03-21-17

Samantha Ayotte | April 07

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On April 7, 2017, we welcome Samantha Ayotte to our Spring Lecture Series. Her talk, “My Birthright”, will present findings from her cultural exploration through Israel for her Birthright trip. There will be a discussion about how cultural, political, and religious experiences can differ and how they can provide solutions for contemporary living.

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Samantha Ayotte is a second-year dual degree (M.Arch, M.UD) candidate from Cleveland, Ohio. She holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Kent State University. She enjoys the opportunity to design and understand urban design challenges and solutions for cities like Cleveland through contemporary means of investigation. She believes communities and shared experiences can positively impact urban design, and her work thus far has aimed to implement those elements.

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Please join us from 12 PM - 1PMFriday, April 7th. This event is free and open to the public.

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

03-21-17

CUDC welcomes a new Office Manager!

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The CUDC would like to welcome our new Office Manager, April James.  April’s previous experience has been working in various academic and student services departments within higher education such as counseling & student affairs, business services, and adult higher education. April received her Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Mass Communication. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Tiffin University.

We are excited to have April on our team and please contact her for any administrative inquiries.

03-06-17

Conner Karakul | Mar 10

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We will be switching things up a little bit this week for our Spring Lecture Series. Conner Karakul will be presenting a short film, Where Land Meets Water-An exploration of Norwegian urban shorelines and Oslo Harbor’s path from industry to access. Following the film will be a discussion on Cleveland’s cultural and physical relationship with its waterways- current status and future goals.

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Conner Karakul is a third year Master of Landscape Architecture candidate from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Studies from Kenyon College. As a member of KSU’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s inaugural MLA program cohort, Conner enjoys the opportunity to work on and understand the challenges and potential for creating healthy, strong communities in Legacy Cities. He believes landscape architecture can play a fundamental role. His work so far aims to embed ecological beauty and function into the complexities of urban areas through thoughtful design that celebrates the arts, culture, and ecology of a place.

Please join us from 12 PM - 1PM, Friday, March 10th. This event is free and open to the public.

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

 

02-21-17

Jonathan Hanna | Mar 03

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On Friday, March 3rd, from 12-1 PM, we welcome Jonathan Hanna to our Spring Lecture Series. Jonathan Hanna is the Post Graduate Fellow at the CUDC. He earned his B.S. Architecture and Master of Urban Design from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He has worked at various design firms in and around the Detroit area.

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Prior to coming to the CUDC Jonny worked for A(n) Office on the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale for the U.S. Pavilion. Jonny’s talk, “Unitary Urbanism: Co-Optive Streets and Situations”, will be discussing his fellowship project “Forget Me Not” and his past work leading up to the fellowship, as framed by the Unitary Urbanism movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. Central to the theme of the talk is the latent potential of streets and situation for the leveraging of socio-political power.

Please join us from 12 PM - 1Pm, Friday, March 3rd. This event is free and open to the public.

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

 

 

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Chris Maurer | Feb 24

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Friday, February 24, 2017, at noon, we will welcome Chris Maurer to our Spring Lecture Series. Chris Maurer, principal of redhouse studio, will be talking about his projects in the developing world, the design / REbuild project* in Cleveland, and how working in limited resource environments can shape innovation.

Chris has worked as an architect in New York City, Anchorage, Florence, Kigali, and Lilongwe. In New York, Chris was director at studioMDA under Markus Dochantschi protégé to Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. In Africa, Chris served as director for studioMDA and MASS Design Group and designed and built many humanitarian projects for such clients as Madonna, Partners in Health, the UN Millennium Village Project, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Malaika.

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Chris founded redhouse studio in 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. redhouse engages in all facets of architecture including research and innovation in low impact material technologies, design, fabrication, and humanitarian work spanning the globe. He teaches from time to time at Kent State University advocating for students to get involved with humanitarian causes and innovate for brighter futures.

*The CUDC has compiled a booked of photographer Helen Liggett’s images from the design / REbuild house. We will be previewing the book at Chris’s talk. 

Please join us from 12 PM – 1Pm, Friday, February 24th. This event is free and open to the public.

