2011 CPAC Creative Workforce Fellowship

babylon-dahlia_450Photograph: Babylon Dahlia by Bruce Checefsky, 2009 Fellow

The 2011 round of Creative Workforce Fellowships (CWF) is now open for applications. The CWF cycles each year between Literary/Performing Arts and Visual Arts, this current round being open to visual artists and designers. Here’s more information on CWF, which is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture:

Every day, artists are investing in the future of Cuyahoga County … from the architect that’s transforming an urban neighborhood to the filmmaker who’s in the middle of a groundbreaking feature. They’re strengthening the face of our economy, our education system and our community’s quality of life.

And now the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture is investing directly in the future of these community champions. Applications are currently available for the 2011 cycle of the Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program that will provide $20,000 awards to 20 Cuyahoga County craft, design, media and visual artists. Part 1 of the Application is due July 30, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. EST, and Part 2 is due September 10, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

For more information about the program, including entry requirements, tips for submitting a competitive application and information about our 5 informational workshops, please visit www.cpacbiz.org/cwf.shtml, or contact Valerie Schumacher at vls@cpacbiz.org or (216) 575-0331, x2. The CWF is made possible by the generous funding of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.


Public Forum on Cleveland’s Historic Malls

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by david jurca


Middle School Architecture Instructor Position

progressive-arts-allianceLocal non-profit Progressive Arts Alliance (PAA) is looking to fill a part-time teaching opportunity made possible by a grant they recently received. PAA is looking for instructors to teach 6th-8th grade students the basics of architecture through an in-school residency May 10 – May 28, 2010. Both architects and students are welcome to apply.

The position would pay $50/hour, 5 classes a day for 9 days totaling $2,250.

If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, please click on the application link below for more information.

download application (pdf)

Applications must be submitted by e-mail or postal mail and the applications must be RECEIVED by Friday April 16, 2010.

by david jurca


Project H Road Show Coming to CLE

roadshow-poster_blogYou may have recently seen Project H Executive Director Emily Pilloton on The Colbert Report talking about the Design Revolution Road Show making its way around the country in an Airstream trailer. The Road Show stops in Cleveland on Monday, March 29th at the Cleveland Institute of Art with a presentation from Pilloton (12-1pm) and an interdisciplinary design workshop following from (1-2:30pm).  The workshop will focus on extracting design principles and tactics from the products presented in the Project H exhibition. The Airstream contains an exhibition of 40 humanitarian solutions showcased in the book Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People.

The event is organized by Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative with the goal of increasing dialogue between the various design communities in Cleveland. Attendees representing multiple design backgrounds (urban design, architecture, landscape, product design, and business) are strongly encouraged to attend.

The hope is that this event will provide designers from different disciplines, which rarely meet, an opportunity to work together on a common purpose. The organizers are planning to direct the interdisciplinary design energy  from the Project H event into a larger initiative focused on a local project in the Fall.

Click here to RSVP for the workshop

Click here for event location map

For more information contact:

Matt Beckwith
Designer-in-Residence, CIA

Mackenzie King
1st Year Chair, Student & Academic Affairs, CWRU

David Jurca
Urban Designer, CUDC


Manchester DJ Dave Haslam Talk


This is a short notice event announcement, but we’d like to invite everyone to stop by the CUDC for an exciting presentation on Saturday, March 27th starting at 5:30pm. A friend of ours, the multi-talented Dave Haslam, will be visiting from Manchester, UK next weekend for a DJ-ing gig at B-Side Liquor Lounge on Sunday and we want to take the opportunity to spotlight some of his other interests with a talk the night before.

Dave will deliver a talk on the post-punk band Joy Division‘s emergence in the context of post-industrial Manchester in the late 70′s, the band’s re-emergence as New Order after singer Ian Curtis’ tragic death and their music’s enduring influence to this day.

If you’re a fan of Joy Divison, New Order or the bands they inspired (U2, the Killers, Arcade Fire, etc.), then this is definitely an event you won’t want to miss. But the story of creativity in the midst of affliction is something in which we can all find inspiration.

