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.
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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.
Join us Friday May 2nd, from 1-5 PM at the former Goodrich Gannet Neighborhood Center in the St. Clair Superior District of Cleveland for the final presentation and review of the Kent State University CAED Third Year Design/REbuild Studio.
The mission of the studio was to re-imagine uses for Cleveland’s blighted housing stock. The emphasis was on making a proposal which allows the greatest possible community impact with this one small project, either as an example for others to follow or an initiative that could be scaled later for greater impact. The students were encouraged to advocate with community leaders to make their big-impact projects happen. Many of them did find potential partners, but none committed fully to the project.
After mid semester review the studio shifted gears to creating a market rate home with a social-impact theme for our client the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation who plans to sell the project on the open market.
The design they intend to present to you for review, architecturally, socially, and practically – we are building the project this summer with the generous support of VIP Restoration and Durham Brothers Construction. We have a roster of +/-20 students working along side professionals and volunteers that will build the design.
The work of the students should be judged on:
• design concept and execution
• conformance with the original vision of community impact-oriented design
• practicality of construction – leveraging of unskilled labor (labor opportunity planning)
• quality of presentation and presentation material
• replicability – how our efforts can inspire others in the community to renovate
Everyone should have ample time to discuss their ideas on the project, and we hope after the academic review of the work a dialog will be created between the students, jurors, community members and project partners. We are going to site within a month, but the design is by no means fixed. Your feedback will have a direct impact on the project’s implementation.
This Friday’s lunch lecture will welcome Erick Rodriguez. He will discuss his involvement with CITY ART PLAY, a youth learning program in Los Angeles, where they created an approach to community engagement that brought art and design to everyday neighborhood spaces. Their goal was to get youth and their families thinking about learning beyond the classroom and within the community. Through a series of neighborhood art workshops, they helped youth express and share their creative potential.
Erick is also an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow. The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization and Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. will co-host Erick, as part of his fellowship, to further the development of the Eco-District framework and enhance coordination and collaboration across Cleveland neighborhoods with a broad group of community stakeholders. The City of Cleveland, BBC, and DSCDO are contributing to an international dialogue about the development and implementation of Eco-Districts, and Erick’s goal is to help craft a comprehensive set of strategies that will serve as a useful tool, for both city leaders and community members, to recognize ways their neighborhoods can come together to appropriate sustainability as an essential part of their community.
This event is free and open to the public.
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44102
AIA Cleveland’s “Goodtime for Design” annual boat cruise will take place Friday, June 13, 2014. Join hundreds of members in the design, planning, construction and building management professions on board the GOODTIME III cruise ship for an evening of informal networking, collegiality and fun! Guests are also welcome to attend.
Detailed information available here.
Photographer, Andrea Longacre-White, will have an exhibition of photography and sculpture as part of the Bellwether Project. Bellwether is a project of the Contemporary Art Society of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The event will be at the Ground Floor Gallery in the former Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center, 1368 East 55th Street.
Opening reception and artist’s talk will be held Thursday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 PM. Show runs April 18 – May 4, 2014. Fridays 1:00-5:00 PM; Saturdays 2:00-6:00 PM; Sundays 12:00-4:00 PM.
More information available here.
The exhibition is supported by the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, The Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center, and VIP.
Tuesday, April 8th we will have a lunch lecture featuring Dana Cuff of cityLAB. Dana Cuff is a professor, author, and practitioner in architecture. Her work focuses on affordable housing, modernism, suburban studies, the politics of place, and the spatial implications of new computer technologies. Cuff’s research on postwar urbanism was published in a book titled The Provisional City (MIT 2000), and she recently edited Fast Forward Urbanism with Roger Sherman (Princeton Architectural Press 2011). She founded cityLAB in 2006, and has since concentrated her efforts around issues of the emerging metropolis. Dr. Cuff is widely published, the recipient of numerous fellowships, and lectures internationally.
Join us from 12-1PM at the CUDC. This event is free and open to the public.
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Our Spring Lunch Lecture Series is back April 4th, from 12- 1 PM. This Friday’s featured speaker will be Matt Schmidt.
Matt Schmidt, a graduate of Kent State University and the CUDC, will be speaking about his career in architecture and planning in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio communities. Matt has been responsible for work in diverse neighborhoods while working for a private firm, and is now a Program Manager at the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit whose mission is to foster healthy neighborhoods through parks and green spaces. At the Trust for Public Land, Matt is working in Cleveland neighborhoods to integrate parks within green infrastructure basin sites, bring publicly accessible fitness facilities to residents, and develop a series of trails and green spaces through the Flats to the Lake Erie waterfront. The discussion will follow the projects that he has been a part of, and his path from architecture to community-based neighborhood planning.
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Some of the projects that Matt Schmidt has been working on:
The reconstruction of Historic League Park is the focal point of a neighborhood planning study that unites resident, baseball and historic preservation communities to catalyze reinvestment.
The Central Choice Neighborhood Plan brought a holistic definition of “community” under consideration through its focus on Neighborhood, Housing and People.
The CUDC and The College of Architecture and Environmental Design will be celebrating the accomplishments of our students and the work they submitted for the Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition at the CUDC on April 14, 2014.
Students from Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University collaborated on five submissions, two of which received honorable mention. Please join us to find out about their projects and congratulate them on their success.
The five teams will have their work displayed for you to review as well as light hors d’oeuvres and beer/wine. This is a great time to network with fellow design professionals and learn about the work of the CAED students.
Space is limited, so please RSVP here.
April 14, 2014
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
What’s Happening?: Cleveland’s Waterfronts is the first in a series of programs examining the promise and possibility inherent in the recent changes to the Cleveland Lakefront Park system, coupled with the city’s renewed prioritization of lakefront redevelopment. It presents an enormous opportunity to finally connect Clevelanders to their waterfronts. This forum will provide an update on various plans and projects that are underway or recently completed.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Roberta Steinbacher Atrium
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland State University
Register for this Forum event and find more information here.