06-21-16

Cut the Cord by Sam Friesema

Our Post Graduate Fellow, Sam Friesema, will be leaving the CUDC after his 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. Before he left, Sam shared with us some of  the work he has been interested in at his time here at the CUDC. We wish him well in his next adventure!

Cut the Cord
by Sam Friesema

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In the early 1900s two enormous projects were undertaken simultaneously in Cleveland Ohio by the Van Sweringen brothers. Firstly, the garden city suburb community of Shaker Heights became one of the premier residential neighborhoods in the country. Secondly, the Cleveland Union Terminal (now Tower City) was an immense mixed-use facility. The complex’s 52 story Terminal Tower became a monumental symbol of the city’s successes. Standing at 771 feet tall, it was for a time the second tallest building in the world.

TC bp1 (1)Building Section through the Tower City Complex. The multiple linked buildings span several city blocks with multiple level changes and confusing wayfinding.

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Light Rail. Fueling and enabling these two projects was a third project critical to ensure the birth of the others. Shaker Heights was conceived first but as residential building lots initially sold slowly the developers needed a means to quickly transport their potential suburbanites, along with their wealth, to and from the heart of the city. The Van Sweringen brothers hastily assembled properties and easements which allowed the developers to install a light-rail rapid transit line from their new suburb to the city’s center at Public Square. Less iconic yet equally important, the transit project supplied the capital and populations necessary to fully construct the tower and the garden city. Interestingly, to secure a small one mile section of rail easement, the brothers bought an entire rail company with 523 miles of track spanning from Buffalo and Chicago which led to their eventual rail business holdings of over 30,000 miles of track and assets of an estimated $3 Billion.

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1902 Map of Greater Cleveland with highlighted Downtown, Shaker Heights, and the rail connections.

The rail line within Shaker Heights is a beautifully designed centerpiece along tree lined medians and half million dollar homes. However, once the rail line leaves Shaker Heights and cuts through poor sections of Cleveland en route to downtown, the line is sunken and hidden from view. The views to and from the transit line are obscured by grade changes and dense vegetation. Shaker residents are shielded from any views of the vacancy and poverty they are passing through. The transit line awkwardly slices through communities and pedestrian access is dangerously out of sight, unlike the well-planned stations within Shaker.

What if we removed the passenger light rail line connecting downtown Cleveland to Shaker Heights in order to re-evaluate regional public transportation options and to let the two communities build their own unique and separate self-identities moving forward?

Read more…

06-07-16

MLA Open House | June 25

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Please join us at our Master of Landscape Architecture Open House event to learn more about the program.

For over 60 years, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design has graduated qualified professionals who are leaders in their fields. Kent State University offers a full complement of environmental design professions.

The landscape architecture profession is projected to grow by 5% nationally over the next decade. Be part of a graduate program intent on re-imagining Northeast Ohio’s landscape for the benefit of future generations. Join the vanguard of design professionals working to create a more sustainable world.

Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44115
Saturday, June 25th, 2016
10:00 am – Noon

The program includes a presentation by faculty, a student panel and tour of CUDC facilities.

For graduate program details please visit http://www.kent.edu/caed/master-landscape-architecture or contact our Graduate Programs office in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at 330.672.3765 for additional information and how to apply.

06-07-16

Future City Sessions: Aging in Cities | Matthias Hollwich

matthias_hollwichOn June 23rd at 5:30pm, the CUDC will host architect Matthias Hollwich. Matthias recently published the book with Bruce Mau Design called New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Forever.

New Aging investigates and applies recent advances in architecture and urbanism to address age-related challenges that assures the best utilization with the utmost dignity for age. There are 17,000 Medicare and Medicate certified nursing homes in the United States, which basically store old people away. Some of these places are decorated to seem “home like” with floral wallpaper and vinyl wooden floors, but these homey touches do not disguise the fact that our culture shuns the aged and prefers them out of sight. We are interested in the alternative. From “Geropolis, the city of the elderly” to “BOOM” our research is intellectual, human, and architectural. – Matthias Hollwich

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Matthias Hollwich is the co-founding principal of progressive New York architecture firm Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) and Architizer, the largest platform for architecture online.

Having previously led design teams within internationally acclaimed firms such as Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Eisenman Architects, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Matthias has established himself at the forefront of a new generation of ground-and rule-breaking international architects.