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by david jurca


CIA Photo Spring Show

Photography majors from the Cleveland Institute of Art will have their Spring Show located on the first floor of our new building from March 26th – April 2nd. The exhibit cleverly named “it’ll last longer” will showcase the work of 18 students exploring the edges of photography using various media.

The currently vacant storefront located on the corner of E. 13th and Euclid Ave. was the site of Designerosa, our Pop Up City book release party and will be again be the venue for Kent State’s interior design department show the week following the CIA exhibit.

Hope to see you at these upcoming exhibits and look out for more event announcements coming soon!


by david jurca


Brite Winter Photos

Photos taken from the Brite Winter Festival on Saturday…

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Brite Winter Festival

Brite Winter Festival

PopUp City strikes again this Saturday from 5-10pm at Hart Crane Memorial Park.

So, what’s going on?  Loads.

Imagine the love child of locavore eats courtesy of Sainato’s Restaurant and sponsor Gypsy Bean Coffee and Baking; the wafting musical genius from the likes of The Hot Rails, Uncanny Xe La, and This Moment in Black History; art to make you think more/better; and activities that will make you forget you’re an adult.

That love child is Brite Winter Festival.

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Public Square Concepts Go Public

Public Square : exiting Tower City

Thread scheme : Exiting Terminal Tower / Field Operations

This past week, a steering committee comprised of members from Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) and ParkWorks reviewed initial concepts for a redesign of Cleveland’s Public Square. Our CUDC office was on the design team, which was lead by James Corner’s Field Operations (FO). Our joint team was selected by the steering committee through an RFQ process back in October. The short time frame between team selection in October and initial concepts due on December 16th meant that we all had to work quickly to gather information on existing conditions, review studies already undertaken on future uses of Public Square and prepare images of alternative schemes for the steering committee to weigh in on.

The CUDC supported FO’s lead design work by assembling data and mapping of current conditions and providing “on-the-ground” information to FO regarding cultural and social context. In the process, we also created a time-lapse video of Public Square, which provides a clear visual of the constant shade condition on the southwest quadrant, closest to the Tower City entrance. Collaborating on a project with an office located in another city was a valuable experience and we’re very excited about the concepts developed.

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Innerbelt Bridge Access for Everyone


The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to build a new, $450 million I-90 bridge through downtown Cleveland.  Although all of us should be able to use it, the existing plans do not include pedestrian and cyclist access.  We need your help to change this.

Thirty highway bridges across the U.S. have safe and attractive bike and pedestrian amenities on them.  It can happen in Cleveland with your input.

Let your public officials know you support access for all on the new bridge.  Here are three ways you can help:

  1. Learn more about the issue, including important public hearings and who to contact, by logging on to www.gcbl.org/innerbelt
  2. Send your comments in support to bridge@greencitybluelake.org and we’ll forward them to decision makers.
  3. Or call ODOT Innerbelt Project Manager Craig Hebebrand at (216) 581-2100.

This is not just another road building project, this is an urban redevelopment.  We need your help to support this once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve Cleveland’s inner city quality of life and sustainability.
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Creativity vs. The Plastic Plague


Early in the morning on Saturday, October 3rd, Edgewater Beach became the venue for a boat race meant to bring awareness to the exorbitant amount of plastic that makes its way to the world’s lakes and oceans. Led by Cathi Lehn of the Biodiversity Alliance and Dr. Marcus Eriksen of the California-based Algalita Marine Research Foundation, teams from throughout Cuyahoga County arrived with their self-made boats. The eleven small boats, constructed entirely from plastic bottles and otherwise discarded objects, were carefully carried down by the teams to the water’s edge of Lake Erie. The large crowd watched nervously as the teams pushed their crafts onto the water and the selected team members got on board. Would their boats even float?

lovecraft_teamThis question was certainly on the mind of the LoveCraft’s team, comprised of members from the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, the Green City Blue Lake Institute and Environmental Health Watch. In a boat building workshop the week before, Dr. Eriksen had given the rule of thumb, “One two-liter bottle will support one kilogram.” But did he then say to use enough bottles for double the weight or was that just because of the metric system? Well, the team would find out when they hit the water.

