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.
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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.
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.
February 14, 2014
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
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
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.
Interested parties should apply at www.ceosforcities.org/apply by February 14, 2014. Anticipated start date is early/mid March 2014.
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…
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.
Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design announces three faculty positions: Director, Landscape Architecture Program; Coordinator, Health Care Design Program; Faculty, Interior Design Program. Opportunities will exist for collaborating with new programs in healthcare design and landscape architecture; as well as existing programs in interior/environmental design and architecture studies. Excitement is abound, regarding the new home of the College designed by Weiss/Manfredi and Richard L. Bowen & Assoc.
- A letter of interest.
- A statement of administrative and academic philosophies.
- Curriculum vitae.
- Name, address, and phone number of at least three references.
- *Portfolio and/or examples of published research or other scholarly work will be required at the second level of review.
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.
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
The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) invites applications for the position of Director of a newly created landscape architecture degree program in Cleveland, Ohio.
This faculty position will have the opportunity to guide and direct an exciting new program in Landscape Architecture that will focus on the revitalization and design vibrancy of urban and suburban landscapes and infrastructures. The individual will provide vision, leadership and teach in a graduate-level first professional degree and a post–professional Master’s degree in landscape architecture. The candidate will work with faculty, students and professionals to shape and implement the mission and character of the new program, and will possess the abilities to recruit students and develop supportive relationships with other universities, professionals, and academic and professional organizations. In addition, the Director is expected to teach, produce creative or scholarly work, and engage in service activities.
The ideal candidate will be versed in urban landscape architecture with interdisciplinary aims and match the program’s mission of envisioning, planning and addressing the needs and systems associated with urban landscapes. The position and program are poised to take advantage of the significant learning and research opportunities in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, the assets of the Great Lakes Basin, and the experience of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC).
The program will join the existing programs in architecture and urban design at the CUDC facilities in Playhouse Square, Cleveland. In addition, the program will contribute to Kent State’s CAED through its mission to enhance graduate education. Opportunities will exist for collaborating with new programs in healthcare design and focused research in environmental design being implemented at the Kent Campus and housed in the new home of the College designed by Weiss/Manfredi and Richard L. Bowen & Associates. For more on Kent State University or CAED.
This a unique opportunity for contributing to the quality of life and vitality of a dynamic regional landscape.
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.
November 21, 2013
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
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.
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.
1309 Euclid Ave. Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
12pm - 1pm
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.
First, CUDC’s Director, Terry Schwarz, will be presenting two topics at the Ohio Land Bank Conference - Thriving Communities Institute in Columbus on October 23rd.
Wednesday, October, 23, 8:25 AM – 9:25 AM
As resources are strained and increasingly more difficult to access, it is critical that we think strategically about how we use funding and tools effectively for the greatest long-term impact. In this joint plenary session, panelists will consider how decisions such as acquiring properties, using demolition dollars, and prioritizing investment impact the larger regional fabric, and will explore the critical role of a master plan in guiding such decisions.
Clustering Vacant Properties for Greater Community Impact
Wednesday, October 23, 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Greening and stabilization strategies for individual vacant lots can enhance the curb appeal of a neighborhood and ease the concerns of adjacent property owners. But to have city-wide impact, you’ll need to look at larger agglomerations of vacant sites. This session will focus on planning and design approaches for creating networks of vacant sites that enhance surrounding property values, offer recreational opportunities, provide ecological benefits, and preserve opportunities for future development. The session will also include an approach to classifying different kinds of vacancy and tailoring a response based on prevailing conditions.
For registration information please visit the Thriving Communities Institute website.
Second, Terry Schwarz, along with Alan Mallach, FAICP, and Joseph Schilling will be leading a workshop as part of the APA’s Planners Training Service Workshop Series, November 8-9 in Chicago.
Tackling the Challenges of Vacant Properties
Vacant properties are everybody’s problem. They blight neighborhoods, reduce property values, foster crime and disease, and never seem to go away.
Coming to closure on vacancies is a challenge for planners in older cities, inner-ring suburbs, even small towns and rural areas. How can you meet the challenge of vacancies in your community? Come to this invigorating new workshop and see how cities and towns across the country are handling the problem. You’ll pick up fresh ideas plus the tools you need to turn vacant properties into community asset.
For more information and to register please visit the APA’s website.
Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River form the historical heart of our region and they have demonstrated great improvement in recent decades. As a Loaned Executive to the Cuyahoga County Executive’s Office, Louis McMahon is working on the continued improvement of the river and lake as a signature of our region’s vitality.
Friday, October 18, Louis McMahon will discuss Cuyahoga County’s new LakeStat Initiative and innovative green infrastructure plan to reduce combined sewer overflows in Cincinnati’s Lick Run Watershed.
This lunch lecture is free and open to the public.
1309 Euclid Ave. Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
12pm - 1pm