Please join us for a brown bag lunch talk with Cuban agronomist Isis Salcines along with a screening of the film, Tierralismo.
This free event will take place at the CUDC (1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200) on May 27 from noon-1pm. Please bring your lunch–we’ll provide drinks and snacks.
About the film…
TIERRALISMO A film by Alejandro Ramirez Anderson
On the outskirts of Havana, sandwiched between highways and public housing, a revolution is taking place. Here, in the district of Alamar, a 26-acre farming co-op provides employment for dozens of workers, while producing vegetables and medicinal plants for the local community and beyond.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in the early 1990s, Cuba was no longer able to access machinery and agricultural chemicals from its former Communist allies. In this difficult environment, the government relaxed economic rules and allowed the formation of cooperatives like the Organopónico Vivero Alamar.
What began as necessity—farming without pesticides and chemical fertilizers—has become a source of pride to coop members. They fertilize with compost and cow manure, raise their own insects for biological pest control, and have even created a fully biodegradable alternative to the plastic bag for use with seedlings.
Tierralismo introduces us to everyone from agronomists and senior management to workers who plant, plow, and propagate. The film also covers non-farming aspects of the operation, such as human resources and accounting practices where transparency is paramount.
Lovingly photographed, TIERRALISMO offers a behind-the-scenes portrait of the Organopónico Vivero Alamar and a stirring defense of the importance of farm work and sustainable farming practices.
About the speaker…
Following the film, Isis Salcines, Projects Coordinator in the Projects and Investments Office at the Organoponico, will give a presentation about her work. Ms. Salcines holds an advanced studies degree in Agricultural Engineering and has been with Organoponico since 1998. During her time at the cooperative, she has launched a new food preservation project and has focused on the marketing and distribution of local organic produce to domestic and international markets.
For more information about the event, please contact the CUDC here.
Congratulations to Kent State CUDC graduate student Alena Miller who took 3rd place in the 2015 Cleveland State University Real Estate Market Analysis Competition. Alena competed in a field of 20 students. Her project focused on the design of a community to support an influx of immigrants and refugees, in accordance with resettlement criteria outlined by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Using a site in Cleveland (E. 61 Street, just south of Chester Avenue) she developed a plan for 180 apartment units plus 156,000 SF of urban agriculture. The inclusion of urban farming generated 25 on-site jobs for the refugee community.
Alena’s project is especially timely, given the large and growing numbers of people who are forced to flee their homelands each year due to political conflicts and violence. Greater Cleveland receives approximately 600-700 refugees a year—a number that could grow if planning, policies, and programs are in place to support these populations.
Her work represents a unique investment opportunity that advocates for the future of Cleveland. Congratulations, Alena!
The CUDC’s design/REbuild program argues that design brings value, and may help others re-envision the possibilities for Cleveland’s undervalued housing stock. Cleveland loses thousands of houses to demolition every year. Can new design and construction ideas breathe life back into some of these houses?
In 2014 a 3rd year architecture studio led by Chris Maurer examined design possibilities for radically renovating an existing vacant brick house. At the end of the semester, the ideas were consolidated into a final construction document set and submitted to the City for permitting. Over the summer CAED/CAEST students worked on-site every afternoon to realize their collective design vision. Then, this spring, our 2nd year Interior Design students proposed ideas for the house interior.
In Summer of 2015, we’re returning to the house to finish construction with the aim of selling it in the fall and using the funds to renovate another house in 2016. And we’re looking for students to join us.
This program invites CAED/CAEST students to get on-site and renovate a house from start to finish. Make thoughtful, creative design decisions during the process and learn about the relationship of architecture, interior design, and construction with your own hands.
SESSION 1: June 8 – July 11 | ARCH 46922-001
SESSION 2: July 13 – August 15 | ARCH 46922-002
Both sessions are 3 Field Study credits. The courses will be held on-site at the house, 1045 E 67th St, in the St Clair-Superior neighborhood of Cleveland. Class meets Monday through Friday from 1:00-6:15 PM every day. It is the students’ responsibility to get to and from the site. As of now, we project that Session 1 will be primarily framing, insulation, drywall, floor refinishing; Session 2 will be more finish work (painting, trimwork, casework, and landscaping). That said, there is no guarantee of precisely what students will be doing on a day-to-day basis – a willing attitude and flexibility are essential.
Construction experience is more than welcome, but not a necessity. Basic tools will be required from each student: workboots, hardhat, safety glasses, gloves, measuring tape, square, utility knife, hammer, toolbelt, etc. Other tools and supplies are helpful but can be provided.
