04-18-16

Taotao Zou Lecture | April 22

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We can’t believe that we are down to our last speaker in our Spring Lecture Series. It seems that Spring is just starting around Cleveland. This Friday we welcome Taotao Zou, a visiting scholar at the CUDC. Her talk is titled, The Research of Public Environment Facilities System in Urban Space.

Public environment facilities and urban space are very important to our modern life. They work as our assistants in public space and provide us various services and conveniences. Urban space and public environment facilities are playing a more important role because they meet the various and growing needs of the users. It’s necessary to research these facilities and build a rating system to improve them.

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Taotao has been a visiting scholar at the  CUDC since August 2015, she holds Ph.D. of Engineering at College of Architecture and Urban Planning from TONGJI University of China. Her current position is a full-time Lecturer in College of Applied Art Design of Shanghai Second Polytechnic University since 2005, where she serves as Deputy Head of Environmental Design Department.

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

04-11-16

Mark Mattern Lecture | April 15

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There are only a few lectures left as part of our Spring Series, so this is one you’re not going to want to miss. We welcome Mark Mattern professor at Baldwin Wallace University. His talk, Public Art and the Control of Public Space, will question who controls public visual space? This question will be addressed with special attention to the role of community and public art.

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Mark Mattern is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Baldwin Wallace University, where he teaches political theory and political economy. He is the author most recently of Anarchism and Art: Democracy in the Cracks and on the Margins (SUNY Press, 2016), and Co-Editor, with Nancy S. Love, of Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics (SUNY Press, 2013).

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

03-15-16

Adil Sharag-Eldin Lecture | April 7 | 5:30 PM

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We will be hosting a special Thursday night lecture as part of our Spring Lecture Series, April 7th at 5:30 PM, featuring Adil Sharag- Eldin. His talk is titled, Resilient Cities: Learning from the Chicago Heatwave.

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In essence, resilience at the city level is the ability of its citizens to overcome immediate crises, learn their lessons, adapt to new realities, and succeed. It is inevitably a function of its readiness for potential calamities. One of the tenants of Resilience is “Reflection”, or learning from the past. In his presentation, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design will draw lessons from a 20-year old disaster that occurred in the Midwest. The objective is to understand the series of events and the conditions (environmental and social) that have happened and avoid re-occurrence of what we claim to be a preventable disaster. In 1995, a heat wave struck the Midwestern area in the United States causing 739 deaths in five days. Despite the large impact, very few studies were conducted focusing on the urban environment and its design. His presentation will share with the audience a comprehensive analysis of the existing built environmental conditions that occurred in July of 1995 and to which heat-related fatalities could be attributed. The research took advantage of the advanced computational methods available to us to recreate the microclimatic conditions that occurred at the time. Simulation programs were used to evaluate the indoor conditions where some of the victims lived. The research has identified and established causality between the building and urban design failures and heat-related deaths. Dr. Sharag-Eldin will emphasize on the likelihood of reoccurrence of similar incidents in extreme heat episodes unless certain building codes issues addressed and city response plans modified to prevent a repeat. The discussion will also include the impact of climate change, Urban Heat Island (UHI) and the strategies cities implement to reduce its effect.

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Dr. Sharag-Eldin is a professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University. He has over 25 years of experience as a building scientist in the area of green and high-performance architectural and urban design, and over 17 years of teaching experience. He published extensively on topics related to building and urban design and their impact on performance and health. As a consultant, he worked with some major universities and governments on sustainable building projects in the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 5:30-6:30 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

03-07-16

Sai Sinbondit Lecture | March 11

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This Friday, March 11th, we welcome Sai Sinbondit to our Spring Lecture Series. His talk is titled, “In Between Places”, which will talk about how his research uses data mapping and visualization to leverage architecture and art as vehicles to explore the world and its dynamic relationship between people, cultures, systems and settlement. It is in the context of displacement, such as refugees, homelessness and migration that drives his work.

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Sai received a Masters of Architecture from Syracuse University and graduated with honors in the Bachelor of Fine Art program in Painting and Printmaking as well as receiving a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy of Religions from the University of Toledo. He has spent some time abroad living and working with organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR and USAID, in various countries such as Turkey, El Salvador, Thailand, India, France, Italy and Darfur. While maintaining his professional work as a designer at Bialosky Cleveland, Sai holds a faculty position at the Cleveland Institute of Art and sustains a personal research practice.

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

 

02-29-16

Kelley O’Brien Lecture | March 4

This Friday, March 4th, at noon we welcome Kelley O’Brien to our spring lecture series. Kelley’s talk is titled, “Societies with No Form”, which is part of a larger initiative, Mapping Systems.