As the brave skippers, Marc Lefkowitz and Mandy Metcalf, boarded the LoveCraft, the team was surprised by how little their recycled matress framed rig sunk in the water. The additional pontoons made from discarded wildberry sno cone syrup bottles must have done the trick! Now the LoveCrafters would have to face the 300 feet of Lake Erie out to the marker canoe, make the turn around it, and paddle back to shore against the prevailing wind. They would also have to watch out for the favored boat that day; a sleak two pontoon vessel covered in saran wrap designed by Medina high school students.

lovecraft_finishThe LoveCraft held her own as the skippers paddled furiously to the shoreline, but was just edged out of third place by another Medina craft skippered by two students wearing batman and robin costumes.  Maybe the extra pontoons could have been placed closer to the edge in order to make a more hydrodynamic design? Maybe they weren’t needed at all? When trying to determine the right balance of plastic needed, it might be better to favor on the side of simply using less.

For more info on what can be done to combat the plastic plague and for more photos of the regatta, visit the GreenCityBlueLake Institute blog. For behind the scenes shots of the crafting of the LoveCraft, visit our CUDC Flickr stream.

by david jurca


Video of The Bridge Project

Another shoddily-done video made by me for you.  Enjoy!

by marianne.


It’s coming.



The Bridge Project. 

on lower level of The Detroit-Superior Bridge
2433 Superior Viaduct

September 25 & 26, 2009
Friday from 4pm – midnight | Saturday from noon – midnight

Click here for more info and for a schedule of the Project’s events, shows and exhibits.

You’re not going to want to miss this,



VOTE: Bridge Design[Build] Charrette


What if the Detroit-Superior Bridge lower level became a public space? How would you use it? Now is your chance to see it happen.

1. Visit www.BridgeProjectVote.com to share your thoughts on initial concepts developed by students involved in the Bridge Project design[build] charrette. Leave your comments on the projects and begin a dialogue with the students. What ideas do you like? What would you like to see more details on? What new uses would you like to see included?

2. Share the link with co-workers, friends, family and smarter-than-average pets.  The students would love to have your feedback so they can quickly develop and refine their projects. Only a few projects will be selected to be built full-scale on the bridge, so make your thoughts known!

3. Come to the public opening during the Bridge Project on Friday and Saturday September 25th (4pm-midnight) and 26th (noon-midnight) to experience the selected projects as built prototypes. Public input on the projects will continue during the two day bridge opening as people activate the spaces and students observe the interactions, then adjust the installations.

Oftentimes as designers the distance between conceptual plan and embodied user experience is too wide to be meaningful. The rapid prototyping concept for the Bridge Project charrette intends to collapse this distance and introduce user feedback earlier in the design process. The installations during the event should not be viewed as finished products, but rather as prototypes designed to engage and draw feedback from the future users of the space.

Many thanks to Jeff Schuler for constructing the drupal website for project voting: www.jeffschuler.net

by david jurca


All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Architectural Ideas for Cleveland

Kent architecture alums Tedd Ferringer, Jeremy Smith and Michael Abrahamson are hosting the event, “All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Architectural Ideas for Cleveland.”


Here’s their write-up of the event, which will be happening in University Circle on Oct. 30-31:

What is a city’s recommended daily intake of architecture? Let’s exceed it…

All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Architectural Ideas for Cleveland, an upcoming exhibition to be held at The Sculpture Center, posits that the city has a high metabolic rate, burning through ideas faster than they can be ingested. In response, the exhibit will present a binge of possible futures excessive in scale and exhaustive in scope, ideas both raw and cooked, half-baked and hair-brained.

Join us in preparing a feast.

For more information on this event, including how to submit an entry (you don’t need to be an architect/designer, although you certainly can be), click here.