There are two career opportunities available at CEOs for Cities and we would like to spread the word. CEOs for Cities is the only national nonprofit organization with an ongoing national network of cross-sector, cross-generation urban leaders focused on making cities more connected, innovative, and talented and investing in your city’s distinctive assets.
Their name may suggest to some that they are only CEOs and/or only private sector. But neither is the case. They honor leadership where it happens, regardless of rank or sector. They are cross-sector, cross-generation CEOs, changemakers, and disrupters committed to city success. Essentially, they are Changemakers for Cities. Their membership network consists of individuals, businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, non-profits, foundations, learning institutions, mayors and other government leaders.
Interested parties should apply at www.ceosforcities.org/apply by February 14, 2014. Anticipated start date is early/mid March 2014.
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.
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.
The Cleveland Foundation seeks interns for its 2014 Summer Internship program. The internships are paid. The program runs from June 2 and ends on August 16, 2014. Application deadline is February 14, 2014. For more information and to apply click here.
Applicants must meet the following qualifications:
- Be a college junior or senior in fall of the current year, a graduate student, or a recent college graduate
- Exhibit interest in the nonprofit or public sectors
- If not a student of a local college or university, the applicant must be a resident of Greater Cleveland (Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties)
Other highly desirable qualifications include:
- A strong academic record (preferably a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above)
- Strong English verbal and written communications skills
Placements are with the nonprofit and public sector agencies listed after the jump. Read more…
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!
The CUDC’s Director, Terry Schwarz, will be the featured guest speaker at the Shaker Historical Society’s 67th Annual Meeting of the Members. The free event will be held from 4-5:30 PM, January 19, 2014 at the Shaker Historical Society, located at 16740 S. Park Blvd. The meeting will include light refreshments, a review of the year 2013 and election of officers and trustees.
Terry will discuss “Historic Preservation and Urban Regeneration.” Her remarks will focus on the changing role of historic preservation in Cleveland, and other cities in similar circumstances. A city is a working artifact, constantly subjected to the forces of change, loss, and reinvention. The artifacts of the past require diligent stewardship in order to understand and inform the paths of human progress. But when hundreds (or thousands) of buildings are erased in an effort to cope with effects of population decline and disinvestment, how do we decide what to protect? And how can we derive meaning from that which remains? Perhaps we can find new ways to commemorate past glories and anticipate future uncertainties that are embodied in the present moment.
In 2014, the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative will explore historic preservation issues as a co-sponsor of a conference in June at Cleveland State, entitled “Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities.” Historic Preservation will also be the topic of the CUDC’s annual publication, Urban Infill, scheduled for release in October.
Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design announces three faculty positions: Director, Landscape Architecture Program; Coordinator, Health Care Design Program; Faculty, Interior Design Program. Opportunities will exist for collaborating with new programs in healthcare design and landscape architecture; as well as existing programs in interior/environmental design and architecture studies. Excitement is abound, regarding the new home of the College designed by Weiss/Manfredi and Richard L. Bowen & Assoc.
- A letter of interest.
- A statement of administrative and academic philosophies.
- Curriculum vitae.
- Name, address, and phone number of at least three references.
- *Portfolio and/or examples of published research or other scholarly work will be required at the second level of review.
Last weekend the CUDC was all-hands-on-deck for a three-day neighborhood planning charrette in the micro-neighborhood of Duck Island, a small neighborhood nestled between Ohio City and Tremont. The near-west side of Cleveland has recently attracted a lot of development interest, and subsequently there has been lots of speculation around Duck Island, which we see as a potentially transit-oriented and walkable neighborhood whose under-the-radar identity is a refreshingly appealing asset. This autumn Tremont West Development Corporation, in conjunction with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, issued a planning RFP to pull speculative development into a cohesive plan for the neighborhood that takes into account existing residents’ needs and concerns.
The CUDC facilitated a kickoff community meeting and work session last Thursday, using a series of brainstorming and engagement tools to draw out issues and opportunities from Duck Island residents and stakeholders. Residents engaged in break-out groups around four distinct areas of design potential: open space; neighborhood infill; streetscapes; and neighborhood identity.
Ultimately, our team pulled together a working plan based on two primary organizational structures: the main corridor of Abbey Ave, which we envisioned as a small-scale mixed-use street at the heart of the neighborhood; and a series of open space and landscape strategies linked in a ring around the neighborhood, along its existing sloping topography. Additional recommendations around housing infill, connectivity, and safety and maintenance were also included for review by participants.
Currently we’re pulling the recommendations into a draft, which Tremont West will then distribute before Christmas in order to give residents and stakeholders some time to review and evaluate the work. A final community meeting will be scheduled for mid-to-late January, to provide final feedback.
If you’re a resident or stakeholder of Duck Island and you didn’t get a chance to participate in the charrette process last week, feel free to contact Kristen Zeiber (kzeiber @ kent.edu) and we’ll make sure your voice is heard!
-Kristen Zeiber, Project Manager
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.
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.
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.
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 College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) invites applications for the position of Director of a newly created landscape architecture degree program in Cleveland, Ohio.
This faculty position will have the opportunity to guide and direct an exciting new program in Landscape Architecture that will focus on the revitalization and design vibrancy of urban and suburban landscapes and infrastructures. The individual will provide vision, leadership and teach in a graduate-level first professional degree and a post–professional Master’s degree in landscape architecture. The candidate will work with faculty, students and professionals to shape and implement the mission and character of the new program, and will possess the abilities to recruit students and develop supportive relationships with other universities, professionals, and academic and professional organizations. In addition, the Director is expected to teach, produce creative or scholarly work, and engage in service activities.
The ideal candidate will be versed in urban landscape architecture with interdisciplinary aims and match the program’s mission of envisioning, planning and addressing the needs and systems associated with urban landscapes. The position and program are poised to take advantage of the significant learning and research opportunities in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, the assets of the Great Lakes Basin, and the experience of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC).
The program will join the existing programs in architecture and urban design at the CUDC facilities in Playhouse Square, Cleveland. In addition, the program will contribute to Kent State’s CAED through its mission to enhance graduate education. Opportunities will exist for collaborating with new programs in healthcare design and focused research in environmental design being implemented at the Kent Campus and housed in the new home of the College designed by Weiss/Manfredi and Richard L. Bowen & Associates. For more on Kent State University or CAED.
This a unique opportunity for contributing to the quality of life and vitality of a dynamic regional landscape.
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.