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.”