The CUDC is gearing up to host students for the 2014 international ULI Urban Design Competition! Now in its twelfth year, the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition is a two-week interdisciplinary finance, planning, and design competition for currently enrolled graduate students. An “ideas” competition focusing on contemporary urban issues asks students to devise a viable financial and design scheme for development.
The 2014 competition takes place between January 13-27, 2014 and will house local participants here at the CUDC. The registration period for teams closes on December 9, 2013. If you are a graduate student interested in participating, please contact Jeff Kruth of the CUDC, jkruth @ kent.edu, for more information. The competition website can be found here, along with past winners and entries: www.udcompetition.org
Last year, a Cleveland team composed of Case Western, Cleveland State, and Kent State students received an honorable mention in the pursuit of a $50,000 grand prize for their “Active East” proposal in Minneapolis. A mixed use program and transit oriented development design promoted an active lifestyle for residents and visitors downtown.
Co-Director/Producer of Archiculture, Ian Harris, will screen his film at Kent State University’s Schwartz Center Auditorium Thursday, November 21, 2013. Following the film there will be a panel discussion on film-making process, studio culture, and the new CAED building. The event will be held from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM.
Ian Harris will also participate in a screening of Archiculture as part out the CUDC’s Lunch Lecture Series on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. Both events are free and open to the public.
Archiculture takes a thoughtful, yet critical look at the architectural studio. The film offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators help create crucial dialog around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology.
About Ian Harris - Co-Director/Producer
Ian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a focus in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati. After graduating, Ian moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue his architectural career. His first job out of school, is where the film’s two creators met. He completed film classes through Empty Kingdom Media and has spent the past seven years devoted to developing his cinematic eye. He currently balances time between being the head Technology Coordinator for the Center for Architecture, teaching Design Education residencies to public school students, and producing films on the built environment through his co-founded production company, Arbuckle Industries.
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
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Urban Design: An Introductory Workshop
GIS enables designers to use and create spatial information for understanding and designing places and their context. By viewing and overlaying thematic layers of geographic information, we can better integrate the built and natural environments and design places that are more beautiful, equitable, ecologically healthy, and economically robust. GIS maps are both a design tool and a design outcome. This workshop will acquaint you with the basic principles and mechanics of GIS and inspire you to produce maps and diagrams that are clear, informative, and visually compelling.
The GIS workshop will be held at the CUDC on November 15, from 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM. It is free and open to the public, but non KSU students must bring their own GIS equipped laptops. Space is limited so please RSVP to cudc @ kent.edu if you would like to attend.
About the Instructor
Lisl Kotheimer is a Columbus, Ohio-based design professional. Her professional interests center around design representation, communication, design research, critical inquiry, and strategy. Her expertise include graphic design, 3-D modeling and rendering, digital design, and fabrication. Lisl has worked with several award-winning design practices in Boston and Columbus on a wide variety of projects from concept to implementation. To see more of her work please visit lislkotheimer.com.
Dennis Crompton—a founding member of the avant-garde British architecture collective, Archigram—will present his work at Kent State University on November 13-14.
Based in London from 1961 to 1975, the six members of Archigram collaborated on a series of groundbreaking drawings, models, exhibitions, project proposals, and an eponymous magazine that challenged contemporary conceptions of architectural production. Their provocative futurist imagery, which celebrated mobility, technology, infrastructure, and popular culture, continues to influence the work of many of today’s leading experimental architecture practices.
As an architect, curator, inventor, book designer, and founder of the Archigram Archives, Dennis Crompton is conspicuously in charge of all the technical matters that form part of Archigram’s output. He is an enthusiast of gadgets, machines, techniques, and systems who relishes every opportunity to make a bigger and better and more “bang-in-the-night” apparatus. Crompton was responsible, with Ron Herron, for the assembly and design of the major exhibition, “Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-74,” which opened in Vienna in 1994 and continues to travel the world. He has lectured widely and taught architecture and urban design at leading international schools including the Architectural Association, The Bartlett (UCL), Cooper Union, and Washington University in St. Louis. The Royal Institute of British Architects awarded Archigram the Royal Gold Medal for architecture in 2002.
