09-20-17

Ben Herring Lecture | September 22

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Lecture: “Source Material: Identities in Architecture”
Ben Herring
Friday, September 22nd
12(noon) – 1pm
CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Free and open to the public

RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Join us at the CUDC this Friday, September 22nd for a talk by Ben Herring, project manager at redhouse studio architecture. His interactive presentation will explore meaning through materiality in architecture. The applications of architectures are no longer simple, nor simply for providing shelter. The uses of architecture include identities as concrete as defining the face of business (Facebook Headquarters, Gehry Partners), as personal as defining home (Incremental Housing Complex Quinta Monroy, Elemental), and as controversial as redefining our memory (Vietnam Memorial, Maya Lin). These projects are young. However, architecture is prehistoric. In turn, many well established views on the state of the art of architecture have been declared and deconstructed throughout architectural history.

The aim of this presentation will be to review an abbreviated collection of these influences on architectural history. This survey of trademark architectural definitions, agendas, and identities will then be used to provide a groundwork for discourse on how we approach architecture today.

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Clifford Benjamin Herring is a designer specializing in new materials and architectures for public good. Ben was administered various honors at Ball State University where he received degrees in Architecture and Economics. He has previously served as a board member for PBS and NPR member stations in Southern Indiana and is currently seated as the executive board treasurer for the Refresh Collective (the organization responsible for the Fresh Camp). Ben is a project manager at redhouse studio architecture where his work includes new material developments and various non-for-profit and commercial architectures. As a workshop director for the CUDC’s Making Our Own Space (MOOS) program, Ben works with youth throughout Cleveland, Ohio to influence their neighborhoods through design and construction.

Let us know you’re coming. RSVP on the Facebook event page and please spread the word!

View the CUDC’s full 2017 Fall Lecture Series.

 

06-01-17

CUDC Wins 2017 EDRA Great Places Award for Making Our Own Space (MOOS)

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Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is honored to receive the 2017 Great Places Award in the Planning category from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).

The EDRA Great Places Awards recognize professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design and pay special attention to the relationship between physical form of the built environment and human activity or experience. The Great Places Planning Award specifically recognizes the CUDC’s Making Our Own Space (MOOS) initiative, a youth program focused on engaging and empowering middle and high school students with the skills to transform their neighborhood public spaces.

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MOOS is led by CUDC staff in close partnership with a team of local and nationally-renowned designers. Focused on outdoor spaces owned by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP) and the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio, this initiative uses hands-on, on-site workshops to build physical and social infrastructure in collaboration with the surrounding community. Outdoor workshops organized by students addressed issues related to shared spaces, inclusive decision-making and helping to bring diversity to the design fields by involving youth from underrepresented groups. In response to the project, the City of Shaker Heights created a committee of staff, residents and councilpersons to increase leadership opportunities for middle and high school youth. The Shaker School District is exploring how to incorporate the MOOS placemaking workshop into its curriculum. The EDRA Award jury stated, “This is a great example of planning that involves youth in place making and community building.”

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Started in 2015 by Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), the program supports the CUDC’s Design Diversity initiative by raising awareness in African American and Latino communities about the range of design careers available to youth. MOOS workshops expose students to design thinking and making, employing interdisciplinary approaches from architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, and graphic design.

Making Our Own Space is made possible through the generous support of the Saint Luke’s Foundation, The City of Shaker Heights, and the Cleveland Foundation’s Minority Arts & Education Fund.

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12-08-16

Helen Liggett’s MOOS photographs on display now through Jan 2 at The Dealership

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Helen Liggett’s documentation of the Summer 2016 activities of students and planners participating in Making Our Own Space at Britt Oval in the Buckeye neighborhood and in the Moreland neighborhood in Shaker will be on display at The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road in Shaker Heights, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM, until January 2nd.

The exhibit follows middle school and high school students as they transform ideas about improving their neighborhoods into physical structures.

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The images are arranged in sequences that “tell a story” about particular activities or projects. The Buckeye sequences tend to be about MOOS skills in general. The Moreland sequences tend to be about designing and executing special projects, reflecting the greater maturity of this group. Viewers are encouraged to see the spatial or ordination and communication that building requires. In the end, the art of building play structures is remarkably like the art of building community.

