08-26-14

Fall Lecture Series | Steve Manka | August 29th

This year for our Fall Lecture Series we have decided to invite CUDC Alumni to participate to celebrate our 15th Anniversary of the CUDC.

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Friday, August 29th, will feature one of our first graduates, Steve Manka. Manka, a 2001 graduate, is the founder of Manka Design Studio which is a Cleveland based sculpture studio focused on large scale public art installations. The studio has installed a wide range of public art projects throughout Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and recently Chicago.

His talk, Public Art as Acupuncture, will focus on how Public Art can be regarded as a form of Urban Acupuncture, properly pinned to amplify an identity and provocatively tie people to places and to each other. The talk will review the design goals and process of the Manka Design Studio.

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Following the lecture there will be a workshop from 2-5 PM. The workshop will focus on sketching for urban design analysis: perspective and analytical sketches.

Supplies needed:
bus pass – public transit will be taken from CUDC to University Circle for primary sketching
clutch pencils (2B)
sketch book
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Both the lecture and the workshop are free and open to the public. 

08-19-14

Call for Volunteers

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The City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is looking for engaged and enthusiastic volunteers for the 2014 Sustainable Cleveland Summit. The Sustainable Cleveland Summit is a great opportunity to contribute to the greater conversation about sustainability in Cleveland, while making connections and meeting new people also involved in changing our region.

Summit information and volunteer details are below:

What: 2014 Sustainable Cleveland Summit (Registration)

When: Wednesday, September 17-Thursday, September 18, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Where: Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave E , Cleveland, OH 44114

Cost: Free for volunteers! $40 for non-volunteers

Want to sign up to volunteer? Need more information? Contact Cathi Lehn at clehn[at]city.cleveland.oh.us –or- 216-664-2421.

08-04-14

Commuting — and Connecting — Along a Crooked River

by Justin Glanville

My kayak’s bow splashes quietly through the river, my knuckles skimming the surface with each paddle. The water feels warmer than I expected, almost welcoming.

It doesn’t smell bad, either — just a mild mix of mud and ripe, midsummer leaves. This is a surprise in the infamous Cuyahoga River, once so polluted it caught fire repeatedly. Its last blaze, in 1969, got so much attention it inspired the federal Clean Water Act.

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Read more…

08-04-14

The CUDC Says Goodbye to its First Post Graduate Fellow

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Our first Post Graduate Fellow, Julie Whyte, will be leaving the CUDC after her year of service. The CUDC created the one-year position for graduates of KSU’s Master of Architecture, Master of Urban Design, or dual MArch/MUD program. Julie shared with us some of her thoughts about her time here at the CUDC and what she was able to accomplish. We wish her well in her next adventure!

What did this year-long Fellowship mean to you?
This year meant being able to be fully integrated into the workings of the CUDC, from the project side to the academic side. It meant the opportunity to work with and learn from a talented and multidisciplinary staff that is dedicated to promoting positive change in Cleveland and the broader region. I’ve spent the last year exploring what it means to work for a non-profit urban design practice and what it means to be a public-interest designer. On the personal side, I became a Clevelander, began volunteering to play piano for Alzheimer’s patients at a local nursing home, utilized public transit, and joined the local cycling community. Becoming ingrained in multiple aspects of the community expanded my perspective and enabled me to be a better designer.

What were some of the highlights of the Fellowship?
I’ve had the privilege in being involved with many great projects over the past year. One of my favorite projects is the Homeless Initiative, which focuses both on neighborhood-scale interventions to benefit the Campus District neighborhood as a whole, as well as targeted interventions to directly impact and benefit the homeless population. I have enjoyed working with the homeless, aiming to improve their quality of life and help provide them with a sense of empowerment, while working with local stakeholders with the goal of benefitting the entire neighborhood.

Another highlight was the opportunity I had to travel with the staff and students to Indiana for a charrette based in the Indianapolis’ midtown neighborhood. Throughout this design-intense weekend, we collaborated with staff and students from Detroit-based Lawrence Tech and Indiana’s own Ball State University. The students truly light up in that kind of interactive, hands-on environment, and they came up with some fantastic design ideas.

What will you miss most about working at the CUDC?
Aside from the people of course, I will most miss the projects. The CUDC consistently pursues the projects that truly matter. At the end of the day, you feel like you contributed to the community in a positive way. Whether the project is client-based or grant-funded, the CUDC strives to unearth the design solution or solutions that can most benefit the neighborhood where the project is located as well as the broader community.

