10-04-18

David van der Leer at the CUDC

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David van der Leer, Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute, will give two lectures at Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative


Thursday, October 25 | Reception at 5:30pm featuring Kent State Ashtabula wines from Laurello Vineyards | Lecture at 6pm

David will talk about the work of the Van Alen Institute. Free and open to the public, but space is limited for this event. Please RSVP by October 11. RSVP LINK

Friday, October 26 | Lecture from noon-1pm | Brown bag lunch lecture — snacks will be provided

David will discuss how the Van Alen Institute selects and evaluates urban design projects. Free and open to the public, no RSVP is needed.

Both events will take place at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200. Please ring the intercom at the front entrance to be buzzed in.


Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative are pleased to welcome David van der Leer for a two day visit, October 25 & 26, 2018. As Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute, David develops projects that explore the nuanced relationship between the built environment and the human being. Under his leadership, Van Alen focuses on the ways our minds and bodies are impacted by the cities we live in, and how we in turn impact the environment.

A highlight is Ecologies of Addiction, a multi-year investigation into the ways digital technologies can shed light on the complex relationship between the city and addictive behaviors; it is currently in its first phase in London.

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Since arriving at the Institute in 2013, David has created a period of strategic growth with a new programming hub in the Flatiron district, and new models for connections between the Institute’s interdisciplinary design competitions, research, and public programs. In close collaboration with a vibrant new team and board, David is working to bring Van Alen’s work to places around the U.S. and beyond.

 

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Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition

09-20-18

RE-CITY: Call for Applications

 

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Innovative Training Network | Reviving shrinking cities – innovative paths and perspectives towards liveability for shrinking cities in Europe (RE-CITY) is recruiting 13 Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD positions for Early Stage Researchers (ESR). The RE-CITY consortium consists of scholars and practitioners from nine beneficiary-institutions in eight countries (Germany, United Kingdom, France, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, and Mexico). All have an interdisciplinary background working on shrinking cities. Additionally seven partner-institutions and companies from four countries, including Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative are assisting with training in Germany, Netherlands, USA and Japan.

The PhDs will be hosted at one of the beneficiary-institutions of RE-CITY: Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK), Cambridge Architectural Research (CAR), École Normale Supérieure Paris (ENS), Spatial Foresight (SPF), TU Dortmund University (TUDO), University of Amsterdam (UVA), University of Porto (UPORTO), Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan (AMU) and University of Guadalajara (UDG).

The RE-CITY ITN is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme to explore and evaluate new approaches and success factors for shrinking cities. The project aims to train highly skilled experts for the four key themes of shrinking cities: conceptualizing shrinking smart, governing, greening/right-sizing, and regrowing shrinking cities. RE-CITY provides a perspective for the robust and sustainable development of shrinking cities, while supporting elements of economic prosperity, liveability, social stability and innovation. This Innovative Training Network will develop novel solutions for shrinking cities, and investigate case study approaches for dealing with them in terms of the four key themes noted above. On this basis, the RE-CITY programme will develop a framework of tools and methods, including planning instruments. The RE-CITY ITN enables the ESRs to act as leaders, mediators, and consultants of change while fostering innovative solutions and perspectives for these areas.

 Through co-supervision by academics and non-academic partners, the PhDs of RE-CITY will undertake critical, practical, and creative exploration of the contribution and relationships between their individual doctoral study projects across the four interconnecting research themes.

In addition to undertaking doctoral research, the PhDs will engage in collaborative research, workshops, and training  to develop advanced skills and expertise in tackling social, economic and ecological challenges linked to demographic and structural change.

Please note this is a general call for the whole RE-CITY ITN. More specific requirements for individual selection criteria and information on financial support and remuneration will be available at the shortlisted stage.

The full call document is available here, including more detailed information about the individual PhD projects.

Applications should be sent preferably via e-mail as one single PDF file to re-city@ru.uni-kl.de by 12 noon (MET), 15 October 2018.

For inquiries, please write to re-city@ru.uni-kl.de.