Dennis Crompton will present a public lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7:00 PM in the Schwartz Center Auditorium at the Kent State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design. Crompton will also host a subsequent evening of video screenings from the Archigram Archives on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. The screening is 6:00 PM with a refreshments and happy hour preceding at 5:00 PM. The CUDC event is co-sponsored by the AIA Cleveland Associates Committee.
Admission to both events is free and open to the public. All are invited to attend.
Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The core idea is that nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with: energy, food production, climate control, non-toxic chemistry, transportation, packaging, and a whole lot more.
Carol Thaler, Director of Outreach and Administration for Great Lakes Biomimicry will talk about the principles of biomimicry and a guiding force in design. She led Cuyahoga County’s management of Whiskey Island, a 32-acre park on Lake Erie at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. She also managed the Cuyahoga Valley Initiative, a project to make the Cuyahoga River Valley a living-laboratory for sustainable practices. This regional project revealed the potential of biomimicry to further NEO’s environmental and economic goals.
1309 Euclid Ave. Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
12pm - 1pm
Join the CUDC on November 15th, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, for the public opening of the Snowball Pavilion and release party for our new book, Urban Infill Volume 6: COLDSCAPES: Design Ideas for Winter Cities. The Snowball Pavilion is a weather-responsive wood structure installed on PlayhouseSquare’s Star Plaza for one month, which will display boards of winning submissions and honorable mentions from the 2013 COLDSCAPES Competition.
The COLDSCAPES Exhibit and new book are part of the CUDC’s recently launched Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD), which aims to inspire, develop, and promote innovative approaches to enhance livability in cold climate cities.
The public reception with drinks and light appetizers will be held in Star Plaza at 1302 Euclid Avenue. RSVPs are appreciated via Facebook event page, Eventbrite page, or email at info @ coldscapes.org.
Read the Cleveland Magazine article on the launch of COLD in their November issue.
More info on COLD available at www.coldscapes.org.
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
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
Pop Up Rockwell was a temporary transformation of downtown Cleveland’s Rockwell Avenue, designed to test “complete & green street” improvements under real-world conditions. Offered as a graduate urban design studio, students were charged with the task of researching, designing, constructing, installing, and assessing a comprehensive set of physical improvements within four blocks of the corridor.
Led by CUDC Associate Director David Jurca and CUDC Urban Designer Jeff Kruth, the studio included graduate students Nti Awakessien, Tommy Chesnes, Thomas Nester, Gabriel Fey, Arthur Schmidt, and Antonia Marinucci. Over the course of the five-week spring 2012 studio, students engaged with a diverse group of local stakeholders to determine desired enhancements and collect user feedback during the experiment. The students employed the valuable insights gathered on-site to generate field-tested recommendations for permanent street improvements.
Pop Up Rockwell opened the opportunity to have discussions at several levels about public and private space, pedestrian and bicyclist rights, public transportation, ADA accessibility, federal security concerns, and other important issues regarding Cleveland’s premier civic space.
Components of the Pop Up Rockwell project included:
- Design and installation of Greater Cleveland’s first cycle track
- New pedestrian crosswalks and traffic-calming measures
- Experimental stormwater Biofiltration and WiFi enabled (BiFi) public benches
- Enhanced Transit Waiting Environment (TWE)
- Public Art interventions designed to create a unique identity for the street and sense of place
- Data collection from the temporary intervention and future implementation recommendations
It was found that entities who may not otherwise typically engage with one another were able to find common ground through the project, which significantly improved the level of discourse, understanding, and collaboration within and amongst these entities and institutions. Since the project was understood by all to be temporary, many involved parties were more open to accepting new ideas and cross long-standing boundaries.
Recent CUDC graduates (from left to right) Antonia Marinucci, Nti Awakessien, Gabriel Fey, Arthur Schmitt, and Tommy Chesnes make their final presentation for the Pop Up Rockwell studio in April 2012.
This year was the first time a student project at the CUDC’s graduate program was recognized by APA-Ohio. Every year, students and professionals compete to win awards at an annual conference in several different areas. The trend of Pop Up Rockwell, called tactical urbanism, became popular across the design field in 2012, though the CUDC has been exploring it since 2007 through its Pop Up City initiative.
