09-16-14

Pop Up Motel Arrives at North Coast Harbor

 

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Beginning on September 18, the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) will welcome students and faculty from the University of Arts and Industrial Design at Linz.  Coming to us from Austria, their “Motel on the Road” project will be stationed at end of the E. 9th St. Pier at North Coast Harbor, adjacent to Voinovich Park (see map below). The project is an interactive art installation where two shipping containers will become a think tank, a communication platform and melting pot where strangers meet strangers producing something new at each destination.

“Motel on the Road” will arrive in Cleveland from Pittsburgh via Ann Arbor and continue stopping at various cities through the end of September. Artist performances, roundtable discussions, digital tours, and live music will take place throughout the week, and in coordination with other downtown events.

The containers will be open from 11:00am into the evenings beginning on Thursday Sept. 18 and closing on Tuesday, Sept. 23. We hope to see you down there!

Events are as follows:

Thurs. Sept. 18.

11:00am Opening Ceremony

12:00pm “Fake” City Tour of Linz, Austria


Fri. Sept. 19:

11:00am Project Art Workshop with Pepi Maier and Barry Undewood

7:00pm Live Music


Sat. Sept 20:

11:00am Collecting Stories with Artists Li Ka Ying and Jane Lam

12:00pm Lobby Time

5:00pm “On the Road” Roundtable

7:00pm DJ Party


Sun. Sept. 21:

11:00am Sofa lessons with Austria featuring Artist Juliana Herrero

4:00pm Sound Lab Artist Martin Winkler


Mon. Sept 22:

10:00am Lobby

11:00am Open Space 1

2:00pm Student Think Tank

6:00pm  Student Think Tank with Artist Daniela Steiner


Tues. Sept 23:

10:00am City Intervention with Prof. Alex Beck

4:00pm Open Space

7:00pm Closing Ceremony and Performance

 

Download the Motel on the Road event poster PDF.

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View the map of the Cleveland location below:

For more information, please contact Jeff Kruth at the CUDC at cudc@kent.edu or call (216) 357-3434.

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.

04-19-13

Call for Abstracts | COLDSCAPES Urban Infill Volume 6 | Due May 31, 2013

Call for Abstracts : Improving livability in cold climate cities

Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) invites writers, designers, artists and thinkers to submit abstracts for Volume 6 of our annual publication, Urban Infill. Urban Infill examines themes in contemporary urban design, architecture, and planning. Past volumes have addressed shrinking cities, temporary urbanism, urban hydrology, storytelling, and diagramming in an urban context. These can be previewed here: (www.cudc.kent.edu/publications/urban_infill/index.html)

Volume 6 is part of the CUDC’s 2013 launch of the Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD), which is dedicated to improving livability in cold weather cities (www.coldscapes.org). We invite examples and perspectives that challenge common perceptions of cold urban environments and reveal the unique design opportunities that winter cities present. Writings and projects may span across various disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. We are particularly interested in submissions that correspond to any of these five (5) themes:

CONCEPTUALIZATION
(historical / theoretical framework for understanding the winter experience in cities)

REPRESENTATION
(visualizations and multi-sensory communication techniques that evoke the atmospheric conditions and ephemerality of the winter season)

EXPERIENCE OF VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
(responses to the needs of homeless individuals and immigrants during winter weather conditions)

BUILT CASE STUDIES
(examples of successful constructed architectural or urban design projects in cold climates)

FUTURE WINTERS
(unbuilt projects and evocative possibilities for winter cities of the future)

Submission Requirements:
Abstract / Description (text) : 500 words or less
Images: no more than 5 thumbnails – total file size under 10MBs.
Please send abstracts and/or images via email to cudc@kent.edu no later than Friday, May 31st 2013. We welcome new, in-progress or pre-published, original work.

Relevant Dates:

  • Abstracts due: Friday, May 31st 2013
  • Notification to selected contributors: Friday, June 7th 2013
  • Final entries due: Friday, July 19th 2013
  • Expected publication: November 2013

Download Call for Abstracts PDF

Please feel free to share with your friends and networks!

- CUDC

10-27-11

Hipp Deck featured on Next American City

We’re very excited that Next American City, a non-profit dedicated to promoting socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth in America’s cities, recently featured the CUDC’s Hipp Deck project on their Americancity.org website. In addition to the popular website, Next American City also publishes a quarterly magazine focused on emerging practices dealing with urban change and innovation.

