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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04-30-14

Design/REbuild Studio | Final Review

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Join us Friday May 2nd, from 1-5 PM at the former Goodrich Gannet Neighborhood Center in the St. Clair Superior District of Cleveland for the final presentation and review of the Kent State University CAED Third Year Design/REbuild Studio.

The mission of the studio was to re-imagine uses for Cleveland’s blighted housing stock. The emphasis was on making a proposal which allows the greatest possible community impact with this one small project, either as an example for others to follow or an initiative that could be scaled later for greater impact. The students were encouraged to advocate with community leaders to make their big-impact projects happen. Many of them did find potential partners, but none committed fully to the project.

After mid semester review the studio shifted gears to creating a market rate home with a social-impact theme for our client the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation who plans to sell the project on the open market.

The design they intend to present to you for review, architecturally, socially, and practically – we are building the project this summer with the generous support of VIP Restoration and Durham Brothers Construction. We have a roster of +/-20 students working along side professionals and volunteers that will build the design.

The work of the students should be judged on:

• design concept and execution
• conformance with the original vision of community impact-oriented design
• practicality of construction – leveraging of unskilled labor (labor opportunity planning)
• quality of presentation and presentation material
• replicability – how our efforts can inspire others in the community to renovate

Everyone should have ample time to discuss their ideas on the project, and we hope after the academic review of the work a dialog will be created between the students, jurors, community members and project partners. We are going to site within a month, but the design is by no means fixed. Your feedback will have a direct impact on the project’s implementation.

Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center
1368 East 55th St., Cleveland, OH 44103
May 2, 2014
1-5 PM

 

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

04-04-14

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:

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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

03-04-14

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.

01-27-14

James Thompson Lunch Lecture | Jan 31

Garfield Scholars group led by James Thompson (lower right) in front of a fountain at the Plaza de San Francisco in Old Havana, Cuba. Photo credit: Hiram College

Join us January 31st at the CUDC for a Friday Lunch Lecture by James Thompson entitled, Designing the Future: Politics, Architecture, and the Cuban Aesthetic Question.

James Thompson is Associate Professor in Political Science at Hiram College. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. Thompson specializes in International Relations and Political Theory.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs appreciated at: cudc@kent.edu

Friday, January 31st
12:15PM – 1:15PM
Kent State CUDC
1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
(Playhouse Square, Downtown Cleveland)

01-17-14

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design Announces Three New Masters Programs

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Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design is excited to announce three new Masters Degree programs that will be starting in the Fall of 2014. The new additions include: The Masters of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design (MSAED, The Masters of Healthcare Design (MHCD), and The Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA). The MLA program will take place here at the CUDC in Cleveland.

Details on the programs are as follows.

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11-26-13

CUDC Researchers Find Agricultural Potential in Car Park Retrofit

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A student-faculty research project, executed during an independent study between graduate student Claire Markwardt and Dr. Reid Coffman, found it feasible to retrofit existing car parks for urban agricultural production if they implement innovative design strategies. Markwardt determined simply retrofitting a car park roof deck with an agricultural roof system that was growing conventional produce did not generate enough capital to offset the loss of parking revenue.  However, when the same building was modeled with specialized crop production, such as herbs, and implemented living walls, the retrofit became three to six times more profitable than similar agriculture rooftops. With assistance from CUDC faculty, Dr. Reid Coffman, Dr. Adil Sharag-Eldin and Professor Charles Graves, Markwardt concludes that economic feasibility relies on a combination of niche market vegetable and food product production and design innovation to deliver these products. Her findings were presented last month at CitiesAlive: 10th Annual International Green Roof and Wall Conference in San Francisco, California, in a paper entitled ‘Parking Produce: Assessment of Agricultural Applications on Car Parks’.

Ms. Markwardt is a graduate researcher and studio teaching assistant in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University.

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08-27-13

Summer Graduate Studio Examines the E. 22nd Street Corridor

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The program for the 2013 summer graduate urban design studio, which took place at Kent State University’s CUDC, was commenced with the investigation of the E. 22nd street corridor. Cleveland State University and the Campus District, Inc. sponsored the project led by studio instructor Charles Graves.  The initial investigation ran for three weeks and culminated in a proposal for the E. 22nd street corridor by the students of the graduate class.

The concept diagram below drove the project.

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The goals of this study were as follows:

  • Link the city to the waterfronts
  • Thread amenities through new infrastructure
  • Revitalize natural resources to improve health & well being
  • Attract residents through new development & activity

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10-01-10

William McDonough Lecture : 10/12/2010

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William McDonough, founding principal of William McDonough + Partners and author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, will be speaking on Tuesday, October 12 beginning at 7:30pm in Cartwright Auditorium on the Kent State University main campus. A link to the event venue map is located below. Admission is free.

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