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Mapping Systems is an on-going collaboration by artist/architect Kelley O’Brien and writer/academic Francis Halsall through a triangulation of Pontiac, Michigan; Payatas, Philippines; and Dublin, Ireland. As an interdisciplinary project conceived in the spirit of a meaningful exchange between practice and theory, they explore methods of representing the operations and experience of social systems through creative practices. In short, they investigate and develop methods of giving aesthetic forms to society and real-life situations.

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Kelley O’Brien (b. 1987) is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio; where she is the co-director of the alternative art space The Muted Horn. She holds a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Fine Arts in Three-Dimensional Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2014 she was awarded a Fulbright to live and work in Quezon City in the Philippines where her work was exhibited as part of the international exhibition “Hold Everything Dear” at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. Kelley O’Brien has had residencies at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, 2015), Green Papaya Art Space (Quezon City, 2014), and Hattie Carthan Community Garden (NYC, 2013).

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

 

02-22-16

Doug Steidl Lecture | February 26

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This Friday, February 26th at noon, we welcome Doug Steidl, Dean of the Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Doug’s talk, “International Travel and Lessons Learned”, will emphasize that learning about and understanding cultural subtleties, and some not so subtle, will facilitate both practical aspects for relationship building and a broader understanding of global perspectives.Doug3

Mr. Steidl was a practicing architect for 35 years. He was a founding partner of Braun & Steidl Architects in Akron, Ohio, a position he held from 1983 to 2007. Before joining Kent State, he served as manager of Renard, LLC, an investment, development and consulting company. His career also includes working at John David Jones & Associates as designer, project manager and director of architecture; the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps; Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority in Pittsburgh, PA; and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Over the course of his career, he was elected National President of the American Institute of Architects, and served as President of the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Mr. Steidl is a Registered Architect with the State of Ohio (23 jurisdictions previously).

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

 

02-08-16

Felipe Correa Lecture | February 11

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This week we will be holding our Spring Lecture Series on Thursday, February 11th, at 12:15 PM, here at the CUDC. We welcome architect, urbanist, and Harvard Associate Professor, Felipe Correa. Felipe’s talk, “Urbanism Primer: Approaches to City Design in the 21st Century”, will provide an overview of the most salient modes of practice currently being applied to the contemporary city. By presenting a series of projects that range in scale and ambition, the lecture showcases the rich instrumental diversity afforded by design and its ability to confront diverse urban scenarios.

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Felipe Correa is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design and Director of the Urban Design Degree Program at Harvard University. A New York-based architect and urbanist, Correa works at the confluence of Architecture, Urbanism and Infrastructure. Through his design practice, Somatic Collaborative, he has developed design projects and consultancies with the public and private sector in multiple cities and regions across the globe, including Mexico City, New Orleans, Quito, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Seoul among many others.

If you can’t make it to our afternoon lecture, Felipe will be also speaking at the Kent State University Main Campus, Kiva Auditorium at 6:00 PM, Thursday, February 11th. His lecture is titled, “Elective Affinities: Architecture Across Scales”. Both are free and open to the public.

 

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Casey Poe | February 5

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Join us this Friday, February 5th, at noon for our Spring Lecture Series. We will be welcoming MArch + MUD student, Casey Poe, for an interesting talk from the student perspective. She will be talking about her experiences as a student in Florence, Italy during the Fall 2015 semester. She will be sharing her travels, living in Florence and the ways in which she grew to understand the city within multiple contextual scales: from the larger European scale (in conjunction with her field study trips) down to the scale of her individual experience in finding a home in Florence.

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Casey Poe is in her first year of the Masters of Architecture and Urban Design dual degree program. She grew up east of Cleveland, but completed my Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Ball State University in Indiana. The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

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01-27-16

Call for Ideas: COLDSCAPES//Adapt

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Registration is now open!

COLDSCAPES//Adapt seeks submissions that respond to challenges posed by volatile weather conditions in winter cities.

 
Entrants should provide an effective visual (and potentially aural, if using video) presentation of a built project or conceptual proposal that responds to the following design concerns:

  • How can the built environment quickly respond to changing weather conditions?
  • What design strategies can enable more adaptable buildings, public spaces, and urban infrastructure?
  • How can cities embrace and express indeterminacy, while maintaining a high quality of life for its residents?
  • What insights from winter cities can be applied to the challenges of increased variability and volatility caused by global climate change?
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    This year’s call for entries builds on the previous COLDSCAPES Competition, which brought significant attention to three winning projects and ten honorable mentions. Propelled by the competition, one of the winners, The Freezeway by Matt Gibbs, recently opened as a pilot project in Edmonton, Canada.

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    Three winning entries will be selected by the jury to receive awards:

  • $500 First Place
  • $300 Second Place
  • $200 Third Place
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    Learn more and register for the competition at Coldscapes.org.

    The registration fee is $10 per team. Registration ends on February 12, 2016 and the submission deadline is Friday, February 19th at 6pm EST.

