04-15-14

Save the Date | June 13, 2014

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AIA Cleveland’s “Goodtime for Design” annual boat cruise will take place Friday, June 13, 2014. Join hundreds of members in the design, planning, construction and building management professions on board the GOODTIME III cruise ship for an evening of informal networking, collegiality and fun! Guests are also welcome to attend.

Detailed information available here.

04-09-14

Build in Cleveland | Register Now | IDP Hours

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Summer design/build experience at The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) starts in June! Enroll now to build a CAED designed project in Cleveland and earn credit and IDP hours.

The CAED has opened two field study sections this summer to work on the construction for the design/build project, led by Professor Chris Maurer. The project will be a renovation of this home in the St. Clair/ Superior District of Cleveland, Ohio.

Students will work side by side with experienced contractors, construction workers, construction management students, and architects; and will learn many of the trades required to renovate a home.

The sections are M-F 1:00 - 6:15 PM in Summer I (June 9- July 12) and Summer III (July 14 - August 16). They are each worth 3 upper-division-elective credit hours and students can earn IDP hours for their work on site. Summer I will deal mostly with rough construction and Summer III with finish work.

Look for course number ARCH 46992. Please enroll now as there are a limited number of spaces available.

Students may only enroll in one of the sections for credits that count toward graduation.

***Housing can be made available in Cleveland for students taking the course. Please contact Professor Maurer with any questions: cmaurer(at)kent.edu

04-08-14

Internship Opportunity | City of Lakewood

The City of Lakewood is seeking a part-time urban design intern to work directly with planning staff and the City Architect to gain hands-on practical experience working on planning and design related issues in the city. It is the city’s objective to provide an intern with portfolio caliber projects. The intern will spend 20 hours a week working individually and collaboratively to complete assigned projects by a given timeline.

Detailed description available here.

04-08-14

Andrea Longacre-White | Bellwether Project | April 17-May 4

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Photographer, Andrea Longacre-White, will have an exhibition of photography and sculpture as part of the Bellwether Project. Bellwether is a project of the Contemporary Art Society of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The event will be at the Ground Floor Gallery in the former Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center, 1368 East 55th Street.

Opening reception and artist’s talk will be held Thursday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 PM. Show runs April 18 - May 4, 2014. Fridays 1:00-5:00 PM; Saturdays 2:00-6:00 PM; Sundays 12:00-4:00 PM.

More information available here.

The exhibition is supported by the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, The Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center, and VIP.

04-08-14

Terry Schwarz on Panel Discussion for HUD Quarterly Meeting

CUDC Director, Terry Schwarz, will be part of a panel discussion at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, DC, Thursdays, April 10th.

This quarterly meeting will examine Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets. Building on the current issue of Evidence Matters this update will consider vacancy from various perspectives and examine the work that communities are doing to limit or reverse its negative effects. The panel will discuss land banks that assemble parcels of land and maintain vacant properties until the land can be returned to productive use. In addition short-term uses such as stores, parks, and art projects that bring vibrancy to otherwise blighted spaces will be discussed.

If you are in the DC area and would like to attend please register here. The event will also be webcast live, more information available here.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Brooke-Mondale Auditorium
HUD Headquarters

Evidence Matters Winter 2013Photo credits from left to right: Cuyahoga County Land Reuitilization; McAllen Public Library; GTECH Strategies

04-04-14

Join us for a special Tuesday Lunch Lecture with Dana Cuff

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Tuesday, April 8th we will have a lunch lecture featuring Dana Cuff of cityLAB. Dana Cuff is a professor, author, and practitioner in architecture. Her work focuses on affordable housing, modernism, suburban studies, the politics of place, and the spatial implications of new computer technologies. Cuff’s research on postwar urbanism was published in a book titled The Provisional City (MIT 2000), and she recently edited Fast Forward Urbanism with Roger Sherman (Princeton Architectural Press 2011). She founded cityLAB in 2006, and has since concentrated her efforts around issues of the emerging metropolis. Dr. Cuff is widely published, the recipient of numerous fellowships, and lectures internationally.

Join us from 12-1PM at the CUDC. This event is free and open to the public.

