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 CUDC is pleased to announce that our project, Pop Up City: Temporary Interventions for Community Engagement, has won the 2014 National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach.
Established by the CUDC in 2007, Pop Up City is a program that brings empty places to life through magical, ephemeral experiences that demonstrate how vacancy can be an opportunity and an adventure, not just a liability. These are temporary events and installations that occupy vacant buildings and activate vacant land in ways that shine a spotlight on some of Cleveland’s spectacular but underutilized properties.
Pop Up City offers a powerful way for people to envision future development alternatives and determine their preferences based on actual experiences. While traditional design professionals may find it easy to envision a transformed space on the basis of two-dimensional drawings, often the general public does not. Through high-impact, short-duration projects like Pop-Up Rockwell, non-design professionals get to “experience” the transformative potential of a space and come to understand and support a design that they might not otherwise have understood fully.
The CUDC is extremely proud of our achievement and is looking forward to more Pop Up City events in the future.
The CUDC’s Pop Up City initiative was honored in the past twelve months with inclusion in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale and selected to receive the Places Research Award from the Environmental Design Research Association.
From Cleveland to Venice to Chicago
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. Here’s an excerpt from the exhibition’s summary of Pop Up City:
Discussion with Terry Schwarz and Corine Vermeulen
Thursday, April 11th, 7 p.m. at the Transformer Station.
Terry Schwarz, director of Kent State University’s Urban Design Collaborative, and photographer Corine Vermeulen will lead a discussion about their work and shared interest in art’s role as a catalyst for improving and enriching the urban landscape.
Corine Vermeulen photographed the citizens and landscape of Detroit in her 2005 project, Your Town Tomorrow. Recently, she contributed to thanks for the view, mr. mies: layfayette park, detroit, a volume of interviews and photographs about life in the largest collection of Mies van der Rohe buildings in the world. She says, “Detroit represents a unique and great vehicle for change where old structures are no longer in place and the possibilities of something different to happen are endless.”
Terry Schwarz launched the CUDC’s Shrinking Cities Institute in 2005 to address the implications of population decline and large-scale urban vacancy in Northeast Ohio. She established Pop Up City, a temporary use initiative for vacant and underutilized sites in Cleveland.
Bellwether is an open-ended series of discussions and events that aims to discover the possibilities and limitations of art as a transformative tool in the city of Cleveland. Bellwether is a project of the Contemporary Art Society of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Over the past week, we’ve received at least eight handwritten postcards thanking us for Pop Up Rockwell. When we received the first one, written on an art gallery postcard, we figured it was from someone interested in promoting an upcoming art opening and just happened to hear about our project. After three cards arrived the next day, written in different hands, it was clear something else was going on.
Well, after a little googling, it appears we’re the (very grateful:) recipients of some handwritten love from Postcard Underground. There isn’t much information on this secretive group available – all we could find are blog posts from a few other postcard beneficiaries, like this one from Minnesota Public Radio. It seems a national network of note writers is coordinating efforts to shower individuals and groups with encouraging messages for doing good work. A pretty simple, yet lovely, idea.
Reading the postcards, it feels good to see that each note is different and the writers are actually familiar with the project. One note read, “Wow! ‘Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.’ Win-win”, so we know he or she must have watched Rob (Homeland Security officer) enthusiastically mention this phrase on the Pop Up Rockwell video.
We feel very lucky to have experienced this “random (and simultaneously coordinated) act of kindness” and hope Postcard Underground continues to spread the love. But with so many deserving projects out there, it won’t be easy to avoid the hand-cramps.
Thanks to everyone that attended Susannah Drake’s presentation at the CUDC. If you were in the audience, then we’re sure you found her dlandstudio projects to be as creative and inspiring as we did. Fortunately, for those unable to attend the presentation, we have the full video available online. The 1 hour 18 minute presentation is divided into 3 parts, including introductory remarks from CUDC Director Terry Schwarz and updates on the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District‘s green infrastructure plans from Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, followed by Susannah Drake’s detailed presentation of several public projects ranging from city-wide infrastructure plans to temporary pop-up parks. Enjoy!
Susannah Drake Lecture
Friday, March 2, 2012
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
CUDC Conference Room
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland – PlayhouseSquare
Susannah Drake is founder and Principal of dlandstudio llc, an award winning multidisciplinary design firm. She will discuss dlandstudio’s recent public projects including the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, a public open space system designed to absorb and remediate urban storm water, and the Brooklyn Bridge Pop-up Park, a temporary waterfront open space that attracted almost 200,000 visitors over six weeks of operation in 2008.
This event is free, but reservations are required. RSVP for the event on our Facebook page here, by email at email@example.com or give us a call at (216) 357-3434.
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We’re very grateful to the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (OCASLA) for recently presenting the CUDC with the 2011 Organization Award. The CUDC’s Director, Terry Schwarz, was in attendance at the award ceremony in Columbus to accept the honor.
