04-15-14

Save the Date | June 13, 2014

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AIA Cleveland’s “Goodtime for Design” annual boat cruise will take place Friday, June 13, 2014. Join hundreds of members in the design, planning, construction and building management professions on board the GOODTIME III cruise ship for an evening of informal networking, collegiality and fun! Guests are also welcome to attend.

Detailed information available here.

04-08-14

Internship Opportunity | City of Lakewood

The City of Lakewood is seeking a part-time urban design intern to work directly with planning staff and the City Architect to gain hands-on practical experience working on planning and design related issues in the city. It is the city’s objective to provide an intern with portfolio caliber projects. The intern will spend 20 hours a week working individually and collaboratively to complete assigned projects by a given timeline.

Detailed description available here.

04-04-14

Join us for a special Tuesday Lunch Lecture with Dana Cuff

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Tuesday, April 8th we will have a lunch lecture featuring Dana Cuff of cityLAB. Dana Cuff is a professor, author, and practitioner in architecture. Her work focuses on affordable housing, modernism, suburban studies, the politics of place, and the spatial implications of new computer technologies. Cuff’s research on postwar urbanism was published in a book titled The Provisional City (MIT 2000), and she recently edited Fast Forward Urbanism with Roger Sherman (Princeton Architectural Press 2011). She founded cityLAB in 2006, and has since concentrated her efforts around issues of the emerging metropolis. Dr. Cuff is widely published, the recipient of numerous fellowships, and lectures internationally.

Join us from 12-1PM at the CUDC. This event is free and open to the public.

CUDC
12-1 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

03-31-14

Levin College Forum | Cleveland’s Waterfronts

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What’s Happening?: Cleveland’s Waterfronts is the first in a series of programs examining the promise and possibility inherent in the recent changes to the Cleveland Lakefront Park system, coupled with the city’s renewed prioritization of lakefront redevelopment. It presents an enormous opportunity to finally connect Clevelanders to their waterfronts. This forum will provide an update on various plans and projects that are underway or recently completed.

Event Information
Thursday, April 10, 2014
4:00-6:00 P.M.
Roberta Steinbacher Atrium
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland State University

Register for this Forum event and find more information here.

02-28-14

Public Invited to Comment on Cleveland Harbor Dredging Project

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Ohio EPA is holding a meeting to accept comments concerning an application by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge up to 475,000 cubic yards of material in Cleveland Harbor. The applicant is requesting to open-lake dispose up to 180,000 cubic yards of the dredged material into Lake Erie. The remaining material would be disposed at existing confined disposal facilities located near the Burke Lakefront Airport. Ohio EPA also is evaluating alternative plans with less or no environmental impact.

The meeting will be held at 4:30 PM on March 6, 2014 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 1962 Stokes Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106.

For more information and complete new release click here.

02-18-14

Position Available at City Parks Alliance

The City Parks Alliance in conjunction with the RAND Corporation is conducting a four-year study to determine the correlation between urban parks management and policies, and physical activity. They are currently seeking a part-time paid data collector in Cleveland, OH for the Spring of 2014.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain research experience with a national study. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 21, 2014.

More information and complete job description available here.

02-11-14

Chris Maurer | Lunch Lecture | February 14, 2014

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Chris Maurer will be sharing some of his architectural work from all over sub-Saharan Africa, as well as student work from his design studios at Kent State University with social impact themes both here in Cleveland and in Kigali, Rwanda. Chris is working to develop a series of design studios that share lessons from developing world and the redeveloping world and create a cultural exchange between students at Kent State University and the University of Malawi Polytechnic.

Chris is an adjunct professor at Kent State University and an architect practicing in Cleveland at studioTECHNE. He was previously a Director at MASS Design Group and studioMDA. Chris is from North East Ohio, but has lived and worked in Kigali, Rwanda and Lilongwe, Malawi for a number of years.

Friday’s lunch lecture is free and open to the public.

Lunch Lecture
February 14, 2014
12-1 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

02-07-14

Registration for Wheelwright Prize due Feb. 15

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The Harvard GSD is now accepting applications for the 2014 Wheelwirght Prize. The Wheelwright Prize is a $100,000 travel-based research grant that is awarded annually to early-career architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent, produced work of scholarly and professional merit, and who show promise for continued creative work.

