Habitat for Hard Places Event – February 1, 2019

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Please join us at noon on February 1, 2019 for a lecture by Jane Goodman, Executive Director of Cuyahoga River Restoration, and Halina Steiner, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Ohio State University. Jane and Halina will discuss the Habitat for Hard Places initiative, aimed at improving fish habitat along the Cuyahoga River in Downtown Cleveland. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Cuyahoga River was once so polluted that it caught on fire 13 times. It’s been almost 50 years since the river last burned. Today, water quality and the environment along the river is much improved. But it’s still tough to be a fish, especially a young one, in a channelized, working river. Cuyahoga River Restoration has implemented several green bulkhead projects that give fish places to feed and rest as they travel through the ship channel. These experimental installations have begun to improve conditions for local fish populations.


Ohio State landscape architecture students took this work a step further and developed designs that improve fish habitat along the river’s edge in ways that are also legible and appealing to people. Earlier this year, with support from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund, the CUDC  took the students out on the Cuyahoga with a group of developers and riverfront property owners so they could learn about the needs of their prospective fish and human clients.


The students generated dozens of detailed proposals, some of which are highlighted in a set of six postcards from the water’s edge, designed by the CUDC. We hope this project will lead to more ecologically sensitive riverfront development and also to better relationships between people and their fish neighbors. To learn more about this project, there will be a public program at the CUDC at noon on February 1, 2019. Sign up for our newsletter or watch this blog for additional details.

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Postcard sets are available free of charge at the CUDC, so join us for the lecture on February 1 and pick up a set. Or stop by (1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200) any time during office hours, or email cudc@kent.edu and we’ll send them to you.







Zero Threshold Design Competition


Zero Threshold is an international design competition hosted by Northcoast Community Homes in Cleveland, Ohio, in partnership with Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation.

The competition takes a design-forward approach to accessibility that encompasses new construction, the retrofit of existing housing, accessible public space design, and holistic urban design strategies aimed at eliminating physical and social barriers. The competition is open to students and professionals with awards in multiple categories.

Competition brief and registration available in January, 2019. Submissions due in May, 2019.

$10,000 in awards with an opportunity to implement some of the winning ideas, thanks to the generosity of the Cleveland Foundation.

More information


Making Our Own Stories


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Making Our Own Stories is puts the mic in the hands of middle and high school students, training them to craft and tell stories in their own voices. This placemaking podcast reveals the stories behind the people and projects transforming Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood through the Making Our Own Space youth-build program. Listen to the latest podcasts at wearemoos.org.