A very colorful and well-illustrated program from the event can be viewed on-line, which contains descriptions and images of this year’s award winners.
The award ceremony program described the CUDC’s work surrounding design advocacy, vacant land strategies, applied research and temporary use initiatives. The OCASLA’s kind words can be read below:
“The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) is a vital, innovative and unifying force in the continued re-imagining of Greater Cleveland and beyond. An influential organization for many years under distinguished leadership such as Ruth Durack, the CUDC has established and even stronger position of advocacy for planning policy and quality design under the guidance of Terry Schwarz.
The CUDC has an impressive portfolio of planning and design projects throughout the state and a reputation for promoting collaboration. Clients and collaborators include cities, regional agencies, higher learning institutions, private businesses, research institutions and arts organizations. Work ranging from neighborhood master plans to campus design studies and public space analyses has established the organization’s credentials throughout the region. Even more compelling are the new undertakings underway.
Through the Shrinking Cities Institute, Terry and the CUDC have taken a direct, research-based, no-nonsense approach to the problem of urban population loss. Instead of political grandstanding or mere civic cheerleading, the approaches devised to deal with the resulting vacant land in urban neighborhoods seek to establish hope through implementation of real solutions.
In addition, the CUDC has long been a leader in advocating sustainable approaches to design and redevelopment. In addition to incorporating sustainable practices on a site-by-site or neighborhood planning approach, the UDC plays an active role in the regional stormwater planning efforts currently underway.
Combining innovation and urban passion, Pop Up City is an investigation of the impacts of temporary cultural and arts uses on the city. Moreover, the effort seeks ways to facilitate larger neighborhood chance through the coordination of these “magical, ephemeral experiences.” By embracing the possibility of “what can be,” Pop Up City teaches us all about the potential of cities and reminds us, in a tangible way, of what our dreams for community can become.
Through a combination of design expertise and an applied research approach, the CUDC is having an immediate and ongoing impact on Greater Cleveland, on the entire region, and on understanding approaches to urban challenges throughout the country.”
We’re very excited that Next American City, a non-profit dedicated to promoting socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth in America’s cities, recently featured the CUDC’s Hipp Deck project on their Americancity.org website. In addition to the popular website, Next American City also publishes a quarterly magazine focused on emerging practices dealing with urban change and innovation.
The Hipp Deck was a temporary use intervention that transformed the upper level of the 740 Euclid Ave. parking garage in downtown Cleveland into an outdoor live performance venue and active rooftop public space. The event was a celebration for the release of Cleveland Stories: True Until Proven Otherwise, the fourth volume in the CUDC’s Urban Infill journal series. The parking garage is located on the site formerly home to the Hippdrome Theater, a nationally renowned 4,000 seat performance venue. The “Hipp”, as it was commonly known, was demolished in 1981, so the Hipp Deck told the story of the site’s illustrious past by bringing back live music performance for one spectacular night.
We’re encouraged to think the Hipp Deck’s intent of spurring dialogue and action around the temporary activation of parking infrastructure in Cleveland will spread to other cities and enable others to reactivate their favorite underused spaces.
For more information on the Hipp Deck or Cleveland Stories project, please visit the CUDC’s website. The event was supported by the George Gund Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, in partnership with Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation, SPIRE Institute, Filtrexx, Opera Cleveland, Ohio City Bike Co-op, Cleveland Bikes and Ampco System Parking.
The Dreamer’s Lounge (a pop-up library)
The Broadway Free Library, 5437 Broadway Ave.
(Slavic Village neighborhood)
Cleveland, OH 44127
Monday, January 17, 2011 (MLK Jr. Day)
6:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.
We’re excited to announce the upcoming Pop Up City sponsored event — The Dreamer’s Lounge. This one night only pop-up library will transform the currently vacant, yet architecturally stunning, Broadway Free Library with an evening of art, chess and, of course, reading. Please join us on MLK Jr. Day and help bring this library back to life!
We’re planning to fill the shelves with books to be donated to the Cleveland School District’s new Thomas Jefferson School for Newcomers. In addition to a friend or two, bring a new copy of:
From the Mixed‐Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer
Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary
The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The event is organized by HandsOn Northeast Ohio, with additional support from Target, Medical Mutual of Ohio and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Click here to download the event flyer pdf.
Contact Jen Palmejar-Takaki at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.432.9390 for more information.
Pop Up City is proud to sponsor OUTERSPACE, an art show curated by Michelle Murphy and Baptiste Lefebvre, featuring the work of over 20 artists and art collectives. The event will take place in the same building used for the last Pop Up City Bill Daniel show; 1025 Huron Rd.
OUTERSPACE’s opening reception is Saturday, August 21 from 6-10pm and will be open for a movie night the following Saturday, August 28 starting at 6pm. The show will be open for viewing during the week by appointment, call Michelle 216-225-4135.
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.
by david jurca
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
Photos taken from the Brite Winter Festival on Saturday…
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.