02-23-15

Spring Lecture Series | Samuel Friesema

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We know it’s still cold outside, but our Spring Lecture Series is really heating up! This Friday we welcome former student, Samuel Friesema.

His lecture lecture will focus on his recent thesis proposal, Networks of Urban Acupuncture, which explored methods of injecting large amounts of new program into existing built-out contexts through interdisciplinary methods that combine architecture, urban theory, and policy. The lecture will feature an overview of Friesema’s thesis research and proposed design solution as well as speculative projections on how the research can be further developed and implemented in practice.

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Samuel Friesema is an urban and architectural thinker and designer. He has over eleven years of professional practice experience in the field of architecture. He has worked at award winning firms and has several award winning projects. He has recently earned a Masters of Urban Design from the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (Kent State University).

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As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Monday, February 27th from 12-1 PM, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

02-17-15

RESCHEDULED: Spring Lecture Series | Allison Schifani

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NOTE* due to extreme cold today, Allison Schifani’s lecture will be rescheduled for Monday, March 9th from 12-1 PM. 

Allison Schifani, Postdoctoral Scholar in Digital Humanities at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, joins us this Friday for our Spring Lecture Series.

Her talk, Speculative Urbanism: Uncertain Architectures in the Rust Belt” explores the emerging cultural logic of “speculative urbanism.” Following the work of An Uncertain Commons in Speculate This!, Schifani situates speculative urbanism in two distinct categories: affirmative and firmative. Firmative speculation “renders latent possibilities as calculable outcomes.” Affirmative speculation is rather a collection of “modes of living that recognize the dormant energies of the quotidian and eventualities that escape the imagination.” Contemporary forms of urban practice and play that harness emerging technologies or re-imagine analog forms, she argues, have the distinct capacity to affirmatively speculate in and about the city. She explores new forms of speculative urban engagement that run counter to the financial speculation of contemporary capital: destabilizing firmative valuation structures, unearthing hidden infrastructures thought to be “virtual,” and opening up space for the formation of alternative publics.

Allison Schifani received her PhD from the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work explores literatures, media art, and urban intervention in the 20th and 21st Century Americas. Her manuscript project, Biotechnical Ecologies: Urban Practice and Play in Buenos Aires and Los Angeles focuses on extra-institutional ways of shaping the experience of the city and speculating on its digital futures. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies and is forthcoming in Media Fields. She is also currently writing on emerging DIY media and art practices in Cleveland.

As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Monday, March 9th from 12-1 PM, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

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02-09-15

Spring Lecture Series | Jeffrey Kerr

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This Friday we welcome Jeffrey Kerr, Principal with Environmental Design Group, as part of our Spring Lecture Series. His talk, “Building Blocks: The Art & Science of Rebuilding Communities” will provide insight to Environmental Design Group’s focus on revitalizing our region, reconnecting our communities, and restoring our environment through the integration of creative design and technical problem solving. He will share some of their current work that is reshaping our region.

Jeffrey Kerr, ASLA, AICP is a planning, landscape architecture and engineering firm located in Akron and Cleveland where he manages the firm’s planning + design group. As a licensed landscape architect and certified planner, Jeff brings twenty-five years of experience in revitalizing urban communities, restoring ecological systems, and supporting sustainable regional land use. Throughout his career, Jeff has worked with communities in developing planning initiatives such as urban redevelopment strategies, regional watershed studies, comprehensive land use plans, green infrastructure & conservation plans, and parks & trail design. Mr. Kerr has studied at Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. He currently sits on the Board of Zoning Appeals for Bath Township and on the Board of Directors for Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath Township. He is also the Co-chair of the Cuyahoga River Water Trail Partners.

As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Friday, February 13th, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

02-02-15

Spring Lecture Series | Landscape Architects from NBBJ

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This week we welcome three landscape architects from the global, networked  design firm, NBBJ. Brian Bernstein, Ed Mickelson, and Carmine Russo’s talk “What’s Your Awareness? The Power of Integrated Design” will focus on the perspective of landscape architects and urban designers, as they  will be sharing thoughts about the design practice and why they believe awareness and engagement matter.