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Ryan Dewey | Oct 28

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This week we welcome Ryan Dewey to our Fall Lecture Series. He will be speaking at the CUDC this Friday, October 28th,  at 12 PM. His talk is titled, “Landscaping the Deep Future”, is a land art project that speculates at how we can harness future climate conditions for human-geologic collaborations after human extinction by exploring formal relationships between supply chains and geologic forces. Supply chains already are a kind of geologic force in that they move natural materials faster and farther than nature ever could, this project makes use of that acceleration to prime landscapes for phase changes and activation at the transitions of deep future climactic regimes.

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GROOVESRyan Dewey does post-disciplinary translational research that crosses borders between expanded media, cognitive science, and environmental practice. He is the founder of Geologic Cognition Society, an open platform for collaboration focused on helping people experience nature in new ways. He is the author of the upcoming book Hacking Experience: New Tools for Artists from Cognitive Science (Punctum Books), and has also published in KERB, MONU, and Archinect on topics of urban design, landscape design, and spatial-emotional design. Dewey holds an MA from Case Western Reserve University where he served two appointments as visiting researcher in the Department of Cognitive Science exploring design cognition, ethnography, human attention, visual rhetoric and spatial cognition.

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Join us, Friday, October 28th, from 12 -1 PM. As always, this lecture is free and open to the public.

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

 

09-20-16

CUDC welcomes Post Graduate Fellow | Jonny Hanna

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The CUDC created the Post Graduate fellowship as a one-year position for recent graduates holding a Master’s degree in Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, or Planning. This year we welcome Jonny Hanna as our Post Graduate Fellow.

Jonny is a Detroit-based real estate developer, architect, and urban designer. He earned his B.S. Architecture and Master of Urban Design from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He has worked in varies design firm in and around the Detroit area, most recently working for A(n) Office on the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale for the U.S. Pavilion. He has previously worked for Clement Blanchet Architecture in Paris and Etchen Gumma Limited in Detroit. He has lectured and been an invited guest critic at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Columbia Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. His work has been featured on I Made That, Students of Architecture, Arquisemteta, and Paprika! His research focuses on alternative means of representation for projective urban conditions including, cartography, photography, videography and short story narrative writing.

We’re excited to have Jonny on board!

07-25-16

Urban and Social Policy Crowdsourcing Exercise

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The Urban and Social Policy Team of the French-American Foundation has invited almost 3,000 experts across the United States to participate in a crowdsourcing exercise. The aim is to identify clearly defined US urbanism and social problems that French-based practitioners could help resolve. Participating experts are drawn from local and federal government, charitable foundations, the private sector, nonprofits, academia and journalism.

The CUDC has a close relationship with the French-American Foundation. In 2012, CUDC Director Terry Schwarz participated in an international exchange that looked at challenges faced by older industrial cities in the US and France. Terry traveled to the former coal-mining cities of Lens and Lille and discovered that despite the differences of climate, culture, and language, Cleveland has much in common with French counterparts.

For example, in 2003 Paris experienced a deadly heatwave that claimed the lives of almost 15,000 people. Since then, French researchers, designers, public officials, and  residents have developed programs and projects to help protect the most vulnerable residents, especially the elderly, from the dangers of climate variability and change. As the City of Cleveland’s Office of Aging advances it’s Age Friendly Cleveland initiative with the publication of guidelines for staying safe in hot weather, perhaps there are lessons we can learn and share with our French counterparts. And this is just one of many possible areas of common interest.

The French-American Foundation is now conducting a crowdsourcing exercise to identify issues and priorities that French and US cities share. Participants are asked the following question:

If you could problem-solve/brainstorm one specific cities-related question with your French counterpart, what would it be?

Responses are limited to 1 or 2 sentences, so this exercise is quick and easy to complete. To participate, click here.

06-21-16

Cut the Cord by Sam Friesema

Our Post Graduate Fellow, Sam Friesema, will be leaving the CUDC after his year of service. The CUDC created the one-year position for graduates of KSU’s Master of Architecture, Master of Urban Design, or dual MArch/MUD program. Before he left, Sam shared with us some of  the work he has been interested in at his time here at the CUDC. We wish him well in his next adventure!

