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 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
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
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
Please join us for a workshop and public presentation with Phil Enquist, FAIA, Partner in Charge of Urban Design and Planning at Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) to discuss the ways that local conditions, planning policies, and design decisions here in Cleveland can align with the vision of a Great Lakes Century.
The Great Lakes Century is pro-bono initiative of SOM’s City Design Practice that advances a 100-year vision for the watershed focused on environmental protection, smart growth, and economic revitalization. The region’s future prosperity requires a collaborative approach to development that transcends political boundaries. The Great Lakes Century encourages all of us to think boldly about our shared wealth in the world’s largest surface fresh water source. The vision calls for strategic planning principles to guide regional decision making for the next 100 years.
Designers can play an important role in activating meaningful dialogue and advocating for progressive policies towards realizing a shared regional vision for the future.
The workshop at the CUDC is free and lunch is included, but RSVPs are required. For more information or to RSVP for the workshop, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The evening’s public presentation will be held at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and tickets are free, but must be ordered here.
Workshop & Presentation Details:
CUDC Workshop & Lunch
Friday, September 6, 2013
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cleveland Museum of Natural History Public Presentation
Friday, September 6, 2013
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
RSVP Information here
The Phil Enquist workshop is part of the CUDC’s Green Urbanism event series, which also includes a waterfront drawing workshop and an upcoming lunch talk with landscape architect Jeff Knopp on September 20th at the CUDC. The Green Urbanism series is made possible with the generous support of The Cleveland Foundation.
Kent State University’s CUDC along with Chicago based architecture and planning firm, Latent Design, have won the 2013 Activate Union Station placemaking contest presented by The Metropolitan Planning Council. The CUDC and Latent Design are the recipients of $5,000, thanks to sponsor Fifth Third Bank, which they will use to transform Chicago’s iconic Union Station with their eye-catching design and fun activities between Saturday, Aug. 24 and Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.
The winning design, Blah Blah Blob!, will bring playfulness to a space people too often associate with the hustle and bustle of their daily commute, but rarely use for other activities. The nylon sculpture, inspired by the CUDC’s previous collaborations with artist Jimmy Kuehnle and reminiscent of a childhood parachute tent, will be installed over an artificial lawn on the Plaza at Fifth Third Center. Lectures, fitness classes and other special events will take place there throughout the 10 days.
The CUDC’s David Jurca, Kristen Zeiber and Jeff Kruth traveled to Chicago to fabricate the visually striking example of inflatable architecture, in collaboration with Katherine Darnstadt, founder and principal of Latent Design. Blah Blah Blob will alternate sites between the Great Hall in Union Station and the outdoor Fifth Third Plaza, in response to daily weather conditions. We were excited to exchange temporary placemaking ideas with Latent Design throughout the collaboration, which have inspired future projects in both Cleveland and Chicago. The intervention already received considerable press in Chicago through WBEZ, the Chicago Tribune, the Architect’s Newspaper, and other news outlets. We’re planning to bring Blah Blah Blob for a visit to Cleveland, so let us know if you have a space that could be activated with 45 feet of colorful pop-up whimsy!
Join the CUDC for a drawing workshop of waterfront sites facilitated by landscape designer Susie Maurer. The first in this two day workshop will take place Wednesday, August 28, from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. The second session will be October, 5th, from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Please RVSP to email@example.com to reserve a spot, as space is limited on the boat.
Urban Landscape Drawing Workshop
This two-session drawing workshop is designed to acquaint attendees with the urban landscapes of Cleveland. The workshop is open to students, design professionals, and anyone interested in exploring the urban landscape through drawing. We will spend time at desolate, yet beautifully rich sites around rail corridors, the water’s edge and vacant terrain.
The goal is not only for the participants to refresh observational drawing skills, but also to highlight qualities within the selected sites as a way to express the identity of place. What makes the site important/interesting? Are there elements that can be retained for future use? What opportunities are waiting to be expressed?
The end result will be a small portfolio of drawings, illustrating personal experience as navigated through the sites.
WORKSHOP PART 1: August 28th
8:15 am- 8:30 am : Meet at E. 9th/North Coast Rapid Station.
8:30 am - 10:30 am : Introductions and “On-Land” drawing at several locations around the lakefront. Locations Map
10: 30 am - 12:30 pm : Cruise down the river aboard the Holiday, stopping at various locations for sketching.
WORKSHOP PART 2: October 5th
8:30 am - 12:30 pm : Additional details TBD.
Cost for Workshop (includes both sessions)
In advance: $10
Day of: $15
Make payment online HERE, or bring cash, check or card the day of the workshop.
Snack and beverages will be available on the boat for purchase.
Suggested supply list
- sketchbook (11×17 preferred size)
- fat tip marker pens
- 5B or higher sketching pencils (soft lead)
- drawing charcoals
- kneaded eraser
About Susie Maurer
Susie Maurer is a landscape designer and sculptor working in Cleveland. Prior to returning to her roots in Northeast Ohio in 2012, she spent six years in New York City at Pratt Institute and working in landscape architecture and urban design at dlandstudio. There, her interest in the innovative use of materials, namely steel, in architectural and artistic contexts, afforded her the opportunity to manage and lead the design on many urban, residential and public projects. Her specific interest in the vacant, industrial landscapes of America, and the potential for their re-use, was the influence behind her MFA thesis and continues to influence how she works as both as an artist and designer. Susie holds an MFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute as well as a BA in architecture from Miami University.