02-26-18

Fireside Chat at the Edgewater Beach House | Mar 1

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Winter can be no joke in Cleveland with the cold weather keeping you indoors, but for the hearty, wintertime is the perfect time to get outside! Join the American Planning Association’s Cleveland Chapter and Cleveland Metroparks for a unique outdoor panel discussion on winter activities next to the fireplace at the Edgewater Beach House!

The fireside chat will feature Associate Director of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, David Jurca and artist/educator Donald Black.

Thursday, March 1, 2018
5:30 PM

Lakefront Reservation
7600 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
$10/person (includes chili & hot chocolate)
cash bar

02-26-18

Happy 100th Birthday, Detroit-Superior Bridge!

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The Detroit-Superior Bridge turns 100 this year. The structure, also known as the Veterans Memorial Bridge, was the largest two-level steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world when it was completed in 1918.

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Thousands of people drive across the street level of the bridge every day. But just below, the former streetcar level of the bridge remains one of Cleveland’s hidden gems. Streetcar service was discontinued in 1955 and the lower level bridge has been waiting to be discovered ever since. The Cuyahoga County Engineering Department opens the lower level of the bridge for tours periodically, including in September of 2017 for Sparx in the City, which drew record crowds to this beautiful and underutilized space. The Ingenuity Fest has taken place on the lower level of the bridge. And CUDC staff and students have fond memories of our first experiments on the bridge in the Fall of 2009.

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In 2012, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) awarded a planning grant to explore the possibility of re-opening the lower level of the bridge as a public space and bike/pedestrian connection.

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The CUDC collaborated with Environmental Design Group, Levin Ventures, and a host of other partners to explore design alternatives that would capitalize on the uniquely beautiful attributes of the streetcar-level space.

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In the same year, the Cleveland Design Competition focused on the streetcar level of the bridge and attracted 200 entries from designers around the world, suggesting visionary ideas for the future reuse of the space.

The bridge connects Public Square to Ohio City and could also provide important linkages to Irishtown Bend and Canal Basin Park–two exciting and long-awaited new public spaces along the Cuyahoga River. In celebration of the bridge’s birthday, interest is once again percolating about the streetcar level space. Please watch the Bridge Project Facebook page for updates and announcements of future activities.

 

02-22-18

Mitch McEwen Lecture |Activism as Research and Research as Activism | Feb 28

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V. Mitch McEwen, principal of McEwen Studio and co-founder of A(n) Office, a collaborative of design studios in Detroit and New York City, is giving a talk entitled “Activism as Research and Research as Activism” at the CUDC on Wednesday, February 28 from 12-1 pm. The event is free and open to all.

Mitch McEwen’s work has been commissioned by the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the Istanbul Design Biennial. McEwen Studio projects in Detroit have produced a series of operations on houses previously owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority. These include a combined residence and flower incubator for an engineer at 3M, a strategy for 100 houses selected by the City of Detroit to densify the neighborhood of Fitzgerald, and an award-winning repurposing of a balloon-frame house titled House Opera. Her work in urban design and architecture began at Bernard Tschumi Architects and the New York City Department of City Planning, as well as founding the Brooklyn-based non-profit SUPERFRONT.

You’re welcome to bring your lunch and we’ll have snacks and sweets for all.

If you can’t make it to the noon talk, Professor McEwen will be giving a second talk, entitled, “The Violence of Representation” at
6:15 pm on February 28 in the Cene Lecture Hall, College of Architecture and Environmental Design on the Kent State Campus.

“Activism as Research and Research as Activism”
Mitch McEwen
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
12:00 — 1:00 pm
CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Free and open to the public

02-12-18

Call for Proposals! 2018 Midwest Urban Design Charrette

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This fall, the CUDC and our three academic partners – Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design in Detroit, MI; the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY; and Ball State University’s Urban Design Center in Indianapolis, IN – will bring graduate students in urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture to a selected community for a 3-4 day intensive design workshop (or charrette). The Midwest Urban Design Charrette has been conducted for seven consecutive years, most recently traveling to Detroit, MI in 2017 and Akron, OH in 2016.

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The CUDC is looking for a community partner from a city, suburb, town, or neighborhood in western New York; northwestern Pennsylvania; northern Ohio; northern Indiana; or the lower peninsula of Michigan, facing a unique urban design or planning challenge and in need of fresh ideas and perspectives.

This year, the Midwest Urban Design Charrette is specifically seeking communities with issues related to one or more of the following areas of interest:
• resilience to the impacts of climate change;
• environmental justice;
• patterns of migration into or out of a community, either domestically or internationally; and
• immigrant communities.

If you’d like for your community to be considered for this year’s charrette, please send a brief proposal no later than April 2, 2018 to cudc@kent.edu. Please see our full RFP in .pdf format here for submission details.

Thank you for your interest, & we hope to hear from you soon!

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