04-30-14

Design/REbuild Studio | Final Review

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Join us Friday May 2nd, from 1-5 PM at the former Goodrich Gannet Neighborhood Center in the St. Clair Superior District of Cleveland for the final presentation and review of the Kent State University CAED Third Year Design/REbuild Studio.

The mission of the studio was to re-imagine uses for Cleveland’s blighted housing stock. The emphasis was on making a proposal which allows the greatest possible community impact with this one small project, either as an example for others to follow or an initiative that could be scaled later for greater impact. The students were encouraged to advocate with community leaders to make their big-impact projects happen. Many of them did find potential partners, but none committed fully to the project.

After mid semester review the studio shifted gears to creating a market rate home with a social-impact theme for our client the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation who plans to sell the project on the open market.

The design they intend to present to you for review, architecturally, socially, and practically – we are building the project this summer with the generous support of VIP Restoration and Durham Brothers Construction. We have a roster of +/-20 students working along side professionals and volunteers that will build the design.

The work of the students should be judged on:

• design concept and execution
• conformance with the original vision of community impact-oriented design
• practicality of construction – leveraging of unskilled labor (labor opportunity planning)
• quality of presentation and presentation material
• replicability – how our efforts can inspire others in the community to renovate

Everyone should have ample time to discuss their ideas on the project, and we hope after the academic review of the work a dialog will be created between the students, jurors, community members and project partners. We are going to site within a month, but the design is by no means fixed. Your feedback will have a direct impact on the project’s implementation.

Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center
1368 East 55th St., Cleveland, OH 44103
May 2, 2014
1-5 PM

 

04-29-14

Bike Box | Living Roof Lab

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The Bike Box Living Lab was headed by Dr. Reid Coffman who brought together a team of CUDC graduate students consisting of Claire Markwardt, Neil Reindel, Josh Thomas, and Pasquale Esposito to explore design and experiment concepts that would be tested on the flagship bike box at Gordon Square adjacent to Happy Dog. With help from local fabricators, Rustbelt Welding, the bike box was prepared for conversion into the first bike box with a green roof in Cleveland, and now the site of the Living Labs exploration in soil compositions effects on water quality.

The Bike Box represents existing concepts re-imagined in the exploration of point source water mitigation and filtration. With water quality being a prevalent issue in many cities including Cleveland, The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District granted funding that spurred the Bike Box Living Lab concept to be explored within the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.

 

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The roof itself is divided into two separate zones; the first being a control side, the second implementing mycorrhizae to test its ability to increase productivity of native species while reducing nutrient and runoff discharge. Mycorrhizae, are natural occurring soil fungus which form symbiotic associations with the roots of vascular plants. In a mycorrhizal association, the fungus colonizes the host plant’s roots, and aides in the plant’s uptake of water and nutrients.

Runoff water from the roof is collected into two separate tanks storing water separately from the two experimental zones of the roof. This provides the ability to test water quality improvements that result from the use of mycorrhizae. A pump is connected into the storing tanks allowing the collected water to be reused as the roof irrigation system. This hand pump is placed in an easily accessible location which allows the public to directly interact with the roof itself.

The project was made possible by sponsorship from Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and performed in cooperation with LANDstudio.

Dr. Reid Coffman and the CUDC have committed to studying the roof for 10 years. Beginning this summer they will be recording water and planter interactions that will be studied over the long-term. A summary of the project and the initial findings will be presented by the students at this year’s CitiesAlive Conference in Nashville, TN November 12-15, 2014.

For more information and a detailed description of the Bike Box Living Lab download the project sheet here.

04-28-14

Capstone Project Final Reviews | Spring 2014

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The Master of Urban Design Capstone Project final reviews will take place at the CUDC May 7-8, 2014. The reviews will begin each morning at 9:00 AM, with a closing reception on Thursday at 6:00 PM where attendees can review all the projects and enjoy some light refreshments. Click here for a detailed list of presentations and times.

All reviews are free and open to the public. The CUDC is located at 1309 Euclid Avenues, Suite 200. Please contact Steve Rugare at srugare (at) kent.edu for me information.

04-22-14

Erick Rodriguez | Lunch Lecture | April 25, 2014

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This Friday’s lunch lecture will welcome Erick Rodriguez. He will discuss his involvement with CITY ART PLAY, a youth learning program in Los Angeles, where they created an approach to community engagement that brought art and design to everyday neighborhood spaces. Their goal was to get youth and their families thinking about learning beyond the classroom and within the community. Through a series of neighborhood art workshops, they helped youth express and share their creative potential.

Erick is also an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow. The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization and Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. will co-host Erick, as part of his fellowship, to further the development of the Eco-District framework and enhance coordination and collaboration across Cleveland neighborhoods with a broad group of community stakeholders. The City of Cleveland, BBC, and DSCDO are contributing to an international dialogue about the development and implementation of Eco-Districts, and Erick’s goal is to help craft a comprehensive set of strategies that will serve as a useful tool, for both city leaders and community members, to recognize ways their neighborhoods can come together to appropriate sustainability as an essential part of their community. 

This event is free and open to the public.

12-1 PM
CUDC
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44102

 

04-15-14

Save the Date | June 13, 2014

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AIA Cleveland’s “Goodtime for Design” annual boat cruise will take place Friday, June 13, 2014. Join hundreds of members in the design, planning, construction and building management professions on board the GOODTIME III cruise ship for an evening of informal networking, collegiality and fun! Guests are also welcome to attend.

Detailed information available here.

