03-31-14

Levin College Forum | Cleveland’s Waterfronts

First Spring Day at Cleveland's Edgewater Park

What’s Happening?: Cleveland’s Waterfronts is the first in a series of programs examining the promise and possibility inherent in the recent changes to the Cleveland Lakefront Park system, coupled with the city’s renewed prioritization of lakefront redevelopment. It presents an enormous opportunity to finally connect Clevelanders to their waterfronts. This forum will provide an update on various plans and projects that are underway or recently completed.

Event Information
Thursday, April 10, 2014
4:00-6:00 P.M.
Roberta Steinbacher Atrium
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland State University

Register for this Forum event and find more information here.

03-28-14

Now is our time to Step Up Downtown

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On March 18, 2014, close to 150 residents, employees, business owners, and downtown-minded individuals attended the first public meeting held at the Old Stone Church. After a short overview of the project by DCA President Joe Marinucci and CUDC Director Terry Schwarz, attendees were let loose to contribute their ideas at seven engagement stations located throughout the venue.

Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s (DCA) Downtown Vision and Tactical Plan, Step Up Downtown, will create a holistic vision for linking and enhancing Downtown development districts, public spaces and assets.

The final 5-year plan, to be unveiled in June 2014, will set priorities for creating a fully connected and continuous urban fabric. DCA has engaged the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) and Progressive Urban Management Associates (PUMA) to create the comprehensive plan over a six-month process, begun in January 2014.

Feedback from the stations will be processed by the design team and posted to the Step Up Downtown website.

Attendees were asked to recall their their fondest memories of Downtown Cleveland and share the changes they want to see in the next five years at the Story Station. Hear what they had to say below and check out more photos from the event here.

Step Up Downtown | Cleveland Stories from KSU CUDC on Vimeo.

If you were not able to attend the public meeting there is still time for your voice to be heard. Take this brief survey to guide the future of Downtown Cleveland.

03-25-14

Paul Allen | Museum of Natural History | April 2, 2014

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Paul Allen of the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, UK, will speak on “Zero Carbon Britain – The extraordinary story of human beings and energy.” The Centre for Alternative Technology is one of the top sustainability centers in Europe, and its Zero Carbon Britain policy guidelines have been recognized by the UK Parliament and the EU.

The most recent climate science demonstrates the need to achieve zero carbon emissions as soon as possible. The Zero Carbon Britain project has created detailed scenarios that show how society can rise to the climate challenge without relying on promises of future technology, but by using only that which exists now, ready to be implemented immediately. So far the project has researched and published three reports on rapid decarbonization scenarios. The goal is to stimulate a change of thinking about future possibilities — and help people rethink their relationship to energy.

This is a great opportunity to hear cutting-edge ideas from Europe about energy and climate.

Free with Museum admission (which is $6 for nonmembers on Wednesday evenings).

More information available here.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

03-10-14

Rooms to Let: CLE | Call for Artists

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Rooms to Let: CLE, a one-day curated temporary art exhibit and community celebration, in Slavic Village on May 17, 2014, is seeking proposals from artists.

The event will center around vacant houses as alternative venues for art, and hopes to invert those icons often associated with neighborhood blight and despair into new experiential propositions of witness, resiliency, and contemplation.  They are seeking artists to help activate and reframe the conversation from emptiness and dormancy to new propositions for engagement and expression.

More information and an application form can be found at here.  The deadline for submitting proposals is March 14, 2014.

03-04-14

Steve Rugare | Lunch Lecture | March 7, 2014

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Assistant Professor, Steve Rugare, will be this Friday’s Lunch Lecturer. His topic will be the “Great Lakes Exposition: Architectural and Planning Questions”.

The Great Lakes Exposition of 1936-37 was one of the outstanding planning and design success stories in Cleveland’s history. It’s also one of the least-studied the expositions held in American cities during the New Deal era. In this progress report on his research, Steve Rugare will examine the fairs significance in the history of Cleveland’s lakefront and frame key questions about its relationship to other expositions and the development of modern architecture in the US. To conclude, he will look briefly at what would be required to stage a successful exposition in Cleveland today.

This event is free and open to the public.

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

More images of The Great Lakes Exposition after the jump. Read more…

03-04-14

Spring Studio Focuses on Reclaiming Abandoned Housing

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The CUDC and CAED have developed an undergraduate-level Design-Build Studio for reclaiming abandoned housing in Cleveland. The Design-Build Studio will complement the CUDC’s work on the Re-imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland initiative, a project that has become a national model for strategic reuse and reclamation of vacant urban land. This project will build on on-going efforts to reclaim vacant land in the city and explore new approaches for reinventing vacant housing.

Chris Maurer, an adjunct faculty member of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED), teaches the studio with students in the third year Architecture Program, as well as students from the Construction Management Program from the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology (CAEST). Chris is an architect and urban designer who brings strong design skills, extensive field experience, and a demonstrated ability to move innovative design ideas into implementation. Also assisting with the studio is CUDC urban designer, Kristen Zeiber. Kristen spent four years in the Gulf Coast Design Studio where she designed and built homes for hurricane victims and she is well suited to coordinate a design-build studio here in Cleveland. Terry Schwarz, CUDC Director, will oversee connections with the city and community development corporations, and will develop plans for neighborhood improvements for area surrounding the design-build site.

During the spring semester the students will develop a wide range of inexpensive design interventions to make an abandoned house more functional and appealing for prospective residents, which include the millennial generation and recent immigrants. The best idea(s) will proceed into design development, working drawings, and permitting. Summer will be the “build” semester, where CAED Faculty and a professional construction manager will oversee the students’ work. The finished house will be sold and the proceeds will be used as start-up funding to repeat the process in the following year.

The new Design-Build Studio is an exciting collaboration between the CUDC, CAED, and CAEST. In our first year we hope to document the process and bring will provide updates throughout the spring and summer. Stay tuned…

Major support for the Design-Build Studio is provided by: The George Gund Foundation, Sandvick Architects, Sears-Swetland Foundations, and Ruth Brown Foundation.