05-01-14

Cuyahoga Confluence Studio | Student Work

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This spring, a ten week graduate studio led by the CUDC’s David Jurca and Kristen Zeiber explored urban design strategies to reframe the Cuyahoga River corridor as an eco-tourism destination and regional spine for new sustainable development. Throughout the course, students worked at multiple scales to understand the complex economic, ecological, and cultural forces that would impact their design proposals. Students ultimately developed urban design projects that engaged this confluence of issues at two very different sites along the Cuyahoga River: Cleveland’s Scranton Peninsula and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park surrounding the Brecksville Dam.

The City Relink Project, by Carolyn Emmer and Adam Hirsh, evolved through a redefinition of Cleveland’s Industry for the 21st Century, based upon the rugged industrial history of Scranton Peninsula. Emphasizing sustainable industry, the site is proposed to house pharmaceutical and biomedical manufacturing facilities as an extension of Cleveland’s Health Tech Corridor.

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City Relink by Carolyn Emmer and Adam Hirsh

Threaded Paths, by Megan Haftl and Isaac Ocasio, proposes to transform Brecksville into an ecotourism destination within the larger network of the Cuyahoga River. During the research phase of their project, they discovered that Brecksville was in close proximity to another city, Macedonia, on the east side of the river. Both of these cities have tributaries running through them, creating an important hydrological connection between the two. Each city lacked certain amenities that the other city had, essentially creating a balanced destination, when considered in tandem. The routes that connect these two cities (both water and roadway) pass through the Breckville Dam site, creating an opportunity for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to stitch together the two towns. In order to achieve the overall goal of making the site a destination within a larger regional network, Threaded Paths proposes a grand, multimodal infrastructure intervention to link the valley to surrounding tourist amenities.

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Threaded Paths by Megan Haftl and Isaac Ocasio

All AboardLinking the Region with Water and Rail, by Jonathan Nagy and Mia Katz, proposed the Brecksville Reservation as a new destination that makes it an asset for regional and local connections. The amphitheaters bridge these local and regional connections through its participation in what they proposed to be “The Music Line,” which utilizes the existing Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The line is to run from Jacob’s Pavilion in Cleveland south to Blossom Music Center, with the Brecksville Reservation as a central stop. The project proposes an ecologically designed area of flooding along the river’s edge, as well as a series of recreational services related to the new water environment.

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All Aboard- Linking the Region with Water and Rail by Jonathan Nagy and Mia Katz

Find more information about these projects and student work here.

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