09-08-14

Alumni Lecture Series | Divya Sridhar | Sept. 12

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What would your neighborhood look like if your neighbors and you designed it together? What could the community look like if  it was built from a place of trust and respect towards each other, and nurtured local ecology? This Friday, September 12, Divya Sridhar will share how City Repair attempts to explore the power of people through collaborative place making in urban spaces, and reconnects them to each other and to the local environment.

Divya Sridhar is  a graduate of the M.Arch program from the class of 2006, and a LEED AP. She’s a Permaculture Certified Designer and a mom. She facilitates design approach and outcomes in neighborhoods for a process called City Repair. 

The Alumni Lecture Series is held from 12-1 pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200. They are free and open to the public. View the full schedule of upcoming speakers here.

09-02-14

Alumni Lecture Series | David Jurca | Sept. 5

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Our Alumni Lecture Series continues this Friday from 12-1 PM with our own Associate Director, David Jurca.

David’s interactive talk Opportunity or Constraint? will explore the creative process of shifting one’s perspective on a design problem to reveal the possibilities often hidden within. He will present practical lessons for designers gathered over eight years of professional practice and applied research at the CUDC. Employing several innovative projects as case studies, including the transformation of an underused parking garage into a lively public space, David will encourage urban makers to embrace constraints as a generative design force.

David is a 2006 graduate from the CUDC. As Associate Director of the CUDC he contributes to the full range of the practice’s projects, with a particular interest in shrinking cities research. Working with social media, video and other technologies, David spearheads the CUDC’s efforts to develop new techniques for community engagement. David teaches the graduate design studio, advises MUD capstone students and has led several community design charrettes.

All lectures are from 12-1 PM at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, unless otherwise noted. Free and open to the public. 

09-02-14

CAED Groundbreaking | October 3-4, 2014

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The weekend of October 3-4, 2014  Kent State University Alumni are invited to return to campus to see the changes and what the future holds for College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED). The college will be hosting a number of events to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new building; this is an ideal time to visit your alma mater!

The CAED wants this to be a great experience for you; a time to reconnect, participate in the building project and meet alumni from other years. More than 10 classes have committed to reunions and many alumni are planning to return to campus. Their hope is to have more than 150 alumni come back to campus and celebrate together.

Click to RSVP or learn more.

If you have any questions please contact Wiley Runnestrand (wrunnest[at]kent.edu) or Marti Ring (mkring1[at]kent.edu); especially if you are interested in planning a reunion for your class.

 

08-26-14

Fall Lecture Series | Steve Manka | August 29th

This year for our Fall Lecture Series we have decided to invite CUDC Alumni to participate to celebrate our 15th Anniversary of the CUDC.

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Friday, August 29th, will feature one of our first graduates, Steve Manka. Manka, a 2001 graduate, is the founder of Manka Design Studio which is a Cleveland based sculpture studio focused on large scale public art installations. The studio has installed a wide range of public art projects throughout Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and recently Chicago.

His talk, Public Art as Acupuncture, will focus on how Public Art can be regarded as a form of Urban Acupuncture, properly pinned to amplify an identity and provocatively tie people to places and to each other. The talk will review the design goals and process of the Manka Design Studio.

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Following the lecture there will be a workshop from 2-5 PM. The workshop will focus on sketching for urban design analysis: perspective and analytical sketches.

Supplies needed:
bus pass – public transit will be taken from CUDC to University Circle for primary sketching
clutch pencils (2B)
sketch book
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Both the lecture and the workshop are free and open to the public. 

08-19-14

Position Available at Oberlin College

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The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for the position of A.J. Lewis Center Facilities Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator.

This is a full-time continuing staff position reporting to the Director of Environmental Studies. They seek applicants with a combination of strong technical and interpersonal skills who are interested in enhancing the environmental performance and educational value of a facility named the most important green building in the last 30 years by Architect Magazine.