Throughout its history, Harvard GSD has had a strong global outlook, attracting deans, faculty, and students from all over the world. Moreover, a mainstay of the GSD curriculum is its traveling studio, which emphasizes the acceptance of ideas and practices with a diversity of origins. The Wheelwright Prize extends the school’s ethos, encouraging a broad-minded approach to architecture that seeks inspiration from unexpected quarters.

The Wheelwright Prize is intended to spur innovative research during the early stage of an architect’s professional career. Now open to applicants from all over the world—no affiliation to Harvard GSD required—the prize aims to foster new forms of research informed by cross-cultural engagement. “The idea is not just about travel—the act of going and seeing the world—but it is about binding the idea of geography to themes and issues that hold great potential relevance to contemporary practice,” says Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi.

The winner will be selected via an open call for proposals and a rigorous review process. The winner of the Wheelwright Prize will receive:

  • $100,000 cash prize to support travel and research-related costs
  • invitation to lecture at Harvard GSD
  • possibility to publish research in a Harvard GSD publication

Registration deadline: February 15, 2014

Submission deadline: March 4, 2014

For more details and application information please visit wheelwrightprize.org

01-24-14

CEOs for Cities is Hiring!

There are two career opportunities available at CEOs for Cities and we would like to spread the word. CEOs for Cities  is the only national nonprofit organization with an ongoing national network of cross-sector, cross-generation urban leaders focused on making cities more connected, innovative, and talented and investing in your city’s distinctive assets.

Their name may suggest to some that they are only CEOs and/or only private sector. But neither is the case. They honor leadership where it happens, regardless of rank or sector. They are cross-sector, cross-generation CEOs, changemakers, and disrupters committed to city success. Essentially, they are Changemakers for Cities. Their membership network consists of individuals, businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, non-profits, foundations, learning institutions, mayors and other government leaders.

Positions available:

Creative Director

Chief Strategy Officer

Interested parties should  apply at www.ceosforcities.org/apply by February 14, 2014. Anticipated start date is early/mid March 2014.

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01-14-14

Intern for the Cleveland Foundation this Summer!

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The Cleveland Foundation seeks interns for its 2014 Summer Internship program.  The internships are paid.  The program runs from June 2 and ends on August 16, 2014. Application deadline is February 14, 2014.   For more information and to apply click here.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a college junior or senior in fall of the current year, a graduate student, or a recent college graduate
  • Exhibit interest in the nonprofit or public sectors
  • If not a student of a local college or university, the applicant must be a resident of Greater Cleveland (Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties)


Other highly desirable qualifications include:

  • A strong academic record (preferably a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above)
  • Strong English verbal and written communications skills


Placements are with the nonprofit and public sector agencies listed after the jump. Read more…

01-06-14

Terry Schwarz to Speak at Shaker Historical Society

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The CUDC’s Director, Terry Schwarz, will be the featured guest speaker at the Shaker Historical Society’s 67th Annual Meeting of the Members. The free event will be held from 4-5:30 PM, January 19, 2014 at the Shaker Historical Society, located at 16740 S. Park Blvd. The meeting will include light refreshments, a review of the year 2013 and election of officers and trustees.

Terry will discuss “Historic Preservation and Urban Regeneration.”  Her remarks will focus on the changing role of historic preservation in Cleveland, and other cities in similar circumstances. A city is a working artifact, constantly subjected to the forces of change, loss, and reinvention. The artifacts of the past require diligent stewardship in order to understand and inform the paths of human progress. But when hundreds (or thousands) of buildings are erased in an effort to cope with effects of population decline and disinvestment, how do we decide what to protect? And how can we derive meaning from that which remains? Perhaps we can find new ways to commemorate past glories and anticipate future uncertainties that are embodied in the present moment.

In 2014, the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative will explore historic preservation issues as a co-sponsor of a conference in June at Cleveland State, entitled “Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities.” Historic Preservation will also be the topic of the CUDC’s annual publication, Urban Infill, scheduled for release in October.

Make reservations before January 17th by calling 216-921-1201 or sending an email to sclements @ shakershistory.org. The meeting is open to the public.

Event Information
Sunday, January 19, 2014 4-5:30 PM
Shaker Historical Society
16740 South Park Blvd
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120

12-13-13

Neither a Duck, Nor an Island

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Last weekend the CUDC was all-hands-on-deck for a three-day neighborhood planning charrette in the micro-neighborhood of Duck Island, a small neighborhood nestled between Ohio City and Tremont. The near-west side of Cleveland has recently attracted a lot of development interest, and subsequently there has been lots of speculation around Duck Island, which we see as a potentially transit-oriented and walkable neighborhood whose under-the-radar identity is a refreshingly appealing asset. This autumn Tremont West Development Corporation, in conjunction with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, issued a planning RFP to pull speculative development into a cohesive plan for the neighborhood that takes into account existing residents’ needs and concerns.

