06-27-16

We’re Hiring | Post Graduate Fellow (Urban Design)

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Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) has a one-year position available for recent graduates holding a Master’s degree in Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, or Planning. Eligible candidates must have graduated from an accredited graduate program in one of these fields in 2015 or 2016.

This is a full-time position with benefits, available beginning in August 1, 2016 or after.

Job Responsibilities
The Post Graduate Fellow will be a full-time member of the CUDC staff for one calendar year. Job responsibilities will vary, but may include:

  • Working on urban design and planning projects for community clients, under the direction of CUDC senior staff
  • Developing research proposals in partnership with CUDC staff
  • Assisting with the organization and logistics of the annual community design charrette, to be held in the fall of 2016
  • Participating in graduate-level design juries and advising graduate students on their Capstone projects
  • Working with incoming students to help them become acclimated to Cleveland and the CUDC
  • Assisting in the editing, production, and marketing of the CUDC’s annual journal, Urban Infill
  • Monitoring the use of CUDC facilities (especially the laser cutter and foam cutter)
  • Other tasks as assigned by CUDC staff

In addition to these responsibilities, the Fellow will develop a project of his or her choice, to be completed during the fellowship year. Examples of past projects include:

  • Presenting design work and research on environmental psychology in urban design at a conference of the Association for Community Design
  • Developing climate resilient street sections, expanding upon the City of Cleveland’s Complete and Green Street Guidelines, as part of the CUDC’s neighborhood climate resilience initiative.

Other potential fellowship project ideas include:

  • Planning and deploying a temporary pop up event
  • Entering a design competition or creating a design competition
  • Curating an exhibition for the CUDC gallery
  • Presenting work at a conference
  • Organizing a lecture, workshop, or other event

The Fellow’s project will be developed with the full support of CUDC staff. Up to 10% of the Fellow’s time (four hours per week) will be devoted to his or her project.

Eligibility
The Fellowship position is available to any graduate of a Master’s degree in Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, or Planning program who completed his or her degree in 2015 or 2016. The CUDC will select one Fellow from the pool of applicants.

Application Process
To be considered for the Post Graduate Fellowship, please submit:

  • Application through the Kent State University website: https://jobs.kent.edu/postings/9186/
  • Resume
  • Portfolio
  • Letter of intent – in 500 words or less, please describe why you are interested in working at the CUDC and outline your idea for an independent project to be completed during your fellowship year. Please note that you do not need to have a fully developed proposal for your project, just an initial idea or a general direction you would like to pursue. CUDC will work with you during the first three months of the fellowship to develop your project idea, secure supplemental funding (if needed), and prepare a timeline for implementing the project within the fellowship year.

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please submit your resume, portfolio, and letter of intent in PDF format to cudc@kent.edu. If your portfolio is too large to email, please share it with cudc@kent.edu using DropBox (https://www.dropbox.com).

Selection Criteria
Applicants will be evaluated based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Work experience
  • Quality of portfolio
  • Clarity of intent

Kent State University, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer is committed to attaining excellence through the recruitment and retention of a diverse work force. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you require assistance, please contact Kent State University’s Employment Office at 330-672-2100 or by email at employment@kent.edu.

Salary
$40,000 per year. The Post Graduate Fellow will be a full-time employee of Kent State University, with a full benefit package. The position is a one-year appointment; the period of employment will not be extended beyond one year. This is an administrative position, which does not include the possibility of tenure.

Questions?
Contact David Jurca at djurca@kent.edu

 

 

 

06-27-16

5×5 : Participatory Provocations | Exhibition at CUDC July 11 – August 24

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5×5 : Participatory Provocations is an exhibit of 25 architectural models by 25 young American architects. 5 contemporary issues, each addressed by 5 firms. It will be exhibited at the CUDC from July 11 – August 24. There will be an opening reception at 5:30 PM on July 11th, along with a panel discussion with curators Kyle May, Julia Van Den Hout, and Kevin Erickson, as well as participants, Michael Abrahamson and Jonathon Kurtz.

Architecture as a profession struggles to simultaneously engage with the public and be provocative within the confines of its own field. Either arguments and proposals get “dumbed down” or they simply aren’t accessible or relevant. This exhibit argues for participatory criticism. Twenty-five young architects engage in a series of significant popular issues, taking clear stances and producing a physical expression or provocation as a means of communicating with a larger public. Each team responds to one of the five prompts — contemplating the future of drone deliveries, the consequence of the construction of extreme luxury highrises as financial investments, luxury tourism on the moon, the fictional development of NSA community branches, and the potential construction of an anti-immigration wall on the border between the United States and Mexico.

The avant-garde in architecture has for decades captured its imaginations via two-dimensional representations, but this exhibit asks architects to be just as provocative in three dimensions. Each team produces only a single model and short text on one of the prompts. The selected topics intend to provoke, but are grounded in issues we face today. Architecture has a seat at each discussion.

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5×5: Participatory Provocations is curated by Kyle May, Julia Van Den Hout, and Kevin Erickson. 

Kyle May, principal at KMA, which he founded in 2014. He also co-founded CLOG in 2011, where he is the Editor in Chief. He is a registered architect in New York and Ohio. He is a graduate of Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, where he completed the Master of Architecture program at the CUDC.

Julia Van Den Hout is founder of Original Copy, and co-founder and Editor of CLOG. As Original Copy, she is currently producing TEN Arquitectos’s new monograph, as well as a book on expos and world’s fairs centered around the Milan Expo 2015. Prior to founding Original Copy, Julia was the Director of Press and Marketing at Steven Holl Architects for six years, where she was responsible for developing and coordinating the PR strategy for over 30 projects and competitions, organizing the opening and publication of 12 completed projects, and the coordination of multiple traveling exhibitions. She has a Master’s Degree in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Kevin Erickson is a designer in New York City (KNE studio), and an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois. He is on the Program Leadership Council at the Van Alen Institute, was a Visiting Professor at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, and an Artist-in-Residence at the Geoffrey Bawa Lunuganga Trust in Sri Lanka.