CUDC
12-1 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

04-04-14

Lunch Lecture | Matt Schmidt of Trust for Public Land

Our Spring Lunch Lecture Series is back April 4th, from 12- 1 PM. This Friday’s featured speaker will be Matt Schmidt.

Matt Schmidt, a graduate of Kent State University and the CUDC, will be speaking about his career in architecture and planning in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio communities.   Matt has been responsible for work in diverse neighborhoods while working for a private firm, and is now a Program Manager at the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit whose mission is to foster healthy neighborhoods through parks and green spaces.  At the Trust for Public Land,  Matt is working in Cleveland neighborhoods to integrate parks within green infrastructure basin sites, bring publicly accessible fitness facilities to residents, and develop a series of trails and green spaces through the Flats to the Lake Erie waterfront.  The discussion will follow the projects that he has been a part of, and his path from architecture to community-based neighborhood planning.

Join us!

CUDC
12-1 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Some of the projects that Matt Schmidt has been working on:

PowerPoint Presentation

The reconstruction of Historic League Park is the focal point of a neighborhood planning study that unites resident, baseball and historic preservation communities to catalyze reinvestment.

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The Central Choice Neighborhood Plan brought a holistic definition of “community” under consideration through its focus on Neighborhood, Housing and People.

04-01-14

ULI Competition Reception at the CUDC | April 14, 2014

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The CUDC and The College of Architecture and Environmental Design will be celebrating the accomplishments of our students and the work they submitted for the Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition at the CUDC on April 14, 2014.

Students from Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University collaborated on five submissions, two of which received honorable mention. Please join us to find out about their projects and congratulate them on their success.

The five teams will have their work displayed for you to review as well as light hors d’oeuvres and beer/wine. This is a great time to network with fellow design professionals and learn about the work of the CAED students.

Space is limited, so please RSVP here.

CUDC
April 14, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

03-31-14

Levin College Forum | Cleveland’s Waterfronts

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What’s Happening?: Cleveland’s Waterfronts is the first in a series of programs examining the promise and possibility inherent in the recent changes to the Cleveland Lakefront Park system, coupled with the city’s renewed prioritization of lakefront redevelopment. It presents an enormous opportunity to finally connect Clevelanders to their waterfronts. This forum will provide an update on various plans and projects that are underway or recently completed.

Event Information
Thursday, April 10, 2014
4:00-6:00 P.M.
Roberta Steinbacher Atrium
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland State University

Register for this Forum event and find more information here.

03-28-14

Now is our time to Step Up Downtown

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On March 18, 2014, close to 150 residents, employees, business owners, and downtown-minded individuals attended the first public meeting held at the Old Stone Church. After a short overview of the project by DCA President Joe Marinucci and CUDC Director Terry Schwarz, attendees were let loose to contribute their ideas at seven engagement stations located throughout the venue.

Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s (DCA) Downtown Vision and Tactical Plan, Step Up Downtown, will create a holistic vision for linking and enhancing Downtown development districts, public spaces and assets.

The final 5-year plan, to be unveiled in June 2014, will set priorities for creating a fully connected and continuous urban fabric. DCA has engaged the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) and Progressive Urban Management Associates (PUMA) to create the comprehensive plan over a six-month process, begun in January 2014.

Feedback from the stations will be processed by the design team and posted to the Step Up Downtown website.

Attendees were asked to recall their their fondest memories of Downtown Cleveland and share the changes they want to see in the next five years at the Story Station. Hear what they had to say below and check out more photos from the event here.

Step Up Downtown | Cleveland Stories from KSU CUDC on Vimeo.

If you were not able to attend the public meeting there is still time for your voice to be heard. Take this brief survey to guide the future of Downtown Cleveland.

03-25-14

Paul Allen | Museum of Natural History | April 2, 2014

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Paul Allen of the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, UK, will speak on “Zero Carbon Britain - The extraordinary story of human beings and energy.” The Centre for Alternative Technology is one of the top sustainability centers in Europe, and its Zero Carbon Britain policy guidelines have been recognized by the UK Parliament and the EU.

The most recent climate science demonstrates the need to achieve zero carbon emissions as soon as possible. The Zero Carbon Britain project has created detailed scenarios that show how society can rise to the climate challenge without relying on promises of future technology, but by using only that which exists now, ready to be implemented immediately. So far the project has researched and published three reports on rapid decarbonization scenarios. The goal is to stimulate a change of thinking about future possibilities — and help people rethink their relationship to energy.