09-20-18

2018 Fall Lecture Series at the CUDC

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We have a great line up of speakers and programs at the CUDC this fall. All programs are free and open to the public.

Please join us this Friday, September 21 at noon for a talk by Megan Lykins Reich from the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland entitled Intentions are not Results. Megan will explore the space between our original vision or intent for a project and how it actually materialized in the real world.

09-20-18

Design Diversity Index

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The CUDC and our project partner, Jacinda Walker, recently completed a Design Diversity Index for Ohio. This project was made possible with the generous support of The George Gund Foundation.

The Design Diversity Index project began with a question: How can the design community know which actions are working best to increase diversity in our fields? We collected demographic data about the people currently in design schools and the design professions so that strategies for increasing diversity can be evaluated based on their results.

The resulting Design Diversity Index is a tool for gauging the numbers and percentages of people of color in architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, and urban planning in Ohio’s universities and professional organizations. The Index focuses on representation of African American and Latinx communities. Using available data, the Index establishes current baseline conditions and will track annual progress toward expanding racial diversity in the design professions.

The project found that representation by people of color in the design professions in Ohio is low. For example, African Americans are the second largest ethnic group in Ohio (12.2%), but have the lowest representation in architecture among the state’s five major ethnic groups (African American, Hispanic, Asian, White, and Other). According to the American Community Survey, only 1.29% (76 people) of Ohio’s architects are African American. If we hope to make the design professions more open and inclusive, we can first begin by understanding the design journey–the paths that people take from first discovering an interest in design, to pursuing a design education, and ultimately finding work in a design field.

Mapping the design journey (Jacinda Walker, www.designexplorr.com/research)

Mapping the design journey (Jacinda Walker, www.designexplorr.com)

The Design Diversity Index is an important step toward understanding barriers to diversity in the design professions today, and tracking progress toward greater design diversity in the future.

For more information and to download the Design Diversity Index report. please visit DESIGN DIVERSITY

09-18-18

CUDC Friday Lecture Series: Intention is not Results

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Please join us at noon on Friday, September 21 for a lecture by Megan Lykins Reich entitled, Intention is not Results. Megan is Deputy Director for the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) where she helps set a vision for the Museum’s innovative artistic and educational programs and supervises strategic initiatives. She has also curated some remarkable and mind-expanding exhibitions at the museum, including There Goes the Neighborhood; DIRGE: Reflections on [Life and] Death; and Duke Riley: An Invitation to Lubberland. Megan will talk about the gap between what we envision or intend at the beginning of a project and how it actually materializes in real life. 

This lecture is free and open to the public. Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is located at 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200. Please ring the intercom by the front entrance to be buzzed in.

07-24-18

Speakers on the Square | August 2

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On Thursday, August 2nd, from 5:30 – 7:00 PM, AIA Cleveland is hosting its fifth annual Speakers on the Square Event. Each year the Young Architects / Associates group assembles local practitioners, thinkers, and advocates in dialogue around a theme. The event will be held at the Transformer Station in Ohio City, 1460 W 29th St.

Taking advantage of the current FRONT Triennial, this year’s panel will focus on the role of art in our cities, with contributions from the disciplines of architecture, planning & development, art, and curation. Discussion topics will include:

  • How can architects be better advocates for artists?
  • How can our cities sustainably support artists in our communities?
  • What are local best practices in placemaking & public art investments?
  • How should we think about arts accessibility and equity in our neighborhoods?

Moderated by CUDC Project Manager Kristen Zeiber, the panel will include: Lisa Kurzner, Curator, Front International; Lauren Yager, Local multidisciplinary artist; Allison Lukacsy, Project Manager, City of Euclid/local artist.

We hope to see you there!

MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTER HERE.

07-16-18

CUDC welcomes a new Office Manager!