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    Competition winners will be announced at Brite Winter in Cleveland on February 20th. The announcement will take place following a public talk by COLDSCAPES//Adapt juror Sergio Lopez-Pineiro. The talk is free and open to the public, beginning at 3pm. Learn more about the event and RSVP here.

    The COLDSCAPES competition and public event are organized by Kent State University’s Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD) in partnership with Brite Winter, with generous support from Ohio Arts Council.

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    01-21-16

    2016 Spring Lecture Series kicks off with Rick Espe of MKSK

    Spring Lecture Poster_template Join us Friday, January 29th, for our first lecture of the spring semester. We welcome Rick Espe, Principal at MKSK as he will discuss “Transforming the Columbus Riverfront”. This will trace MKSK’s work on the Columbus Riverfront over the past 25-years. From the Riverfront Vision Plan, through specific projects – North Bank Park, Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Scioto Mile, and the recently opened Scioto-Olentangy Greenways. rick_espe Rick brings a career-long commitment to improving the quality of the built environment while minimizing the impact on the natural environment. Through each project he strives to find the appropriate balance within the interconnectedness of environmental, economic, and social sustainability and implementing sustainable design practices as a value-added proposition. His expertise in the management and design of complex national and international projects and design abilities demonstrate his experience in developing the built environment. Several of his projects have been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects awards programs from campus master plans to healthcare facilities to award-winning urban parks. View the full list of speakers here. The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

    01-03-16

    Sergio Lopez-Pineiro Lecture | Feb 20

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    Please join us at the Brite Winter Fest for an engaging talk from Harvard’s Sergio Lopez-Pineiro entitled, “Three Models of Public Space: Adventure Playgrounds, Whiteswards, and Speakers’ Corners.” Lopez-Pineiro’s lecture will be followed by an announcement of the winners of this year’s COLDSCAPES Design Competition.

    Saturday, February 20th
    3 – 4:30pm
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    Flats West Bank, Cleveland, OH


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    Architect Sergio Lopez-Pineiro’s presentation will focus on the imagination and protection of truly open (indeterminate) public space. His research offers insights on how cities can embrace uncertainty, with particular applications for variable winter weather conditions. According to Lopez-Pineiro, cities do not require more specifically defined and controlled public space—despite current political discourses ignited by fear. Rather, we need to think of public space as a source of diversity and relatedness. In order to do this, future cities need to go beyond traditional models of public space. Voids are an opportunity for this alternative type of public space. Programmatic and seasonal temporality is an essential factor in the creation and protection of this openness and indeterminacy.

    Lopez-PineiroSnowscape1Image: Sergio Lopez-Pineiro’s project, Olmsted’s Blank Snow, received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Coldscapes Design Competition

    As part of the CUDC’s Future City Sessions, the talk will explore an emerging idea in citymaking and is intended to provoke discussion about applications for Northeast Ohio. Lopez-Pineiro’s talk will lay out specific spatial qualities and how these can ignite an alternative type of public space. The value of indeterminacy will be illustrated by a range of projects, including his whitesward landscape project Olmsted’s Blank Snow.

    Sergio Lopez-Pineiro designs and writes about gaps found in everyday spaces, appearing due to mismatched relationships between social structures and spatial organizations. He is the founder of design practice Holes of Matter and 2014-15 Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has taught widely, primarily at the University at Buffalo, where he was the 2006-07 Reyner Banham Fellow. His work has been supported by several institutions such as the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and The MacDowell Colony, and has been published and featured in MAS Context, Bracket, arq: Architecture Research Quarterly, Places, 2G, and the Boston Globe, amongst others.

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    Lopez-Pineiro graduated from ETSAM (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid) in 1998 and received his M.Arch. degree from Princeton University in 2004, where he was awarded the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize. A registered architect in Spain, Lopez-Pineiro has worked at No.mad (Madrid, 1998-2000) and at Foreign Office Architects (London, 2000-2002).

    This Future City Session is made possible by the generous support of the George Gund Foundation. The lecture is also part of this year’s Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD) program, supported by the Ohio Arts Council and Brite Winter.

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    12-22-15

    The design/REbuild House nears completion at the end of 2015

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    With major support from the George Gund Foundation and numerous other partners, the CUDC at Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design have nearly completed our first design/REbuild house. The design/REbuild initiative aims to recapture the value of vacant Cleveland houses that would otherwise be demolished.

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    Our first design/REbuild house is at 1045 E. 67 Street in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood. Thanks to the efforts of KSU students and many community volunteers, we’re now completing the final punch list for a Certificate of Occupancy. The St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, which owns the house, is now negotiating with a buyer. The proceeds from the sale of this first house will be used to rehab another house in the neighborhood. We’re house hunting now!

