04-09-14

Build in Cleveland | Register Now | IDP Hours

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Summer design/build experience at The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) starts in June! Enroll now to build a CAED designed project in Cleveland and earn credit and IDP hours.

The CAED has opened two field study sections this summer to work on the construction for the design/build project, led by Professor Chris Maurer. The project will be a renovation of this home in the St. Clair/ Superior District of Cleveland, Ohio.

Students will work side by side with experienced contractors, construction workers, construction management students, and architects; and will learn many of the trades required to renovate a home.

The sections are M-F 1:00 - 6:15 PM in Summer I (June 9- July 12) and Summer III (July 14 - August 16). They are each worth 3 upper-division-elective credit hours and students can earn IDP hours for their work on site. Summer I will deal mostly with rough construction and Summer III with finish work.

Look for course number ARCH 46992. Please enroll now as there are a limited number of spaces available.

Students may only enroll in one of the sections for credits that count toward graduation.

***Housing can be made available in Cleveland for students taking the course. Please contact Professor Maurer with any questions: cmaurer(at)kent.edu

04-08-14

Terry Schwarz on Panel Discussion for HUD Quarterly Meeting

CUDC Director, Terry Schwarz, will be part of a panel discussion at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, DC, Thursdays, April 10th.

This quarterly meeting will examine Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets. Building on the current issue of Evidence Matters this update will consider vacancy from various perspectives and examine the work that communities are doing to limit or reverse its negative effects. The panel will discuss land banks that assemble parcels of land and maintain vacant properties until the land can be returned to productive use. In addition short-term uses such as stores, parks, and art projects that bring vibrancy to otherwise blighted spaces will be discussed.

If you are in the DC area and would like to attend please register here. The event will also be webcast live, more information available here.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Brooke-Mondale Auditorium
HUD Headquarters

Evidence Matters Winter 2013Photo credits from left to right: Cuyahoga County Land Reuitilization; McAllen Public Library; GTECH Strategies

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

04-04-14

Lunch Lecture | Matt Schmidt of Trust for Public Land

Our Spring Lunch Lecture Series is back April 4th, from 12- 1 PM. This Friday’s featured speaker will be Matt Schmidt.

Matt Schmidt, a graduate of Kent State University and the CUDC, will be speaking about his career in architecture and planning in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio communities.   Matt has been responsible for work in diverse neighborhoods while working for a private firm, and is now a Program Manager at the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit whose mission is to foster healthy neighborhoods through parks and green spaces.  At the Trust for Public Land,  Matt is working in Cleveland neighborhoods to integrate parks within green infrastructure basin sites, bring publicly accessible fitness facilities to residents, and develop a series of trails and green spaces through the Flats to the Lake Erie waterfront.  The discussion will follow the projects that he has been a part of, and his path from architecture to community-based neighborhood planning.

Join us!

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

Some of the projects that Matt Schmidt has been working on:

PowerPoint Presentation

The reconstruction of Historic League Park is the focal point of a neighborhood planning study that unites resident, baseball and historic preservation communities to catalyze reinvestment.

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The Central Choice Neighborhood Plan brought a holistic definition of “community” under consideration through its focus on Neighborhood, Housing and People.

04-01-14

ULI Competition Reception at the CUDC | April 14, 2014

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The CUDC and The College of Architecture and Environmental Design will be celebrating the accomplishments of our students and the work they submitted for the Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition at the CUDC on April 14, 2014.

Students from Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University collaborated on five submissions, two of which received honorable mention. Please join us to find out about their projects and congratulate them on their success.

The five teams will have their work displayed for you to review as well as light hors d’oeuvres and beer/wine. This is a great time to network with fellow design professionals and learn about the work of the CAED students.

Space is limited, so please RSVP here.

CUDC
April 14, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

03-28-14

Now is our time to Step Up Downtown

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On March 18, 2014, close to 150 residents, employees, business owners, and downtown-minded individuals attended the first public meeting held at the Old Stone Church. After a short overview of the project by DCA President Joe Marinucci and CUDC Director Terry Schwarz, attendees were let loose to contribute their ideas at seven engagement stations located throughout the venue.

Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s (DCA) Downtown Vision and Tactical Plan, Step Up Downtown, will create a holistic vision for linking and enhancing Downtown development districts, public spaces and assets.

The final 5-year plan, to be unveiled in June 2014, will set priorities for creating a fully connected and continuous urban fabric. DCA has engaged the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) and Progressive Urban Management Associates (PUMA) to create the comprehensive plan over a six-month process, begun in January 2014.

