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

Internship Opportunity | City of Lakewood

The City of Lakewood is seeking a part-time urban design intern to work directly with planning staff and the City Architect to gain hands-on practical experience working on planning and design related issues in the city. It is the city’s objective to provide an intern with portfolio caliber projects. The intern will spend 20 hours a week working individually and collaboratively to complete assigned projects by a given timeline.

Detailed description available here.

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

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.

01-17-14

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design Announces Three New Masters Programs

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Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design is excited to announce three new Masters Degree programs that will be starting in the Fall of 2014. The new additions include: The Masters of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design (MSAED, The Masters of Healthcare Design (MHCD), and The Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA). The MLA program will take place here at the CUDC in Cleveland.

Details on the programs are as follows.

Read more…

12-02-13

Register Now for the 2014 ULI Urban Design Competition!

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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.

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The 2013 Cleveland Team's "Activate East" proposal in Minneapolis

11-26-13

CUDC Researchers Find Agricultural Potential in Car Park Retrofit

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A student-faculty research project, executed during an independent study between graduate student Claire Markwardt and Dr. Reid Coffman, found it feasible to retrofit existing car parks for urban agricultural production if they implement innovative design strategies. Markwardt determined simply retrofitting a car park roof deck with an agricultural roof system that was growing conventional produce did not generate enough capital to offset the loss of parking revenue.  However, when the same building was modeled with specialized crop production, such as herbs, and implemented living walls, the retrofit became three to six times more profitable than similar agriculture rooftops. With assistance from CUDC faculty, Dr. Reid Coffman, Dr. Adil Sharag-Eldin and Professor Charles Graves, Markwardt concludes that economic feasibility relies on a combination of niche market vegetable and food product production and design innovation to deliver these products. Her findings were presented last month at CitiesAlive: 10th Annual International Green Roof and Wall Conference in San Francisco, California, in a paper entitled ‘Parking Produce: Assessment of Agricultural Applications on Car Parks’.

Ms. Markwardt is a graduate researcher and studio teaching assistant in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University.

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09-30-13

CUDC Students Win APA-Ohio Award

apa_award_studentsLeft to right: Arthur Schmitt, Nti Awakessien, Gabriel Fey, Antonia Marinucci, Thom Nester (not pictured: Tommy Chesnes).

Recent graduates from the CUDC won the Excellence in Student Planning Award from the American Planning Association of Ohio (APA-Ohio), September 27, 2013, for their project Pop Up Rockwell.

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.

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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:

  1. Design and installation of Greater Cleveland’s first cycle track
  2. New pedestrian crosswalks and traffic-calming measures
  3. Experimental stormwater Biofiltration and WiFi enabled (BiFi) public benches
  4. Enhanced Transit Waiting Environment (TWE)
  5. Public Art interventions designed to create a unique identity for the street and sense of place
  6. 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.

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rockwell-final-presentation-photoRecent 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.

Pop Up Rockwell from KSU CUDC on Vimeo.

The Pop Up Rockwell project was funded through grants from The George Gund Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

08-27-13

Summer Graduate Studio Examines the E. 22nd Street Corridor

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The program for the 2013 summer graduate urban design studio, which took place at Kent State University’s CUDC, was commenced with the investigation of the E. 22nd street corridor. Cleveland State University and the Campus District, Inc. sponsored the project led by studio instructor Charles Graves.  The initial investigation ran for three weeks and culminated in a proposal for the E. 22nd street corridor by the students of the graduate class.

The concept diagram below drove the project.

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The goals of this study were as follows:

  • Link the city to the waterfronts
  • Thread amenities through new infrastructure
  • Revitalize natural resources to improve health & well being
  • Attract residents through new development & activity

Read more…

04-28-13

2013 Capstone Final Review Schedule

We’re excited to announce the final review schedule for the 2013 Master of Urban Design capstone projects (see below). Graduate students at the CUDC enrolled in the Master of Urban Design or dual degree (Master of Architecture + Master of Urban Design) programs at the CUDC conclude their coursework with an individualized capstone project. Each capstone project is developed over two semesters, with the first semester focused on framing a research question and the second devoted to creating a design response. As can be seen from the project names below, the investigations span a wide range of topics and geographies.

The capstone presentations for this year’s class will be held at the CUDC (1309 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor) and are open to the public. If you are interested in pursuing a Master of Urban Design degree or just curious about one of the capstone topics, please feel free to attend any of the presentations. You don’t need to RSVP, but we ask that attendees arrive shortly before the designated start time. The presentation and discussion immediately following each project should run about an hour and a half. More information on the academic programs offered at the CUDC can be found on our website here. Contact us at cudc@kent.edu with any questions and we look forward to seeing you soon!

