Discussion with Terry Schwarz and Corine Vermeulen
Thursday, April 11th, 7 p.m. at the Transformer Station.
Terry Schwarz, director of Kent State University’s Urban Design Collaborative, and photographer Corine Vermeulen will lead a discussion about their work and shared interest in art’s role as a catalyst for improving and enriching the urban landscape.
Corine Vermeulen photographed the citizens and landscape of Detroit in her 2005 project, Your Town Tomorrow. Recently, she contributed to thanks for the view, mr. mies: layfayette park, detroit, a volume of interviews and photographs about life in the largest collection of Mies van der Rohe buildings in the world. She says, “Detroit represents a unique and great vehicle for change where old structures are no longer in place and the possibilities of something different to happen are endless.”
Terry Schwarz launched the CUDC’s Shrinking Cities Institute in 2005 to address the implications of population decline and large-scale urban vacancy in Northeast Ohio. She established Pop Up City, a temporary use initiative for vacant and underutilized sites in Cleveland.
Bellwether is an open-ended series of discussions and events that aims to discover the possibilities and limitations of art as a transformative tool in the city of Cleveland. Bellwether is a project of the Contemporary Art Society of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Over the past week, we’ve received at least eight handwritten postcards thanking us for Pop Up Rockwell. When we received the first one, written on an art gallery postcard, we figured it was from someone interested in promoting an upcoming art opening and just happened to hear about our project. After three cards arrived the next day, written in different hands, it was clear something else was going on.
Well, after a little googling, it appears we’re the (very grateful:) recipients of some handwritten love from Postcard Underground. There isn’t much information on this secretive group available - all we could find are blog posts from a few other postcard beneficiaries, like this one from Minnesota Public Radio. It seems a national network of note writers is coordinating efforts to shower individuals and groups with encouraging messages for doing good work. A pretty simple, yet lovely, idea.
Reading the postcards, it feels good to see that each note is different and the writers are actually familiar with the project. One note read, “Wow! ‘Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.’ Win-win”, so we know he or she must have watched Rob (Homeland Security officer) enthusiastically mention this phrase on the Pop Up Rockwell video.
We feel very lucky to have experienced this “random (and simultaneously coordinated) act of kindness” and hope Postcard Underground continues to spread the love. But with so many deserving projects out there, it won’t be easy to avoid the hand-cramps.
We’re very excited that Next American City, a non-profit dedicated to promoting socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth in America’s cities, recently featured the CUDC’s Hipp Deck project on their Americancity.org website. In addition to the popular website, Next American City also publishes a quarterly magazine focused on emerging practices dealing with urban change and innovation.
The Hipp Deck was a temporary use intervention that transformed the upper level of the 740 Euclid Ave. parking garage in downtown Cleveland into an outdoor live performance venue and active rooftop public space. The event was a celebration for the release of Cleveland Stories: True Until Proven Otherwise, the fourth volume in the CUDC’s Urban Infill journal series. The parking garage is located on the site formerly home to the Hippdrome Theater, a nationally renowned 4,000 seat performance venue. The “Hipp”, as it was commonly known, was demolished in 1981, so the Hipp Deck told the story of the site’s illustrious past by bringing back live music performance for one spectacular night.
We’re encouraged to think the Hipp Deck’s intent of spurring dialogue and action around the temporary activation of parking infrastructure in Cleveland will spread to other cities and enable others to reactivate their favorite underused spaces.
For more information on the Hipp Deck or Cleveland Stories project, please visit the CUDC’s website. The event was supported by the George Gund Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, in partnership with Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation, SPIRE Institute, Filtrexx, Opera Cleveland, Ohio City Bike Co-op, Cleveland Bikes and Ampco System Parking.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
12 - 3 PM, rain or shine
Click here for Facebook event page
Join artist Paul Druecke in honoring the legacy of counter-culture icon d. a. levy. Ride the dambl (d. a. levy memorial bike lane) and/or come to the levy Midpoint Memorial where we will create an ephemeral shrine to d. a. levy. Take part in a story that links the culture wars of the 1960’s to current battles for progressive infrastructure spending and bike-friendly cities.
There are two starting locations for those that want to ride the dambl: West End of Abbey Avenue Bridge (West side Cleveland) and South End of Wade Lagoon @ University Circle (East side Cleveland). Riders will depart from the starting locations at 12 PM and converge at the Midpoint Memorial around 1 PM, stop for refreshments, and can either continue on to the second half of the dambl or join us onsite for the duration of the festivities. Ride coordinators will be located at both starting points: Emilio DeSabato (West side) and Kevin Cronin (East side).