Combining his understanding of how architecture and cities can perform better with his research as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Matthias has developed a new line of thinking about how to make aging an empowering process. He has since shared this message at events for TEDx, PICNIC, the World Health Organization, and the New Aging conference at University of Pennsylvania.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested. **Please note: Dr. Margaret Caulkins was initially scheduled to be a co-presenter at this event. Do to an unforeseen conflict, she will not be able to participate. A recorded version of her presentation will be available on the CUDC website following the event. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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The Future City Sessions are an on-going explore of emerging ideas in urban design and city-making made possible by the support of The George Gund Foundation.

AICP|CM credits will be provided for this event, sponsored by APA Cleveland. 


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Thursday, June 23, 2016
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

RSVP HERE

 

05-26-16

CHANGING VIEWS | Designing Youngstown’s Future

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The John J McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown State University’s Center for Contemporary Art, will become a hub for exploring exciting possibilities for imagining public space in the city with you. Please join us at the Museum on June 10th for the opening reception from 6-8 PM. The exhibition will be on view through July 22nd.

CHANGING VIEWS | Designing Youngstown’s Future is a collaboration of regional universities with the citizens of Youngstown. Working with you, we are endeavoring to spark revitalization by demonstrating the potential for reuse and redesign in the area. The resulting projects will allow residents and businesses to see a future that otherwise might not be imagined. Youngstown State University’s Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) teamed up with students and faculty from Kent State University’s (KSU) College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) and KSU’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC). The exhibition highlights planning and design work that has taken place over the past year between economic development professionals at YSU and City of Youngstown residents along with the design expertise of KSU’s CAED and CUDC students.

CHANGING VIEWS | Designing Youngstown’s Future
June 10 – July 22, public reception, June 10, 6-8pm

John J McDonough Museum of Art
525 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44502

Hours
Tuesday – Saturday: 11 AM – 4 PM

The exhibition will also feature guest lectures from the CUDC staff.

Wednesday, June 29 | Economic Action Group Meeting | 10 – Noon
CUDC Guest Lecture 10 – 11am
Community Conversation: Ideas and Opportunities from the 2015 Youngstown Community Design Charrette
Kristen Zeiber, Urban Design and Project Manager, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

Thursday, July 7 | CUDC Guest Lecture 5:30 – 6:30pm
Historic Preservation and Urban Regeneration
Terry Schwarz, Director, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

Tuesday, July 19 | Economic Action Group Meeting | 10 – Noon
CUDC Guest Lecture 10 – 11am
Urban Design for Cold and Variable Climates
David Jurca, Associate Director, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

All lectures will take place in the McDonough Museum of Art Auditorium.

 

05-19-16

Save the Date | June 9 | Ernesto Jiménez & Sofía Márquez Aguiar

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Thursday, June 9th the CUDC will welcome Ernesto Jiménez and Sofía Márquez Aguiar, architects at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) in Havana, Cuba. Ernesto and Sofia will present their architecture projects built in both Havana, Cuba and in Oporto, Portugal. Based on their experience as professional architects inside and outside Cuba, Ernesto and Sofia will share insights on potential collaboration between designers in Cleveland and Havana. The first half of the talk is titled, “Fabrica de Arte Cubano – A Never Ending Project”. They will discuss the history of the building that now serves as the headquarter of the cultural Fabrica de Arte Cubano (Cuban Art Factory) project. This path is indispensable to understand the logic of intervention from conceptualization to its ever-unfinished realization. Unfinished because the project has the idea of mutation embedded since its genesis. The mutation generated by the fusion of all the arts.

Click here to RSVP for the event. 

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FAC is an artistic project driven by the need to rescue, support and promote the work of artists from all branches of art such as film, music, dance, theater, visual arts, literature, photography, fashion, graphic design and architecture; that through their integration art / artist promote exchanges and direct approach between the public and the creator a massive scale.

The second half of the talk is titled, “Belomonte Studio, some projects”. This discussion contains part of the work done by Belomonte Studio during its ten years of existence, oriented to the development of various projects related to art, architecture and design, from a cross-sectional view; The studio was founded in 2004 by architects Ernesto Jimenez (Cuba) and Sofia Marques de Aguiar (Portugal), in the city of Porto, where they resided until 2013, then was established in Havana.