04-09-14

Build in Cleveland | Register Now | IDP Hours

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Summer design/build experience at The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) starts in June! Enroll now to build a CAED designed project in Cleveland and earn credit and IDP hours.

The CAED has opened two field study sections this summer to work on the construction for the design/build project, led by Professor Chris Maurer. The project will be a renovation of this home in the St. Clair/ Superior District of Cleveland, Ohio.

Students will work side by side with experienced contractors, construction workers, construction management students, and architects; and will learn many of the trades required to renovate a home.

The sections are M-F 1:00 – 6:15 PM in Summer I (June 9- July 12) and Summer III (July 14 – August 16). They are each worth 3 upper-division-elective credit hours and students can earn IDP hours for their work on site. Summer I will deal mostly with rough construction and Summer III with finish work.

Look for course number ARCH 46992. Please enroll now as there are a limited number of spaces available.

Students may only enroll in one of the sections for credits that count toward graduation.

***Housing can be made available in Cleveland for students taking the course. Please contact Professor Maurer with any questions: cmaurer(at)kent.edu

04-08-14

Internship Opportunity | City of Lakewood

The City of Lakewood is seeking a part-time urban design intern to work directly with planning staff and the City Architect to gain hands-on practical experience working on planning and design related issues in the city. It is the city’s objective to provide an intern with portfolio caliber projects. The intern will spend 20 hours a week working individually and collaboratively to complete assigned projects by a given timeline.

Detailed description available here.

04-08-14

Andrea Longacre-White | Bellwether Project | April 17-May 4

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Photographer, Andrea Longacre-White, will have an exhibition of photography and sculpture as part of the Bellwether Project. Bellwether is a project of the Contemporary Art Society of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The event will be at the Ground Floor Gallery in the former Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center, 1368 East 55th Street.

Opening reception and artist’s talk will be held Thursday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 PM. Show runs April 18 – May 4, 2014. Fridays 1:00-5:00 PM; Saturdays 2:00-6:00 PM; Sundays 12:00-4:00 PM.

More information available here.

The exhibition is supported by the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, The Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center, and VIP.

04-08-14

Terry Schwarz on Panel Discussion for HUD Quarterly Meeting

CUDC Director, Terry Schwarz, will be part of a panel discussion at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, DC, Thursdays, April 10th.

This quarterly meeting will examine Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets. Building on the current issue of Evidence Matters this update will consider vacancy from various perspectives and examine the work that communities are doing to limit or reverse its negative effects. The panel will discuss land banks that assemble parcels of land and maintain vacant properties until the land can be returned to productive use. In addition short-term uses such as stores, parks, and art projects that bring vibrancy to otherwise blighted spaces will be discussed.

If you are in the DC area and would like to attend please register here. The event will also be webcast live, more information available here.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Brooke-Mondale Auditorium
HUD Headquarters

Evidence Matters Winter 2013Photo credits from left to right: Cuyahoga County Land Reuitilization; McAllen Public Library; GTECH Strategies

04-04-14

Join us for a special Tuesday Lunch Lecture with Dana Cuff

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Tuesday, April 8th we will have a lunch lecture featuring Dana Cuff of cityLAB. Dana Cuff is a professor, author, and practitioner in architecture. Her work focuses on affordable housing, modernism, suburban studies, the politics of place, and the spatial implications of new computer technologies. Cuff’s research on postwar urbanism was published in a book titled The Provisional City (MIT 2000), and she recently edited Fast Forward Urbanism with Roger Sherman (Princeton Architectural Press 2011). She founded cityLAB in 2006, and has since concentrated her efforts around issues of the emerging metropolis. Dr. Cuff is widely published, the recipient of numerous fellowships, and lectures internationally.

Join us from 12-1PM at the CUDC. This event is free and open to the public.

CUDC
12-1 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

04-04-14

Lunch Lecture | Matt Schmidt of Trust for Public Land

Our Spring Lunch Lecture Series is back April 4th, from 12- 1 PM. This Friday’s featured speaker will be Matt Schmidt.

Matt Schmidt, a graduate of Kent State University and the CUDC, will be speaking about his career in architecture and planning in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio communities.   Matt has been responsible for work in diverse neighborhoods while working for a private firm, and is now a Program Manager at the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit whose mission is to foster healthy neighborhoods through parks and green spaces.  At the Trust for Public Land,  Matt is working in Cleveland neighborhoods to integrate parks within green infrastructure basin sites, bring publicly accessible fitness facilities to residents, and develop a series of trails and green spaces through the Flats to the Lake Erie waterfront.  The discussion will follow the projects that he has been a part of, and his path from architecture to community-based neighborhood planning.

Join us!

CUDC
12-1 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Some of the projects that Matt Schmidt has been working on:

PowerPoint Presentation

The reconstruction of Historic League Park is the focal point of a neighborhood planning study that unites resident, baseball and historic preservation communities to catalyze reinvestment.

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The Central Choice Neighborhood Plan brought a holistic definition of “community” under consideration through its focus on Neighborhood, Housing and People.

04-01-14

ULI Competition Reception at the CUDC | April 14, 2014

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The CUDC and The College of Architecture and Environmental Design will be celebrating the accomplishments of our students and the work they submitted for the Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition at the CUDC on April 14, 2014.

Students from Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University collaborated on five submissions, two of which received honorable mention. Please join us to find out about their projects and congratulate them on their success.

The five teams will have their work displayed for you to review as well as light hors d’oeuvres and beer/wine. This is a great time to network with fellow design professionals and learn about the work of the CAED students.

Space is limited, so please RSVP here.

CUDC
April 14, 2014
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115