Beginning on September 18, the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) will welcome students and faculty from the University of Arts and Industrial Design at Linz. Coming to us from Austria, their “Motel on the Road” project will be stationed at end of the E. 9th St. Pier at North Coast Harbor, adjacent to Voinovich Park (see map below). The project is an interactive art installation where two shipping containers will become a think tank, a communication platform and melting pot where strangers meet strangers producing something new at each destination.
“Motel on the Road” will arrive in Cleveland from Pittsburgh via Ann Arbor and continue stopping at various cities through the end of September. Artist performances, roundtable discussions, digital tours, and live music will take place throughout the week, and in coordination with other downtown events.
The containers will be open from 11:00am into the evenings beginning on Thursday Sept. 18 and closing on Tuesday, Sept. 23. We hope to see you down there!
Events are as follows:
Thurs. Sept. 18.
11:00am Opening Ceremony
12:00pm “Fake” City Tour of Linz, Austria
Fri. Sept. 19:
11:00am Project Art Workshop with Pepi Maier and Barry Undewood
7:00pm Live Music
Sat. Sept 20:
11:00am Collecting Stories with Artists Li Ka Ying and Jane Lam
12:00pm Lobby Time
5:00pm “On the Road” Roundtable
7:00pm DJ Party
Sun. Sept. 21:
11:00am Sofa lessons with Austria featuring Artist Juliana Herrero
4:00pm Sound Lab Artist Martin Winkler
Mon. Sept 22:
11:00am Open Space 1
2:00pm Student Think Tank
6:00pm Student Think Tank with Artist Daniela Steiner
Tues. Sept 23:
10:00am City Intervention with Prof. Alex Beck
4:00pm Open Space
7:00pm Closing Ceremony and Performance
Download the Motel on the Road event poster PDF.
View the map of the Cleveland location below:
For more information, please contact Jeff Kruth at the CUDC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 357-3434.
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.
This Friday, September 19th, Rob and Melanie Dower will discuss their personal journeys to establish their individual career paths, as they settled in the City of Pittsburgh. They will discuss key moments in their career, defining projects, seizing opportunities, and the influential literature and mentors in their lives. Rob and Melanie will share their experience balancing their family life while always striving to push themselves to the next level of their careers. They will even touch on the struggle to have two architects attempt to renovate a home together! Rob and Melanie look forward to being able to share the knowledge they have gained to date, and hope that it will help to inspire others to “Find the Right Fit”.
Melanie Buzgan Dower graduated from Kent State University with a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design in 2006. After graduation, Melanie moved to Pittsburgh and joined Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. Now an Associate, Melanie has spent her last 8 years expanding her leadership role. With a focus on workplace excellence and integrated systems, Melanie has carved her niche and found herself on a longer term trajectory in the firm. Melanie continues to balance her work-life ratio as an active mom of two, while also influencing some of the most meaningful architecture in the City of Pittsburgh.
Rob Dower graduated from Kent State University with a Master of Architecture and Certificate of Urban Design in 2006. After graduation, Rob moved to Pittsburgh and joined Strada Architecture, LLC. Immediately recognized as a key designer in the firm, Rob has worked closely on some of the most influential new projects in the City of Pittsburgh. Rob works on a wide array of project types and has continued to be a leader in the firm for the past 8 years.
ULI’s Cleveland Campus Series will take place Thursday, October 2, 2014 in Kent, OH
An in depth look at how a mid-size city, the State’s 2nd largest university, regional public transit, and private developers collaborated during the economic downturn to link a declining city district with the university’s campus. Utilizing over $110 million in public and private investments, the effort transformed a four block area into the new home for multiple corporate headquarters, 15+ shops and restaurants, high-end residential, hotel, and publicly funded parking garage.
3:30pm – Registration
4:00pm – Panel Presentation
5:00pm – Q & A
5:30pm – Cocktail Reception at Bricco
Registrations made after Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
More information on the Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good exhibition on Governor’s Island can be found here.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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. The aim is for these temporary interventions to provide a conflict-free interface between the homeless population and neighborhood residents, business-owners, and employees. 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. View more photos of the Team Up to Clean Up event.
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.
The CUDC will host a special lecture on Wednesday, June 4, from 4-5 PM. Author and Professor Daniel Campo will be discussing his recent book, The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned. His book explores the remarkable landscape created by individuals and small groups who occupied and rebuilt an abandoned Brooklyn waterfront. While local residents, activists, garbage haulers, real estate developers, speculators, and two city administrations fought over the fate of the former Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal (BEDT), others simply took to this decaying edge, transforming it into a unique venue for leisure, creative, and everyday practices.
“The Accidental Playground is a deeply thoughtful, intensely observed, and challenging book. While it is completely grounded in one specific place, it succeeds in posing questions that are applicable to cities everywhere. What do urban humans really need from their recreational spaces? What deep desires are unmet by well-groomed parks such as the High Line? In an era of tight budgets, what can we learn from the no-cost, instant fun that people had for years at BEDT?” – The Atlantic Cities
This event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) announces a Call for Participants in a national conference to be held November 6-8, 2014. They pose the question, what does it mean in contemporary art and design to be socially engaged?
The conference proposes to examine various approaches to social practices in both art and design in an effort to understand the concepts, terms, and varieties of engagement of the past two decades.
The CIA invites presentations of conventional and unorthodox forms from artists, designers, and scholars on the topic. Prospective participants may submit proposals for short papers or examine specific works or activities that address the questions as noted. Suggested related themes may include but are not limited to:
- Socially engaged art and the new public sphere
- Artists as activists: voices from the Great Lakes region
- Historical precedents and present strategies of social practice
- Urban design and design in the city as force for change
- Aesthetics, ethics and politics
- Student agency and society: 21st-century visions of the art school
Please submit PDF formatted abstracts of no more than 650 words, along with letter of interest and CV to: Gary Sampson and José Carlos Teixeira. Email to email@example.com.
Deadline for proposals is July 14, 2014.
Detailed information about Unruly Engagements can be found here.