07-17-17

CUDC’s Jeffrey Kruth named 2017-18 McCloy Fellow on Global Trends

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The American Council on Germany (ACG) has named CUDC Senior Urban Designer, Jeffrey Kruth, as the 2017-18 McCloy Fellow on Global Trends. Through the fellowship, the ACG examines issues of “urbanization, climate change and sustainability, technological breakthroughs, and demographics and social change”.  Kruth will investigate “Postindustrial Futures” by examining strategies of managed decline in cities and culturally oriented development through urban design projects in eastern German cities and the Ruhr Valley.

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The goal of the fellowship is to examine the role of public sector and institutional coalitions in their capacity to foster redevelopment opportunities and the emerging cultural landscape associated with these projects. As in the US, regions in Germany have seen decades of deindustrialization and population loss. However, German strategies for redevelopment vary significantly when compared to the US, resulting in a nuanced framework for policy options and the proliferation of alternative identities.

This work builds on the CUDC’s extensive work with vacant land reuse in Northeast Ohio, and Kruth’s investigations into post-industrial cities throughout the US. Kruth will meet with researchers, government officials, and urbanists throughout his month of travels. Upon completion, Kruth will take his findings and build dialogs surrounding best practices for planning, urban design and development priorities throughout the region. Congratulations Jeff!

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07-03-17

Kent’s CAED receives four applicants from ACE Mentor Program

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For almost three years, the CUDC’s Kristen Zeiber has participated in the local Cleveland chapter of the ACE Mentor Program, representing Kent State University as a Board Member and member of the Scholarship Committee.

ACE stands for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. High school students at eight Cleveland-area schools (7 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District plus one in Warrensville Heights School District) participate in this after-school program every two weeks with industry professionals, learning about the design and construction of the built environment around them. These industry mentors introduce students to the many career paths in the ACE industries and take them through a design project of their own to demystify the process.

ACE chapters exist all over the country, but Cleveland’s chapter is one of the largest and is notable for its close relationship with CMSD and for providing significant scholarships for ACE students to go on to higher education. High school seniors in ACE apply for scholarships through a series of essays and letters of recommendations, and local companies and institutions (including Kent State, plus the Cleveland AIA chapter) support their continuing education through donations.

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At the end of each school year, ACE holds a banquet to award scholarships and allow each team to present the year’s projects. On April 26, 2017, nine ACE teams presented their responses to the RFP, which called for new ideas for making healthy places. Each team had to come up with a design, figure out some preliminary materials and construction techniques, and even sketch out an overall budget, and then present to a panel of local practitioners.

This year, ACE distributed a four-year total of over $118,000 in scholarships to 21 graduating seniors. Most excitingly for Kent State, though, was that the College of Architecture and Environmental Design had FOUR applicants from this year’s ACE class. We’ve had two CAED students from ACE for each of the past two years, but four is our highest number so far. This year’s recipients are:

  • Anais Harris – Architectural Studies
  • Michael Mascella – Architecture
  • Cesar Sandate – Construction Management
  • Isidro Villa – Architecture

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Kent State has an agreement with ACE to match any scholarships for up to four incoming Architecture, Interior Design, and Construction Management students up to $1,500 / year each. In addition, Michael Mascella and Isidro Villa split the prestigious Cleveland Foundation Ward Scholarship, for students from the Cleveland area intending to study architecture. We’re looking forward to adding these energetic young students to our college and hopefully continuing to grow our involvement with ACE further in the future.

Congratulations to our four CAED ACE students, and all the ACE scholarship recipients!

For more information on the ACE Mentor Program, check out the national website or the Cleveland chapter Facebook page.