A detailed description of the position and application process is posted here. 

08-19-14

Call for Volunteers

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The City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is looking for engaged and enthusiastic volunteers for the 2014 Sustainable Cleveland Summit. The Sustainable Cleveland Summit is a great opportunity to contribute to the greater conversation about sustainability in Cleveland, while making connections and meeting new people also involved in changing our region.

Summit information and volunteer details are below:

What: 2014 Sustainable Cleveland Summit (Registration)

When: Wednesday, September 17-Thursday, September 18, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Where: Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave E , Cleveland, OH 44114

Cost: Free for volunteers! $40 for non-volunteers

Want to sign up to volunteer? Need more information? Contact Cathi Lehn at clehn[at]city.cleveland.oh.us –or- 216-664-2421.

08-15-14

The Neighborhood Design Center is Seeking an Executive Director

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The Columbus Neighborhood Design Center seeks an Executive Director to lead this dynamic and growing non-profit serving various urban neighborhoods with design and planning services. Principally funded by the City of Columbus, the NDC seeks opportunities to broaden its funding base and to provide comparable low cost design services to communities and non-profits. Its labor pool is comprised principally of university students in architecture, landscape architecture and planning. The NDC facilitates community-based dialog, generates responsive design and planning concepts, and immerses student interns in the development of solutions that are both realistic and visionary.

The Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) is a 501c(3) nonprofit committed to assisting the under served. They believe that access to design is a right, not a privilege. When in need of affordable design services small businesses, neighborhood institutions and government entities in Central Ohio and beyond utilize the Neighborhood Design Center. Through simple yet cunning design, their staff and interns bring the ideas and dreams of their clients to life. 

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, three references with contact information and a portfolio of relevant work. The application materials should be submitted as a single PDF to EBizAdvisors[at]gmail.com no later than 11:59 pm on August 31 (please note in the subject line: “NDC Executive Director”). The PDF attachment must not exceed 25MB in size. The Neighborhood Design Center is an equal opportunity employer.

View full job description and requirements here

 

08-11-14

Design competition in New Orleans aims to transform abandoned landscapes

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Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) are collaborating on a competition to make New Orleans a global leader in reusing vacant land. Future Ground will generate flexible design and policy strategies that forecast and accommodate changes in density, demand, climate, and landscape over the next half-century in New Orleans, transforming abandoned landscapes into resources for the current and future city.

Three teams will be selected and awarded $15,000 to participate in a six-month research and design process to tackle the social, economic, and ecological challenges underlying reuse of the most prevalent types of vacant land in the city. Working closely with local stakeholders and national experts, teams will produce implementable, replicable solutions that can be applied to specific sites citywide, and that can help catalyze change in cities around the world.

Future Ground is open to multidisciplinary teams of individuals and firms with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, graphic design, policy, engineering, finance, real estate, community development, and other fields relevant to the topic. Entrants are encouraged to partner with at least one individual or organization in New Orleans.

The deadline for registration and electronic submission of the RFQ is 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 29, 2014.

 

08-04-14

Commuting — and Connecting — Along a Crooked River

by Justin Glanville

My kayak’s bow splashes quietly through the river, my knuckles skimming the surface with each paddle. The water feels warmer than I expected, almost welcoming.

It doesn’t smell bad, either — just a mild mix of mud and ripe, midsummer leaves. This is a surprise in the infamous Cuyahoga River, once so polluted it caught fire repeatedly. Its last blaze, in 1969, got so much attention it inspired the federal Clean Water Act.

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Read more…

08-04-14

The CUDC Says Goodbye to its First Post Graduate Fellow

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Our first Post Graduate Fellow, Julie Whyte, will be leaving the CUDC after her 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. Julie shared with us some of her thoughts about her time here at the CUDC and what she was able to accomplish. We wish her well in her next adventure!

