05-24-19

PechaKucha Night: Waterways

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On June 20th, 2019, Cleveland will kick off a weekend of celebration with PechaKucha Night: Waterways, a groundbreaking global event featuring presentations from thought leaders from around the world!

Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is a community partner and we hope you will join us at the event.

Taking place at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on the banks of the Cuyahoga almost 50 years to the day of the Cuyahoga River’s last burning, the free event will highlight clean water issues in an exciting, format appealing to those who love creativity, those who love clean water, and all those who love Cleveland.

Presenters from Ethiopia, Uganda, Lebanon, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Cleveland leverage the rapid-fire PechaKucha format to share diverse perspectives on how communities around the world can re-think their relationship with the world’s more important resource. The beauty of the PechaKucha presentation is its concise format: each speaker presents only 20 images and each image is timed to 20 seconds.

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Taraneh Meshkani, Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State will be one of the presenters. She will talk about the work of our graduate students in a recent studio which focused on reclaiming urban riverfront sites in Cleveland; Beirut, Lebanon; and Medellin, Colombia.

This event is 100% free and open to the public due through the generous support of the Cleveland Foundation and partnership with LAND Studio. Reserve your ticket today at: https://globalpkn.com/

We hope that you us for this unique evening filled with diverse perspectives. Together, let’s celebrate #Cuyahoga50!

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05-17-19

Community Design Charrette: Call for Proposals

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Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is looking for a city, suburb, town, or neighborhood that is facing an urban design challenge and needs fresh ideas and perspectives. The CUDC will select one community to be the focus of an intensive community design charrette to be held in October of 2019.

The ideal community partner will be a government agency or other vested stakeholder with the potential ability to realize some of the recommendations that emerge during the charrette process. The partner will also be responsible for basic food and lodging for approximately 30 students and staff over a 3-4 day charrette period. The CUDC will bring drawing supplies and expertise.

The CUDC is accepting proposals from communities within about a three-hour radius of Cleveland, as highlighted on the map below. Any community–large or small–is welcome to submit a proposal for the charrette. Major cities are shown on the map for reference.

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What is a Community Design Charrette?
A charrette is an intensive, multi-day planning session where residents, local stakeholders, elected officials, designers collaborate on a vision for future development and public improvements. Recent charrettes have focused on the revitalization of Toledo’s Junction Neighborhood (executive summary and final slideshow); the removal and redevelopment of a section of the Akron Innerbelt; and public space and transportation improvements in Downtown Youngstown.

The community design charrette is a rewarding experience for students who get an opportunity to tackle real-world design challenges and propose solutions. Our partner communities gain a wide range of design and planning ideas in a short and intense period of time.

About the CUDC
The CUDC is the outreach division for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University. Based in downtown Cleveland, the professional staff of the CUDC work with communities throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond on a wide range of urban design and planning projects. The CUDC is co-located with the College’s graduate programs in urban design, landscape architecture, and architecture. The Community Design Charrette teams these graduate students with CUDC staff to to tackle a project proposed by a community partner.

The CUDC partners with other design schools, including Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design in Detroit, Ball State University’s Urban Design Center in Indianapolis, and the University at Buffalo to bring their graduate students to the selected community for the charrette.

PROPOSAL
Please send a proposal of no more than two pages, introducing your community its particular design challenges and opportunities, along with any other information to help us understand the needs of your community. Maps and photos are welcome, in addition to your two-page proposal. All proposal materials should be combined into a single PDF and emailed to cudc@kent.edu.

TIMELINE

  • June 17, 2019: Deadline to submit your proposal
  • June 30, 2019: Selection of charrette community
  • Early-mid October, 2019: Community design charrette in selected community

 

 

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DELIVERABLES for the PARTNER COMMUNITY

Students and staff will produce a series of analytical drawings, diagrams, renderings, design guidelines, and other relevant planning & urban design graphics, to be presented to the community partner at the end of the Charrette period. Following the Charrette, CUDC staff will assemble the design proposals into a final report and presentation to be delivered to the community partner by the end of 2019.

QUESTIONS?
Contact the CUDC at cudc@kent.edu or 216.357.3434

05-03-19

Cleveland Climate Action Plan Wins APA Award

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The Cleveland Climate Action Plan: Building Thriving and Resilient Neighborhoods for All, from the City of Cleveland’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, has been recognized by the APA Sustainable Communities Division! The 2019 Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability have recognized the 2018 CAP Update in the category “Community Sustainability or Resilience Plan.”

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In 2018 the CUDC worked with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability on the information design & graphic design of the CAP Update & its Appendices. Additionally, the CUDC produced a short fold-out brochure highlighting the main takeaways from the Plan. We’re proud to support our city’s efforts in increasing the sustainability of our region.

Click here to download the full 2018 CAP Update, and here to view the Snapshot. Congratulations, CAP Team!

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05-01-19

Living Architecture Symposium

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Please join us at a day-long seminar championing Ohio activities and linking local resources for the advancement of vegetative roofs, walls, and innovative forms of living architecture. Join this kick-off event of the Greater Ohio Living Architecture Center (GOLA) to learn about Ohio’s university research and education activity; policy and incentive programs; and new projects from industry and design professionals. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 8:30 am – 6:30 pm

  • Morning: Local to Global market places and trends
  • Afternoon: Research Innovation emerging from Ohio labs, student and faculty.
  • Evening: Socialize at Masthead brewery

Check out the Agenda. Register Soon. Seats are limited. See you there.  https://www.golacenter.org/