The CUDC facilitated a kickoff community meeting and work session last Thursday, using a series of brainstorming and engagement tools to draw out issues and opportunities from Duck Island residents and stakeholders. Residents engaged in break-out groups around four distinct areas of design potential: open space; neighborhood infill; streetscapes; and neighborhood identity.

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Ultimately, our team pulled together a working plan based on two primary organizational structures: the main corridor of Abbey Ave, which we envisioned as a small-scale mixed-use street at the heart of the neighborhood; and a series of open space and landscape strategies linked in a ring around the neighborhood, along its existing sloping topography. Additional recommendations around housing infill, connectivity, and safety and maintenance were also included for review by participants.

Currently we’re pulling the recommendations into a draft, which Tremont West will then distribute before Christmas in order to give residents and stakeholders some time to review and evaluate the work. A final community meeting will be scheduled for mid-to-late January, to provide final feedback.

If you’re a resident or stakeholder of Duck Island and you didn’t get a chance to participate in the charrette process last week, feel free to contact Kristen Zeiber (kzeiber @ kent.edu) and we’ll make sure your voice is heard!

-Kristen Zeiber, Project Manager

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11-18-13

NYRP’s Executive Director, Amy Freitag | Akron Roundtable | Nov. 21

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The Akron Roundtable was established in 1976 as a community forum to encourage and bring bold, creative and new ideas to the region.  To date, more than 400 major corporate executives, writers, government officials, artists, and civic leaders from around the country have shared their thoughts on subjects of global, national and regional importance with Akron Roundtable audiences.

Held at noon on the third Thursday of every month, Akron Roundtable is a non-partisan forum (the Roundtable does not take positions on issues), and all speakers are asked to respond to written questions from the audience.  Each event, held at the Quaker Station located adjacent to the Quaker Square Inn on the campus of The University of Akron, begins at 12:00 noon with the speaker’s address immediately followed by a question and answer session. Doors open for the event at 11:45 a.m.  The event concludes at approximately 1:15 p.m.

November’s topic: Building a Resilient City, featuring speaker Amy Freitag, Executive Director of the New York Restoration Project (NYRP).

As Executive Director, Freitag leads the NYRP, founded in 1995 by famed entertainer Bette Midler, with the mission to transform open space in under served communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City.  Freitag came to the NYRP in 2010 with a professional background that includes serving in the Bloomberg Administration as Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects in the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for six years and Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.

For more information and tickets.

Akron Roundtable
November 21, 2013
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
Quaker Station

10-22-13

Friday’s Lunch Lecture | David Beach, Director of GreenCityBlueLake

Join us, Friday, October 25th from 12 pm-1 pm, as David Beach presents Building the Livable Edge: Best Practices for Urban Waterfronts.

David will be discussing what makes a great urban waterfront and what are the possibilities for Cleveland.

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David has been a visionary voice for sustainability and the environment in Northeast Ohio for more than 25 years. He has been responsible for initiating numerous organizations and projects, including EcoCity Cleveland, the Citizen’s Bioregional Plan, Greater Ohio Policy Center, the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability, and the Cleveland EcoVillage. His writing, editing, and public speaking have helped to shape major civic issues such as regional land use, watershed planning, transportation priorities, and the need to reduce carbon emissions. Recently, he coordinated the PNC SmartHome exhibit of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the first building in Northeast Ohio designed to meet the Passive House standard for energy efficiency. In the coming years, he is interested in helping people in Northeast Ohio think more deeply about what it will mean to create a society that will be truly healthy and sustainable in the long run. He lives in the Shaker Square neighborhood of Cleveland, where he enjoys being in a walkable, transit-rich environment. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

CUDC
1309 Euclid Ave. Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
12pm - 1pm

10-18-13

Ohio City Inc. is seeking a Physical Development Specialist

Ohio City Incorporated, a community development corporation dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and development in Cleveland’s historic Ohio City Neighborhood, is seeking a dynamic and qualified urbanist for an entry level business and physical development position. To learn more about Ohio City Incorporated and to view the full job description please visit their website.

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