What did this year-long Fellowship mean to you?
This year meant being able to be fully integrated into the workings of the CUDC, from the project side to the academic side. It meant the opportunity to work with and learn from a talented and multidisciplinary staff that is dedicated to promoting positive change in Cleveland and the broader region. I’ve spent the last year exploring what it means to work for a non-profit urban design practice and what it means to be a public-interest designer. On the personal side, I became a Clevelander, began volunteering to play piano for Alzheimer’s patients at a local nursing home, utilized public transit, and joined the local cycling community. Becoming ingrained in multiple aspects of the community expanded my perspective and enabled me to be a better designer.

What were some of the highlights of the Fellowship?
I’ve had the privilege in being involved with many great projects over the past year. One of my favorite projects is the Homeless Initiative, which focuses both on neighborhood-scale interventions to benefit the Campus District neighborhood as a whole, as well as targeted interventions to directly impact and benefit the homeless population. I have enjoyed working with the homeless, aiming to improve their quality of life and help provide them with a sense of empowerment, while working with local stakeholders with the goal of benefitting the entire neighborhood.

Another highlight was the opportunity I had to travel with the staff and students to Indiana for a charrette based in the Indianapolis’ midtown neighborhood. Throughout this design-intense weekend, we collaborated with staff and students from Detroit-based Lawrence Tech and Indiana’s own Ball State University. The students truly light up in that kind of interactive, hands-on environment, and they came up with some fantastic design ideas.

What will you miss most about working at the CUDC?
Aside from the people of course, I will most miss the projects. The CUDC consistently pursues the projects that truly matter. At the end of the day, you feel like you contributed to the community in a positive way. Whether the project is client-based or grant-funded, the CUDC strives to unearth the design solution or solutions that can most benefit the neighborhood where the project is located as well as the broader community.

What’s next for you upon the conclusion of the Fellowship?
What’s next for me is to shift to more Architectural work while still continuing to develop my skills in Urban Design. The Fellowship has been great for helping me along my path of figuring out where I fit in the design profession. I’m aiming to pursue both Architecture and Urban Design and to continually pursue work that is multidisciplinary, because I firmly belief that design is most powerful when it engages at multiple scales.

07-18-14

AIA Cleveland hosts Speakers on the Square

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On Thursday, July 24th, from 7-8:30 PM, AIA Cleveland will be hosting ‘Speakers on the Square: Identity CLE?’ in the U.S. Bank Plaza (formerly Star Plaza) in Playhouse Square. The event will bring together a dynamic panel to discuss perception, branding, and identity. The panel consists of Jen Coleman from the Landmarks Commission, Kip Lee from Case’s Managing by Design program, Marika Shiori-Clark of MASS Design Group, and Stephanie Sheldon, the founder of the Cleveland Flea. The group will convene to discuss how their work, and design in general, impacts Cleveland’s identity. Writer and historian Michael Abrahamson will moderate the panel discussion.

Prior to the panel discussion at the U.S. Bank Plaza, a pre-panel reception will take place from 5:30-6:45 PM at the nearby AIA Cleveland offices at 1001 Huron Road East.

For more information please visit the event link here

07-18-14

CT Consultants Hiring Principal Planner

CT Consultants is a dynamic consulting firm that has doubled in size in recent years through expanding their service geography and adding service lines. The vast majority of their business is performed with governmental entities throughout a multi-state area. In response to growing client demands for planning services, CT acquired the firm of DB Hartt. The interest for redevelopment, regionalism and sustainable communities propels their clients to expend energy on planning projects and they require the assistance of professional planners. They fully expect the Planning Department to be a growing area within their firm and are looking for a leader to work with David Hartt to develop this service to the benefits of our clients. The following details the requirements for this exciting opportunity.

