01-28-15

Isabela Gould Named New Executive Director of the NDC

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The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative would like to congratulate Isabela Gould as she has just been named the new Executive Director of the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) in Columbus, Ohio.

The NDC is a 501c(3) nonprofit committed to assisting the under served. They believe that access to design is a right, not a privilege. When in need of affordable design services small businesses, neighborhood institutions and government entities in Central Ohio and beyond utilize the Neighborhood Design Center.

Isabela previously taught at The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture and the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is also the co-founder of Rogue Studios, LLC in Chicago.

Congratulations Isabela, we wish you all the best!

01-20-15

Intern at the CUDC this Summer!

College students & recent grads! Want to spend your summer working with us here at the CUDC? Interested in non-profit and public sector careers? Apply for a paid placement with the CUDC through the 2015 Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship program!

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The 2015 Summer Intern will be exposed to all aspects of the CUDC’s work, but will focus specifically on our Design [re] Build studio, a community-based effort to generate new ideas for low-cost, high-impact transformation of vacant houses that might otherwise be demolished. The Cleveland Foundation Summer Intern placed at the CUDC will primarily be working to develop a user-friendly guide to low-cost house design and rehab ideas that can be distributed widely to city residents. The intern will also help with community events and programming at our current house project on E 67th St. However, there is flexibility for the intern to be exposed to a wide range of the CUDC’s practice and educational programming.

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You don’t have to have an architecture or urban design background, although we hope you’re broadly interested in design issues and the city. Please check out eligibility details and application instructions at the Cleveland Foundation’s website. The application deadline is January 30th.

The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is an equal opportunity employer.

01-16-15

Spring Lecture Series | Saskia Sassen

Our lecture next week will not be held at our regularly scheduled time, Friday at 12 PM. Instead it will be Wednesday, January 21st, at 1 PM. We will be welcoming Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Chair of The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, Saskia Sassen.

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Her most recent book Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy is a groundbreaking analysis of the ways in which economic power is increasingly exerted across traditional jurisdictions and boundaries. In the book Sassen traces complex logistical, legal, and algorithmic mechanisms that determine the distribution of wealth and the treatment of land and natural resources in a context of widening inequality, intense development of resources, and weakening state institutions and legal regimes. She reaches the sobering conclusion that these regimes are increasingly calibrated to function optimally without necessarily using human resources fully. The result is that large populations may be permanently left over – expelled – from the system, and subjected to increasingly brutal forms of policing and neglect. Her analysis helps explain the increasingly varied fortunes of “winner” and “loser” cities and the deep systemic challenges facing cities like Cleveland that have been subject to the global operations of industrial restructuring and speculative finance.

Other books by Saskia Sassen include Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global, A Sociology of Globalization, and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy. Her books are translated into over 20 languages. She has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in multiple lists. She was awarded the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences and elected to the Netherlands Royal Academy of the Sciences. To learn more about Saskia Sassen and her work, please visit www.saskiasassen.com.

As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 1-2 PM on Wednesday, January 21st, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

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01-12-15

Spring Lecture Series | Alex Pesta

We are kicking off our Spring Lecture Series on Friday, January 16th, with urban design and city planner, Alex Pesta of City Architecture. Originally from Cincinnati, he will talk about his outsider perspective on the City of Cleveland, as well as, his career path that spans from a single family residential architect to now, urban designer and city planner.

Alex’s broad vision and understanding of “big picture” thinking and planning motivate him to constantly challenge himself and others in pursuit of maximizing a project’s impact and potential. He believes that intelligent, effective and meaningful investments in public spaces and infrastructure have the ability to celebrate place, redefine a street and establish new identities. His involvement leading the City of Huron’s master plan process led to the development of initiatives, that when considered together, can reshape this prime waterfront community. Alex’s approach begins with projects that are immediately realizable to gain momentum and community support. He believes that overall change can happen at the smallest scale, whether it is the construction of a median, the installation of landscaping or a signage package that helps define place.

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His project experience ranges from small infill redevelopment sites to overall city master plans and has led him towards a widespread appreciation of design, successful project implementation, open and effective communication with consultants, city officials, and most importantly, clients. Alex studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati, has practiced at City Architecture for 12 years and recently became a partner at the firm. He leads the firm’s planning efforts and feels the firm’s combination of planning and architecture services provide a unique perspective for each project.

As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Friday, January 16th, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

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