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.
Cleveland Leadership Center, or CLC, is a central community resource that provides education, connections, and civic engagement opportunities for leaders of all ages and experience levels.
Applications for Cleveland Bridge Builders, (i)Cleveland, Look Up To Cleveland Summer Leadership Academy and Leadership Cleveland are just around the corner. The Cleveland Leadership Center proudly offers a continuum of programs that challenge leaders at every level to improve our community with inspired thinking and action. Know someone who is ready to inspire and be inspired? Recommend them! Programs are:
- Cleveland Bridge Builders - They don’t ask for permission. They make it happen. They are passionate citizens and believe in civic action. Application goes live January 31st, more information HERE
- Leadership Cleveland - Established. Connected. Visionary. Combine skills and vision to make CLE better. Application goes live February 1st, more information HERE
- (i)Cleveland - College Interns. Talented. Exploring new opportunties. Discover leaders, spaces and the knowledge base that makes Cleveland a great place to start a career. Registration goes live February 1st, read more HERE
- Summer Leadership Academy - High School Juniors/Seniors. Motivated. Questioning. Active, hands-on exploration of Cleveland, leadership projects and leadership experiences. Registration goes live March 1st, read more HERE
Our Friday Lecture Series is back and we will be starting it off with a film screening and discussion. We will be showing a documentary on the Cuyahoga River called “The Return of the Cuyahoga”, a co-production of Florentine Films/Hott Productions Inc., WVIZ-Ideastream, Cleveland, and America’s River Communities, Inc.
Come to the CUDC Friday, January 17th, from 12-1 PM. All are welcome to join and feel free to bring your lunch!
Cleveland’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood is making headlines with their efforts to provide civic, local, and regional amenities. The CUDC is wrapping up a Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) plan focused around the Kinsman Rd. and Union Ave. intersections. Development focused on arts, culture, and entertainment could augment the strengths of the civic improvements, outlined in this recent article on Cleveland.com.
Akron based design and planning firm, Environmental Design Group (EDG) recently completed a civic vision and TLCI plan, just to the west of the study area of the CUDC’s work. Combined, these two plans provide a framework for development in the coming years, as well as point to specific projects which can provide neighborhood amenities.
The CUDC’s plan in the neighborhood calls for enhanced bicycle infrastructure, new development at the point of E. 140th St., Union Ave., and Kinsman Rd., traffic enhancements, public art, and green space. A proposed roundabout at the point would create a more efficient traffic flow, safety for pedestrians, and an identifying feature in the neighborhood. Working with the Mount Pleasant NOW Development Corporation, the planning process will be wrapped up by the end of the year.
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.
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
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.
Susannah Drake Lecture
Friday, March 2, 2012
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
CUDC Conference Room
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland - PlayhouseSquare
Susannah Drake is founder and Principal of dlandstudio llc, an award winning multidisciplinary design firm. She will discuss dlandstudio’s recent public projects including the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, a public open space system designed to absorb and remediate urban storm water, and the Brooklyn Bridge Pop-up Park, a temporary waterfront open space that attracted almost 200,000 visitors over six weeks of operation in 2008.
This event is free, but reservations are required. RSVP for the event on our Facebook page here, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (216) 357-3434.
Continuing Education credits are available for landscape architects.
We’re very grateful to the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (OCASLA) for recently presenting the CUDC with the 2011 Organization Award. The CUDC’s Director, Terry Schwarz, was in attendance at the award ceremony in Columbus to accept the honor.
A very colorful and well-illustrated program from the event can be viewed on-line, which contains descriptions and images of this year’s award winners.
The award ceremony program described the CUDC’s work surrounding design advocacy, vacant land strategies, applied research and temporary use initiatives. The OCASLA’s kind words can be read below:
“The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) is a vital, innovative and unifying force in the continued re-imagining of Greater Cleveland and beyond. An influential organization for many years under distinguished leadership such as Ruth Durack, the CUDC has established and even stronger position of advocacy for planning policy and quality design under the guidance of Terry Schwarz.
The CUDC has an impressive portfolio of planning and design projects throughout the state and a reputation for promoting collaboration. Clients and collaborators include cities, regional agencies, higher learning institutions, private businesses, research institutions and arts organizations. Work ranging from neighborhood master plans to campus design studies and public space analyses has established the organization’s credentials throughout the region. Even more compelling are the new undertakings underway.
Through the Shrinking Cities Institute, Terry and the CUDC have taken a direct, research-based, no-nonsense approach to the problem of urban population loss. Instead of political grandstanding or mere civic cheerleading, the approaches devised to deal with the resulting vacant land in urban neighborhoods seek to establish hope through implementation of real solutions.
In addition, the CUDC has long been a leader in advocating sustainable approaches to design and redevelopment. In addition to incorporating sustainable practices on a site-by-site or neighborhood planning approach, the UDC plays an active role in the regional stormwater planning efforts currently underway.
Combining innovation and urban passion, Pop Up City is an investigation of the impacts of temporary cultural and arts uses on the city. Moreover, the effort seeks ways to facilitate larger neighborhood chance through the coordination of these “magical, ephemeral experiences.” By embracing the possibility of “what can be,” Pop Up City teaches us all about the potential of cities and reminds us, in a tangible way, of what our dreams for community can become.
Through a combination of design expertise and an applied research approach, the CUDC is having an immediate and ongoing impact on Greater Cleveland, on the entire region, and on understanding approaches to urban challenges throughout the country.”
The Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone is a defined district (in the area of East 79th Street and Kinsman Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio) that will foster entrepreneurial farming activities and related businesses. The plan will provide a comprehensive design approach for a Live | Play | Grow neighborhood that integrates agriculture into the surrounding neighborhood.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
4:00 - 6:30 pm
1717 Euclid Avenue
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
The Levin College Forum, NPI and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative have organized a public forum on the Reimagining Cleveland project to answer the question, “What’s going on here?” The program offers an opportunity to learn from individuals who have actually created gardens, orchards, vineyards and farms from vacant land. The speakers include the CUDC’s Director, Terry Schwarz, who will present a look to the future of Reimagining Cleveland. Immediately following the forum, attendees are invited to celebrate the opening of an exhibit in the forum gallery showcasing the work of photographers and storytellers illuminating the narratives of the reimagining grantees.
For more information, including the event’s full agenda, please visit: http://urban.csuohio.edu/forum/events/02_17_11_Reimagining_Cleveland.html
The event is free and open to the public, but please register online or call 216.523.7330.
This video was made to promote the upcoming summit about creating a sustainable Cleveland by the year 2019. For more info on the summit from August 12-14, visit here.
Watch for UDC’s Senior Planner Terry Schwarz!
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Do you have vacant lots on your street that you and your neighbors would like to improve?
Need some ideas about what to do with them?
Need a grant to pay for supplies?
You know firsthand the negative effects of unkempt vacant lots in your neighborhoods. Cleveland currently has 3,300 acres of vacant land and our inventory is growing with every new demolition. Now we will have resources to address them.
Please join us to learn more about the “Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland” grant program. We will be holding public workshops in locations of our vacant land reutilization projects for you to learn about the resources available to revitalize city land bank lots in special target areas.
These sessions will provide information on:
• Overview of the Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland plan
• Ideas on what you can do with vacant lots
• How to use the Re-Imagining Cleveland Vacant Land Re-Use Pattern Book and Ohio Green Print website
• Application for Re-Imagining Cleveland grants