The Hipp Deck was a temporary use intervention that transformed the upper level of the 740 Euclid Ave. parking garage in downtown Cleveland into an outdoor live performance venue and active rooftop public space. The event was a celebration for the release of Cleveland Stories: True Until Proven Otherwise, the fourth volume in the CUDC’s Urban Infill journal series. The parking garage is located on the site formerly home to the Hippdrome Theater, a nationally renowned 4,000 seat performance venue. The “Hipp”, as it was commonly known, was demolished in 1981, so the Hipp Deck told the story of the site’s illustrious past by bringing back live music performance for one spectacular night.

We’re encouraged to think the Hipp Deck’s intent of spurring dialogue and action around the temporary activation of parking infrastructure in Cleveland will spread to other cities and enable others to reactivate their favorite underused spaces.

You can see photographs of the Hipp Deck event, taken by local Clevelander Matthew Fehrmann, on our Flickr site. Check ‘em out and stay tuned for more info on upcoming Pop Up City projects!

For more information on the Hipp Deck or Cleveland Stories project, please visit the CUDC’s website. The event was supported by the George Gund Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, in partnership with Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation, SPIRE Institute, Filtrexx, Opera Cleveland, Ohio City Bike Co-op, Cleveland Bikes and Ampco System Parking.

04-12-11

Join us for Ride the dambl!

Ride the dambl is part of Paul Druecke‘s Cover the City With Lines, a project developed in conjunction with the CUDC’s Cleveland Stories: True Until Proven Otherwise. The group bike ride starts in Tremont and ends at the Cleveland Institute of Art following a route, the dambl, created in honor of Cleveland’s counter-culture icon, d. a. levy. After arriving at the Reinberger Galleries, cyclists and their bikes will enter the space becoming part of the exhibition. Their own Cleveland Story.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
5:30 pm start time
Meet: West End of Abbey Avenue Bridge in Tremont
The first 24 people ready to ride get a free dambl tee shirt!

Ride organized by Michael Hudecek
CONTACT: Paul Druecke — pjdruecke@gmail.com
RSVP for Ride on Facebook

Overview
Cover the City with Lines comes from the d. a. levy poem, Cleveland Undercovers. d. a. levy (1942-1968) was a poet, visual artist, and publisher at the frontline of the 1960’s struggle for freedom of expression. He was twice arrested by local authorities while exercising rights we now take for granted. Since his tragic, premature death in 1968, supporters have called for Cleveland to honor/memorialize him. Cover the City with Lines picks up the story by proposing an extensive urban bike lane named for levy, the d. a. levy Memorial Bike Lane a.k.a. the dambl. The dambl connects Cleveland’s east and west sides while linking 60’s era culture wars, which levy fought in, to today’s battle for alternative transportation and bike-friendly cities.

03-14-11

Call for Entries: Cleveland Stories Dioramas & Drawings

The CUDC’s Cleveland Stories: True Until Proven Otherwise project is now in full swing with one successful StorySlam event completed, and a second in the works, as well as an upcoming exhibit opening on April 1, 2011 at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger gallery, followed by the official book release in June. We tried to create a variety of ways for people to be involved in the project, including telling stories at the StorySlam, submitting stories through our online form and also a couple of creative competitions (with some financial incentives).

You can find more details on the Cleveland Stories project at our www.ClevelandStoryBook.com website, but here’s the important information on the two competitions, which we’re currently seeking submissions for:

Cleveland Stories Shoebox Diorama Challenge (said with a bellowing echo).

  • WHAT: Construct a story you heard at the StorySlam, or one of your own, as a three-dimensional model in a shoebox.
  • WHEN: Dioramas must be delivered by 4pm on March 21, 2011. The Cleveland Stories exhibit will open on April 1, 2011 and run through April 30, 2011.
  • WHERE: Dioramas can be dropped off at either the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (1309 Euclid Ave. – Suite 200, Cleveland) or at the CIA Reinberger Gallery (11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland). The most inventive dioramas will be displayed at our Cleveland Stories exhibit at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Gallery.
  • WHY: Each winning diorama artist will receive $50!
  • Please see the Diorama Entry Form


