03-04-14

Spring Studio Focuses on Reclaiming Abandoned Housing

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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.

06-14-09

Public Workshops for Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland

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

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05-21-09

Map of Cleveland’s Green Systems

This is a map of Cleveland showing vacant sites (in red), existing parks (in dark green), and proposed parkland and greenspaces (in light green).  The map was drawn by the Urban Design Center for Cleveland LandLab.

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posted by marianne eppig.

05-13-09

Terry Schwarz Receives Cleveland Arts Prize

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Congratulations to our very own Terry Schwarz for being awarded the 2009 Cleveland Arts Prize! Terry is senior planner at the CUDC and an adjunct professor at Kent State University.

Terry was awarded the artist prize in design for her work surrounding the Shrinking Cities Institute at the CUDC, which addresses local population decline. The multifaceted work of the Shrinking Cities Institute includes the Cleveland Land Lab, the Pop Up City! temporary use intiative and two editions of the Urban-Infill Journal

The awards ceremony will be held Thursday, June 25th at the Hanna Theatre in Playhouse Square. Tickets are available by calling 216 321-0012 or by email at info@clevelandartsprize.org.

by david jurca

05-08-09

CircletheUSA.com visits Cleveland

CircletheUSA.com, a website maintained by the Planning Commissioners Journal, is currently undertaking a cross-country road trip documenting notable city planning projects along the way. The recently concluded first leg of the trip stretched from Vermont to Cleveland and the second leg will continue on to Chicago. reimagining-cover

While in Cleveland, the blog’s author met with Terry Schwarz, Senior Planner from the CUDC, Bob Brown, Planning Director for the City of Cleveland and Bobbi Reichtell, Senior Vice President for Programs at Neighborhood Progress Inc., to discuss the Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland report. The visit and subsequent thoughts on Cleveland’s progressive strategy for addressing vacancy are presented in the Audacious…or Realistic? post. 

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