02-28-17

Lithuanian Architect Aurimas Širvys presents at Cleveland State University

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Levin College Forum Brown Bag Lunch Program Recovering Lithuania’s Architectural Cultural Heritage

A Presentation from Lithuanian Architect Aurimas Širvys
Monday, March 13, 2017
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Bonda Board Room 254
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Jointly Sponsored By the Levin College Forum Program and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

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Wooden synagogue in Ziezmariai, Lithuania under restoration. Photo: Aurimas Širvys

During nearly 50 years of Soviet occupation, buildings that were part of Lithuania’s cultural heritage, such as churches, monasteries, synagogues, and manor homes, were “re-purposed,” destroyed, or neglected.  Furthermore, news and education were highly controlled and politicized so that the public only heard a view of the country’s past that was distorted to serve the Soviet state.  As a result, much of the country’s cultural heritage was not known or well understood, especially by younger Lithuanians.

Since Lithuania regained its independence, architect Aurimas Širvys has advised individuals and organizations who have undertaken projects to restore the condition of existing buildings of cultural heritage.  He has also made studies of images of “lost buildings” and made two- and three-dimensional representations of those buildings so that the memory of such buildings can endure.

Mr. Širvys will discuss how he became interested in helping Lithuania recover its architectural cultural history and some of the restoration projects in which he has participated.

Please RSVP to m.s.schnoke@csuohio.edu

02-22-17

Your Local Library: Seeking Input!

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On Thursday, January 26th, CUDC staff kicked off the first round of public Open Houses for the third group of library branches in our CPL150 project. The CUDC has been working with the Cleveland Public Library since fall of 2014 on community engagement around its neighborhood branches.

The CPL system is comprised of 27 branches, and each has very different community needs; CPL recognizes that each branch should respond to those needs locally, rather than just system-wide. What improvements are needed? How should each branch respond to its local opportunities and characteristics? And how can each branch respond to changing technological needs to become a 21st-century resource for its community?

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The first Group 3 open house, at West Park Branch, broke participants into a series of workstations throughout the library itself. Balloons marked each station, asking questions around the branch’s building; grounds; neighborhood; and services. We gathered input on existing conditions, ideas for integrating new technology & educational tools, neighborhood assets, partnerships, and services. We also had participants fill out our online survey (which is open to any CPL user, no matter their local branch – please fill out if you’re interested!).

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Since then, we’ve also held open houses at Eastman Branch and Hough Branch, and still have two more: Union Branch (Feb 23rd, 4:30-7:00 PM) and Walz Branch (March 7th, 4:00-7:00 PM).

After this round of open houses, we’ll input our feedback and start generating initial design alternatives for each branch, which we’ll present to the communities in a second round of public sessions, in May of this year, in preparation for final recommendations & report, which will be released in June 2017.

Please check out the project website for updates. We hope to see you at your local branch!

02-21-17

Jonathan Hanna | Mar 03

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On Friday, March 3rd, from 12-1 PM, we welcome Jonathan Hanna to our Spring Lecture Series. Jonathan Hanna is the Post Graduate Fellow at the CUDC. He earned his B.S. Architecture and Master of Urban Design from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He has worked at various design firms in and around the Detroit area.

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Prior to coming to the CUDC Jonny worked for A(n) Office on the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale for the U.S. Pavilion. Jonny’s talk, “Unitary Urbanism: Co-Optive Streets and Situations”, will be discussing his fellowship project “Forget Me Not” and his past work leading up to the fellowship, as framed by the Unitary Urbanism movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. Central to the theme of the talk is the latent potential of streets and situation for the leveraging of socio-political power.

Please join us from 12 PM - 1Pm, Friday, March 3rd. This event is free and open to the public.

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

 

 

02-20-17

Students from Cleveland Compete in National ULI Competition

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This past month, graduate students from Kent State University, Cleveland State University, and Case Western Reserve University collaborated to partake in the ULI Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition. The competition asked students from design, planning, and finance backgrounds to join forces and produce a feasible real estate pro forma and design concept for a site on Chicago’s north side. The 25-acre site, situated along the Chicago River is part of a planned manufacturing district, while also seeing development pressure for housing and tech development. Students worked to produce schemes that included flex industrial space, university partnerships, transit-oriented development, affordable housing, and other development proposals. Teams also connected to Chicago’s new multi-use trail, the 606, crossing the river to create regional connections.

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Students worked in teams of five at the CUDC throughout the two-week process. Professionals from the local community including architects, planners, developers, and bankers all participated as advisors and critics throughout the process. Evening feedback sessions had students present their work to these audiences to gauge feasibility and clarity in their concepts. The local Cleveland ULI chapter helps sponsor the event each year. Four teams in total participated this year from five six different disciplinary backgrounds. Teams from the Cleveland cohort then submitted their proposals to compete in the national competition. Results from the national competition will be released later this month.

02-16-17

Chris Maurer | Feb 24

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Friday, February 24, 2017, at noon, we will welcome Chris Maurer to our Spring Lecture Series. Chris Maurer, principal of redhouse studio, will be talking about his projects in the developing world, the design / REbuild project* in Cleveland, and how working in limited resource environments can shape innovation.

Chris has worked as an architect in New York City, Anchorage, Florence, Kigali, and Lilongwe. In New York, Chris was director at studioMDA under Markus Dochantschi protégé to Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. In Africa, Chris served as director for studioMDA and MASS Design Group and designed and built many humanitarian projects for such clients as Madonna, Partners in Health, the UN Millennium Village Project, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Malaika.

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Chris founded redhouse studio in 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. redhouse engages in all facets of architecture including research and innovation in low impact material technologies, design, fabrication, and humanitarian work spanning the globe. He teaches from time to time at Kent State University advocating for students to get involved with humanitarian causes and innovate for brighter futures.

*The CUDC has compiled a booked of photographer Helen Liggett’s images from the design / REbuild house. We will be previewing the book at Chris’s talk. 

Please join us from 12 PM – 1Pm, Friday, February 24th. This event is free and open to the public.

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

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