Cover the City with Lines – Drawings of The dambl Maker

  • WHAT: This drawing submission request is part of Paul Drueke’s project, Cover the City with Lines, which imagines a grass roots, guerrilla system of Bike Lanes as a memorial to Cleveland poet d. a. levy. Submit a drawing depicting your Bike Lane Machine -  a bicycle that is altered, or outfitted, so that it marks a line (with impermanent material such as solid or sprayable chalk, light, etc) on the pavement as it’s ridden.
  • WHEN: Now – Submissions due March 25, 2011. Exhibition opens on April 1, 2011.
  • WHERE: Drawings up to 14″x18″ should be sent or delivered to the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. No digital submissions, but the definition of “drawing” is loosely interpreted.
  • WHY: Win $100! All drawings will be exhibited as part of Cleveland Stories @ CIA.
  • WHAT 2: Two drawings will be selected to receive $100 towards the fabrication of the Bike Lane Maker/Machine to be included in the Unveiling/Demo as part of the exhibit.
  • WHEN 2: Throughout April.
  • Please see the dambl_guidelines for more information on the Cover the City with Lines project.

We look forward to seeing your submission and having you be a part of Cleveland Stories!

05-12-10

Detroit Disassembled at Akron Art Museum

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From Akron Art Museum website:

Andrew Moore’s photographs of the Motor City are sublime—beautiful, operatic in scale and drama, tragic yet offering a glimmer of hope. They are the subject of Detroit Disassembled, an exhibition organized by the Akron Art Museum making its debut here before touring nationally. Detroit, once the epitome of our nation’s industrial wealth and might, has been in decline for almost a half-century. The city is now one-third empty land—more abandoned property than any American city except post-Katrina New Orleans.

Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore
June 5, 2010 -  October 10, 2010
Arnstein, Bidwell and Isroff Galleries
Akron Art Museum
One South High Akron, OH 44308
(330) 376-9185

Detroit Disassembled exhibit website

Andrew Moore artist website

by david jurca

03-21-10

CIA Photo Spring Show

Photography majors from the Cleveland Institute of Art will have their Spring Show located on the first floor of our new building from March 26th – April 2nd. The exhibit cleverly named “it’ll last longer” will showcase the work of 18 students exploring the edges of photography using various media.

The currently vacant storefront located on the corner of E. 13th and Euclid Ave. was the site of Designerosa, our Pop Up City book release party and will be again be the venue for Kent State’s interior design department show the week following the CIA exhibit.

Hope to see you at these upcoming exhibits and look out for more event announcements coming soon!

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by david jurca

02-25-10

Brite Winter Festival

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PopUp City strikes again this Saturday from 5-10pm at Hart Crane Memorial Park.

So, what’s going on?  Loads.

Imagine the love child of locavore eats courtesy of Sainato’s Restaurant and sponsor Gypsy Bean Coffee and Baking; the wafting musical genius from the likes of The Hot Rails, Uncanny Xe La, and This Moment in Black History; art to make you think more/better; and activities that will make you forget you’re an adult.

That love child is Brite Winter Festival.

Read more…

10-16-09

House, Turned Inside Out Opening


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House, turned inside out
3601 Siam Road, Cleveland

Opening October 27, 2009
4-9pm

Closing December 11, 2009


Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative/Pop Up City hosts Martin Papcun (Prague, Czech Republic) as he presents his newest large-scale, site-specific installation at 3601 Siam Road in Ohio City.

The artist, along with construction partners American Tank Fabricating and Affordable Demolition & Hauling Inc., will slice into the walls of a house and turn them inside out to reveal the interior of the home. The installation, House, turned inside out, a massive, yet intricate deconstruction, will be open to the public for one month.


The project is funded by a grant from CEC ArtsLink New York. For more information, email: info@popupcity.com

06-03-09

Pop Up City @ MOCA

pop-up-panda-and-mocaThe Pop Up City animation, made by Gauri Torgalkar and David Jurca from the CUDC, was announced today as a winner of MOCA Cleveland’s Neighborhood Watch Video Competition!  A narrative of a proposed development on the port site made by KSU graduate student Sukant Bhatnagar was also selected as one of the eight winning video shorts. The films will be screened in the Commons Area at MOCA throughout the summer 2009 season.

The video competition is a part of MOCA’s new exhibit, There Goes the Neighborhood, which opens this Friday, June 5th with an artist gallery talk from 6-7pm and opening reception until 10pm. The exhibit runs from June 5th through August 16th.

by david jurca