Feedback from the stations will be processed by the design team and posted to the Step Up Downtown website.

Attendees were asked to recall their their fondest memories of Downtown Cleveland and share the changes they want to see in the next five years at the Story Station. Hear what they had to say below and check out more photos from the event here.

Step Up Downtown | Cleveland Stories from KSU CUDC on Vimeo.

If you were not able to attend the public meeting there is still time for your voice to be heard. Take this brief survey to guide the future of Downtown Cleveland.

03-04-14

Steve Rugare | Lunch Lecture | March 7, 2014

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Assistant Professor, Steve Rugare, will be this Friday’s Lunch Lecturer. His topic will be the “Great Lakes Exposition: Architectural and Planning Questions”.

The Great Lakes Exposition of 1936-37 was one of the outstanding planning and design success stories in Cleveland’s history. It’s also one of the least-studied the expositions held in American cities during the New Deal era. In this progress report on his research, Steve Rugare will examine the fairs significance in the history of Cleveland’s lakefront and frame key questions about its relationship to other expositions and the development of modern architecture in the US. To conclude, he will look briefly at what would be required to stage a successful exposition in Cleveland today.

This event is free and open to the public.

Lunch Lecture
March 7, 2014
12-1 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

More images of The Great Lakes Exposition after the jump. Read more…

03-04-14

Spring Studio Focuses on Reclaiming Abandoned Housing

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The CUDC and CAED have developed an undergraduate-level Design-Build Studio for reclaiming abandoned housing in Cleveland. The Design-Build Studio will complement the CUDC’s work on the Re-imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland initiative, a project that has become a national model for strategic reuse and reclamation of vacant urban land. This project will build on on-going efforts to reclaim vacant land in the city and explore new approaches for reinventing vacant housing.

Chris Maurer, an adjunct faculty member of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED), teaches the studio with students in the third year Architecture Program, as well as students from the Construction Management Program from the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology (CAEST). Chris is an architect and urban designer who brings strong design skills, extensive field experience, and a demonstrated ability to move innovative design ideas into implementation. Also assisting with the studio is CUDC urban designer, Kristen Zeiber. Kristen spent four years in the Gulf Coast Design Studio where she designed and built homes for hurricane victims and she is well suited to coordinate a design-build studio here in Cleveland. Terry Schwarz, CUDC Director, will oversee connections with the city and community development corporations, and will develop plans for neighborhood improvements for area surrounding the design-build site.

During the spring semester the students will develop a wide range of inexpensive design interventions to make an abandoned house more functional and appealing for prospective residents, which include the millennial generation and recent immigrants. The best idea(s) will proceed into design development, working drawings, and permitting. Summer will be the “build” semester, where CAED Faculty and a professional construction manager will oversee the students’ work. The finished house will be sold and the proceeds will be used as start-up funding to repeat the process in the following year.

The new Design-Build Studio is an exciting collaboration between the CUDC, CAED, and CAEST. In our first year we hope to document the process and bring will provide updates throughout the spring and summer. Stay tuned…

Major support for the Design-Build Studio is provided by: The George Gund Foundation, Sandvick Architects, Sears-Swetland Foundations, and Ruth Brown Foundation.

02-26-14

Act Now | Be A Part of the Downtown Community & Development


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In June of 2014 the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) will unveil their Vision and Tactical Plan, Step Up Downtown, which will create a holistic vision for linking and enhancing Downtown development districts, public spaces and assets.

DCA invites you, as part of the downtown community, to participate in this critically important process.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Attend DCA’s public meeting. Contribute ideas and feedback on how to prioritize downtown’s future. Tuesday, March 18th from 5:30 – 7:30pm at Old Stone Church. For more information and to RSVP, click here. Registration is requested.
  2. Guide the future of Downtown Cleveland by taking this brief survey.  Downtown stakeholders’ responses are critical for the final plan, click here.
  3. Spread the word on social media. Step Up @DowntownCLE: Influence downtown’s future today: {http://bit.ly/stepupdowntown}

02-26-14

Two CUDC Teams, in Partnership with CSU & CWRU, Receive ULI Honorable Mention

We are pleased to announce that two participating teams from the CUDC have been awarded an Honorable Mention from this year’s ULI Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition! A two week intensive urban design and finance competition for graduate students, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) received more than 160 entries from 72 universities across the US and Canada this year. This year’s site in Nashville, TN asked students to address large scale issues of flooding, workforce housing, and to create connections across neighborhoods. Five teams comprising of Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and Cleveland State University (CSU) students joined forces at the CUDC in mid-January.