Ernesto Jiménez (La Habana, 1974)
Architect from Architecture Faculty, ISPJAE, (1996). Member of UNAIC and the Order of the Architects of Portugal (2009).
1996 – 1998> Department of Rehabilitation and Architectural Restoration of the National Center for Conservation, Restoration and Museology (CENCREM).
1999 – 2005> Company Filipe Oliveira Dias, architect.
2004> Foundation Belomonte Studio.
2007> Enterprise Vitrocsa and Jofebar.
2013> EICTV, San Antonio de los Baños. School of Cinema.
2013 – 2014> FAC, Cuban Art Factory.
Other works > Publications Grafic Design, Furniture Design and Architecture Photography.

Sofia Marques de Aguiar (Porto, 1973)
Architect> Art School of Porto (ESAP), (1998). Member of the Order of
Architects of Portugal (1998).
1993 – 2001> Atelier of architecture and urbanism, architect Manuel Marques de Aguiar.
1996 – 2005> CRUARB (urban rehabilitation of Porto as World Heritage city).
2004> Foundation of Belomonte Studio.
2013> EICTV San Antonio de los Baños, School of Cinema
2013 – 2014> FAC, Cuban Art Factory.
Other works> Painting, sculpture, illustration, jewelry, scenery and costume Design for Cinema

Visit our Eventbrite page to RSVP. 

Ernesto Jiménez and Sofía Márquez Aguiar
June 9, 2016
6-8 PM
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115

05-19-16

AIA Design Lecture Series | Bridging Cleveland – Miguel Rosales

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The CUDC will be hosting an AIA Cleveland Event, Thursday, May 26, 2016. They welcome famed bridge designer Miguel Rosales, president and principal designer of the Boston-based transportation architecture firm Rosales+Partners. Miguel is an architect that has specialized in bridge aesthetics and architecture and urban design throughout his career. He has made it his mission to bring an artistic touch to the often prosaic business of designing bridges in the United States, specializing in elegant, eye-catching bone-thin structures. Miguel will elaborate on the creative process for the four pedestrian bridges he has designed for the City of Cleveland, including the North Coast Harbor Bridge, the Wendy Park Pedestrian Bridge, the dramatic Lakefront Pedestrian Bridge connecting downtown to Lakefront and the Case Western Reserve University S-shaped connector.

TIME – Doors Open at 5:30, Lecture 6:00-7:00

LOCATION – CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided prior to the lecture courtesy of the Cleveland Urban Design Center and AIA Cleveland.

This program is approved for 1.0 HSW Learning Units

COST -

AIA Members: $5

Non-Members: $20

KSU CUDC Students: Free

For more information and to register please click here. 

05-02-16

AIA Goodtime for Design Boat Cruise | June 3

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Join 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! Over 500+ attendees regularly attend and enjoy themselves on the cruise! Passengers enjoy food and drink while the Goodtime III cruise ship navigates down the Cuyahoga River and out onto Lake Erie. This event proves to be a terrific opportunity to network between members from multiple design organizations. Family, friends and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.

After the cruise the fun continues at the After-Party which will be held on the private upper deck of Shooters in the Flats! A limited number of tickets are available for the After-Party so make sure to purchase yours before they are sold out.

Ticket Prices
$25 for boat cruise ONLY ticket
$30 for boat cruise and after-party combined ticket

For more information on the event including times, locations, parking and to purchase your tickets, please visit www.aiacleveland.com/boatcruise. This year’s theme is a “Black | White Party” so come dressed in all black, all white, or a little of both!

04-28-16

Request for Proposals | MOOS Workshop Leaders

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The Making Our Own Space (MOOS) after-school program seeks project proposals from design professionals to lead a series of youth engagement workshops based in Cleveland’s Buckeye Neighborhood.

MOOS PROGRAM BACKGROUND
Making Our Own Space (MOOS) is a program focused on engaging and empowering middle and high school students with the skills to transform their local public spaces. MOOS uses hands-on, on-site workshops to build physical and social infrastructure in collaboration with the surrounding community. The program helps students understand the connection between learning and the broader world, specifically by exposing them to a range of design careers. Initiated in 2015 by Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), the program’s first series of workshops focused on Britt Oval in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood and made possible by support from the Saint Luke’s Foundation.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • The Design Leader must commit to leading at least 4-5 consecutive days of workshops sometime between May to December 2016.
  • Workshops will take place from 4-7pm on weekdays during the school year and longer workshops (10am – 7pm) are possible during summer vacation (May 29 – August 15), providing a more intense and productive build experience. The Design Leader should propose desired date ranges for the workshops and preferred length of each workshop day.
  • Design Leader must commit to at least 40 hours working directly with MOOS students during workshops, in addition to the time required to prepare for the workshops.
  • Design Leader should have the ability to collaborate effectively on a team and an interest in working closely with youth.
  • The position is open to designers of multiple disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, graphic design, industrial design, and other allied professions.
  • The position requires the use of sharp blades and power tools, which do present the risk of personal injury.
  • Design Leaders should have demonstrated fabrication experience and ability to instruct students how to safely use hand tools and electric power tools, including hammers, drills, circular saws, etc.
  • The Design Leader will be provided with a $4,000 stipend (plus costs for travel and accommodations, if based outside of Northeast Ohio).