12 PM | Midpoint Memorial
If you prefer not to ride, you can go directly to the Midpoint Memorial location at noon, where the dambl riders will join at 1 PM. The Midpoint Memorial location is 1933 Euclid Avenue, between E. 18th and E. 21st, north side of the street. We will occupy a small park on the grounds of CSU in honor of d. a. levy. We will play recordings of levy, and friends, reading his work. There will be levy artifacts and perhaps an impromptu presentation while covering the sidewalk with lines from levy’s poems. Ingrid Swanberg and Tom Kryss created a contemporary reading of Cleveland Undercovers for this event! Swanberg and Kryss were levy’s friends and have been key proponents of his legacy.
7:30 - 9:30 PM | Post Ride @ Becky’s
1762 East 18th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
Join us for a drink in honor of levy and the dambl.
See map below for event locations:
View Cover the City with Lines and dambl ride in a larger map
Paul Druecke’s project, Cover the City With Lines, was developed in conjunction with the CUDC’s Cleveland Stories: True Until Proven Otherwise. The project’s title comes from the levy poem, Cleveland Undercovers. d. a. levy (1942-1968) was a poet, visual artist, and publisher at the frontline of the 1960’s struggle for freedom of expression. He was twice arrested by local authorities while exercising rights we now take for granted. Since his tragic, premature death in 1968, supporters have called for Cleveland to honor/memorialize him. Cover the City with Lines picks up the story by proposing an extensive urban bike lane named for levy, the d. a. levy Memorial Bike Lane a.k.a. the dambl. The dambl connects Cleveland’s east and west sides while linking 60’s era culture wars to today’s battle for alternative transportation and bike-friendly cities.
Download pdf description of Cover the City with Lines project
For more information, contact the CUDC at (216) 357-3434 or email@example.com
“The world is made of stories, not atoms.”
The CUDC’s upcoming journal will be entitled Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise. As the name suggests, we’re interested in exploring the connection between physical place and meaning through the creation of narratives. Following a similar format to our previous journals, we’re working with a diverse group of local and international designers, artists and writers to generate content that addresses the various modes of urban storytelling and to gather an archive of compelling stories in need of embodiment.
The Cleveland Stories project is larger than just a book, it includes a StorySlam event, exhibition at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger gallery and neighborhood based temporary interventions.
The StorySlam is an opportunity for individuals to share their favorite story about a Cleveland place - past, present or future. Fact or fiction. Funny, sad, exciting…it’s up to you. The best stories will be published in Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise. For the StorySlam, we’re looking for:
- historians and story tellers who can tell us about lesser-known aspects of Cleveland’s history — particularly stories that are about a specific place in the city
- creative writers who can invent a useful fiction for a Cleveland neighborhood and convince us of this alternate reality
- artists and urban designers
Thursday, Feb 24th
CIA’s Coventry Center
Upper level of 1854 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights map
Come to the StorySlam February 24 and toss your name in the hat. We’ll pick ten people to tell their stories. Remember that you have to tell a story, not read one. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets are allowed. You’ll have five minutes to tell your story, so come rehearsed!
The StorySlam isn’t only for story tellers - good story listeners are also welcome. If you hear an inspiring story, enter our Shoebox Diorama Challenge by building a small scale model of your design intervention idea. Each winning diorama artist will receive $50!
You can RSVP to the StorySlam on our Facebook event page.
We’ll release more details on the contributors to the book and the gallery exhibit soon, so please visit www.ClevelandStoryBook.com for more information and updates on the project. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our online form to submit your stories. We’re looking forward to seeing (and hearing) you on Feb. 24th!
The Dreamer’s Lounge (a pop-up library)
The Broadway Free Library, 5437 Broadway Ave.
(Slavic Village neighborhood)
Cleveland, OH 44127
Monday, January 17, 2011 (MLK Jr. Day)
6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.
We’re excited to announce the upcoming Pop Up City sponsored event — The Dreamer’s Lounge. This one night only pop-up library will transform the currently vacant, yet architecturally stunning, Broadway Free Library with an evening of art, chess and, of course, reading. Please join us on MLK Jr. Day and help bring this library back to life!
We’re planning to fill the shelves with books to be donated to the Cleveland School District’s new Thomas Jefferson School for Newcomers. In addition to a friend or two, bring a new copy of:
From the Mixed‐Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer
Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary
The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The event is organized by HandsOn Northeast Ohio, with additional support from Target, Medical Mutual of Ohio and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Click here to download the event flyer pdf.
Contact Jen Palmejar-Takaki at email@example.com or 216.432.9390 for more information.
The 2011 round of Creative Workforce Fellowships (CWF) is now open for applications. The CWF cycles each year between Literary/Performing Arts and Visual Arts, this current round being open to visual artists and designers. Here’s more information on CWF, which is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture:
Every day, artists are investing in the future of Cuyahoga County … from the architect that’s transforming an urban neighborhood to the filmmaker who’s in the middle of a groundbreaking feature. They’re strengthening the face of our economy, our education system and our community’s quality of life.
