfolio. Portfolios may be in any format (e.g. digital, physical) or progress (e.g. complete, draft, in progress). Students without completed portfolios are encouraged to bring a representative collection of their work. Please come prepared to share and discuss your work.

For more information about the Mentorship Series and the Graphic/Portfolio Workshop please visit the AIA event page.


Enterprise’s Young Professionals Luncheon Series | March 11, 2014


Enterprise’s Young Professionals Luncheon Series is an opportunity for young professionals in community development to interact with each other and with experts in the field over lunch.

The topic: Cleveland Climate Action Plan – Building Thriving and Healthy Neighborhoods, will be presented from 12:00 – 1:30 PM, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Tower City Center.

The featured speaker will be Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability.

RSVP required by March 6, 2014.

RSVP contact and more information available here.


Position Available at City Parks Alliance

The City Parks Alliance in conjunction with the RAND Corporation is conducting a four-year study to determine the correlation between urban parks management and policies, and physical activity. They are currently seeking a part-time paid data collector in Cleveland, OH for the Spring of 2014.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain research experience with a national study. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 21, 2014.

More information and complete job description available here.


Chris Maurer | Lunch Lecture | February 14, 2014


Chris Maurer will be sharing some of his architectural work from all over sub-Saharan Africa, as well as student work from his design studios at Kent State University with social impact themes both here in Cleveland and in Kigali, Rwanda. Chris is working to develop a series of design studios that share lessons from developing world and the redeveloping world and create a cultural exchange between students at Kent State University and the University of Malawi Polytechnic.

Chris is an adjunct professor at Kent State University and an architect practicing in Cleveland at studioTECHNE. He was previously a Director at MASS Design Group and studioMDA. Chris is from North East Ohio, but has lived and worked in Kigali, Rwanda and Lilongwe, Malawi for a number of years.

Friday’s lunch lecture is free and open to the public.

Lunch Lecture
February 14, 2014
12-1 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115


Registration for Wheelwright Prize due Feb. 15


The Harvard GSD is now accepting applications for the 2014 Wheelwirght Prize. The Wheelwright Prize is a $100,000 travel-based research grant that is awarded annually to early-career architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent, produced work of scholarly and professional merit, and who show promise for continued creative work.

Throughout its history, Harvard GSD has had a strong global outlook, attracting deans, faculty, and students from all over the world. Moreover, a mainstay of the GSD curriculum is its traveling studio, which emphasizes the acceptance of ideas and practices with a diversity of origins. The Wheelwright Prize extends the school’s ethos, encouraging a broad-minded approach to architecture that seeks inspiration from unexpected quarters.

The Wheelwright Prize is intended to spur innovative research during the early stage of an architect’s professional career. Now open to applicants from all over the world—no affiliation to Harvard GSD required—the prize aims to foster new forms of research informed by cross-cultural engagement. “The idea is not just about travel—the act of going and seeing the world—but it is about binding the idea of geography to themes and issues that hold great potential relevance to contemporary practice,” says Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi.

The winner will be selected via an open call for proposals and a rigorous review process. The winner of the Wheelwright Prize will receive:

  • $100,000 cash prize to support travel and research-related costs
  • invitation to lecture at Harvard GSD
  • possibility to publish research in a Harvard GSD publication

Registration deadline: February 15, 2014

Submission deadline: March 4, 2014

For more details and application information please visit wheelwrightprize.org


Lunch Lecture | Friday, February 7, 2014


This Friday, February 7th, CUDC Urban Designer, Jeff Kruth will present his research surrounding vacant land and shrinking cities, entitled The Political Agency of Geography and the Shrinking City as part of the ongoing lunch lecture series.

In the talk, Jeff will explore alternative forms of organization and neighborhood development in shrinking cities where typical market-based solutions are inadequate for providing a social and economic vitality.

The lunch lecture series will take place from 12-1 PM and is free and open to the public.

Lunch Lecture
February 7, 2014
12-1 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115


Design Diversity Launch & Event


The CUDC, along with a small group of Cleveland architects, urban designers, and graphic designers are pleased to launch Design Diversity. Design Diversity’s goal is to foster learning, influence growth, and promote African Americans in the Design Professions in Northeast Ohio.

As a kickoff for the initiative, Design Diversity will host a Powered by Pecha Kucha event. The Black History Month social event will feature short presentations from six local African American designers, spanning a range of disciplines. Following the presentations, attendees are invited to stay and connect with other local designers, while learning more about Design Diversity’s ongoing work.

The event is FREE and open to the public, including all ages and backgrounds. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required, on the Facebook event page or via email (info @ designdiversity.org).

Design Diversity  Kickoff Event
Thursday, February 27, 2014
7 – 9 PM
Take 5 Rhythm & Jazz
740 W Superior Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113

To learn more about the initiative, please visit www.designdiversity.org.

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