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Resume or CV
  • Brief statement explaining the applicant’s interest in the youth project (500 word max.)
  • Description of proposed workshop activities, draft materials list, and preferred dates
  • Images of relevant design work, including built examples, with descriptive captions
  • All submission materials should be packaged in a single PDF document (20 MB max.)

 

Due May 27, 2016. Submission materials and any questions should be emailed to David Jurca, MOOS project manager, at djurca@kent.edu. For more information and full workshop leader description, download the application here.

 

04-28-16

AIA Design Lecture Series | micro MARCRO – Eric Bunge

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The CUDC will be hosting an AIA Cleveland Event, Thursday, May 12, 2016. They welcome Eric Bunge of nARCHITECTS. Eric founded nARCHITECTS, with his partner Mimi Hoang in 1999 with the aim of addressing contemporary issues in architecture through conceptually driven, socially engaging and technologically innovative work. The letter ‘n’ represents a variable, indicating their interest in designing for a dynamic variety of experiences within a cohesive approach. In this spirit, they embrace challenges and scales of work ranging from buildings to public spaces to interiors, and across cultural, residential and commercial uses.

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Eric’s talk, titled “micro-MACRO” will address:

  • Humane living solutions in dense cities
  • Approaches to architecture / landscape
  • Responding to short & long-term climatic change
  • Unifying material, structure and enclosure

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TIME - Doors Open at 5:30, Lecture 6:00-7:00

LOCATION - CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided prior to the lecture courtesy of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and AIA Cleveland.

This program is approved for 1.0 HSW Learning Units

COST-

AIA Members: $5

Non-Members: $20

KSU CUDC Students: Free

For more information and to register click here. 

*Stick around after the talk and view this year’s students capstone projects in a small reception. 

 

04-18-16

Future City Sessions Pamphlet 2 & 3 | Call for Entries

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The CUDC seeks written or graphic submissions for two separate publications. “Variability & Urban Change” & “Getting it Done: Urban Development” are part of an initiative launched by the CUDC and with support from the George Gund Foundation called the Future City Sessions. The Future City Sessions are about informing practice—how can we anticipate emerging urban trends and embed them into current urban design practice? Submissions of realized urban projects, speculative designs, texts, and photo essays are encouraged for the May 30th deadline. Text is limited to 1000 words.

For more details about submissions, please see the linked calls: Pamphlet 2: Variability & Urban Change and Pamphlet 3: Getting it Done: Urban Development.

Each of the publications seeks to address the following questions:

Variability & Urban Change:

  • Given climate change and increased weather variability, how can design be more responsive to fluctuating & unpredictable conditions?
  • What projects (infrastructural, architectural, public space, or policies) contribute to a more nuanced understanding of our relationship to change and variability in our urban environment?
  • In what ways can variability and adaptability be used as a design tool to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities?
  • In what ways has indeterminacy affected things like public space activation, development agendas, and geographic migration?

 

Getting it Done: Urban Development:

  • What can be learned from already implemented projects that can help spur innovation?
  • What are the gaps and missing pieces to creating substantive and scalable development models that maximize community benefit?
  • What are the specific ways in which the private, public, and institutional sectors can provide better solutions? Are there ways to foster better co-disciplinary collaboration and timing?
  • Between funding mechanisms, building codes, zoning, & design imagination-what are the various tools and disciplines that could be adapted for better outcomes? Where are there good examples of this

 

Please send your work to cudc[at]kent.edu and include “Urban Infill” in the subject line of your email. Entries are due May 30th, 2016.

