This fall’s Community Design Charrette course, led by the CUDC’s David Jurca and Kristen Zieber, responded to the challenges and opportunities presented by the City of Conneaut, Ohio. What is a “charrette”? A charrette is fast-paced, collaborative work session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem. Charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people.
The course primarily focused on the design issues related to the Conneaut community’s lakefront geography. Students worked in teams alongside CUDC staff and a few alumni to develop urban design proposals created in partnership with a range of community stakeholders. The engagement process was thorough, but accelerated, taking place over the course of a three-day weekend.
Conneaut is located on the far eastern edge of Ohio, touching the Pennsylvania border. This Lake Erie oriented site offers opportunities for connecting ecotourism, diverse residential options, small town identity, and watershed health issues into a coherent vision plan. Students incorporated the research assembled in the Community Process & Development course into their hands-on community design work during the charrette.
In order to effectively and efficiently engage the range of issues presented by the project, students divided into four teams. Each team focused different, but overlapping, geographic areas. Second year graduate students led each team, with support from CUDC staff and alumni participating during the charrette weekend.
We asked each team leader to write about their experience at the charrette and to further explain the projects they tackled.
This Friday we welcome Carmen Strauchon from Forest City to our Alumni Lecture Series. Carmen’s talk, Transforming the Retail Experience: The Reemergence of Street Retail, looks at how suburban malls and neighborhood strip centers have monopolized retail site selection for several decades. Now with new shopping center development and construction coming to a halt after our most recent economic downturn, we are experiencing a new trend with the reemergence of street retail. With a growing number of Americans now living in or near urban areas, city streets are once again becoming favored locations for retailers across the nation, and a new destination for consumers. The talk will focus on the type of retailers being attracted to these locations and why and how existing centers are changing to capitalize on this retail shift.
Carmen provides architectural and engineering oversight, design direction and development support for Forest City properties, currently focusing on the renovation of Short Pump Town Center in Richmond. Carmen also coordinates communications and deliverables with other Forest City departments to assure the necessary tools and information are available for successful project completion. Additionally, she supports senior management in a full range of project research and development. Most recently, Carmen has represented Forest City in several forums for professional organizations including Georgia Transit Engineers and Urban Land Institute.
Previously, Carmen was part of Forest City’s management team for the Georgia Multimodal Passenger Terminal, a two year planning program of a 1 million sq. ft. transit center and adjoining 11 million sq. ft. development in downtown Atlanta. Specifically, Carmen oversaw the Conceptual Design of the station and the Master Plan of the 120 acre project site. Carmen also coordinated all public involvement and stakeholder outreach for the project, resulting in the delivery of over 100 stakeholder and public meetings under budget and on time.
This is a talk that you are not going to want to miss. As always our lectures are free and open to the public. 12-1pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.
It’s time to get our Design [re] Build House ready for the winter! We’re not yet finished with the house interior, but this Saturday, October 25th we’ll be hosting an all-day volunteer party.
Curious about the project? Interested in ideas about bringing Cleveland’s vacant housing stock back to life? Swing by 1045 E 67th St. between 9 am-5 pm , check it out, and lend a hand.
Tasks will include landscaping, construction waste cleanup, some concrete work, and boarding up windows. We’ll provide some refreshments, but if you are planning on coming all day, please bring a packed lunch.
If you’re interested please RSVP to Kristen Zeiber at: kzeiber[at]kent.edu or 216-357-3437 by Thursday, October 23rd, so we can plan team sizes in advance. Thanks for all your help!
If you can’t make it to our volunteer day, but would still like to help. The St. Clair Superior Development Corporation (SCSDC) has been chosen to compete in the Enterprise Nurture an Idea Award challenge for the Design [re] Build project. You can donate here.
We’re more than half way through our Alumni Lecture Series and each week our speakers continue to bring something interesting and insightful to the table. This week is no different as we welcome 2009 grad, Jacob Chandler.
Jacob’s talk, Practical Applications, will discuss his observations, experiences and insights from his studies and his professional work. The content will follow two paths of discussion: the practical role of software in traversing architectural problems, and the reality of producing “digitally fabricated” design elements.
After graduating from the CUDC (M.Arch, ’09), Jacob Chandler pursued his M.Arch II at the University of Pennsylvania exploring digital design and fabrication methods. Jacob has spent the past four years working at SHoP Architects in New York City. Jacob’s interests are in the application of digital tools, the dialogue between the craftsman and designer, and the continual pursuit of a better architectural product through open communication.
As always our Alumni Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on October 24th, 1309 Euclid Ave, Suite 200.
The St. Clair Superior Development Corporation (SCSDC) has been chosen to compete in the Enterprise Nurture an Idea Award challenge for the Design [re] Build project, and you can help us win! The organization that raises the most money will win $10,000 towards their project, thanks to Ohio Savings Bank. Design [re] Build is a concept offering architecture students real life design and construction experience while saving a blighted property. Design [re] Build is in collaboration with SCSDC, Kent State University and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. 2013-2014 was our pilot year for this project. We want to make this pilot project a full-fledged program in years to come. Our goal is to raise $35,000 to help to support the efforts of Design [re] Build. The challenge began on Monday, October 13th and runs until 11:59 PM on November 7th. Only donations during this time will be counted towards the challenge. SCSDC will be able to keep all donations received on Crowdrise, regardless of if we win or not. Here is how you can help:
- Go to our fundraising page and make a donation: https://www.crowdrise.com/designrebuild/fundraiser/stclairsuperiordevel Every donation, large or small, supports our organization’s work AND brings us closer to winning the challenge.