Cut the Cord
by Sam Friesema

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In the early 1900s two enormous projects were undertaken simultaneously in Cleveland Ohio by the Van Sweringen brothers. Firstly, the garden city suburb community of Shaker Heights became one of the premier residential neighborhoods in the country. Secondly, the Cleveland Union Terminal (now Tower City) was an immense mixed-use facility. The complex’s 52 story Terminal Tower became a monumental symbol of the city’s successes. Standing at 771 feet tall, it was for a time the second tallest building in the world.

TC bp1 (1)Building Section through the Tower City Complex. The multiple linked buildings span several city blocks with multiple level changes and confusing wayfinding.

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Light Rail. Fueling and enabling these two projects was a third project critical to ensure the birth of the others. Shaker Heights was conceived first but as residential building lots initially sold slowly the developers needed a means to quickly transport their potential suburbanites, along with their wealth, to and from the heart of the city. The Van Sweringen brothers hastily assembled properties and easements which allowed the developers to install a light-rail rapid transit line from their new suburb to the city’s center at Public Square. Less iconic yet equally important, the transit project supplied the capital and populations necessary to fully construct the tower and the garden city. Interestingly, to secure a small one mile section of rail easement, the brothers bought an entire rail company with 523 miles of track spanning from Buffalo and Chicago which led to their eventual rail business holdings of over 30,000 miles of track and assets of an estimated $3 Billion.

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1902 Map of Greater Cleveland with highlighted Downtown, Shaker Heights, and the rail connections.

The rail line within Shaker Heights is a beautifully designed centerpiece along tree lined medians and half million dollar homes. However, once the rail line leaves Shaker Heights and cuts through poor sections of Cleveland en route to downtown, the line is sunken and hidden from view. The views to and from the transit line are obscured by grade changes and dense vegetation. Shaker residents are shielded from any views of the vacancy and poverty they are passing through. The transit line awkwardly slices through communities and pedestrian access is dangerously out of sight, unlike the well-planned stations within Shaker.

What if we removed the passenger light rail line connecting downtown Cleveland to Shaker Heights in order to re-evaluate regional public transportation options and to let the two communities build their own unique and separate self-identities moving forward?

Read more…

04-07-16

Helen Liggett Lecture | April 8

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This Friday, April 8th, we welcome Helen Liggett to our lecture series. Her talk, titled, The City Built by Hand, explores analogous relations linking photography, theory and the city.  The “stickiness” that joins the documentary impulse to urban experience also infects aesthetics practices and cultural infrastructures that sustain urban life.

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Helen Liggett’s interests are in the related fields of urban theory, visual culture and photography. She teaches in the Urban College at Cleveland State University and in the ARCH Studies program at Kent State University. Recent projects include exploration of urban governance and aesthetic practices in legacy cities as well as photo documentation of Re-imagining Cleveland and Design/Rebuild.

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

 

03-15-16

Adil Sharag-Eldin Lecture | April 7 | 5:30 PM

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We will be hosting a special Thursday night lecture as part of our Spring Lecture Series, April 7th at 5:30 PM, featuring Adil Sharag- Eldin. His talk is titled, Resilient Cities: Learning from the Chicago Heatwave.

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In essence, resilience at the city level is the ability of its citizens to overcome immediate crises, learn their lessons, adapt to new realities, and succeed. It is inevitably a function of its readiness for potential calamities. One of the tenants of Resilience is “Reflection”, or learning from the past. In his presentation, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design will draw lessons from a 20-year old disaster that occurred in the Midwest. The objective is to understand the series of events and the conditions (environmental and social) that have happened and avoid re-occurrence of what we claim to be a preventable disaster. In 1995, a heat wave struck the Midwestern area in the United States causing 739 deaths in five days. Despite the large impact, very few studies were conducted focusing on the urban environment and its design. His presentation will share with the audience a comprehensive analysis of the existing built environmental conditions that occurred in July of 1995 and to which heat-related fatalities could be attributed. The research took advantage of the advanced computational methods available to us to recreate the microclimatic conditions that occurred at the time. Simulation programs were used to evaluate the indoor conditions where some of the victims lived. The research has identified and established causality between the building and urban design failures and heat-related deaths. Dr. Sharag-Eldin will emphasize on the likelihood of reoccurrence of similar incidents in extreme heat episodes unless certain building codes issues addressed and city response plans modified to prevent a repeat. The discussion will also include the impact of climate change, Urban Heat Island (UHI) and the strategies cities implement to reduce its effect.

