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.
The CUDC invites writers, designers, artists and thinkers to submit abstracts for Volume 5 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, and storytelling in an urban context. These can be previewed here:(http://www.cudc.kent.edu/publications/urban_infill/index.html)
Volume 5 will focus on diagrams. We invite examples and perspectives on diagramming and its place in urban design practice and processes. We are particularly interested in the intents and agendas behind various forms of diagramming within the following framework. Submissions may correspond to any of these six (6) themes:
DEFINING THE DIAGRAM
(historical / theoretical evolution of diagramming, diagramming in design thinking and processes,
conventional and unconventional approaches to diagramming in / for urban design)
MEANING | FUNCTION
(diagrams as a way to represent meaning; to clarify / communicate with accuracy and specificity)
TRANSLATION | INTERPRETATION
(diagrams used to reveal, explore, analyze and represent information and ideas)
VAGUENESS | SUGGESTION
(diagrams used to hint, suggest, obfuscate, subvert, conceal or lie)
COMPOSITION | NARRATIVE
(diagrams that simulate and present composite perspectives, juxtapositions of ideas and objects, and
communicate processes and narratives)
EXCHANGE | ENGAGEMENT
(diagram as process and tool for engagement)
Abstract / Description (text) : 500 words or less
Images: no more than 5 thumbnails - total file size under 5MBs.
Please send abstracts and/or images via email to email@example.com no later than Friday, June 8th 2012. We welcome new, in-progress or pre-published, original work.
Abstracts due: Friday, June 8th 2012
Notification to selected contributors: Monday, June 18th 2012
Final entries due: Friday, July 27th 2012
Expected publication: September 2012
PLEASE NOTE: Application deadline has passed - we are no longer accepting resumes.
The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) is currently seeking applicants for an Urban Designer position. The Urban Designer will be an emerging design practitioner with a deep commitment to working with community groups and public involvement in the design process. He or she will be involved in all aspects of the CUDC’s operations, working closely with CUDC staff on community design projects, research efforts, and technical service contracts. The successful candidate will hold an advanced degree in landscape architecture, architecture or planning, and have 2-3 years of professional experience in urban design or a closely related field. Strong graphic presentation skills, including hand drawing and digital methods, are essential. Knowledge of advanced computer applications and an interest in urban design teaching at graduate or undergraduate level are preferred, as well as a record of project work and/or research publication.
The Urban Designer will be a full-time employee of Kent State University, with a full benefit package. This is an administrative position, which does not include the possibility of tenure. Salary is dependent upon qualifications.
To apply for the position, please visit Kent State University’s Employment site here and search for position number 990632.
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 a new facility 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. CUDC staff participate in the graduate level architecture and urban design curriculum for the CAED, including studios and seminar courses that convene at the CUDC’s Cleveland facility.
For additional information, please contact the CUDC at 216.357.3434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sagree Sharma will join the staff of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative as Project Manager starting March 16. Sagree received her Master of City Planning degree from MIT in 2007. Her undergraduate education in architecture was at the Rizvi College of Architecture at University of Mumbai.
In her practice Sagree focuses on design at multiple scales, using a systems approach to complex urban problems. She brings expertise in ecological planning to all her work, and she is particularly interested in issues of community outreach and equity in the urban design process. This is reflected in her graduate work, which included service as an MIT Public Service Fellow in post-Katrina New Orleans, where she helped establish a startup non-profit doing environmental remediation and redevelopment.
After completing her masters, Sagree was one of two initial hires to the New York based urban design and planning practice of Arup, the internationally regarded design and engineering firm. There she managed notable projects for public agencies, including the Long Island 2035 Sustainability Plan (for the Long Island Regional Planning Council) and the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, an innovative vision plan for a 250 acre, green economic and social hub centered around urban agriculture, food processing and distribution.
Sagree’s skills in ecological planning and project management enhance the CUDC’s capacity to serve clients looking for innovative ways to get the highest possible performance out of potential development and renewal projects in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
“The world is made of stories, not atoms.”
The CUDC’s upcoming journal will be entitled Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise. As the name suggests, we’re interested in exploring the connection between physical place and meaning through the creation of narratives. Following a similar format to our previous journals, we’re working with a diverse group of local and international designers, artists and writers to generate content that addresses the various modes of urban storytelling and to gather an archive of compelling stories in need of embodiment.
The Cleveland Stories project is larger than just a book, it includes a StorySlam event, exhibition at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger gallery and neighborhood based temporary interventions.
The StorySlam is an opportunity for individuals to share their favorite story about a Cleveland place - past, present or future. Fact or fiction. Funny, sad, exciting…it’s up to you. The best stories will be published in Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise. For the StorySlam, we’re looking for:
- historians and story tellers who can tell us about lesser-known aspects of Cleveland’s history — particularly stories that are about a specific place in the city
- creative writers who can invent a useful fiction for a Cleveland neighborhood and convince us of this alternate reality
- artists and urban designers
Thursday, Feb 24th
CIA’s Coventry Center
Upper level of 1854 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights map
Come to the StorySlam February 24 and toss your name in the hat. We’ll pick ten people to tell their stories. Remember that you have to tell a story, not read one. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets are allowed. You’ll have five minutes to tell your story, so come rehearsed!
The StorySlam isn’t only for story tellers - good story listeners are also welcome. If you hear an inspiring story, enter our Shoebox Diorama Challenge by building a small scale model of your design intervention idea. Each winning diorama artist will receive $50!
You can RSVP to the StorySlam on our Facebook event page.
