11-14-17

2017 Midwest Urban Design Charrette: North End Narratives

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Each year, Kent State University partners with graduate students at Lawrence Tech University and Ball State University for our Midwest Urban Design Charrette, a weekend-long design workshop where we collectively tackle an urban design project. Last year the CUDC hosted our visiting universities here in Northeast Ohio, working on the Akron Innerbelt redevelopment site. This year, we were all excited to caravan up to Lawrence Tech’s beautiful facility in Midtown Detroit.

Over the weekend of October 20th through the 22nd, CUDC staff and students, plus a few Cleveland State University planning students, teamed up with our counterparts at Lawrence Tech and Ball State, working collaboratively between design disciplines. Three teams generated distinct ideas for the future of the Oakland Avenue Commercial Corridor in Detroit’s North End neighborhood.

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The North End is known for its Motown past, its rich and collaborative arts culture, and its recent forays into large-scale urban agriculture. As development pressure increases in the Midtown neighborhood to the south, the North End could face new market demand and resulting development opportunities; however, many community members have specific concerns and ideas about what shape those opportunities should take. The students’ task across the weekend was not merely to generate realistic design ideas, but to do so while navigating a complex social fabric already existing in the neighborhood.

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Over an intense 48 hours, the students visited the site, including unique neighborhood assets like a schvitz (a historic public bathhouse) and an urban farm. After a team dinner, we all rolled up our sleeves and got to work. Saturday afternoon each team presented their initial ideas to the community, who had useful and specific feedback; the teams were able to take their input into their final design proposals. The final presentations, on Sunday afternoon, found a receptive community heartened by the incremental and pragmatic ideas for how to move their existing commercial corridor into a new and inclusive future.

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The final design ideas will be shepherded by our Lawrence Tech University partners, and assembled into a report with ideas for implementation. We look forward to revisiting the North End again the next time we’re fortunate enough to visit our neighbors to the north (maybe to check out the Schvitz now that it’s open again!). Thanks to Lawrence Tech for hosting another successful Midwest Urban Design Charrette!

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09-26-16

Norman Krumholz | Sept 30

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This week we welcome Norman Krumholz to our Fall Lecture Series. His talk, “Cleveland Neighborhoods in Black and White” will explore equity planning, a theory of urban planning that Norman and his staff practiced with three Cleveland mayors (Stokes, Perk, and Kucinich) in the 1970s.  He will also talk about how an equity planner thinks about certain issues and the results of their work in Cleveland.

Norman Krumholz is a Professor in the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University who earned his planning degree at Cornell. Prior to this, he served as a planning practitioner in Ithaca, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. He served as Planning Director for the City of Cleveland from 1969-1979 under Mayors Carl B. Stokes, Ralph J. Perk, and Dennis Kucinich. 

Join us, Friday, September 30th, from 12 -1 PM. As always, this lecture is free and open to the public.

 

12-17-15

Historic Preservation in Legacy Cities

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In 2014, Cleveland State hosted a conference that looked at historic preservation issues for legacy cities. The term “legacy cities” refers to places like Cleveland, which are experiencing a level of population loss and vacancy that puts historic buildings and neighborhoods at risk. The conference laid the groundwork for a growing network of preservation agencies and allied organizations, including the Preservation Rightsizing Network (PRN), the American Assembly at Columbia University, and the Cleveland Restoration Society, and many others.

The 2014 conference included a day-long work session to discuss some of the unique preservation challenges faced by legacy cities. Preservation leaders from around the country participated in this event. Key ideas and  outcomes of the workshop were captured in an action agenda intended to guide collaborative preservation efforts in Legacy Cities. PRN engaged the CUDC to produce a concise and visually compelling summary of this work. The Action Agenda for Historic Preservation in Legacy Cities was released at a public event, held at Rutgers University in Newark in early December.

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As part of the release event, CUDC director Terry Schwarz facilitated a workshop to discuss national priorities for historic preservation in legacy cities from the Action Agenda and discuss the goals and framework of a multi-city pilot project for 2016 and beyond. The results of this workshop will support preservation efforts in Cleveland and other cities that represent the range of challenges and opportunities in legacy cities.