What’s next for you upon the conclusion of the Fellowship?
What’s next for me is to shift to more Architectural work while still continuing to develop my skills in Urban Design. The Fellowship has been great for helping me along my path of figuring out where I fit in the design profession. I’m aiming to pursue both Architecture and Urban Design and to continually pursue work that is multidisciplinary, because I firmly belief that design is most powerful when it engages at multiple scales.

06-27-14

From Kent to Cleveland Down The Cuyahoga

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This summer, July 25-26, Kent State University faculty and staff will embark on the first ever Crooked River Commute. This kayaking trek along the Cuyahoga River from Kent State University’s main campus to Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is intended to promote the river as a shared regional asset for education, recreation, and sustainability.

Cheer us on. 

Meet us at the start and finish of the trip. We’ll begin early morning (7-7:30am) on Friday, July 25th at Heritage Park in Kent and end with a celebration late evening (6-6:45pm) on Saturday, July 26th at the Coast Guard Station during The Burning River Festival in Cleveland.

Follow us for updates. 

We’ll keep everyone posted on trip details through the CUDC’s social media accounts.
Follow us at: CrookedRiverCommute.org
Facebook: ksuCUDC
Twitter: @ksuCUDC 

Share our story.

Tell your friends, family and social network about the Crooked River Commute. We’ll live-tweet during the trip, using hashtag: #RiverCommute

Read the two-page summary below to learn more about the backstory and goals of the trip: 

 

 

06-24-14

Spontaneous Interventions in Residence, Governors Island, New York Harbor, Summer 2014

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From Cleveland to Venice to Chicago to New York!

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.

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From there the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit, including Pop Up City, was on display at the Chicago Cultural Center from May 24, 2013 – September 1, 2013. The exhibit included interactive banners and wall displays employed at the Venice Biennale.

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Now the exhibit is making it first appearance in New York on Governor’s Island, New York City’s newest public park. A former military base, the island is home to dozens of historic buildings and 125 acres of open space. A condensed version of the original exhibition will be on display in Building 403 on Colonel’s Row, a former officer’s residence adjacent to the Parade Ground. It will be exhibited through September 28, 2014.

“We feel very fortunate to have the chance to bring Spontaneous Interventions to Governors Island, whose recent evolution into a public park perfectly reflects the values promoted in the exhibition, specifically, the need for flexible public space that is not overly prescribed or controlled—as is the case for so much public space—and instead is open to a wide range of user driven activities,” says Cathy Lang Ho, the show’s original curator who organized the Governors 2 of 4 Island presentation with Stefan Jonot and Office Ho Jonot, a cultural consultancy.

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More information on the Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good exhibition on Governor’s Island can be found here.

06-20-14

Master of Landscape Architecture Open House at the CUDC

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The landscape architecture profession is projected to grow by 14% nationally over the next decade. Be part of a graduate program intent on reimagining Northeast Ohio’s landscape for the benefit of future generations.

We invite you to consider our new Master of Landscape Architecture program, housed at Kent State University’s CUDC facility in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square District. We are pleased to offer one of only two professionally-oriented Landscape Architecture program in Ohio and the only one of its kind located in Northeast Ohio.

Please join us at our Master of Landscape Architecture Open House event to learn more about the program and enjoy a networking lunch with local professionals, student peers, and faculty.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Kent State University’s CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

Please reserve your place for this event before June 25, 2014. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW or call 330-672-3765.

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06-17-14

“Team Up to Clean Up” Event Marks Progress in the CUDC’s Homeless Initiative

homeless_2 On Saturday, June 7, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s 2100 Lakeside Men’s Homeless Shelter hosted the 2nd Annual “Team Up to Clean Up” event in a vacant lot adjacent to the shelter. The CUDC played a pivotal role in the event by designing and implementing the temporary event space. homeless_3

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The design of the space was based on focus group meetings with 2100 Lakeside shelter residents, in an effort to create a space based on the needs and wishes of the residents. The implemented design reflects the residents’ desires for a space that accommodates both recreation and relaxation. A meandering walking path promotes exercise while a variety of seating options provide ample opportunity for reflective relaxation.homeless_5 As the design for the garden space is temporary, feedback from shelter residents and staff will be collected and utilized to adjust and tweak the garden’s design. Through an iterative process, the goal is for the ultimate design of the space to be reflective of the shelter residents’ wishes and needs. homeless_1 The garden space design is part of a broader initiative to address tensions between the homeless population and the remainder of the Campus District neighborhood. homeless_4 The aim is for these temporary interventions to provide a conflict-free interface between the homeless population and neighborhood residents, business-owners, and employees. homeless_6 The garden design at 2100 Lakeside is the first of these interventions, kicking off the broader initiative that will be carried out through the remainder of 2014. homeless_7 View more photos of the Team Up to Clean Up event. 