Team “Second Nature,” consisting of CUDC students Claire Markwardt and Neil Reindel, and CWRU students Dan Whalen, Abraham Weiner, and Tom Brown proposed the daylighting of an underground stream, a series of flood control measures, and development along the Cumberland River’s edge.

second-nature-internal-blockProposed Market and Mixed Use Development along the newly day lit French Lick Tributary.


second-nature-section-strategiesSection showing sustainable interventions and flood management strategies used throughout the site. Click to view full size.


Team “E.C.H.O System” comprised of CUDC students Jeff Jasinksi, Matt Dureiko, and Brian Pagnotta, as well as CWRU student John Ostroske and CSU student Michael Mears. Their scheme introduced a series of “spillways” and green spaces as neighborhood amenities between urban blocks, while enhancing the Cumberland River waterfront through a variety of green spaces and a large scale farmers’ market.

echo-system-farmers-marketStreet view showing people interacting with the landscape and each other along the main pedestrian corridor that links the site and baseball field with the hotel, market, and river.


echo-system-birds-eyeAerial view showing the linkages between the river, development, and the city, facilitated by the natural landscape and its orientation.


This is the second consecutive year CUDC students received an honorable mention—including a repeat performance from students Claire Markwardt, Neil Reindel, and Abraham Weiner.

02-25-14

Graphics/Portfolio Workshop | March 1, 2014

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Please join AIA Cleveland in partnership with the CUDC on Saturday, March 1st for the first of four mentorship events in a year-long series. The event will take place from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

This event features a workshop focused on honing rendering skills using modern techniques by leading expert, Alex Hogrefe, and will be followed by a portfolio round-robin with principals and partners from some of Cleveland’s most notable firms. We hope to spark a conversation regarding the evolution of how architects present their work and establish their professional identity.

The workshop is open to the public and non CUDC students, but registration is required as space is limited. Please complete registration form here.

Schedule

9:30 am - Doors Open

10:00 am - Graphic Workshop Part 1

12:00 pm - Lunch

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Graphic Workshop Part 2

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Portfolio Reviews

Materials Required

All registrants must bring a laptop loaded with Adobe Photoshop and SketchUp. This workshop is a working session and registration is limited in order to provide a desk space for each attendee.

Registrants must bring a portfolio. Portfolios may be in any format (e.g. digital, physical) or progress (e.g. complete, draft, in progress). Students without completed portfolios are encouraged to bring a representative collection of their work. Please come prepared to share and discuss your work.

For more information about the Mentorship Series and the Graphic/Portfolio Workshop please visit the AIA event page.

02-18-14

Enterprise’s Young Professionals Luncheon Series | March 11, 2014

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Enterprise’s Young Professionals Luncheon Series is an opportunity for young professionals in community development to interact with each other and with experts in the field over lunch.

The topic: Cleveland Climate Action Plan - Building Thriving and Healthy Neighborhoods, will be presented from 12:00 - 1:30 PM, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Tower City Center.

The featured speaker will be Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability.

RSVP required by March 6, 2014.

RSVP contact and more information available here.

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

02-04-14

Lunch Lecture | Friday, February 7, 2014

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This Friday, February 7th, CUDC Urban Designer, Jeff Kruth will present his research surrounding vacant land and shrinking cities, entitled The Political Agency of Geography and the Shrinking City as part of the ongoing lunch lecture series.

In the talk, Jeff will explore alternative forms of organization and neighborhood development in shrinking cities where typical market-based solutions are inadequate for providing a social and economic vitality.

The lunch lecture series will take place from 12-1 PM and is free and open to the public.

Lunch Lecture
February 7, 2014
12-1 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115


02-03-14

Design Diversity Launch & Event

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The CUDC, along with a small group of Cleveland architects, urban designers, and graphic designers are pleased to launch Design Diversity. Design Diversity’s goal is to foster learning, influence growth, and promote African Americans in the Design Professions in Northeast Ohio.

As a kickoff for the initiative, Design Diversity will host a Powered by Pecha Kucha event. The Black History Month social event will feature short presentations from six local African American designers, spanning a range of disciplines. Following the presentations, attendees are invited to stay and connect with other local designers, while learning more about Design Diversity’s ongoing work.

The event is FREE and open to the public, including all ages and backgrounds. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required, on the Facebook event page or via email (info @ designdiversity.org).

Design Diversity  Kickoff Event
Thursday, February 27, 2014
7 - 9 PM
Take 5 Rhythm & Jazz
740 W Superior Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113

To learn more about the initiative, please visit www.designdiversity.org.

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