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Helen Liggett’s interests are in the related fields of urban theory, visual culture, and photography. She teaches at the Urban College at Cleveland State University and at the ARCH Studies program at Kent State University.

The Dealership
3558 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH
44120

Exhibit Times
Monday – Friday
9AM – 5PM
through January 2, 2017

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10-11-16

Making Our Own Stories Podcast Launched!

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Making Our Own Stories, a youth podcast about placemaking, launched its first four episodes. The podcast will reveal the stories behind the projects built in the Buckeye neighborhood through the Making Our Own Space workshops. The podcast puts the mic in the hands of youth, training them to craft and tell stories they find interesting—in their own voice.

MOOStories is led by a team of partners including Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), designer Ellen Sullivan, Kent State University Master of Landscape Architecture student Jessie Hawkins, community leader and independent radio broadcaster D’Angelo Knuckles, and Sidewalk founder and urban planner Justin Glanville.

Students learned how to use recording equipment so they could interview people on the street, design professionals, grant funders, police officers, and each other. The podcast gives youth the opportunity to ask adults why the neighborhood looks the way it does. Then take actions to make it better.

You can listen to the first four episodes on the MOOS website or on iTunes. We will be posting another episode each week for the next two months. If you enjoy the stories, please share the podcast link on social media and ask your friends to check it out, too. On iTunes, you can rate the podcast (5 stars please!) and leave a comment. The ratings and comments are really important ways to increase the podcast’s reach. We hope MOOStories will help people in Cleveland and across the country get a better understanding of the Buckeye community and how youth can play a larger role in shaping their own neighborhoods.

Want to listen live? There will be a live stream of the podcast at Sidewalks of Buckeye, Thursday, October 13th, from 6-8 PM. The event is sponsored by the Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation in partnership with ioby. It will be a night of readings, musical performances, poetry, meditation and more!  There will be  hot dogs and freshly pressed juice. The event will take place at Art and Soul Park, E 118th and Buckeye Rd. 

Making Our Own Stories is made possible through the generous support of the Cleveland Foundation’s Minority Arts & Education Fund.

04-28-16

Request for Proposals | MOOS Workshop Leaders

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The Making Our Own Space (MOOS) after-school program seeks project proposals from design professionals to lead a series of youth engagement workshops based in Cleveland’s Buckeye Neighborhood.

MOOS PROGRAM BACKGROUND
Making Our Own Space (MOOS) is a program focused on engaging and empowering middle and high school students with the skills to transform their local public spaces. MOOS uses hands-on, on-site workshops to build physical and social infrastructure in collaboration with the surrounding community. The program helps students understand the connection between learning and the broader world, specifically by exposing them to a range of design careers. Initiated in 2015 by Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), the program’s first series of workshops focused on Britt Oval in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood and made possible by support from the Saint Luke’s Foundation.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • The Design Leader must commit to leading at least 4-5 consecutive days of workshops sometime between May to December 2016.
  • Workshops will take place from 4-7pm on weekdays during the school year and longer workshops (10am – 7pm) are possible during summer vacation (May 29 – August 15), providing a more intense and productive build experience. The Design Leader should propose desired date ranges for the workshops and preferred length of each workshop day.
  • Design Leader must commit to at least 40 hours working directly with MOOS students during workshops, in addition to the time required to prepare for the workshops.
  • Design Leader should have the ability to collaborate effectively on a team and an interest in working closely with youth.
  • The position is open to designers of multiple disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, graphic design, industrial design, and other allied professions.
  • The position requires the use of sharp blades and power tools, which do present the risk of personal injury.
  • Design Leaders should have demonstrated fabrication experience and ability to instruct students how to safely use hand tools and electric power tools, including hammers, drills, circular saws, etc.
  • The Design Leader will be provided with a $4,000 stipend (plus costs for travel and accommodations, if based outside of Northeast Ohio).

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Resume or CV
  • Brief statement explaining the applicant’s interest in the youth project (500 word max.)
  • Description of proposed workshop activities, draft materials list, and preferred dates
  • Images of relevant design work, including built examples, with descriptive captions
  • All submission materials should be packaged in a single PDF document (20 MB max.)

 

Due May 27, 2016. Submission materials and any questions should be emailed to David Jurca, MOOS project manager, at djurca@kent.edu. For more information and full workshop leader description, download the application here.