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    In the spring of 2016, the CUDC will release New Life for Old Homes, a guide book that captures rehab lessons from the design/REbuild house and other recent low cost/high impact housing rehab projects in the city. Thanks to the generous support of the Ohio History Fund, the publication will be available free of charge through the CUDC website.

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    12-17-15

    Cleveland Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Plan

     

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    Over the past year, the CUDC has been working with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, the University of Buffalo, the Cleveland Office of Sustainability, and a host of local partners on an initiative to improve climate resilience in Cleveland neighborhoods.

    Although climate change is typically considered a problem for coastal cities, the inland cities of the Great Lakes are also at risk of more extreme weather, protracted heat waves, and increased precipitation. The adverse impacts of climate change disproportionately impact lower income residents and the elderly. This planning effort focused most specifically on the needs of these residents through community-driven projects and programs.

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    We had a one year planning grant from the Kresge Foundation that supported the work of a team of Climate Ambassadors in Cleveland’s Glenville, Slavic Village, Central-Kinsman, and Detroit Shoreway neighborhoods. These four neighborhoods were selected because they are representative of conditions found throughout Cleveland and in other Great Lakes cities. Our planning approach integrates local knowledge and community-based ideas with scientific expertise to help determine where programs and interventions will be most effective in combatting the adverse impacts of climate variability and change. The climate ambassadors received training in basic climate science and mitigation/adaptation strategies  They then served as resources throughout the planning process, recruiting participants for community workshops and helping to identify and prioritize ideas for projects, programs, policies, and future research that would help advance climate resiliency at the neighborhood scale.

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    Based on this initial, nine-month planning process the Kresge Foundation has awarded $660,000 in implementation funding to Cleveland over the next three years. The George Gund Foundation has provided $40,000 in matching support. These funds will be used to:

    • Expand and amplify community engagement efforts and develop new and innovative ways to bring more diverse participants into climate planning and adaptation initiatives.
    • Build on recommendations in existing plans, especially the Cleveland Climate Action Plan, the Climate Action Toolkit, the Cleveland Tree Plan, Re-imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland, and the Cleveland Complete & Green Streets Typologies plan.
    • Connect with existing officials at the region-, county-, and city- level to coordinate climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.
    • Leverage the city’s growing inventory of vacant land, to convert some of these sites into neighborhood assets that enhance property values and buffer residents against the adverse effects of climate change.
    • Connect with ongoing efforts in other Great Lakes Region cities to share lessons learned and promote resilience at the regional level.

    Out of over 250 initial applicants to Kresge’s Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity initiative, Cleveland is one of only twelve cities to be selected for implementation funding and the only city in the Great Lakes to receive this support. The CUDC is proud to be a partner on this important and exciting project.

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    12-17-15

    Historic Preservation in Legacy Cities

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    In 2014, Cleveland State hosted a conference that looked at historic preservation issues for legacy cities. The term “legacy cities” refers to places like Cleveland, which are experiencing a level of population loss and vacancy that puts historic buildings and neighborhoods at risk. The conference laid the groundwork for a growing network of preservation agencies and allied organizations, including the Preservation Rightsizing Network (PRN), the American Assembly at Columbia University, and the Cleveland Restoration Society, and many others.

    The 2014 conference included a day-long work session to discuss some of the unique preservation challenges faced by legacy cities. Preservation leaders from around the country participated in this event. Key ideas and  outcomes of the workshop were captured in an action agenda intended to guide collaborative preservation efforts in Legacy Cities. PRN engaged the CUDC to produce a concise and visually compelling summary of this work. The Action Agenda for Historic Preservation in Legacy Cities was released at a public event, held at Rutgers University in Newark in early December.

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    As part of the release event, CUDC director Terry Schwarz facilitated a workshop to discuss national priorities for historic preservation in legacy cities from the Action Agenda and discuss the goals and framework of a multi-city pilot project for 2016 and beyond. The results of this workshop will support preservation efforts in Cleveland and other cities that represent the range of challenges and opportunities in legacy cities.

    A follow up conference will be held in Detroit in June of 2016. Please contact PRN for additional information.

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    12-08-15

    Nicholas Rajkovich Lecture | December 11

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    For our final speaker in our Fall Lecture Series we welcome Nicholas Rajkovich. His talk, Designing the Resilient City, will discuss the concept of resilience as it relates to cities, the expected impacts of climate change in Cleveland, and how our design processes need to go beyond just an examination of the physical environment to include issues like social cohesion.

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    Nicholas B. Rajkovich, PhD, AIA is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo. His research investigates the intersection of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate change. Prior to earning a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, he was a Senior Program Engineer at the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company Customer Energy Efficiency Department. At PG&E, he was responsible for coordinating a new Zero Net Energy Pilot Program. He was also chair of the San Francisco American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment.

    The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.