03-31-16

As Pure as Driven Snow: Water Fetish

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The Nightclub, a nomadic platform for artistic practices in Miami, FL hosted, As Pure as Driven Snow: Water Fetishwhich was presented by the Urban Theory Laboratory an initiative of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program.

Snow persists in the cultural imagination as a quieting blanket under which the sleeping earth rests in anticipation of Spring’s rebirth. This “poem of the air” is water’s dance across the frozen landscape of the north. Briefly airborne, she settles to mingle with her earthbound sister elements, and joins in carrying to the sea the traces of habitation.

Seemingly alien to the tropics, yet she travels incognito to threaten the coast as sea level rise. In her guise as water she bears the dual emblems of purity and contamination, and in her feminine role she inspires possession and is objectified as commodity and utility, her beauty veiled.

This work steps into the catechresis between our water mythos and our water ethos. In her snow phase water bridges this gap, and this exhibit intends to evoke her immanent and transcendent qualities through a materialization of the experience of snow on the North Coast of the Great Lakes at the Atlantic Coast of Miami. It is meant as a provocation, questioning what it means to both possess and be possessed by water and whether there is poetic means by which her purity can overcome contamination.

Presented by Urban Theory Laboratory with Ellen Sullivan and students of the Master of Landscape Architecture program of Kent State University. Students included: Jessie Hawkins, Conner Karakul, Elliot Killen, Adrian Marti, and Reuben Shaw. Urban Theory Laboratory is a platform for design investigation and engagement with the arts community.

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03-28-16

Architectural Graphics Workshop with Alex Hogrefe | April 2

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On Saturday, April 2 from 12-4 PM the CUDC will be co-hosting an architectural graphics workshop with Alex Hogrefe. Alex is a partner at Design Distill and the curator of the architecture rendering blog, “Visualizing Architecture”. Alex will be offering a four hour workshop on how to digitally render architectural and urban environments.

The event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Participants are asked to bring a laptop, digital rendering software, and an extension cord. The workshop will be held in Kent, OH in room 202 of Taylor Hall. All those who plan to attend are encouraged to RSVP through Facebook. The event is made possible through AIAS Kent and the Undergraduate Student Government.

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Architectural Graphics Workshop with Alex Hogrefe
202 Taylor Hall, Kent, OH
April 2, 12-4 PM
RSVP

03-15-16

Adil Sharag-Eldin Lecture | April 7 | 5:30 PM

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We will be hosting a special Thursday night lecture as part of our Spring Lecture Series, April 7th at 5:30 PM, featuring Adil Sharag- Eldin. His talk is titled, Resilient Cities: Learning from the Chicago Heatwave.

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In essence, resilience at the city level is the ability of its citizens to overcome immediate crises, learn their lessons, adapt to new realities, and succeed. It is inevitably a function of its readiness for potential calamities. One of the tenants of Resilience is “Reflection”, or learning from the past. In his presentation, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design will draw lessons from a 20-year old disaster that occurred in the Midwest. The objective is to understand the series of events and the conditions (environmental and social) that have happened and avoid re-occurrence of what we claim to be a preventable disaster. In 1995, a heat wave struck the Midwestern area in the United States causing 739 deaths in five days. Despite the large impact, very few studies were conducted focusing on the urban environment and its design. His presentation will share with the audience a comprehensive analysis of the existing built environmental conditions that occurred in July of 1995 and to which heat-related fatalities could be attributed. The research took advantage of the advanced computational methods available to us to recreate the microclimatic conditions that occurred at the time. Simulation programs were used to evaluate the indoor conditions where some of the victims lived. The research has identified and established causality between the building and urban design failures and heat-related deaths. Dr. Sharag-Eldin will emphasize on the likelihood of reoccurrence of similar incidents in extreme heat episodes unless certain building codes issues addressed and city response plans modified to prevent a repeat. The discussion will also include the impact of climate change, Urban Heat Island (UHI) and the strategies cities implement to reduce its effect.

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Dr. Sharag-Eldin is a professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University. He has over 25 years of experience as a building scientist in the area of green and high-performance architectural and urban design, and over 17 years of teaching experience. He published extensively on topics related to building and urban design and their impact on performance and health. As a consultant, he worked with some major universities and governments on sustainable building projects in the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 5:30-6:30 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

03-07-16

Sai Sinbondit Lecture | March 11

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This Friday, March 11th, we welcome Sai Sinbondit to our Spring Lecture Series. His talk is titled, “In Between Places”, which will talk about how his research uses data mapping and visualization to leverage architecture and art as vehicles to explore the world and its dynamic relationship between people, cultures, systems and settlement. It is in the context of displacement, such as refugees, homelessness and migration that drives his work.

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Sai received a Masters of Architecture from Syracuse University and graduated with honors in the Bachelor of Fine Art program in Painting and Printmaking as well as receiving a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy of Religions from the University of Toledo. He has spent some time abroad living and working with organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR and USAID, in various countries such as Turkey, El Salvador, Thailand, India, France, Italy and Darfur. While maintaining his professional work as a designer at Bialosky Cleveland, Sai holds a faculty position at the Cleveland Institute of Art and sustains a personal research practice.

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

 

03-03-16

Women in Architecture | Film Screening: Making Space

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In honor of Women’s History Month, AIA Cleveland presents the highly-anticipated documentary film, Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture (2014). It will screen at the iconic Museum of Contemporary Art (designed by one of the profiled architects, Farshid Moussavi) in Uptown Cleveland on March 10th. AIA’s special guest introducing the film is Sarah Rafson, an architecture writer and researcher based in New York, and a co-editor of sub_teXXt, an online journal by, for, and about women in architecture, associated with ArchiteXX. The exciting event will preface with drinks and refreshments in MOCA’s exhibit space.

When: March 10, 2016. Doors open 6pm
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, Uptown Cleveland
Who: Open to the public, special pricing for AIA and MOCA members
Why: Women’s History Month

AIA Members and MOCA Members: $10
Students: $15
Non-Members: $20

For more information and to register click HERE.