 A little bit about our speakers: 

Brian Bernstein is a Project Leader with NBBJ. Brian is accomplished in the development of complex, large-scale sites. Much of his experience has been in the realm of hospitality and resort design, with extensive involvement in residential resorts and mixed-use commercial development. His completed projects are located across the U.S. and Mexico. Working in multidisciplinary teams, Brian has established expertise in understanding site, environmental, and regulatory constraints that are critical in successfully shaping site solutions. He is also keenly interested in understanding the needs and desires of his clients to assure the projects reach their maximum potential within the financial and time constraints established.

Ed Michelson is a Design Leader for NBBJ’s Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Practice. Ed is regarded as a leading voice in the design of many of the firm’s most prestigious projects; his concepts are well-conceived, practical and provocative. He directs projects of national, international and cultural significance and builds consensus among disparate groups for the realization of clients’ specific goals. During his 35-year career he has won more than 30 design awards for his work in the planning and design of highly complex sites and campuses in the United States, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Jordan and Kuwait.

Carmine Russo is a Project Landscape Architect who brings a broad background of planning and design to NBBJ. Within the United States, he has led multiple projects for world-class leaders in healthcare institutions, and has worked on major urban transportation projects as well as corporate, commercial, and civic assignments. In addition to his domestic projects, Carmine has also engaged with accomplished multidisciplinary teams and influential international clients in the development of projects in Russia and China. He is a leader who works well in the team environment and builds strong relationships with his clients working toward projects that meet their highest standards and aspirations. Carmine is a strong advocate of innovation in design, as well as sustainability strategies that protect and enhance the natural environment.

As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Friday, February 6th, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

 

 

01-16-15

Spring Lecture Series | Saskia Sassen

Our lecture next week will not be held at our regularly scheduled time, Friday at 12 PM. Instead it will be Wednesday, January 21st, at 1 PM. We will be welcoming Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Chair of The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, Saskia Sassen.

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Her most recent book Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy is a groundbreaking analysis of the ways in which economic power is increasingly exerted across traditional jurisdictions and boundaries. In the book Sassen traces complex logistical, legal, and algorithmic mechanisms that determine the distribution of wealth and the treatment of land and natural resources in a context of widening inequality, intense development of resources, and weakening state institutions and legal regimes. She reaches the sobering conclusion that these regimes are increasingly calibrated to function optimally without necessarily using human resources fully. The result is that large populations may be permanently left over – expelled – from the system, and subjected to increasingly brutal forms of policing and neglect. Her analysis helps explain the increasingly varied fortunes of “winner” and “loser” cities and the deep systemic challenges facing cities like Cleveland that have been subject to the global operations of industrial restructuring and speculative finance.

Other books by Saskia Sassen include Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global, A Sociology of Globalization, and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy. Her books are translated into over 20 languages. She has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in multiple lists. She was awarded the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences and elected to the Netherlands Royal Academy of the Sciences. To learn more about Saskia Sassen and her work, please visit www.saskiasassen.com.

As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 1-2 PM on Wednesday, January 21st, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

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01-12-15

Spring Lecture Series | Alex Pesta

We are kicking off our Spring Lecture Series on Friday, January 16th, with urban design and city planner, Alex Pesta of City Architecture. Originally from Cincinnati, he will talk about his outsider perspective on the City of Cleveland, as well as, his career path that spans from a single family residential architect to now, urban designer and city planner.

Alex’s broad vision and understanding of “big picture” thinking and planning motivate him to constantly challenge himself and others in pursuit of maximizing a project’s impact and potential. He believes that intelligent, effective and meaningful investments in public spaces and infrastructure have the ability to celebrate place, redefine a street and establish new identities. His involvement leading the City of Huron’s master plan process led to the development of initiatives, that when considered together, can reshape this prime waterfront community. Alex’s approach begins with projects that are immediately realizable to gain momentum and community support. He believes that overall change can happen at the smallest scale, whether it is the construction of a median, the installation of landscaping or a signage package that helps define place.