 

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The CUDC would like to welcome our new Office Manager, Michelle Kupiec. She has varied experience in film and television, intercultural communication, and youth-oriented non-profits. She created marketing for a mental health care facility and refined curricula and strategic plans for a youth internship program, both operating in the Greater Cleveland region. Michelle has an honors B.A. in Philosophy from Baldwin Wallace University and holds credentials from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management for Developing Outcomes and Program Design through the Cuyahoga County Youth Work Institute.

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

04-24-18

Adventures in the Inner-ring

 

Nice neighborhood street viewCleveland’s first-ring suburbs are at a turning point. Many of these communities sprang to life after World War II, in response to growing demand, increased prosperity, and rising birth rates. Life in the suburbs offered privacy, mobility, and choice. On the downside, suburban development also contributed to white flight and segregated housing patterns.

The mid-20th century was a time of rapid growth and development in the first-ring suburbs. But now, housing demand has moved inward to Downtown Cleveland and some of the city’s vibrant residential neighborhoods. At the same time, housing demand also continues to move outward, to larger houses in growing suburbs at the edges of the region. First-ring suburbs are literally caught in the middle.The aging housing stock in Cleveland’s inner suburbs doesn’t appeal to home buyers as it once did. Housing values in these communities declined during and after the foreclosure crisis, and median housing sales prices have yet to recover their peak pre-foreclosure value.

In 2017, Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities Program completed a property inventory of five of Cleveland’s first-ring suburbs: Euclid, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, South Euclid, and Warrensville Heights. Every building and parcel in these five communities was evaluated and graded, from A (for excellent) to F (for unsafe or distressed). The CUDC worked with the Land Conservancy to communicate the outcomes of this work and to help provide context for the survey. The results are compiled in Communities at the Crossroads: A Survey of Five First-Ring Suburbs.

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The inventory revealed good news—visible blight has been largely eliminated in the suburbs through rehabilitation efforts and demolition. But some concerns remain. The number of vacant houses in first-ring suburbs is increasing. Unlike in some city neighborhoods, where vacant housing often deteriorates and becomes unsafe and unsightly, vacant housing in the suburbs is mostly well-maintained. But long-term vacancies reflect weakness in the real estate market and the potential for future disinvestment and distress.

Read more…

01-18-18

Cleveland Housing Issues & Opportunities: A Panel Discussion | Jan 23

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The Cleveland Public Library will moderate a panel discussion on Cleveland Housing Issues & Opportunities on Tuesday, January 23rd at 5:00 PM. Community housing leaders from around Cleveland including the CUDCThriving Communities, CMHA, Third Federal and Slavic Village Development will discuss local successes in demolishing blighted properties and renovating, reusing, restoring, and rehabilitating older buildings to serve as houses for local residents. The conversation is part of the One Community Reads program focused in 2018 on the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.

CUDC Urban Designer, Kristen Zeiber, will be there to discuss the design/REbuild house and New Life for Old Homes: Design Guide for the Low-Cost Rehab of Vacant & Abandoned Housing. New Life for Old Homes is a  guidebook of low-cost, high impact ideas for the rehabilitation of vacant and abandoned houses that would otherwise be demolished.

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Cleveland Housing Issues & Opportunities: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
5:00 PM
Cleveland Public Library – Fleet Branch
7224 Broadway Ave, Cleveland, OH 44105

 

01-18-18

Year of Vital Neighborhoods Kickoff | Jan 26

The CUDC will join the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability as they kick off The Year of Vital Neighborhoods on Friday, January 26 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in City Hall Rotunda (601 Lakeside Ave). 

This event will feature dozens of local leaders working at a neighborhood level to make Cleveland more vibrant and sustainable. Take this opportunity to engage with and learn from these organizations.

This event is FREE and open to the public. RTA’s FREE trolley stops right in front of City Hall. Vehicle parking is available at Willard Garage at regular rates (and bike parking is free!). Photo ID is required to enter City Hall.

For more information on Sustainable Cleveland 2019, visit:  www.SustainableCleveland.org.