04-18-16

Taotao Zou Lecture | April 22

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We can’t believe that we are down to our last speaker in our Spring Lecture Series. It seems that Spring is just starting around Cleveland. This Friday we welcome Taotao Zou, a visiting scholar at the CUDC. Her talk is titled, The Research of Public Environment Facilities System in Urban Space.

Public environment facilities and urban space are very important to our modern life. They work as our assistants in public space and provide us various services and conveniences. Urban space and public environment facilities are playing a more important role because they meet the various and growing needs of the users. It’s necessary to research these facilities and build a rating system to improve them.

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Taotao has been a visiting scholar at the  CUDC since August 2015, she holds Ph.D. of Engineering at College of Architecture and Urban Planning from TONGJI University of China. Her current position is a full-time Lecturer in College of Applied Art Design of Shanghai Second Polytechnic University since 2005, where she serves as Deputy Head of Environmental Design Department.

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

04-11-16

Mark Mattern Lecture | April 15

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There are only a few lectures left as part of our Spring Series, so this is one you’re not going to want to miss. We welcome Mark Mattern professor at Baldwin Wallace University. His talk, Public Art and the Control of Public Space, will question who controls public visual space? This question will be addressed with special attention to the role of community and public art.

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Mark Mattern is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Baldwin Wallace University, where he teaches political theory and political economy. He is the author most recently of Anarchism and Art: Democracy in the Cracks and on the Margins (SUNY Press, 2016), and Co-Editor, with Nancy S. Love, of Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics (SUNY Press, 2013).

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

04-07-16

Helen Liggett Lecture | April 8

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This Friday, April 8th, we welcome Helen Liggett to our lecture series. Her talk, titled, The City Built by Hand, explores analogous relations linking photography, theory and the city.  The “stickiness” that joins the documentary impulse to urban experience also infects aesthetics practices and cultural infrastructures that sustain urban life.

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Helen Liggett’s interests are in the related fields of urban theory, visual culture and photography. She teaches in the Urban College at Cleveland State University and in the ARCH Studies program at Kent State University. Recent projects include exploration of urban governance and aesthetic practices in legacy cities as well as photo documentation of Re-imagining Cleveland and Design/Rebuild.

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

 

03-31-16

As Pure as Driven Snow: Water Fetish

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The Nightclub, a nomadic platform for artistic practices in Miami, FL hosted, As Pure as Driven Snow: Water Fetishwhich was presented by the Urban Theory Laboratory an initiative of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program.

Snow persists in the cultural imagination as a quieting blanket under which the sleeping earth rests in anticipation of Spring’s rebirth. This “poem of the air” is water’s dance across the frozen landscape of the north. Briefly airborne, she settles to mingle with her earthbound sister elements, and joins in carrying to the sea the traces of habitation.

Seemingly alien to the tropics, yet she travels incognito to threaten the coast as sea level rise. In her guise as water she bears the dual emblems of purity and contamination, and in her feminine role she inspires possession and is objectified as commodity and utility, her beauty veiled.

This work steps into the catechresis between our water mythos and our water ethos. In her snow phase water bridges this gap, and this exhibit intends to evoke her immanent and transcendent qualities through a materialization of the experience of snow on the North Coast of the Great Lakes at the Atlantic Coast of Miami. It is meant as a provocation, questioning what it means to both possess and be possessed by water and whether there is poetic means by which her purity can overcome contamination.

Presented by Urban Theory Laboratory with Ellen Sullivan and students of the Master of Landscape Architecture program of Kent State University. Students included: Jessie Hawkins, Conner Karakul, Elliot Killen, Adrian Marti, and Reuben Shaw. Urban Theory Laboratory is a platform for design investigation and engagement with the arts community.

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03-28-16

Architectural Graphics Workshop with Alex Hogrefe | April 2

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On Saturday, April 2 from 12-4 PM the CUDC will be co-hosting an architectural graphics workshop with Alex Hogrefe. Alex is a partner at Design Distill and the curator of the architecture rendering blog, “Visualizing Architecture”. Alex will be offering a four hour workshop on how to digitally render architectural and urban environments.

The event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Participants are asked to bring a laptop, digital rendering software, and an extension cord. The workshop will be held in Kent, OH in room 202 of Taylor Hall. All those who plan to attend are encouraged to RSVP through Facebook. The event is made possible through AIAS Kent and the Undergraduate Student Government.

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Architectural Graphics Workshop with Alex Hogrefe
202 Taylor Hall, Kent, OH
April 2, 12-4 PM
RSVP