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Dr. Sharag-Eldin is a professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University. He has over 25 years of experience as a building scientist in the area of green and high-performance architectural and urban design, and over 17 years of teaching experience. He published extensively on topics related to building and urban design and their impact on performance and health. As a consultant, he worked with some major universities and governments on sustainable building projects in the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 5:30-6:30 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

02-29-16

Kelley O’Brien Lecture | March 4

This Friday, March 4th, at noon we welcome Kelley O’Brien to our spring lecture series. Kelley’s talk is titled, “Societies with No Form”, which is part of a larger initiative, Mapping Systems.

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Mapping Systems is an on-going collaboration by artist/architect Kelley O’Brien and writer/academic Francis Halsall through a triangulation of Pontiac, Michigan; Payatas, Philippines; and Dublin, Ireland. As an interdisciplinary project conceived in the spirit of a meaningful exchange between practice and theory, they explore methods of representing the operations and experience of social systems through creative practices. In short, they investigate and develop methods of giving aesthetic forms to society and real-life situations.

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Kelley O’Brien (b. 1987) is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio; where she is the co-director of the alternative art space The Muted Horn. She holds a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Fine Arts in Three-Dimensional Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2014 she was awarded a Fulbright to live and work in Quezon City in the Philippines where her work was exhibited as part of the international exhibition “Hold Everything Dear” at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. Kelley O’Brien has had residencies at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, 2015), Green Papaya Art Space (Quezon City, 2014), and Hattie Carthan Community Garden (NYC, 2013).

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

 

02-22-16

Doug Steidl Lecture | February 26

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This Friday, February 26th at noon, we welcome Doug Steidl, Dean of the Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Doug’s talk, “International Travel and Lessons Learned”, will emphasize that learning about and understanding cultural subtleties, and some not so subtle, will facilitate both practical aspects for relationship building and a broader understanding of global perspectives.Doug3

Mr. Steidl was a practicing architect for 35 years. He was a founding partner of Braun & Steidl Architects in Akron, Ohio, a position he held from 1983 to 2007. Before joining Kent State, he served as manager of Renard, LLC, an investment, development and consulting company. His career also includes working at John David Jones & Associates as designer, project manager and director of architecture; the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps; Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority in Pittsburgh, PA; and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Over the course of his career, he was elected National President of the American Institute of Architects, and served as President of the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Mr. Steidl is a Registered Architect with the State of Ohio (23 jurisdictions previously).

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

 

01-21-16

2016 Spring Lecture Series kicks off with Rick Espe of MKSK

Spring Lecture Poster_template Join us Friday, January 29th, for our first lecture of the spring semester. We welcome Rick Espe, Principal at MKSK as he will discuss “Transforming the Columbus Riverfront”. This will trace MKSK’s work on the Columbus Riverfront over the past 25-years. From the Riverfront Vision Plan, through specific projects – North Bank Park, Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Scioto Mile, and the recently opened Scioto-Olentangy Greenways. rick_espe Rick brings a career-long commitment to improving the quality of the built environment while minimizing the impact on the natural environment. Through each project he strives to find the appropriate balance within the interconnectedness of environmental, economic, and social sustainability and implementing sustainable design practices as a value-added proposition. His expertise in the management and design of complex national and international projects and design abilities demonstrate his experience in developing the built environment. Several of his projects have been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects awards programs from campus master plans to healthcare facilities to award-winning urban parks. View the full list of speakers here. The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

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Nicholas Rajkovich Lecture | December 11

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For our final speaker in our Fall Lecture Series we welcome Nicholas Rajkovich. His talk, Designing the Resilient City, will discuss the concept of resilience as it relates to cities, the expected impacts of climate change in Cleveland, and how our design processes need to go beyond just an examination of the physical environment to include issues like social cohesion.

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Nicholas B. Rajkovich, PhD, AIA is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo. His research investigates the intersection of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate change. Prior to earning a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, he was a Senior Program Engineer at the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company Customer Energy Efficiency Department. At PG&E, he was responsible for coordinating a new Zero Net Energy Pilot Program. He was also chair of the San Francisco American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment.

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.