04-28-16

Request for Proposals | MOOS Workshop Leaders

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The Making Our Own Space (MOOS) after-school program seeks project proposals from design professionals to lead a series of youth engagement workshops based in Cleveland’s Buckeye Neighborhood.

MOOS PROGRAM BACKGROUND
Making Our Own Space (MOOS) is a program focused on engaging and empowering middle and high school students with the skills to transform their local public spaces. MOOS uses hands-on, on-site workshops to build physical and social infrastructure in collaboration with the surrounding community. The program helps students understand the connection between learning and the broader world, specifically by exposing them to a range of design careers. Initiated in 2015 by Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), the program’s first series of workshops focused on Britt Oval in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood and made possible by support from the Saint Luke’s Foundation.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • The Design Leader must commit to leading at least 4-5 consecutive days of workshops sometime between May to December 2016.
  • Workshops will take place from 4-7pm on weekdays during the school year and longer workshops (10am – 7pm) are possible during summer vacation (May 29 – August 15), providing a more intense and productive build experience. The Design Leader should propose desired date ranges for the workshops and preferred length of each workshop day.
  • Design Leader must commit to at least 40 hours working directly with MOOS students during workshops, in addition to the time required to prepare for the workshops.
  • Design Leader should have the ability to collaborate effectively on a team and an interest in working closely with youth.
  • The position is open to designers of multiple disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, graphic design, industrial design, and other allied professions.
  • The position requires the use of sharp blades and power tools, which do present the risk of personal injury.
  • Design Leaders should have demonstrated fabrication experience and ability to instruct students how to safely use hand tools and electric power tools, including hammers, drills, circular saws, etc.
  • The Design Leader will be provided with a $4,000 stipend (plus costs for travel and accommodations, if based outside of Northeast Ohio).

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Resume or CV
  • Brief statement explaining the applicant’s interest in the youth project (500 word max.)
  • Description of proposed workshop activities, draft materials list, and preferred dates
  • Images of relevant design work, including built examples, with descriptive captions
  • All submission materials should be packaged in a single PDF document (20 MB max.)

 

Due May 27, 2016. Submission materials and any questions should be emailed to David Jurca, MOOS project manager, at djurca@kent.edu. For more information and full workshop leader description, download the application here.

 

04-28-16

AIA Design Lecture Series | micro MARCRO – Eric Bunge

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The CUDC will be hosting an AIA Cleveland Event, Thursday, May 12, 2016. They welcome Eric Bunge of nARCHITECTS. Eric founded nARCHITECTS, with his partner Mimi Hoang in 1999 with the aim of addressing contemporary issues in architecture through conceptually driven, socially engaging and technologically innovative work. The letter ‘n’ represents a variable, indicating their interest in designing for a dynamic variety of experiences within a cohesive approach. In this spirit, they embrace challenges and scales of work ranging from buildings to public spaces to interiors, and across cultural, residential and commercial uses.

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Eric’s talk, titled “micro-MACRO” will address:

  • Humane living solutions in dense cities
  • Approaches to architecture / landscape
  • Responding to short & long-term climatic change
  • Unifying material, structure and enclosure

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TIME - Doors Open at 5:30, Lecture 6:00-7:00

LOCATION - CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided prior to the lecture courtesy of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and AIA Cleveland.

This program is approved for 1.0 HSW Learning Units

COST-

AIA Members: $5

Non-Members: $20

KSU CUDC Students: Free

For more information and to register click here. 

*Stick around after the talk and view this year’s students capstone projects in a small reception. 

 

04-18-16

Future City Sessions Pamphlet 2 & 3 | Call for Entries

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The CUDC seeks written or graphic submissions for two separate publications. “Variability & Urban Change” & “Getting it Done: Urban Development” are part of an initiative launched by the CUDC and with support from the George Gund Foundation called the Future City Sessions. The Future City Sessions are about informing practice—how can we anticipate emerging urban trends and embed them into current urban design practice? Submissions of realized urban projects, speculative designs, texts, and photo essays are encouraged for the May 30th deadline. Text is limited to 1000 words.

For more details about submissions, please see the linked calls: Pamphlet 2: Variability & Urban Change and Pamphlet 3: Getting it Done: Urban Development.

Each of the publications seeks to address the following questions:

Variability & Urban Change:

  • Given climate change and increased weather variability, how can design be more responsive to fluctuating & unpredictable conditions?
  • What projects (infrastructural, architectural, public space, or policies) contribute to a more nuanced understanding of our relationship to change and variability in our urban environment?
  • In what ways can variability and adaptability be used as a design tool to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities?
  • In what ways has indeterminacy affected things like public space activation, development agendas, and geographic migration?

 

Getting it Done: Urban Development:

  • What can be learned from already implemented projects that can help spur innovation?
  • What are the gaps and missing pieces to creating substantive and scalable development models that maximize community benefit?
  • What are the specific ways in which the private, public, and institutional sectors can provide better solutions? Are there ways to foster better co-disciplinary collaboration and timing?
  • Between funding mechanisms, building codes, zoning, & design imagination-what are the various tools and disciplines that could be adapted for better outcomes? Where are there good examples of this

 

Please send your work to cudc[at]kent.edu and include “Urban Infill” in the subject line of your email. Entries are due May 30th, 2016.

04-18-16

Taotao Zou Lecture | April 22

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We can’t believe that we are down to our last speaker in our Spring Lecture Series. It seems that Spring is just starting around Cleveland. This Friday we welcome Taotao Zou, a visiting scholar at the CUDC. Her talk is titled, The Research of Public Environment Facilities System in Urban Space.

Public environment facilities and urban space are very important to our modern life. They work as our assistants in public space and provide us various services and conveniences. Urban space and public environment facilities are playing a more important role because they meet the various and growing needs of the users. It’s necessary to research these facilities and build a rating system to improve them.

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Taotao has been a visiting scholar at the  CUDC since August 2015, she holds Ph.D. of Engineering at College of Architecture and Urban Planning from TONGJI University of China. Her current position is a full-time Lecturer in College of Applied Art Design of Shanghai Second Polytechnic University since 2005, where she serves as Deputy Head of Environmental Design Department.

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

04-11-16

Mark Mattern Lecture | April 15

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There are only a few lectures left as part of our Spring Series, so this is one you’re not going to want to miss. We welcome Mark Mattern professor at Baldwin Wallace University. His talk, Public Art and the Control of Public Space, will question who controls public visual space? This question will be addressed with special attention to the role of community and public art.

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Mark Mattern is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Baldwin Wallace University, where he teaches political theory and political economy. He is the author most recently of Anarchism and Art: Democracy in the Cracks and on the Margins (SUNY Press, 2016), and Co-Editor, with Nancy S. Love, of Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics (SUNY Press, 2013).

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

04-07-16

Helen Liggett Lecture | April 8

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This Friday, April 8th, we welcome Helen Liggett to our lecture series. Her talk, titled, The City Built by Hand, explores analogous relations linking photography, theory and the city.  The “stickiness” that joins the documentary impulse to urban experience also infects aesthetics practices and cultural infrastructures that sustain urban life.

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Helen Liggett’s interests are in the related fields of urban theory, visual culture and photography. She teaches in the Urban College at Cleveland State University and in the ARCH Studies program at Kent State University. Recent projects include exploration of urban governance and aesthetic practices in legacy cities as well as photo documentation of Re-imagining Cleveland and Design/Rebuild.

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