Rooms to Let: CLE, a one-day curated temporary art exhibit and community celebration, in Slavic Village on May 17, 2014, is seeking proposals from artists.
The event will center around vacant houses as alternative venues for art, and hopes to invert those icons often associated with neighborhood blight and despair into new experiential propositions of witness, resiliency, and contemplation. They are seeking artists to help activate and reframe the conversation from emptiness and dormancy to new propositions for engagement and expression.
More information and an application form can be found at here. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 14, 2014.
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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The CUDC is pleased to announce that our project, Pop Up City: Temporary Interventions for Community Engagement, has won the 2014 National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach.
Established by the CUDC in 2007, Pop Up City is a program that brings empty places to life through magical, ephemeral experiences that demonstrate how vacancy can be an opportunity and an adventure, not just a liability. These are temporary events and installations that occupy vacant buildings and activate vacant land in ways that shine a spotlight on some of Cleveland’s spectacular but underutilized properties.
Pop Up City offers a powerful way for people to envision future development alternatives and determine their preferences based on actual experiences. While traditional design professionals may find it easy to envision a transformed space on the basis of two-dimensional drawings, often the general public does not. Through high-impact, short-duration projects like Pop-Up Rockwell, non-design professionals get to “experience” the transformative potential of a space and come to understand and support a design that they might not otherwise have understood fully.
The CUDC is extremely proud of our achievement and is looking forward to more Pop Up City events in the future.
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.
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.
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!
The CUDC’s Pop Up City initiative was honored in the past twelve months with inclusion in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale and selected to receive the Places Research Award from the Environmental Design Research Association.
From Cleveland to Venice to Chicago
The United States’ pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale chose the theme “Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good“, focusing on the growing movement of architects, designers, artists, and everyday citizens taking the initiative to make improvements to the public realm. From August to November 2012, Pop Up City joined other activist-minded projects from the United States exhibited in Venice, Italy. Here’s an excerpt from the exhibition’s summary of Pop Up City:
Marika Shioiri-Clark, principal of SOSHL Studio, will speak at the CUDC on “Dignifying Design” as part of AIA Cleveland’s 2013 Emerging Practitioner Lecture Series. Based in Cleveland, SOSHL Studio is dedicated to creating social impact through architecture and design. In response to Denise Scott Brown’s comments on her exclusion from the Pritzker Prize, Marika recently co-authored a CNN.com article on the continuing discrimination of women in architecture.
Marika Shioiri-Clark | Dignifying Design
Friday, May 31, 2013
Kent State CUDC
1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
RSVP on the Facebook event page here
From 2007 to 2010, Marika was Co-Founder and Managing Director of MASS Design Group, an architectural nonprofit designing well-built environments that aid in the reduction of global poverty. Marika was a lead designer on the Butaro Hospital project in northern Rwanda in collaboration with Partners in Health, the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, and the Rwandan Ministry of Health, and lived on-site in 2008 developing the designs and overseeing construction.
Marika has received several awards for her work in reframing architects as global change agents. She was an invited Ideas Scholar at the Aspen Institute in 2009, and received a US National Commission for UNESCO Traveling Fellowship in 2008. Marika received her BA in Urban Studies from Brown University, and her Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where her graduate thesis under advisors Jacques Herzog and Pierre DeMeuron focused on gendered public spaces in Cairo, Egypt. In 2011 she served in the first class of global residents at IDEO.org.
Watch Marika’s TEDxStellenbosch talk on Empathic Architecture:
The Emerging Practitioner Lecture Series is organized by AIA Cleveland’s Associates Committee in partnership with Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. Events are free and open to the public.
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Call for Abstracts : Improving livability in cold climate cities
Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) invites writers, designers, artists and thinkers to submit abstracts for Volume 6 of our annual publication, Urban Infill. Urban Infill examines themes in contemporary urban design, architecture, and planning. Past volumes have addressed shrinking cities, temporary urbanism, urban hydrology, storytelling, and diagramming in an urban context. These can be previewed here: (www.cudc.kent.edu/publications/urban_infill/index.html)
Volume 6 is part of the CUDC’s 2013 launch of the Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD), which is dedicated to improving livability in cold weather cities (www.coldscapes.org). We invite examples and perspectives that challenge common perceptions of cold urban environments and reveal the unique design opportunities that winter cities present. Writings and projects may span across various disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. We are particularly interested in submissions that correspond to any of these five (5) themes:
(historical / theoretical framework for understanding the winter experience in cities)
(visualizations and multi-sensory communication techniques that evoke the atmospheric conditions and ephemerality of the winter season)
EXPERIENCE OF VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
(responses to the needs of homeless individuals and immigrants during winter weather conditions)
BUILT CASE STUDIES
(examples of successful constructed architectural or urban design projects in cold climates)
(unbuilt projects and evocative possibilities for winter cities of the future)
Abstract / Description (text) : 500 words or less
Images: no more than 5 thumbnails - total file size under 10MBs.