Housing: We know many Kent students have difficulty commuting to and from Cleveland every afternoon. Potentially, session-long neighborhood housing may be available at the Slovenian National Home (6417 St Clair Ave), but they currently have outstanding construction needs before apartments are ready. As a result, if any student is interested in Cleveland housing in the neighborhood of the design/REbuild house, please get in touch with Kristen Zeiber (kzeiber[at]kent.edu] NO LATER THAN APRIL 10th. If enough students are interested, this gives the Slovenian National Home time to finish apartment preparation. Rent is still in negotiations, but likely to be low – ~$150-$200 per student per 5-week session.
Questions? If you have any further questions please reach out to Kristen Zeiber via email: kzeiber[at]kent.edu; and check out the program website here.
Join us Friday, April 3rd, as we welcome Dr. Xinyue Ye to our Spring Lecture Series. His talk will focus on the introduction of several research tools for spatiotemporal modeling and analytics of social media data, such as information diffusion modeling over time and space, the connection between online activities and real world human behaviors, and new knowledge discovery tools. Some case studies on disaster and public health will be demonstrated.
Dr. Xinyue Ye’s research focuses on space-time analytics development, implementation, and application in the context of big social data and urban/regional science. His work won the national first-place award of “research and analysis” from the US University Economic Development Association in 2011 and he received the emerging scholar award from AAG’s Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group in 2012. He has co-edited eight journal special issues and about 60 journal articles on fostering the interaction of space-time analytics research and socioeconomic dynamics studies. Dr. Ye’s research emphasizes that the application of space-time analytics sheds new light on socioeconomic dynamics research while research questions from socioeconomic dynamics studies push the frontier of space-time analytics innovation.
Dr. Ye is the founding director of Computational Social Science Lab at Kent State University since 2013. Recent and current main federal research projects include University Center Program (Department of Commerce), Coastal Ohio Wind (Department of Energy), Comparative Space-Time Dynamics (National Science Foundation), and Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks (National Science Foundation). Since 2011, he serves as Associate Editor of Stochastic Environmental Research & Risk Assessment, a leading SCI journal in spatial statistical modeling.
As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Friday, April 3rd, from 12-1 PM, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.
Built upon the overwhelming success of the inaugural Rooms to Let: Cleveland last year, the innovative event will return to the Slavic Village neighborhood on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th, 2015. Artists will create a temporary art exhibition using vacant homes as their medium. The event, free and open to the public, will also include a neighborhood block party with live music, hands-on art activities and local food purveyors.
Led by Slavic Village Development, Rooms to Let: Cleveland seeks to continue the conversation around vacancy and the plight of Cleveland’s historic neighborhoods in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. This year’s event will expand this dialogue to a new group of visual and performance artists to further interpret the evolution of community and recovery.
Interested artists should apply here. The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2015.
Rooms To Let: Cleveland is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
Slavic Village Development is an entrepreneurial non-profit neighborhood redevelopment organization serving the Broadway Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland with over 30 years of experience in community development.
This week our featured guest speaker will be Mary Ann Lasch. Mary Ann is the Program Manager for Planning and Landscape Architecture at AECOM. If you have never joined us for our Spring Lecture Series, but have always been curious, this is one that you are not going to want to miss.
Mary Ann will be speaking about inspiration and the almost unlimited range of possibilities and opportunities for landscape architects.
Mary Ann Lasch is both an accomplished landscape architect with experience in design, planning, project management, and environmental advocacy; and an organization development consultant with expertise in process facilitation, change management, and strategic planning. Her landscape architecture and planning career includes work for architecture firms, real estate developers, national planning agencies, and major corporations.
With this broad experience she understands and addresses planning issues from all sides. Mary Ann establishes clear, realistic, and actionable strategies for planning and real estate development projects worldwide. She then creates land use plans and regulations, master plans, guidebooks, and implementation programs to ensure that development and conservation strategies can be implemented. She has more than twenty years of experience in building group consensus and facilitating large groups for a broad range of public and private sector clients.
As always our lectures are free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on Friday, March 6th, at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.
The 2015 Rudy Bruner Award selection committee met last weekend in Cambridge to review applications from 40 communities in 26 states, and selected five finalist, among them was Cleveland’s Uptown District.
The Uptown District is the redevelopment of a corridor linking art, educational and health care institutions with surrounding neighborhoods, creating outdoor gathering spaces, retail shops and restaurants, student and market-rate housing, and public transit connections.
Congratulations on such a prestigious honor! Stay tuned to late May/early June when the medalists are announced.
Downtown Cleveland Alliance seeks a creative professional or team (architect, designer, artist, engineer, landscape architect or combination thereof) to propose unique and attractive design solutions for the area under and around the Main Avenue Bridge Underpass, centered at the intersection of West 9th Street and Main Avenue in Downtown Cleveland. This location is a critical pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular connection between the Warehouse District and the Flats East Bank, with infrastructure, history, and functional potential to inspire the highest level of creative treatments.
The CUDC recently worked with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance to complete a strategic planning process to create a holistic vision and tactical plan for improving the physical connectivity of Downtown Cleveland. The resulting plan, Step Up Downtown, enumerates eighteen (18) key connections where real or perceived gaps or barriers impede the experience of Downtown Cleveland as continuous and traversable.