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His project experience ranges from small infill redevelopment sites to overall city master plans and has led him towards a widespread appreciation of design, successful project implementation, open and effective communication with consultants, city officials, and most importantly, clients. Alex studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati, has practiced at City Architecture for 12 years and recently became a partner at the firm. He leads the firm’s planning efforts and feels the firm’s combination of planning and architecture services provide a unique perspective for each project.

As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Friday, January 16th, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

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12-01-14

Night Market Preview | December 6

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All are welcome to come enjoy live music, fire side chats, cold weather wear swap, gift wrapping and FREE lantern making at the Night Market Preview—located in the Superior Arts Neighborhood of Cleveland’s Campus District. This is a smaller scale version of the Night Market planned by St. Clair Superior this spring. The event invites us all to join in the holiday spirit for an outdoor evening of fun!

WHEN: Saturday, December 6th
4-8 PM Night Market Preview
5-7 PM FREE chili from The Manna Truck
6 PM Superior Arts Banner Celebration
WHERE: 2203 Superior Ave.
BRING: If you can, something for the cold weather wear swap!

The event will coincide with the 27th Annual Holiday Open Studio & Sale taking place at the ArtCraft Building, 2570 Superior Ave. Tower Press & Artefino, 1900 Superior Ave. will also be hosting open studios and displaying local artwork.

The event is a partnership of Campus District, Inc., Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Brite Winter, Needs Cleveland, and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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12-01-14

The CUDC Celebrates 15 Years!

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Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design invites you to the CUDC’s 15th Anniversary Party on Friday, December 5.

For fifteen years the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative has been improving the built environment through design assistance, research, education, and advocacy. See how our work has transformed through the years, view student work from past and present, and the release of our 7th Volume of Urban Infill: Historic Preservation & Urban Change.

Hors d’oeuvres & drinks provided.

Please RSVP here.

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

Friday, December 5, 2014 from 5 – 7 PM

11-21-14

Massimo and Lella Vignelli | December 1, 2014

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Join AIGA Cleveland, the Consulate of Italy in Detroit, AIA, the Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State University ‘s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for an evening celebrating the lives and work of Massimo and Lella Vignelli.

Panelists include R. Roger Remington, Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design, RIT; Dr. Renato Miracco, Cultural Attache, Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C.; and Steven Litt, Moderator, Art and Architecture Critic, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com. RSVPs are needed by November 24, 2014, and can be sent to maryhelen[at]aiacleveland.com. There is no cost for attendance at this event.

December 1st, 2014
5:30 PM (event will begin at 5:45 PM)
Cleveland Institute of Art – Russell B. Aitken Auditorium
11141 East Boulevard Cleveland Ohio

In preparation for the main event on December 1, the CUDC will be hosting an in-house screening of Gary Hustwit’s film Helvetica, which features Vignelli prominently. The screening is this Monday, November 24 at 5:30pm at the CUDC, 1309 Prospect Avenue. Buzz for entry. There will be popcorn!

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Lord Norman Foster | November 19, 2014

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Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design is co-sponsoring an Ideas for Tomorrow Speaker Series featuring Lord Norman Foster.

Norman Foster was born in Manchester. After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961 he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he was a fellow of Jonathan Edwards College and gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture.

Established as Foster Associates in 1967 his practice, now known as Foster + Partners, is an international studio for architecture and design with projects on six continents. Over the past five decades the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and ecology through a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans and public infrastructure, to museums, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design.

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 5-6 PM at the InterContinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center.

Please click here for more information and to register.

11-17-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Julie Whyte

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Our Alumni Lecture Series is coming to a close this Friday and we couldn’t be happier to end with Julie Whyte. Julie is a 2012 graduate of the CUDC’s dual-degree Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design program. Since graduation, she has pursued a multidisciplinary range of experiences, including regional planning for a non-profit organization and CUDC’s Post-Graduate Fellowship. She is currently employed as a Designer at Bialosky & Partners Architects.

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Surface Water and Watersheds map created for the NEOSCC  (Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium).

Julie’s talk, “Shifting Between Scales”, will be talking about her current position at Bialosky & Partners Architects, as well as, her time as the CUDC’s first Post-Graduate Fellow.julie_blog

Rendering created for Cleveland Magazine while at the CUDC.