Please send abstracts and/or images via email to email@example.com no later than Friday, May 31st 2013. We welcome new, in-progress or pre-published, original work.
- Abstracts due: Friday, May 31st 2013
- Notification to selected contributors: Friday, June 7th 2013
- Final entries due: Friday, July 19th 2013
- Expected publication: November 2013
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We’re very excited to announce our new winter weather-related initiative, the Center for Outdoor Living Design, which conveniently forms the acronym COLD. The project is intended to encourage designers of various disciplines to engage more creatively with the opportunities presented by winter weather urban environments.
Representations and design strategies in architecture and urban design are often dominated by idealized imagery from warmer seasons, marginalizing the unique design opportunities that winter weather cities present. As a result, creative approaches to improving urban livability during winter are left unexplored, reinforcing common perceptions that public life can’t survive outdoors for much of the year (ahem…skywalks).
The first of this year’s COLD activities is the launch of COLDSCAPES: New Visions for Cold Weather Cities, a multi-disciplinary design competition intended to gather compelling ideas for revitalizing cold climate urban places. Submissions from the competition and other projects gathered by COLD will comprise a growing online archive of images and videos to inspire designers, city officials, and interested members of the public to embrace their city’s winter identity.
A jury of artists and designers familiar with cold weather design issues will select three thought-provoking and visually compelling submissions, each to receive a $1,000 award. A larger set of submissions will receive honorable mentions and the opportunity to be included in an exhibition and published in this year’s Urban Infill journal. To learn more about COLD and to register for the COLDSCAPES competition, please visit our website at www.coldscapes.org.
April 1, 2013 - Competition Announced
May 24, 2013 - Registration Deadline
July 12, 2013 - (6pm EST) Submission Deadline
July 26, 2013 - Competition Winners Announced
Shane Coen, Founder and Principal at Coen+Partners | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Gary Toth, Director of Transportation Initiatives at Project for Public Spaces | New York City, New York
Aase Kari Mortensen, Senior Architect at Snøhetta | Oslo, Norway
Greg Peckham, Managing Director at LAND Studio | Cleveland, Ohio
Patrick Coleman, CEO at The Winter Cities Institute | Anchorage, Alaska
As Spock would often say during winter, “Live Cold and Prosper!”
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.
Over the past week, we’ve received at least eight handwritten postcards thanking us for Pop Up Rockwell. When we received the first one, written on an art gallery postcard, we figured it was from someone interested in promoting an upcoming art opening and just happened to hear about our project. After three cards arrived the next day, written in different hands, it was clear something else was going on.
Well, after a little googling, it appears we’re the (very grateful:) recipients of some handwritten love from Postcard Underground. There isn’t much information on this secretive group available - all we could find are blog posts from a few other postcard beneficiaries, like this one from Minnesota Public Radio. It seems a national network of note writers is coordinating efforts to shower individuals and groups with encouraging messages for doing good work. A pretty simple, yet lovely, idea.
Reading the postcards, it feels good to see that each note is different and the writers are actually familiar with the project. One note read, “Wow! ‘Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.’ Win-win”, so we know he or she must have watched Rob (Homeland Security officer) enthusiastically mention this phrase on the Pop Up Rockwell video.
We feel very lucky to have experienced this “random (and simultaneously coordinated) act of kindness” and hope Postcard Underground continues to spread the love. But with so many deserving projects out there, it won’t be easy to avoid the hand-cramps.
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.
Bring your lunch and join us at the CUDC Friday, November 18th from noon - 1 pm for a conversation with Julia Christensen, author of Big Box Reuse, published by MIT Press in 2008.
Julia Christensen is an artist who works in video, photography, networked media, writing, sound arts, sculpture, installation, and performance. Her work has exhibited at galleries and museums internationally, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Carnegie Museum of Fine Arts in Pittsburgh, Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, and The Lincoln Center in NYC. Recent solo exhibitions include: Your Town Inc., (which originated at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University and was curated by Astria Suparak), and Surplus Rising (which originated at the Banvard Gallery, Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University).
Julia is the author of Big Box Reuse, published by the MIT Press in 2008. This book is a product of her ongoing investigation into how communities are renovating and reusing abandoned big box buildings in the United States. Her project “Surplus Rising” will be published as a part of the 3rd Coast Atlas, forthcoming. Christensen’s writing has been published in magazines such as Orion, Print, and Slate. Her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, Bomb, Afterall, and Dwell Magazine.
Ms. Christensen is currently the Henry Luce Visiting Professor of Emerging Arts at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she produces the Margin Release New Media Lecture Series. Christensen has a joint appointment between the departments of Studio Art, TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts), and Environmental Studies. Before coming to Oberlin, she taught at Stanford University, Pratt Institute, California College of the Arts, and other colleges. She has been an invited speaker and critic at dozens of colleges and universities, including the San Francisco Art Institute, Cornell University, Yale University, and New York University.
In the fall of 2011, Christensen will take on the position of Assistant Professor of Integrated Media in the Studio Arts Department at Oberlin.