Qualifications

  •  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Planning
  • Planning experience with focus on:
    •  Comprehensive planning
    •  Community or neighborhood revitalization and redevelopment
    • Zoning services
    •  Conceptual site design
    •  Reviewing privately submitted development plans for zoning compliance
  • Versed on contemporary planning principles such as “smart planning and development” and “fostering healthy communities”
  •  Exceptional written and oral communication skills including public presentations
  • Working knowledge of computer mapping and preparing computer planning maps



Responsibilities

  • Independent technical execution of planning assignments
  • Making or assisting in public presentations
  • Providing technical oversight for the supporting project team; including monitoring compliance with project budgets.
  • Assisting in marketing and writing proposals.



For more information about this available position please visit: http://www.ctconsultants.com/careers/current-openings/planner-akron-columbus-or-mentor-oh

06-27-14

From Kent to Cleveland Down The Cuyahoga

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This summer, July 25-26, Kent State University faculty and staff will embark on the first ever Crooked River Commute. This kayaking trek along the Cuyahoga River from Kent State University’s main campus to Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is intended to promote the river as a shared regional asset for education, recreation, and sustainability.

Cheer us on. 

Meet us at the start and finish of the trip. We’ll begin early morning (7-7:30am) on Friday, July 25th at Heritage Park in Kent and end with a celebration late evening (6-6:45pm) on Saturday, July 26th at the Coast Guard Station during The Burning River Festival in Cleveland.

Follow us for updates. 

We’ll keep everyone posted on trip details through the CUDC’s social media accounts.
Follow us at: CrookedRiverCommute.org
Facebook: ksuCUDC
Twitter: @ksuCUDC 

Share our story.

Tell your friends, family and social network about the Crooked River Commute. We’ll live-tweet during the trip, using hashtag: #RiverCommute

Read the two-page summary below to learn more about the backstory and goals of the trip: 

 

 

06-24-14

Spontaneous Interventions in Residence, Governors Island, New York Harbor, Summer 2014

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From Cleveland to Venice to Chicago to New York!

The United States’ pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale chose the theme “Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good”, focusing on the growing movement of architects, designers, artists, and everyday citizens taking the initiative to make improvements to the public realm. From August to November 2012, Pop Up City joined other activist-minded projects from the United States exhibited in Venice, Italy.

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From there the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit, including Pop Up City, was on display at the Chicago Cultural Center from May 24, 2013 – September 1, 2013. The exhibit included interactive banners and wall displays employed at the Venice Biennale.

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Now the exhibit is making it first appearance in New York on Governor’s Island, New York City’s newest public park. A former military base, the island is home to dozens of historic buildings and 125 acres of open space. A condensed version of the original exhibition will be on display in Building 403 on Colonel’s Row, a former officer’s residence adjacent to the Parade Ground. It will be exhibited through September 28, 2014.

“We feel very fortunate to have the chance to bring Spontaneous Interventions to Governors Island, whose recent evolution into a public park perfectly reflects the values promoted in the exhibition, specifically, the need for flexible public space that is not overly prescribed or controlled—as is the case for so much public space—and instead is open to a wide range of user driven activities,” says Cathy Lang Ho, the show’s original curator who organized the Governors 2 of 4 Island presentation with Stefan Jonot and Office Ho Jonot, a cultural consultancy.

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More information on the Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good exhibition on Governor’s Island can be found here.

06-20-14

Master of Landscape Architecture Open House at the CUDC

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The landscape architecture profession is projected to grow by 14% nationally over the next decade. Be part of a graduate program intent on reimagining Northeast Ohio’s landscape for the benefit of future generations.

We invite you to consider our new Master of Landscape Architecture program, housed at Kent State University’s CUDC facility in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square District. We are pleased to offer one of only two professionally-oriented Landscape Architecture program in Ohio and the only one of its kind located in Northeast Ohio.

Please join us at our Master of Landscape Architecture Open House event to learn more about the program and enjoy a networking lunch with local professionals, student peers, and faculty.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Kent State University’s CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

Please reserve your place for this event before June 25, 2014. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW or call 330-672-3765.

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