As always our lectures are free and open to the public. 12-1pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.


11-10-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Matt Schmidt

You’re running out of time to check out our Alumni Lecture Series. This Friday you are going to want to come and hear Matt Schmidt’s talk, Defining Community.  He will discuss how community and placemaking play a role in what we design, and how his own viewpoint of community has both evolved with, and been defined by, his work in architecture and planning since leaving Kent State and the CUDC. How we design with and for a community will be discussed, and the need for architects and planners to think differently about the environments we create as the communities we work in continue to change.

PowerPoint PresentationMatt is now a city planner and urban designer at The Trust for Public Land, Matt has worked on designing and developing parks and trails since he joined the organization in 2013. He is currently working on incorporating park amenities into green infrastructure projects in Cleveland and Milwaukee, as well as participating in the design and development of the Lake Link Trail in Cleveland’s Flats and a community-lead neighborhood green space initiative. Matt’s previous 13 years of experience at a Cleveland-based architecture and planning firm included the management and development of city master plans, multi-modal transportation studies, strategic neighborhood redevelopments and streetscape designs in communities throughout the region. Matt studied architecture at Kent State University, and completed his graduate degree at the Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. Matt serves on the Executive Committee of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Planning Association, and was recently honored to be included in the 2014 Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 Under 40.

PowerPoint PresentationAs always our lectures are free and open to the public. 12-1pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

11-05-14

Monica Ponce de Leon | November 13 | CWRU

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Thursday, November 13, Case Western Reserve Baker-Nord Center for Humanities will welcome Monica Ponce de Leon as part of The Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture: Across Art and Architecture.

Using examples from her own creative practice, Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan, will discuss the ever-shifting relationship between artistic production and the architectural project. At the center of the lecture she tackles pre-conceived notions about design, creativity, and the power of imagination.

Pre-lecture reception begins at 5:30 pm in the lobby of the Allen Memorial Medical Library.

Date: 11-13-2014
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library – 11000 Euclid Avenue
Registration: Free and open to the public, registration recommended

You can find out more details about Monica Ponce de Leon and the event here.

11-03-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Claire Markwardt & Neil Reindel

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We only have a few lectures left in our Alumni Lecture Series, and this week features recent graduates Claire Markwardt & Neil Reindel. Their talk, ULI Competition: Tips, Tricks, Trials and Tribulations, will focus on their experiences competing in the 2013 + 2014 ULI Gerald D. Hines Competitions.

Join us on Friday, from 12-1 pm, to learn tips and tricks for completing competitive entries while overcoming various trials and tribulations through the two week process. Ultimately, this presentation hopes to reveal the value of competitive design thinking, its importance as an integral part of the academic experience, and why it has continued to be an asset and continuing endeavor after graduation.

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2013 Team, “Active East”, (from left to right) David Jurca, Neil Reindel, Claire Markwardt, Abe Weiner, Ian Jones, and Greg Soltis. 

Claire Markwardt and Neil Reindel are recent Graduates of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. They received their Bachelors of Science in Architecture from Kent State University in May of 2012, and their Masters of Architecture and Masters of Urban Design from Kent State’s CUDC in May of 2014. While completing their studies, they were part of many local, national, and international design competitions. They received the following recognitions:

  • Individually, both were winners of the USA Firenze Competition in 2011
  • AIA Akron Student Design Award for Sony Center in 2012
  • ULI Gerald D. Hines Competition Honorable Mention for Active East with teammates Gregory Soltis, Abraham Weiner, and Ian Jones in 2013
  • AIA Cleveland Student Design Award for linC: Living Infrastructure Network_Cleveland in 2013
  • ULI Gerald D. Hines Competition Honorable Mention for Second Nature with teammates Abraham Weiner, Dan Whalen, and Tom Brown in 2014
  • ASLA Ohio Chapter Student Design Award for the Bike Box Living Roof Lab, where they served as project leads for the design constructed in 2013/2014

As always our lectures are free and open to the public. 12-1pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

 

10-31-14

Fall 2014 Conneaut Charrette: The Student Perspective

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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.

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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.

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We asked each team leader to write about their experience at the charrette and to further explain the projects they tackled.

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