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Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
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309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

July 11 – August 24, 2016

The exhibition will be on view M-F 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM*
*7/18-22 please call 216.357.3434 for our availability, may be limited due to the RNC. 

Opening reception & panel discussion
July 11 at 5:30 PM

 

06-21-16

Cut the Cord by Sam Friesema

Our Post Graduate Fellow, Sam Friesema, will be leaving the CUDC after his year of service. The CUDC created the one-year position for graduates of KSU’s Master of Architecture, Master of Urban Design, or dual MArch/MUD program. Before he left, Sam shared with us some of  the work he has been interested in at his time here at the CUDC. We wish him well in his next adventure!

Cut the Cord
by Sam Friesema

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In the early 1900s two enormous projects were undertaken simultaneously in Cleveland Ohio by the Van Sweringen brothers. Firstly, the garden city suburb community of Shaker Heights became one of the premier residential neighborhoods in the country. Secondly, the Cleveland Union Terminal (now Tower City) was an immense mixed-use facility. The complex’s 52 story Terminal Tower became a monumental symbol of the city’s successes. Standing at 771 feet tall, it was for a time the second tallest building in the world.

TC bp1 (1)Building Section through the Tower City Complex. The multiple linked buildings span several city blocks with multiple level changes and confusing wayfinding.

TC bp2 (1)Building Section through Tower City Complex with callouts.

Light Rail. Fueling and enabling these two projects was a third project critical to ensure the birth of the others. Shaker Heights was conceived first but as residential building lots initially sold slowly the developers needed a means to quickly transport their potential suburbanites, along with their wealth, to and from the heart of the city. The Van Sweringen brothers hastily assembled properties and easements which allowed the developers to install a light-rail rapid transit line from their new suburb to the city’s center at Public Square. Less iconic yet equally important, the transit project supplied the capital and populations necessary to fully construct the tower and the garden city. Interestingly, to secure a small one mile section of rail easement, the brothers bought an entire rail company with 523 miles of track spanning from Buffalo and Chicago which led to their eventual rail business holdings of over 30,000 miles of track and assets of an estimated $3 Billion.

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1902 Map of Greater Cleveland with highlighted Downtown, Shaker Heights, and the rail connections.

The rail line within Shaker Heights is a beautifully designed centerpiece along tree lined medians and half million dollar homes. However, once the rail line leaves Shaker Heights and cuts through poor sections of Cleveland en route to downtown, the line is sunken and hidden from view. The views to and from the transit line are obscured by grade changes and dense vegetation. Shaker residents are shielded from any views of the vacancy and poverty they are passing through. The transit line awkwardly slices through communities and pedestrian access is dangerously out of sight, unlike the well-planned stations within Shaker.

What if we removed the passenger light rail line connecting downtown Cleveland to Shaker Heights in order to re-evaluate regional public transportation options and to let the two communities build their own unique and separate self-identities moving forward?

Read more…

06-07-16

MLA Open House | June 25

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Please join us at our Master of Landscape Architecture Open House event to learn more about the program.

For over 60 years, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design has graduated qualified professionals who are leaders in their fields. Kent State University offers a full complement of environmental design professions.

The landscape architecture profession is projected to grow by 5% nationally over the next decade. Be part of a graduate program intent on re-imagining Northeast Ohio’s landscape for the benefit of future generations. Join the vanguard of design professionals working to create a more sustainable world.

Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44115
Saturday, June 25th, 2016
10:00 am – Noon

The program includes a presentation by faculty, a student panel and tour of CUDC facilities.

For graduate program details please visit http://www.kent.edu/caed/master-landscape-architecture or contact our Graduate Programs office in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at 330.672.3765 for additional information and how to apply.

06-07-16

Future City Sessions: Aging in Cities | Matthias Hollwich

matthias_hollwichOn June 23rd at 5:30pm, the CUDC will host architect Matthias Hollwich. Matthias recently published the book with Bruce Mau Design called New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Forever.

New Aging investigates and applies recent advances in architecture and urbanism to address age-related challenges that assures the best utilization with the utmost dignity for age. There are 17,000 Medicare and Medicate certified nursing homes in the United States, which basically store old people away. Some of these places are decorated to seem “home like” with floral wallpaper and vinyl wooden floors, but these homey touches do not disguise the fact that our culture shuns the aged and prefers them out of sight. We are interested in the alternative. From “Geropolis, the city of the elderly” to “BOOM” our research is intellectual, human, and architectural. – Matthias Hollwich

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Matthias Hollwich is the co-founding principal of progressive New York architecture firm Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) and Architizer, the largest platform for architecture online.

Having previously led design teams within internationally acclaimed firms such as Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Eisenman Architects, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Matthias has established himself at the forefront of a new generation of ground-and rule-breaking international architects.

Combining his understanding of how architecture and cities can perform better with his research as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Matthias has developed a new line of thinking about how to make aging an empowering process. He has since shared this message at events for TEDx, PICNIC, the World Health Organization, and the New Aging conference at University of Pennsylvania.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested. **Please note: Dr. Margaret Caulkins was initially scheduled to be a co-presenter at this event. Do to an unforeseen conflict, she will not be able to participate. A recorded version of her presentation will be available on the CUDC website following the event. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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The Future City Sessions are an on-going explore of emerging ideas in urban design and city-making made possible by the support of The George Gund Foundation.

AICP|CM credits will be provided for this event, sponsored by APA Cleveland. 


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Thursday, June 23, 2016
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

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