Beginning on September 18, the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) will welcome students and faculty from the University of Arts and Industrial Design at Linz. Coming to us from Austria, their “Motel on the Road” project will be stationed at end of the E. 9th St. Pier at North Coast Harbor, adjacent to Voinovich Park (see map below). The project is an interactive art installation where two shipping containers will become a think tank, a communication platform and melting pot where strangers meet strangers producing something new at each destination.
“Motel on the Road” will arrive in Cleveland from Pittsburgh via Ann Arbor and continue stopping at various cities through the end of September. Artist performances, roundtable discussions, digital tours, and live music will take place throughout the week, and in coordination with other downtown events.
The containers will be open from 11:00am into the evenings beginning on Thursday Sept. 18 and closing on Tuesday, Sept. 23. We hope to see you down there!
Events are as follows:
Thurs. Sept. 18.
11:00am Opening Ceremony
12:00pm “Fake” City Tour of Linz, Austria
Fri. Sept. 19:
11:00am Project Art Workshop with Pepi Maier and Barry Undewood
7:00pm Live Music
Sat. Sept 20:
11:00am Collecting Stories with Artists Li Ka Ying and Jane Lam
12:00pm Lobby Time
5:00pm “On the Road” Roundtable
7:00pm DJ Party
Sun. Sept. 21:
11:00am Sofa lessons with Austria featuring Artist Juliana Herrero
4:00pm Sound Lab Artist Martin Winkler
Mon. Sept 22:
11:00am Open Space 1
2:00pm Student Think Tank
6:00pm Student Think Tank with Artist Daniela Steiner
Tues. Sept 23:
10:00am City Intervention with Prof. Alex Beck
4:00pm Open Space
7:00pm Closing Ceremony and Performance
Download the Motel on the Road event poster PDF.
View the map of the Cleveland location below:
For more information, please contact Jeff Kruth at the CUDC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 357-3434.
What would your neighborhood look like if your neighbors and you designed it together? What could the community look like if it was built from a place of trust and respect towards each other, and nurtured local ecology? This Friday, September 12, Divya Sridhar will share how City Repair attempts to explore the power of people through collaborative place making in urban spaces, and reconnects them to each other and to the local environment.
Divya Sridhar is a graduate of the M.Arch program from the class of 2006, and a LEED AP. She’s a Permaculture Certified Designer and a mom. She facilitates design approach and outcomes in neighborhoods for a process called City Repair.
The CUDC will host a special lecture on Wednesday, June 4, from 4-5 PM. Author and Professor Daniel Campo will be discussing his recent book, The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned. His book explores the remarkable landscape created by individuals and small groups who occupied and rebuilt an abandoned Brooklyn waterfront. While local residents, activists, garbage haulers, real estate developers, speculators, and two city administrations fought over the fate of the former Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal (BEDT), others simply took to this decaying edge, transforming it into a unique venue for leisure, creative, and everyday practices.
“The Accidental Playground is a deeply thoughtful, intensely observed, and challenging book. While it is completely grounded in one specific place, it succeeds in posing questions that are applicable to cities everywhere. What do urban humans really need from their recreational spaces? What deep desires are unmet by well-groomed parks such as the High Line? In an era of tight budgets, what can we learn from the no-cost, instant fun that people had for years at BEDT?” – The Atlantic Cities
This event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) announces a Call for Participants in a national conference to be held November 6-8, 2014. They pose the question, what does it mean in contemporary art and design to be socially engaged?
The conference proposes to examine various approaches to social practices in both art and design in an effort to understand the concepts, terms, and varieties of engagement of the past two decades.
The CIA invites presentations of conventional and unorthodox forms from artists, designers, and scholars on the topic. Prospective participants may submit proposals for short papers or examine specific works or activities that address the questions as noted. Suggested related themes may include but are not limited to:
- Socially engaged art and the new public sphere
- Artists as activists: voices from the Great Lakes region
- Historical precedents and present strategies of social practice
- Urban design and design in the city as force for change
- Aesthetics, ethics and politics
- Student agency and society: 21st-century visions of the art school
Please submit PDF formatted abstracts of no more than 650 words, along with letter of interest and CV to: Gary Sampson and José Carlos Teixeira. Email to email@example.com.
Deadline for proposals is July 14, 2014.
Detailed information about Unruly Engagements can be found here.
This Friday’s lunch lecture will welcome Erick Rodriguez. He will discuss his involvement with CITY ART PLAY, a youth learning program in Los Angeles, where they created an approach to community engagement that brought art and design to everyday neighborhood spaces. Their goal was to get youth and their families thinking about learning beyond the classroom and within the community. Through a series of neighborhood art workshops, they helped youth express and share their creative potential.
Erick is also an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow. The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization and Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. will co-host Erick, as part of his fellowship, to further the development of the Eco-District framework and enhance coordination and collaboration across Cleveland neighborhoods with a broad group of community stakeholders. The City of Cleveland, BBC, and DSCDO are contributing to an international dialogue about the development and implementation of Eco-Districts, and Erick’s goal is to help craft a comprehensive set of strategies that will serve as a useful tool, for both city leaders and community members, to recognize ways their neighborhoods can come together to appropriate sustainability as an essential part of their community.
This event is free and open to the public.
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44102
Photographer, Andrea Longacre-White, will have an exhibition of photography and sculpture as part of the Bellwether Project. Bellwether is a project of the Contemporary Art Society of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The event will be at the Ground Floor Gallery in the former Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center, 1368 East 55th Street.
Opening reception and artist’s talk will be held Thursday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 PM. Show runs April 18 – May 4, 2014. Fridays 1:00-5:00 PM; Saturdays 2:00-6:00 PM; Sundays 12:00-4:00 PM.
More information available here.
The exhibition is supported by the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, The Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center, and VIP.
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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