2013 Capstone Final Review Schedule:

4/30

10:00am
Antonia Marinucci | Erieview, Cleveland: Economic + Physical Reimagining
(Advisors: Charles Harker, Steve Rugare, Ellen Sullivan)

5/3

10:00am
Thom Nester | Public Space and the Effects of Digital Culture
(Advisors: David Jurca, Greg Stroh, Steve Rugare)

5/6

10:30am
Matt Provolt | TopoCity: Sheraden Neighborhood, Pittsburgh
(Advisors: Ellen Sullivan, Charles Graves, Sagree Sharma)

1:00pm
Brandon Young | Revising Richard Florida: Creative/Productive Space for Cleveland
(Advisors: Diane Davis-Sikora, Jonathan Kurtz, Terry Schwarz)

5/7

9:00am
Sarah Myers | From Waste to Pop Up: a Temporary Diversion from the Landfill
(Advisors: Jonathan Fleming, Charles Frederick, Terry Schwarz)

10:30am
Gabriel Fey | New Futures for the Infrastructural City
(Advisors: Steve Rugare, Jonathan Fleming, Jonathan Kurtz, Jacqueline Mills)

1:00pm
Troy Eklum | Transit Based Metropolitan Master Planning: Developing a Large Scale Strategy for Growth and Mobility Patterning
(Advisors: Ellen Sullivan, Charles Frederick, Steve Rugare)

5/8

1:00pm
Arthur Schmidt | Beyond Complete Streets: a Methodology for Designing a Complete Urban Street System
(Advisors: Steve Rugare, Jeff Kruth, Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, Daniel Vieyra)

5/9

3:30pm
Tommy Chesnes | Neighborhood Tuning: Waterloo Arts District, Cleveland
(Advisors: Terry Schwarz, Wayne Mortensen, Ellen Sullivan)

Download PDF: 2013 Capstone Final Review Schedule

04-16-13

LECTURE: The Professional Guide to Green Roofs with Co-Author Lisa Lee Benjamin

Lisa Lee Benjamin is a catalyst for the planet profoundly dedicated to altering the way we live. With a botanical background, her work focuses on international collaboration to open possibilities and challenge our ideas of sustainability and community. She has led and consulted on projects from California to Kenya.

Her new book, The Professional Guide to Green Roofs, is a collaborative venture with designers to aid practitioners in green roof design. Come hear her speak about vegetative roofs in our changing world.

12 - 1pm
Friday, April 19th, 2013
CUDC 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Free and open to the public
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Lisa will also speak on the Kent State main campus the same day at 3:40pm in Rm 202 Taylor Hall.

03-25-13

Bellwether

Corine Vermeule ‘Movement’ (2012)

Corine Vermeule ‘Movement’ (2012)

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.
http://bellwether.clevelandart.org/

11-05-12

Just Released…Urban Infill Vol 5: Diagrammatically

* Order Diagrammatically from the CUDC Amazon storefront here.

The 2012 volume of Urban Infill is now available through Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, local book stores, and Amazon. UI5: Diagrammatically applies the techniques of diagramming to urban design practice through critical essays, case studies, and examples. Over twenty contributors from the US and Europe discuss the ways that urban diagrams engage the public, reveal hidden agendas, and navigate uncertainty. The book features innovative and thought-provoking examples of urban diagramming, presented in a lively, full-color format.

A few examples of the work included in the book:

Re-cultivating the Forest City‘ is a must-read for Clevelanders. A design proposal developed by PORT Architecture + Urbanism, this series of diagrams and renderings offers a seductive glimpse at Cleveland’s future where urban vacancy leads to economic productivity, ecological regeneration, and increased public use of the Cuyahoga Valley.

image: PORT Architecture + Urbanism

image: PORT Architecture + Urbanism

image: PORT Architecture + Urbanism

Thinking + Talking Adaptability,’ a series of diagrams created by the Adaptable Futures project at Loughborough University in the UK, provides a toolbox of diagrams that communicate sustainable values and highlight aspects of building performance. This work is useful to designers and lay audiences alike, and provides the basis for a shared understanding of the components of sustainable design.

image: Adaptable Futures

image: Adaptable Futures

image: Adaptable Futures

image: Adaptable Futures

Strategrams‘ by Susan Rogers at the Community Design Resource Center in Houston and ‘Empowerpoint‘ by Interface Studio in Philadelphia present diagramming strategies in the context of community design practice.

image: Ryan Sullivan, Paste in Place

image: Ryan Sullivan, Paste in Place

image: Susan Rogers

image: Susan Rogers

image: Leah Murphy, Interface Studio

image: Leah Murphy, Interface Studio

image: Leah Murphy, Interface Studio

image: Leah Murphy, Interface Studio

Through the Diagram…‘ by Kent State University faculty member Greg Stroh showcases recent work from the graduate studios at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

image: Justin Gantz, KSU Graduate Architecture Studio III

image: Justin Gantz, KSU Graduate Architecture Studio III

Diagrammatically will be of interest to architecture and planning students, urban design practitioners, and anyone interested in better, more livable cities.

Get your copy of Diagrammatically today: CUDC Amazon Store.

For more information about the Urban Infill journal series, please contact the CUDC at: cudc[AT]kent.edu