- Fundraise with us! Set up your own online donation page by joining our team. Visit the link above and click “Fundraise for this Campaign” on the right. Follow the simple instructions to creating your own page. Then, share the link with all your friends, family and colleagues to ask them to donate to your page. Feel free to forward this message along, as well!
The Capstone Research Conference is a presentation of the CUDC’s 7 dual-degree students’ (MArch + MUD) initial capstone research through the first 7 -8 weeks of the semester. The conference is not a presentation of their capstone project. It is a presentation of each of their theories of the city, its well-being, and its future. Their hope for this conference is that it sparks interest and dialogue between everyone in attendance, and that it raises valuable questions that remain unanswered in our work.
Please join us at the CUDC from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. This event is open to the public.
Designer Theodore Ferringer, Assoc. AIA, LEED Assoc., joins us this Friday for another installment of our Alumni Lecture Series.
Theordore works, resides and advocates in Cleveland, OH. A graduate of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (MArch ’08, MUD ’08), his enthusiastic activism, creativity, and community involvement has led to roles on Cleveland’s East Side Design Review Committee, and the Bike Cleveland Advocacy Committee. Theodore is the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ohio Valley Region Associate Director as a member of the National Associates Committee and is a Designer and the Business Development Director at Bialosky + Partners Architects.
Theodore’s talk, Designing in Public: Agency, Empowerment, & Sensibility or Towards A 21st Century Gesamtkunstwerk Via a Few Buildings, a Couple Panning Projects, Some Projects That Are Not Buildings, An Advocacy Issue, and a Couple Other Things focuses on these issues through lessons learned in his own career.
As always our Alumni Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on October 10th, 1309 Euclid Ave, Suite 200.
Over the past several months, the CUDC has been involved with the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) men’s shelter at 2100 Lakeside Ave. By engaging residents, staff, and community members the CUDC was tasked with helping to create an accommodating and welcoming space for residents at the shelter. With support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the CUDC undertook a series of design iterations for a garden adjacent to the site.
The garden design and installation are part of a larger coordinated effort to help understand and address homelessness issues in the city. This past Thursday, the garden opened for an event celebrating volunteers and residents.
Coupled with food, music, and poetry readings from residents and in collaboration with a group of writers from Cleveland’s Guide to Kulchur Bookstore, the event brought together community members for a fun-filled celebration of the residents and volunteers who help make LMM a welcoming place for all.
Friday, October 3rd, we will be hosting a special evening Alumni Lecture at the CUDC featuring Kyle May.
His talk, Crisis Averted, examines how existing architectural models – of practicing, of publishing, of critiquing, of building – become more problematic and less viable, resistance becomes the manifesto of a new generation.
Join us at the CUDC from 5:30-6:30 pm for happy hour, including light appetizers. The lecture will begin at 6:30 pm.
Kyle May is a Principal at Abrahams May Architects in New York City, and co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of CLOG. He received his M.Arch from Kent State University, and worked at REX, Openshop|Studio, FACE Design + Fabrication, and Rogers Marvel Architects. He is registered in New York and Ohio. Kyle has been a visiting critic at Princeton University, Columbia GSAPP, University of Illinois, Syracuse University, Kent State University, and City College of New York CUNY; and has lectured at Yale, MIT, NYU, Barnard, KTH Stockholm and Lund University.
Alongside the eleven CLOG issues published thus far, Kyle has organized events, and lectures in New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago and Venice, and recently curated the exhibition “New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture” at the Art Institute of Chicago. With Julia van den Hout, he is a 2014 Graham Foundation grant recipient for their upcoming book on Wallace Harrison, The Egg and the Extrusion.
5:30-6:30 pm - happy hour (provided by AIA Cleveland)
6:30 pm – Kyle May lecture
Please RSVP to the event here.
This event is free and open to the public. The CUDC is located at 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.
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 email@example.com or call (216) 357-3434.
This September 24-26, Urban Innovation Exchange invites you to Detroit to explore this growing movement of small-scale neighborhood transformation, and to exchange ideas for the future.
Meet innovators leading impact. Learn about the places they’re bringing to life. Find out how their work holds important lessons for cities everywhere.
Our Associate Director, David Jurca, will be discussing Pop Up City during the UIX Forum: Art of Place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.
To find out more information about this event and to register please visit here.
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.
Our Alumni Lecture Series continues this Friday from 12-1 PM with our own Associate Director, David Jurca.
David’s interactive talk Opportunity or Constraint? will explore the creative process of shifting one’s perspective on a design problem to reveal the possibilities often hidden within. He will present practical lessons for designers gathered over eight years of professional practice and applied research at the CUDC. Employing several innovative projects as case studies, including the transformation of an underused parking garage into a lively public space, David will encourage urban makers to embrace constraints as a generative design force.
David is a 2006 graduate from the CUDC. As Associate Director of the CUDC he contributes to the full range of the practice’s projects, with a particular interest in shrinking cities research. Working with social media, video and other technologies, David spearheads the CUDC’s efforts to develop new techniques for community engagement. David teaches the graduate design studio, advises MUD capstone students and has led several community design charrettes.
All lectures are from 12-1 PM at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, unless otherwise noted. Free and open to the public.
This year for our Fall Lecture Series we have decided to invite CUDC Alumni to participate to celebrate our 15th Anniversary of the CUDC.
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.
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.
bus pass – public transit will be taken from CUDC to University Circle for primary sketching
clutch pencils (2B)
Both the lecture and the workshop are free and open to the public.
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
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.