09-30-14

Garden at Men’s Shelter Becomes a Welcoming Place for All

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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.

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2138_Garden_9-14The 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.

DSC_0673Coupled 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.

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09-26-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Kyle May

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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.

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09-16-14

Pop Up Motel Arrives at North Coast Harbor

 

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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:

10:00am Lobby

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.

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View the map of the Cleveland location below:

For more information, please contact Jeff Kruth at the CUDC at cudc@kent.edu or call (216) 357-3434.

09-15-14

Sometimes the Smallest Projects can have the Biggest Impacts

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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.

Urban Innovation Exchange
September 24-26, 2014 | Detroit USA
UIXDetroit.com @UIXDetroit #UIXDET

09-08-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Divya Sridhar | Sept. 12

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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 Alumni Lecture Series is held from 12-1 pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200. They are free and open to the public. View the full schedule of upcoming speakers here.

09-02-14

Alumni Lecture Series | David Jurca | Sept. 5

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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. 

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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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