In the next few months, the Green Corps will invite 35 college graduates to join the class of 2014-2015.
During Green Corps’ full year paid training program, participants will learn grassroots organizing skills from some of the top practitioners in the country while working on three to five different campaigns such as retiring dirty coal-fired power plants, protecting our drinking water, improving our food system and building the campus fossil fuel divestment movement. Organizers will learn important skills such as recruiting volunteers, developing strategic campaigns and building strong coalitions.
Our organizers have worked on behalf of dozens of groups including Sierra Club, Food and Water Watch, and the National Wildlife Federation. Our alumni include Phil Radford, the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, Sarah Hodgdon, National Program Director for Sierra Club and Heather Smith, President of Rock the Vote.
The CUDC is excited to be one of 15 finalists chosen by the Place by Design Jury. The final submissions were hand-selected by a distinguished group of leading design theorists and architects, and will be exhibited during the conference held in Austin this year. The finalists will compete for 3 awards to be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8th. The Place by Design award categories are: Transformative Design, Community Impact, and Global Potential.
About Our Submission
The Detroit-Superior Bridge Project invited a broad spectrum of the public to engage in a fun and productive planning process to transform the bridge’s abandoned lower level into an active public space. Employing temporary, yet realistic, mock-ups of alternative proposals for bicycle amenities, directional signage, and performance spaces, this project enabled attendees to make informed decisions and provides needed inspiration to other initiatives aimed at rewriting the stories of forgotten, yet extraordinary, places.
For more information about the Detroit-Superior Bridge Project, please visit BridgeProjectCleveland.com.
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
Our friends at Neighborhood Progress, Inc., located on West 25th Street in Ohio City, are currently seeking a part-time urban designer (12 - 16 hours/week) to support the work of the organization’s placemaking portfolio. The right candidate will have firm command of design and planning software and an interest in community-based planning and design work. Send application and questions to Wayne Mortensen at wmortensen[at]npi-cle.org. See the full job posting here.
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.
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
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Administrative Clerk
Part-time position, Monday- Friday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) is a community design and research division of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at Kent State University. Based in downtown Cleveland, the CUDC provides technical design assistance to communities throughout the northeast Ohio region, conducts research into urgent and emerging areas of design practice, and offers a variety of public education, and design advocacy programs.
- Provides part-time administrative, budget, and clerical assistance to the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative unit in downtown Cleveland. This position is housed in the downtown Cleveland office.
- Coordinates and monitors CDUC budget and expense accounts; approves expenditures and signs various financial forms; researches and reconciles discrepancies; assists in budget projections.
- Coordinates workflow and schedule to ensure deadlines are met, priorities are recognized, and policies/procedures are followed.
- Assists with occasional office functions to include set up and clean up.
- Schedules university facilities for academic and nonacademic events (e.g., meetings, dinners, parties, etc.); reserves locations, dates and times; assists clients with the planning of events (e.g., the types of tables); completes necessary forms; enforces university and scheduling procedures.
- Answers, screens, and routes incoming telephone calls from multiple lines, takes messages, may send messages through electronic mail, places and logs long distance calls.
- Greets and screens students, faculty, professional staff, administrators, and visitors, directs to appropriate location or person; may distribute, explain, and/or collect forms, pamphlets, or other informational documents.
- Provides general and specialized information to students, faculty, professional staff, administrators, visitors, or callers regarding policy and procedures of University or department, campus locations, University events, class times and cancellations, telephone numbers, etc.; refers questions requiring more knowledge or data to appropriate person.
- Sorts and distributes incoming mail for department; prepares bulk mailings.
- May type basic items such as memos, schedules, telephone listings, envelopes, labels, data cards and occasional letters or reports from draft using typewriter or word processor. May perform other clerical duties such as filing, producing photocopies, sending and receiving facsimiles, and arranging for repairs.
- Maintains various logs (e.g., parcels, visitors, keys, etc.), calendar of events, and/or appointment book.
- Must pass a security check.
FOR A FULL JOB DESCRIPTION AND TO APPLY ONLINE:
- Visit Kent State’s Career Postings Site
- Click the Search Postings link on the left side bar
- Enter Position Number: 998191
- In addition to applying online through Kent State’s Career Posting Site; please email resume to Terry Schwarz at email@example.com
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.
Questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com with any questions and we look forward to seeing you soon!
2013 Capstone Final Review Schedule:
Antonia Marinucci | Erieview, Cleveland: Economic + Physical Reimagining
(Advisors: Charles Harker, Steve Rugare, Ellen Sullivan)
Thom Nester | Public Space and the Effects of Digital Culture
(Advisors: David Jurca, Greg Stroh, Steve Rugare)
Matt Provolt | TopoCity: Sheraden Neighborhood, Pittsburgh
(Advisors: Ellen Sullivan, Charles Graves, Sagree Sharma)
Brandon Young | Revising Richard Florida: Creative/Productive Space for Cleveland
(Advisors: Diane Davis-Sikora, Jonathan Kurtz, Terry Schwarz)
Sarah Myers | From Waste to Pop Up: a Temporary Diversion from the Landfill
(Advisors: Jonathan Fleming, Charles Frederick, Terry Schwarz)
Gabriel Fey | New Futures for the Infrastructural City
(Advisors: Steve Rugare, Jonathan Fleming, Jonathan Kurtz, Jacqueline Mills)
Troy Eklum | Transit Based Metropolitan Master Planning: Developing a Large Scale Strategy for Growth and Mobility Patterning
(Advisors: Ellen Sullivan, Charles Frederick, Steve Rugare)
Arthur Schmidt | Beyond Complete Streets: a Methodology for Designing a Complete Urban Street System
(Advisors: Steve Rugare, Jeff Kruth, Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, Daniel Vieyra)
Tommy Chesnes | Neighborhood Tuning: Waterloo Arts District, Cleveland
(Advisors: Terry Schwarz, Wayne Mortensen, Ellen Sullivan)
Download PDF: 2013 Capstone Final Review Schedule
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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