A follow up conference will be held in Detroit in June of 2016. Please contact PRN for additional information.

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03-06-15

Students Receive Honors in ULI Urban Design Competition

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CUDC students Matt Dureiko, Jeff Jasinski, and Max Wagner received an Honorable Mention from the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) annual urban design competition. Accompanied by Cleveland State University student Michael Mears and Case Western Reserve University student Sergio de Ilzarbe, the five members proposed an urban design and financial scheme for a site in the Tremé-Lafitte neighborhood of New Orleans.

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Their proposal, “Delta Commons” featured a series of resilient strategies that tied into the existing character and culture of the neighborhood. A series of “backyard commons,” integration to the Lafitte Greenway, and a site level strategy for storm water mitigation were all elements of the plan. Sensitivity to the existing neighborhood was also addressed through an ample number of affordable housing units, a community workforce and training center, and the addition of a new street car line. 120 teams competed throughout the US and Canada this year, making the Honorable Mention distinction particularly noteworthy.

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Three teams in total met at the CUDC over the course of the two week competition in January. Teams “The Front Line” and “Big Easy Oaks” contributed proposals that addressed the reuse of the I-10 highway underpass as a unique recreational and gathering space, and developing at a density sensitive to the neighborhood. The interdisciplinary nature of the competition asks students to partner across disciplines, and receive feedback they may not otherwise hear in a typical academic setting. The Cleveland ULI chapter partners with the CUDC, helping to bring in outside jurors throughout the competition. More information on the competition can be found here.

05-30-14

CUDC’s Jeff Kruth to Present at CSU’s Historic Preservation Conference | June 5, 2014

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Cleveland State University and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs are convening an interdisciplinary meeting to discuss the role of historic preservation in revitalizing America’s Legacy Cities. This is the first event to bring together key stakeholders and decision-makers from cities where entrenched population loss and economic decline present difficult challenges for the future of the urban built environment. 

CUDC Urban Designer, Jeff Kruth will be presenting Thursday, June 5th, from 1:30-3:00 PM at the sessions titled: Industrial Heritage, Activism & Social Values in U.S. and International Legacy Cities.

Jeff’s presentation examines the role and legacy of public housing and urban agriculture as ways to preserve long-standing neighborhoods who may have valuable, though scattered resources in legacy cities, as well as catalyze growth . Recent pilot projects and policies pertaining to vacant land have created an alternative vision and relationship to the landscape in legacy cities with large swaths of vacancies. However, there has yet to be a corollary redefinition as it pertains to the unique challenges facing public housing development and neighborhood stability in general. Framed broadly, this presentation seeks to fit into a larger context that asks questions about strategies for declining social infrastructure in legacy cities.

The session will be moderated by the CUDC’s Director, Terry Schwarz, and will also feature Kate Daly (New York City Landmarks Commission), Anne B. Raines (Maryland Historical Trust), and Daniel Campo (Morgan State University).

For more information about the Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities Conference and registration information please visit here.

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

01-29-14

Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities | Proposal Submission due 2/1

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Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities is an Interdisciplinary Convening hosted by The Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and The Cleveland Restoration Society. It will take place at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University from Thursday, June 5 through Saturday, June 7, 2014. There will be a mix of speaker sessions, roundtable discussions and local tours.

The purpose is to discuss the role of historic preservation in revitalizing America’s legacy cities, where long‐term population loss and economic decline present significant challenges for the future of the urban built environment. These cities have significant cultural heritage and a large stock of historic buildings, yet vacancy and abandonment are very pressing realities and, at times, demolition may be the best course of action.

This convening will not only answer the difficult questions that legacy cities face, but will be an opportunity to collaborate, share ideas, and devise solutions.

Proposals are invited on any topic that addresses the role of historic preservation in America’s Legacy cities. Deadline for submission is February 1, 2014. For more information and potential topics please see the Call for Presentations.