Year of Vital Neighborhoods Kickoff
Friday, January 26, 2018
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
City Hall Rotunda
601 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114

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10-30-17

Urban Land Institute’s Gerald Hines Real Estate Competition | Info Session

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Lecture: “Urban Land Institute’s Gerald Hines Real Estate Competition”
Jeff Kruth
Friday, November 3rd
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM & 5:30 PM
CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Free and open to the public

This Friday, November 3rd an introduction the Urban Land Institute’s annual Urban Design Competition will take place. The competition asks graduate students from design, planning, and business backgrounds to collaboratively work towards a vibrant and financially viable urban design scheme in cities across North America. In past years, KSU CUDC students have worked with CSU’s Levin students, and CWRU’s Weatherhead students to compete for a $50,000 prize.

A lunch lecture at 12:00pm will give an overview of the competition with coordinator, Jeff Kruth and  former student competitors. At 5:30pm, an information session with free beer and pizza will ask interested students to think about forming teams. The competition takes place January 15-29.

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04-24-17

We’re Hiring | Post Graduate Fellow (Urban Design)

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Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) has a one-year position available for recent graduates holding a Master’s degree in Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, or Planning. Eligible candidates must have graduated from a graduate program in one of these fields in 2016 or 2017. This is a full-time position with benefits, available beginning on September 1, 2017 or after.

Job Responsibilities

  • Working on urban design and planning projects for community clients, under the direction of CUDC senior staff
  • Supporting the Making Our Own Space (MOOS) design/build initiative for middle- and high-school students
  • Developing research proposals
  • Assisting with the organization and logistics of the annual community design charrette in the fall of 2017
  • Participating in graduate-level design juries and advising graduate students on their Capstone projects
  • Other tasks as assigned by CUDC staff

 

The Fellow will also develop a project of his or her choice, to be completed during the fellowship year. Examples of past projects include:

  • Presenting design work and research on environmental psychology in urban design at a conference of the Association for Community Design
  • Developing climate resilient street sections, expanding upon the City of Cleveland’s Complete and Green Street Guidelines, as part of the CUDC’s neighborhood climate resilience initiative.

 

Other potential fellowship project ideas include:

  • Planning and deploying a temporary installation or event
  • Entering a design competition or creating a design competition
  • Curating an exhibition for the CUDC gallery
  • Presenting work at a conference
  • Organizing a lecture, workshop, or other events

 

The Fellow’s project will be developed with the full support of CUDC staff. Up to 10% of the Fellow’s time (four hours per week) will be devoted to his or her project.

Eligibility
The Fellowship position is available to any graduate of a Master’s degree in Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, or Planning program who completed his or her degree in 2016 or 2017. The CUDC will select one Fellow from the pool of applicants.

Application Process
To be considered for the Post Graduate Fellowship, please submit:

  • Application through the Kent State University website: https://jobs.kent.edu/postings/13424/
  • Resume
  • Portfolio
  • Letter of intent – in 500 words or less, please describe why you are interested in working at the CUDC and outline your idea for an independent project to be completed during your fellowship year. Please note that you do not need to have a fully developed proposal for your project, just an initial idea or a general direction you would like to pursue. CUDC will work with you during the first three months of the fellowship to develop your project idea, secure supplemental funding (if needed), and prepare a timeline for implementing the project within the fellowship year.

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

In addition to your application through the Kent State University website, please submit your resume, portfolio, and letter of intent in PDF format to cudc@kent.edu. If your portfolio is too large to email, please share it with cudc@kent.edu using DropBox (https://www.dropbox.com).

Selection Criteria
Applicants will be evaluated based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Work experience
  • Quality of portfolio
  • Clarity of intent

Kent State University, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer is committed to attaining excellence through the recruitment and retention of a diverse work force. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you require assistance, please contact Kent State University’s Employment Office at 330-672-2100 or by email at employment@kent.edu.

Salary
$40,000 per year. The Post Graduate Fellow will be a full-time employee of Kent State University, with a full benefits package. The position is a one-year appointment; the period of employment will not be extended beyond one year. This is an administrative position, which does not include the possibility of tenure.

Questions?
Contact David Jurca at djurca@kent.edu

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