06-02-14

Announcing URBAN INFILL Vol. 7: Preservation Instigations

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Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) invites designers, writers, artists, and thinkers to submit abstracts for Volume 7 of our annual publication, Urban InfillUrban Infill examines themes in contemporary urban design, architecture, and planning. Past volumes have addressed shrinking cities, temporary urbanism, urban hydrology, and storytelling, urban diagrams, and cold-climate design. Past issues can be viewed here. Volume 7, tentatively titled Preservation Instigations, is devoted to historic preservation in a context of uncertainty and loss. For more information, themes and guiding questions please download the Call for Submissions. Please submit an abstract or description of 200 words or less, along with no more than five thumbnail images – total file size under 5MBs. Send abstracts and/or images to cudc[at]kent.edu no later than 9 JUNE 2014 

05-30-14

CUDC Students Place 2nd in International Architecture Competition for Downtown Miami

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Congratulations to Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) graduate students Jeff Jasinki and Matt Dureiko for receiving 2nd Place and $1000 in the 2014 DawnTown Alternative Mobilities Design Competition in Miami, Florida!

DawnTown is the annual public international architecture ideas competition for Downtown Miami.  DawnTown’s mission is to bring innovative architecture to Downtown Miami, and to tell the exciting urban story of Downtown Miami to the world.

The 2014 Alternative Mobilities Design Competition was sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The Miami DDA’s Master Plan called for the promotion of regional connectivity and creative mobility solutions. This inspired DawnTown to develop a program based upon the alternative strategies people can take to moving around their downtown without having to rely on a single automobile. Using examples such as bicycle storage and sharing, car sharing, and ride sharing, they asked designers to create a nexus of where these strategies could meet and call home. This central hub would be located in a dense part of downtown’s Central Business District and would not replace the existing options we have; On the contrary, the proposal would bolster Miami’s transportation network.

Their project “Mobile Miami” stresses the importance of intermodal transportation as a growing urban trend in the city. The concept projects real-time digital information to communicate the availability of all modes of on-site transportation. This allows for absolute freedom of choice on how to better connect with Miami.

Jeff Jasinki and Matt Dureiko are both graduate students in Kent State University’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design pursing their dual degree, Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design, at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.

 


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05-30-14

CUDC’s Jeff Kruth to Present at CSU’s Historic Preservation Conference | June 5, 2014

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Cleveland State University and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs are convening an interdisciplinary meeting to discuss the role of historic preservation in revitalizing America’s Legacy Cities. This is the first event to bring together key stakeholders and decision-makers from cities where entrenched population loss and economic decline present difficult challenges for the future of the urban built environment. 

CUDC Urban Designer, Jeff Kruth will be presenting Thursday, June 5th, from 1:30-3:00 PM at the sessions titled: Industrial Heritage, Activism & Social Values in U.S. and International Legacy Cities.

Jeff’s presentation examines the role and legacy of public housing and urban agriculture as ways to preserve long-standing neighborhoods who may have valuable, though scattered resources in legacy cities, as well as catalyze growth . Recent pilot projects and policies pertaining to vacant land have created an alternative vision and relationship to the landscape in legacy cities with large swaths of vacancies. However, there has yet to be a corollary redefinition as it pertains to the unique challenges facing public housing development and neighborhood stability in general. Framed broadly, this presentation seeks to fit into a larger context that asks questions about strategies for declining social infrastructure in legacy cities.

The session will be moderated by the CUDC’s Director, Terry Schwarz, and will also feature Kate Daly (New York City Landmarks Commission), Anne B. Raines (Maryland Historical Trust), and Daniel Campo (Morgan State University).

For more information about the Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities Conference and registration information please visit here.

05-27-14

Join the CUDC for a special lecture by Daniel Campo author of The Accidental Playground

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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 UnplannedHis 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.

Daniel Campo is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Previously, he was a planner for the New York City Department of City Planning.

“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. 

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
4-5 PM
CUDC
1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

05-01-14

Cuyahoga Confluence Studio | Student Work

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This spring, a ten week graduate studio led by the CUDC’s David Jurca and Kristen Zeiber explored urban design strategies to reframe the Cuyahoga River corridor as an eco-tourism destination and regional spine for new sustainable development. Throughout the course, students worked at multiple scales to understand the complex economic, ecological, and cultural forces that would impact their design proposals. Students ultimately developed urban design projects that engaged this confluence of issues at two very different sites along the Cuyahoga River: Cleveland’s Scranton Peninsula and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park surrounding the Brecksville Dam.