This is a great opportunity to hear cutting-edge ideas from Europe about energy and climate.

Free with Museum admission (which is $6 for nonmembers on Wednesday evenings).

More information available here.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

03-10-14

Rooms to Let: CLE | Call for Artists

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Rooms to Let: CLE, a one-day curated temporary art exhibit and community celebration, in Slavic Village on May 17, 2014, is seeking proposals from artists.

The event will center around vacant houses as alternative venues for art, and hopes to invert those icons often associated with neighborhood blight and despair into new experiential propositions of witness, resiliency, and contemplation.  They are seeking artists to help activate and reframe the conversation from emptiness and dormancy to new propositions for engagement and expression.

More information and an application form can be found at here.  The deadline for submitting proposals is March 14, 2014.

03-04-14

Steve Rugare | Lunch Lecture | March 7, 2014

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Assistant Professor, Steve Rugare, will be this Friday’s Lunch Lecturer. His topic will be the “Great Lakes Exposition: Architectural and Planning Questions”.

The Great Lakes Exposition of 1936-37 was one of the outstanding planning and design success stories in Cleveland’s history. It’s also one of the least-studied the expositions held in American cities during the New Deal era. In this progress report on his research, Steve Rugare will examine the fairs significance in the history of Cleveland’s lakefront and frame key questions about its relationship to other expositions and the development of modern architecture in the US. To conclude, he will look briefly at what would be required to stage a successful exposition in Cleveland today.

This event is free and open to the public.

Lunch Lecture
March 7, 2014
12-1 PM
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

More images of The Great Lakes Exposition after the jump. Read more…

03-04-14

Spring Studio Focuses on Reclaiming Abandoned Housing

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The CUDC and CAED have developed an undergraduate-level Design-Build Studio for reclaiming abandoned housing in Cleveland. The Design-Build Studio will complement the CUDC’s work on the Re-imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland initiative, a project that has become a national model for strategic reuse and reclamation of vacant urban land. This project will build on on-going efforts to reclaim vacant land in the city and explore new approaches for reinventing vacant housing.

Chris Maurer, an adjunct faculty member of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED), teaches the studio with students in the third year Architecture Program, as well as students from the Construction Management Program from the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology (CAEST). Chris is an architect and urban designer who brings strong design skills, extensive field experience, and a demonstrated ability to move innovative design ideas into implementation. Also assisting with the studio is CUDC urban designer, Kristen Zeiber. Kristen spent four years in the Gulf Coast Design Studio where she designed and built homes for hurricane victims and she is well suited to coordinate a design-build studio here in Cleveland. Terry Schwarz, CUDC Director, will oversee connections with the city and community development corporations, and will develop plans for neighborhood improvements for area surrounding the design-build site.

During the spring semester the students will develop a wide range of inexpensive design interventions to make an abandoned house more functional and appealing for prospective residents, which include the millennial generation and recent immigrants. The best idea(s) will proceed into design development, working drawings, and permitting. Summer will be the “build” semester, where CAED Faculty and a professional construction manager will oversee the students’ work. The finished house will be sold and the proceeds will be used as start-up funding to repeat the process in the following year.

The new Design-Build Studio is an exciting collaboration between the CUDC, CAED, and CAEST. In our first year we hope to document the process and bring will provide updates throughout the spring and summer. Stay tuned…

Major support for the Design-Build Studio is provided by: The George Gund Foundation, Sandvick Architects, Sears-Swetland Foundations, and Ruth Brown Foundation.

02-28-14

Public Invited to Comment on Cleveland Harbor Dredging Project

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Ohio EPA is holding a meeting to accept comments concerning an application by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge up to 475,000 cubic yards of material in Cleveland Harbor. The applicant is requesting to open-lake dispose up to 180,000 cubic yards of the dredged material into Lake Erie. The remaining material would be disposed at existing confined disposal facilities located near the Burke Lakefront Airport. Ohio EPA also is evaluating alternative plans with less or no environmental impact.

The meeting will be held at 4:30 PM on March 6, 2014 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 1962 Stokes Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106.

For more information and complete new release click here.