This is an open Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from established creative professionals based anywhere in North America who are interested in a highly visible and impactful project in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Click here to view full submissions details and criteria.
Please submit materials on or before March 6th, 2015 at 4:30pm. Questions may be addressed to Laura Kushnick Wiegand, Director of Development & Community Relations, at 216-325-0975 or email@example.com, or to Thomas Starinsky, Associate Director of the Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 216-325-0937.
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.
University Circle Inc., the development, service, and advocacy organization responsible for the growth of University Circle as a premier urban district and world-class center of innovation in health care, education, and arts & culture, is seeking an enthusiastic and dependable team member to serve as the Urban Planning & Design Associate. As a 501(c)3 organization, UCI is the community service corporation chartered to ensure the vitality of the Circle.
Minimum Requirement: Bachelor’s Degree in City and Regional Planning, Architecture, Real Estate, or related fields. Masters Degree in any above fields or 3-5 years professional work experience preferred.
See full job posting here. Send cover letter and resume to: Hiring Manager, University Circle Inc. 10831 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106 or email@example.com. Please submit resume by Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
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.
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.
The St. Clair Superior Development Corporation (SCSDC) has been chosen to compete in the Enterprise Nurture an Idea Award challenge for the Design [re] Build project, and you can help us win! The organization that raises the most money will win $10,000 towards their project, thanks to Ohio Savings Bank. Design [re] Build is a concept offering architecture students real life design and construction experience while saving a blighted property. Design [re] Build is in collaboration with SCSDC, Kent State University and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. 2013-2014 was our pilot year for this project. We want to make this pilot project a full-fledged program in years to come. Our goal is to raise $35,000 to help to support the efforts of Design [re] Build. The challenge began on Monday, October 13th and runs until 11:59 PM on November 7th. Only donations during this time will be counted towards the challenge. SCSDC will be able to keep all donations received on Crowdrise, regardless of if we win or not. Here is how you can help:
- Go to our fundraising page and make a donation: https://www.crowdrise.com/designrebuild/fundraiser/stclairsuperiordevel Every donation, large or small, supports our organization’s work AND brings us closer to winning the challenge.
- Fundraise with us! Set up your own online donation page by joining our team. Visit the link above and click “Fundraise for this Campaign” on the right. Follow the simple instructions to creating your own page. Then, share the link with all your friends, family and colleagues to ask them to donate to your page. Feel free to forward this message along, as well!
Designer Theodore Ferringer, Assoc. AIA, LEED Assoc., joins us this Friday for another installment of our Alumni Lecture Series.
Theordore works, resides and advocates in Cleveland, OH. A graduate of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (MArch ’08, MUD ’08), his enthusiastic activism, creativity, and community involvement has led to roles on Cleveland’s East Side Design Review Committee, and the Bike Cleveland Advocacy Committee. Theodore is the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ohio Valley Region Associate Director as a member of the National Associates Committee and is a Designer and the Business Development Director at Bialosky + Partners Architects.
Theodore’s talk, Designing in Public: Agency, Empowerment, & Sensibility or Towards A 21st Century Gesamtkunstwerk Via a Few Buildings, a Couple Panning Projects, Some Projects That Are Not Buildings, An Advocacy Issue, and a Couple Other Things focuses on these issues through lessons learned in his own career.
As always our Alumni Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Join us from 12-1 PM on October 10th, 1309 Euclid Ave, Suite 200.
On Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 7:00-9:00pm “In Our Backyard” (IOBY) will be hosting a workshop titled “Seven Habits of Highly Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns” at Trinity Commons. IOBY is a Brooklyn, NY based crowdfunding platform for neighborhood projects, and have seen more than 400 projects receive full funding and implementation since their founding in 2010. Crowdfunding is an excellent way to ignite a project, garnering support from likeminded neighbors. IOBY, hosted by Neighborhood Connections, will be offering the workshop free of charge, so stop by and bring a friend!
Trinity Commons is located at 2230 Euclid Ave., just a short distance from the CUDC. For more information and registration click here: http://ioby.nonprofitsoapbox.com/cleveland
The weekend of October 3-4, 2014 Kent State University Alumni are invited to return to campus to see the changes and what the future holds for College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED). The college will be hosting a number of events to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new building; this is an ideal time to visit your alma mater!
The CAED wants this to be a great experience for you; a time to reconnect, participate in the building project and meet alumni from other years. More than 10 classes have committed to reunions and many alumni are planning to return to campus. Their hope is to have more than 150 alumni come back to campus and celebrate together.
If you have any questions please contact Wiley Runnestrand (wrunnest[at]kent.edu) or Marti Ring (mkring1[at]kent.edu); especially if you are interested in planning a reunion for your class.