The City Relink Project, by Carolyn Emmer and Adam Hirsh, evolved through a redefinition of Cleveland’s Industry for the 21st Century, based upon the rugged industrial history of Scranton Peninsula. Emphasizing sustainable industry, the site is proposed to house pharmaceutical and biomedical manufacturing facilities as an extension of Cleveland’s Health Tech Corridor.

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City Relink by Carolyn Emmer and Adam Hirsh

Threaded Paths, by Megan Haftl and Isaac Ocasio, proposes to transform Brecksville into an ecotourism destination within the larger network of the Cuyahoga River. During the research phase of their project, they discovered that Brecksville was in close proximity to another city, Macedonia, on the east side of the river. Both of these cities have tributaries running through them, creating an important hydrological connection between the two. Each city lacked certain amenities that the other city had, essentially creating a balanced destination, when considered in tandem. The routes that connect these two cities (both water and roadway) pass through the Breckville Dam site, creating an opportunity for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to stitch together the two towns. In order to achieve the overall goal of making the site a destination within a larger regional network, Threaded Paths proposes a grand, multimodal infrastructure intervention to link the valley to surrounding tourist amenities.

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Threaded Paths by Megan Haftl and Isaac Ocasio

All AboardLinking the Region with Water and Rail, by Jonathan Nagy and Mia Katz, proposed the Brecksville Reservation as a new destination that makes it an asset for regional and local connections. The amphitheaters bridge these local and regional connections through its participation in what they proposed to be “The Music Line,” which utilizes the existing Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The line is to run from Jacob’s Pavilion in Cleveland south to Blossom Music Center, with the Brecksville Reservation as a central stop. The project proposes an ecologically designed area of flooding along the river’s edge, as well as a series of recreational services related to the new water environment.

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All Aboard- Linking the Region with Water and Rail by Jonathan Nagy and Mia Katz

Find more information about these projects and student work here.

04-29-14

Bike Box | Living Roof Lab

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The Bike Box Living Lab was headed by Dr. Reid Coffman who brought together a team of CUDC graduate students consisting of Claire Markwardt, Neil Reindel, Josh Thomas, and Pasquale Esposito to explore design and experiment concepts that would be tested on the flagship bike box at Gordon Square adjacent to Happy Dog. With help from local fabricators, Rustbelt Welding, the bike box was prepared for conversion into the first bike box with a green roof in Cleveland, and now the site of the Living Labs exploration in soil compositions effects on water quality.

The Bike Box represents existing concepts re-imagined in the exploration of point source water mitigation and filtration. With water quality being a prevalent issue in many cities including Cleveland, The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District granted funding that spurred the Bike Box Living Lab concept to be explored within the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.

 

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The roof itself is divided into two separate zones; the first being a control side, the second implementing mycorrhizae to test its ability to increase productivity of native species while reducing nutrient and runoff discharge. Mycorrhizae, are natural occurring soil fungus which form symbiotic associations with the roots of vascular plants. In a mycorrhizal association, the fungus colonizes the host plant’s roots, and aides in the plant’s uptake of water and nutrients.

Runoff water from the roof is collected into two separate tanks storing water separately from the two experimental zones of the roof. This provides the ability to test water quality improvements that result from the use of mycorrhizae. A pump is connected into the storing tanks allowing the collected water to be reused as the roof irrigation system. This hand pump is placed in an easily accessible location which allows the public to directly interact with the roof itself.

The project was made possible by sponsorship from Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and performed in cooperation with LANDstudio.

Dr. Reid Coffman and the CUDC have committed to studying the roof for 10 years. Beginning this summer they will be recording water and planter interactions that will be studied over the long-term. A summary of the project and the initial findings will be presented by the students at this year’s CitiesAlive Conference in Nashville, TN November 12-15, 2014.

For more information and a detailed description of the Bike Box Living Lab download the project sheet here.

04-28-14

Capstone Project Final Reviews | Spring 2014

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The Master of Urban Design Capstone Project final reviews will take place at the CUDC May 7-8, 2014. The reviews will begin each morning at 9:00 AM, with a closing reception on Thursday at 6:00 PM where attendees can review all the projects and enjoy some light refreshments. Click here for a detailed list of presentations and times.

All reviews are free and open to the public. The CUDC is located at 1309 Euclid Avenues, Suite 200. Please contact Steve Rugare at srugare (at) kent.edu for me information.