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.

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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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10-17-14

We need your 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, and you can help us win! The organization that raises the most money will win $10,000 towards their project, thanks to Ohio Savings Bank. crowdrise_2 Design [re] Build is a concept offering architecture students real life design and construction experience while saving a blighted property. Design [re] Build is in collaboration with SCSDC, Kent State University and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. 2013-2014 was our pilot year for this project. We want to make this pilot project a full-fledged program in years to come. Our goal is to raise $35,000 to help to support the efforts of Design [re] Build. crowdrise_1 The challenge began on Monday, October 13th and runs until 11:59 PM on November 7th. Only donations during this time will be counted towards the challenge. SCSDC will be able to keep all donations received on Crowdrise, regardless of if we win or not. Here is how you can help:

  1. Go to our fundraising page and make a donation: https://www.crowdrise.com/designrebuild/fundraiser/stclairsuperiordevel Every donation, large or small, supports our organization’s work AND brings us closer to winning the challenge.
  2. Fundraise with us! Set up your own online donation page by joining our team. Visit the link above and click “Fundraise for this Campaign” on the right. Follow the simple instructions to creating your own page. Then, share the link with all your friends, family and colleagues to ask them to donate to your page. Feel free to forward this message along, as well!

Thank you so much for your help and support. We couldn’t do it without you! designbuildstudio1

10-13-14

Capstone Research Conference | October 15

The Capstone Research Conference is a presentation of the CUDC’s 7 dual-degree students’ (MArch + MUD) initial capstone research through the first 7 -8 weeks of the semester. The conference is not a presentation of their capstone project. It is a presentation of each of their theories of the city, its well-being, and its future. Their hope for this conference is that it sparks interest and dialogue between everyone in attendance, and that it raises valuable questions that remain unanswered in our work.

Please join us at the CUDC from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. This event is open to the public.

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10-07-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Theodore Ferringer

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Designer Theodore Ferringer, Assoc. AIA, LEED Assoc., joins us this Friday for another installment of our Alumni Lecture Series.

Theordore works, resides and advocates in Cleveland, OH. A graduate of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (MArch ’08, MUD ’08), his enthusiastic activism, creativity, and community involvement has led to roles on Cleveland’s East Side Design Review Committee, and the Bike Cleveland Advocacy Committee. Theodore is the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ohio Valley Region Associate Director as a member of the National Associates Committee and is a Designer and the Business Development Director at Bialosky + Partners Architects.

Theodore’s talk, Designing in Public: Agency, Empowerment, & Sensibility or Towards A 21st Century Gesamtkunstwerk Via a Few Buildings, a Couple Panning Projects, Some Projects That Are Not Buildings, An Advocacy Issue, and a Couple Other Things focuses on these issues through lessons learned in his own career.

As always our Alumni Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on October 10th, 1309 Euclid Ave, Suite 200.