And now the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture is investing directly in the future of these community champions. Applications are currently available for the 2011 cycle of the Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program that will provide $20,000 awards to 20 Cuyahoga County craft, design, media and visual artists. Part 1 of the Application is due July 30, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. EST, and Part 2 is due September 10, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
For more information about the program, including entry requirements, tips for submitting a competitive application and information about our 5 informational workshops, please visit www.cpacbiz.org/cwf.shtml, or contact Valerie Schumacher at firstname.lastname@example.org or (216) 575-0331, x2. The CWF is made possible by the generous funding of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
by david jurca
Local non-profit Progressive Arts Alliance (PAA) is looking to fill a part-time teaching opportunity made possible by a grant they recently received. PAA is looking for instructors to teach 6th-8th grade students the basics of architecture through an in-school residency May 10 - May 28, 2010. Both architects and students are welcome to apply.
The position would pay $50/hour, 5 classes a day for 9 days totaling $2,250.
If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, please click on the application link below for more information.
Applications must be submitted by e-mail or postal mail and the applications must be RECEIVED by Friday April 16, 2010.
by david jurca
You may have recently seen Project H Executive Director Emily Pilloton on The Colbert Report talking about the Design Revolution Road Show making its way around the country in an Airstream trailer. The Road Show stops in Cleveland on Monday, March 29th at the Cleveland Institute of Art with a presentation from Pilloton (12-1pm) and an interdisciplinary design workshop following from (1-2:30pm). The workshop will focus on extracting design principles and tactics from the products presented in the Project H exhibition. The Airstream contains an exhibition of 40 humanitarian solutions showcased in the book Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People.
The event is organized by Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative with the goal of increasing dialogue between the various design communities in Cleveland. Attendees representing multiple design backgrounds (urban design, architecture, landscape, product design, and business) are strongly encouraged to attend.
The hope is that this event will provide designers from different disciplines, which rarely meet, an opportunity to work together on a common purpose. The organizers are planning to direct the interdisciplinary design energy from the Project H event into a larger initiative focused on a local project in the Fall.
Click here to RSVP for the workshop
Click here for event location map
For more information contact:
1st Year Chair, Student & Academic Affairs, CWRU
Urban Designer, CUDC
This is a short notice event announcement, but we’d like to invite everyone to stop by the CUDC for an exciting presentation on Saturday, March 27th starting at 5:30pm. A friend of ours, the multi-talented Dave Haslam, will be visiting from Manchester, UK next weekend for a DJ-ing gig at B-Side Liquor Lounge on Sunday and we want to take the opportunity to spotlight some of his other interests with a talk the night before.
Dave will deliver a talk on the post-punk band Joy Division’s emergence in the context of post-industrial Manchester in the late 70’s, the band’s re-emergence as New Order after singer Ian Curtis’ tragic death and their music’s enduring influence to this day.
If you’re a fan of Joy Divison, New Order or the bands they inspired (U2, the Killers, Arcade Fire, etc.), then this is definitely an event you won’t want to miss. But the story of creativity in the midst of affliction is something in which we can all find inspiration.
by david jurca
Photography majors from the Cleveland Institute of Art will have their Spring Show located on the first floor of our new building from March 26th - April 2nd. The exhibit cleverly named “it’ll last longer” will showcase the work of 18 students exploring the edges of photography using various media.
The currently vacant storefront located on the corner of E. 13th and Euclid Ave. was the site of Designerosa, our Pop Up City book release party and will be again be the venue for Kent State’s interior design department show the week following the CIA exhibit.
Hope to see you at these upcoming exhibits and look out for more event announcements coming soon!
by david jurca
Photos taken from the Brite Winter Festival on Saturday…
PopUp City strikes again this Saturday from 5-10pm at Hart Crane Memorial Park.
So, what’s going on? Loads.
Imagine the love child of locavore eats courtesy of Sainato’s Restaurant and sponsor Gypsy Bean Coffee and Baking; the wafting musical genius from the likes of The Hot Rails, Uncanny Xe La, and This Moment in Black History; art to make you think more/better; and activities that will make you forget you’re an adult.
That love child is Brite Winter Festival.
This past week, a steering committee comprised of members from Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) and ParkWorks reviewed initial concepts for a redesign of Cleveland’s Public Square. Our CUDC office was on the design team, which was lead by James Corner’s Field Operations (FO). Our joint team was selected by the steering committee through an RFQ process back in October. The short time frame between team selection in October and initial concepts due on December 16th meant that we all had to work quickly to gather information on existing conditions, review studies already undertaken on future uses of Public Square and prepare images of alternative schemes for the steering committee to weigh in on.
The CUDC supported FO’s lead design work by assembling data and mapping of current conditions and providing “on-the-ground” information to FO regarding cultural and social context. In the process, we also created a time-lapse video of Public Square, which provides a clear visual of the constant shade condition on the southwest quadrant, closest to the Tower City entrance. Collaborating on a project with an office located in another city was a valuable experience and we’re very excited about the concepts developed.