The COLD ARCHIVE was recently launched on our website Coldscapes.org!
The ARCHIVE is an online gallery of curated projects that express compelling visions for winter cities. The gallery is comprised of submissions from the COLD Competition and other sources made available to the COLD initiative. The ARCHIVE is intended to grow with submissions from subsequent competition years, providing a useful resource for design practitioners, students, and interested members of the public.
The ARCHIVE is comprised of six categories: Events, Public Art, Urban Landscape, Shelter, Mobility, and Nature.
In addition to the ARCHIVE launch on the website, Volume 6 of Urban Infill: Coldscapes, will be released November 15,2013. It will serve as an anthology of ideas generated by the COLD Competition and essays from other designers focused on livability in winter cities.
The CUDC is excited to be one of 15 finalists chosen by the Place by Design Jury. The final submissions were hand-selected by a distinguished group of leading design theorists and architects, and will be exhibited during the conference held in Austin this year. The finalists will compete for 3 awards to be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8th. The Place by Design award categories are: Transformative Design, Community Impact, and Global Potential.
About Our Submission
The Detroit-Superior Bridge Project invited a broad spectrum of the public to engage in a fun and productive planning process to transform the bridge’s abandoned lower level into an active public space. Employing temporary, yet realistic, mock-ups of alternative proposals for bicycle amenities, directional signage, and performance spaces, this project enabled attendees to make informed decisions and provides needed inspiration to other initiatives aimed at rewriting the stories of forgotten, yet extraordinary, places.
For more information about the Detroit-Superior Bridge Project, please visit BridgeProjectCleveland.com.
Join us at the CUDC this Friday from 12- 1pm for our Fall Lecture Series featuring Jeff Knopp, ASLA, of Behnke Associates. Jeff’s discussion will focus on Urban Design from a Northeast Ohio Landscape Architect’s perspective.
Jeff Knopp is a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Irrigation Designer with the Irrigation Association and a WaterSense partner. Jeff’s expertise lies in the area of project management, and has an extensive background in irrigation design, site construction detailing, cost estimating, and specification writing. He has been a part of numerous projects around Northeast Ohio, including renovations and landscape design at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Botanical Gardens, a pedestrian mall at St. Ignatius High School, and project manager for the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway & Multi-purpose Recreation Trails.
CUDC, 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115
September 20, 2013
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Gordon Young is the author of Tear-down: Memoir of a Vanishing City. He will be visiting the CUDC as part of our Fall Lecture Series, Friday, September 13, from 12-1pm.
“At the height of the real estate bubble, Gordon Young and his girlfriend buy a tiny house in their dream city, San Francisco. They’re part of a larger influx of creative types moving to urban centers, drawn by the promise of fulfilling jobs, bars that offer a dizzying selection of artisanal bourbons, and the satisfaction that comes from thinking you’re in a place where important things are happening. But even as Young finds a home in a city sometimes described as 49 square miles surrounded on all sides by reality, a vital part of him still resides in industrial America in the town where he was raised: Flint, Michigan. It’s the birthplace of General Motors, “star” of the Michael Moore documentary Roger & Me, and a place that supplies the national media with never-ending fodder for “worst-of” lists.”
Gordon Young’s insights, hard-hitting and often painfully funny, yield lessons for cities all over the world. He reminds us that communities are ultimately defined by people, not politics or economics.Teardown reveals that the residents of Flint are still fighting, in spite of overwhelming odds, to reinvent their city.
Gordon Young grew up in Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General Motors, where his accomplishments included learning to parallel park the family’s massive Buick Electra 225. After reaching an uneasy truce with the nuns in the local Catholic school system, he went on to study journalism at the University of Missouri and English literature at the University of Nottingham. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Utne Reader, and numerous other publications. Since 2007, he has published Flint Expatriates, a blog for the long-lost residents of the Vehicle City. He is a senior lecturer in the Communication Department at Santa Clara University and lives in San Francisco.
Gordon Young, Tear-down: Memoir of a Vanishing City
CUDC, 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115
September 13, 2013