We’ll release more details on the contributors to the book and the gallery exhibit soon, so please visit www.ClevelandStoryBook.com for more information and updates on the project. You can also contact us at email@example.com or use our online form to submit your stories. We’re looking forward to seeing (and hearing) you on Feb. 24th!
Thanks go out to Kent State’s University Communications and Marketing office for creating this video of our opening reception held September 15, 2010. We were glad to have Kent State president Lester Lefton, the board of trustees and so many of our friends in attendance for the event.
If you weren’t able to attend the opening, please stop by to say ‘hello’ and see our new space at 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200. We couldn’t have asked for a better landlord than PlayhouseSquare and we enjoy running into our new neighbors at Moko, our go-to coffee and lunch spot. Although we still have fond memories of the ol’ triangle building, sometimes change can be a good thing.
Hello friends and colleagues! The Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is currently looking to fill an Urban Designer position recently made available on our staff. The position’s responsibilities include project management, a commitment to working with community groups and an interest in Urban Design education.
The candidate should hold an advanced degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Planning, and have five or more years of experience in Urban Design or a related field. The salary is negotiable based on the applicant’s experience.
Here’s how to access a full description of the available position and online application:
1. Visit Kent State’s career postings site
2. Click the Search Postings link on the left sidebar
3. Enter position number: 998196
We plan to fill the position by December, so please feel free to spread the word!
Please join us at the CUDC this Wednesday, October 6 at 8:30am for a talk by Kent State Professor Charles Graves.
Prof. Graves will discuss his ongoing research in preparation for a new undergraduate text The Urban Genome: an introduction to urban design. This book will approach its subject from a typological direction, breaking the city down into its parts, and establishing the foundations before describing the process of urban design and presenting relevant case studies.
This talk is free and open to the public. Please contact Steve Rugare with any questions at srugare(at)kent.edu or 216.357.3422.
This is a short notice event announcement, but we’d like to invite everyone to stop by the CUDC for an exciting presentation on Saturday, March 27th starting at 5:30pm. A friend of ours, the multi-talented Dave Haslam, will be visiting from Manchester, UK next weekend for a DJ-ing gig at B-Side Liquor Lounge on Sunday and we want to take the opportunity to spotlight some of his other interests with a talk the night before.
Dave will deliver a talk on the post-punk band Joy Division’s emergence in the context of post-industrial Manchester in the late 70’s, the band’s re-emergence as New Order after singer Ian Curtis’ tragic death and their music’s enduring influence to this day.
If you’re a fan of Joy Divison, New Order or the bands they inspired (U2, the Killers, Arcade Fire, etc.), then this is definitely an event you won’t want to miss. But the story of creativity in the midst of affliction is something in which we can all find inspiration.
by david jurca
PopUp City strikes again this Saturday from 5-10pm at Hart Crane Memorial Park.
So, what’s going on? Loads.
Imagine the love child of locavore eats courtesy of Sainato’s Restaurant and sponsor Gypsy Bean Coffee and Baking; the wafting musical genius from the likes of The Hot Rails, Uncanny Xe La, and This Moment in Black History; art to make you think more/better; and activities that will make you forget you’re an adult.
That love child is Brite Winter Festival.
Transforming Public Square: Three Strategies for Enhancing Cleveland’s Civic Core
January 21, 2010
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Cleveland State University, Maxine Goodman Levine College of Urban Affairs Atrium (1717 Euclid Ave)
The Levin College in partnership with ParkWorks and Downtown Cleveland Alliance are presenting an interactive forum on the recently released concepts for Public Square. The three proposals will be presented by James Corner, urban designer and landscape architect with James Corner Field Operations and the Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. The forum will provide an opportunity for participants to view the plans, ask questions, share their ideas and discuss ways to make Public Square a vital center and gathering place connecting Cleveland’s downtown.
by david jurca
This past week, a steering committee comprised of members from Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) and ParkWorks reviewed initial concepts for a redesign of Cleveland’s Public Square. Our CUDC office was on the design team, which was lead by James Corner’s Field Operations (FO). Our joint team was selected by the steering committee through an RFQ process back in October. The short time frame between team selection in October and initial concepts due on December 16th meant that we all had to work quickly to gather information on existing conditions, review studies already undertaken on future uses of Public Square and prepare images of alternative schemes for the steering committee to weigh in on.
The CUDC supported FO’s lead design work by assembling data and mapping of current conditions and providing “on-the-ground” information to FO regarding cultural and social context. In the process, we also created a time-lapse video of Public Square, which provides a clear visual of the constant shade condition on the southwest quadrant, closest to the Tower City entrance. Collaborating on a project with an office located in another city was a valuable experience and we’re very excited about the concepts developed.
The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to build a new, $450 million I-90 bridge through downtown Cleveland. Although all of us should be able to use it, the existing plans do not include pedestrian and cyclist access. We need your help to change this.
Thirty highway bridges across the U.S. have safe and attractive bike and pedestrian amenities on them. It can happen in Cleveland with your input.
Let your public officials know you support access for all on the new bridge. Here are three ways you can help:
- Learn more about the issue, including important public hearings and who to contact, by logging on to www.gcbl.org/innerbelt
- Send your comments in support to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll forward them to decision makers.
- Or call ODOT Innerbelt Project Manager Craig Hebebrand at (216) 581-2100.
This is not just another road building project, this is an urban redevelopment. We need your help to support this once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve Cleveland’s inner city quality of life and sustainability.
Another shoddily-done video made by me for you. Enjoy!