11-01-16

ULI Competition Informational Session | Nov 4

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This Friday, November 4 at 6:00pm the CUDC will host an information session for the 2017 ULI Hines Urban Design Competition. The interdisciplinary competition will take place January 9-23 and welcomes graduate students from architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, real estate, MBA, urban planning and associated disciplines. In recent years, students from Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University have received 4 honorable mentions, in the pursuit of a $50,000 grand prize.

Free food and drinks will be provided. If you are interested in attending the information session please contact Jeff Kruth of the CUDC at: jkruth@kent.edu

02-29-16

2016 COLDSCAPES//Adapt Competition Winners

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On behalf of The Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD) and the esteemed competition jury, we are pleased to announce the winners and honorable mentions selected for this year’s COLDSCAPES//Adapt Competition! The competition sought submissions that creatively respond to the challenges posed by volatile weather conditions in winter cities.

The three winning entries and six honorable mentions were selected by a panel of jurors from the United States and Canada, representing multiple disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning.

Winners:
1st Place:
Climate Canopy | Thomas Hinterholzer – Innsbruck, Austria

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This project operates within the notions of comfort and energy. It proposes individual energy autonomy and takes a speculative approach in order to link urban energy networks with cold-cliamte outdoor activity. The anticipated technological assets are hydrogen and graphene. Hydrogen is the most efficient lifting gas with a lifting capacity of 1.2kg/m³. Its energy content is 3 times higher than fuel oil or natural gas and it can be produced efficiently and stored safely with new graphene materials. One atom thick graphene sheets are 95% transparent and 200 times stronger than steel. Developed canopies harvest renewable electricity from hydrogen, which can be used for the existing buildings. Various configurations of the canopy are used not only to produce electricity, but to overcome local uncomfortable climatic conditions in order to attain more possibilities for outdoor activity. Because the canopy structures are integrated within the existing built environment they work on the scale of a parcel or a block. It will bring the energy generation into a dialogue with outdoor comfort. This ambitious endeavor has the potential to change the energy household and urban activity of a whole city.

2nd Place:
Threshold | Catherine Joseph – Auburn, Maine

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Freeze/Thaw cycles in the Northeast are inevitable. With these micro-scale processes come ideal conditions for the subgrade build-up of ice lenses that displace soil and fracture rock through a process called “ice heaving”. This process is notorious for demolishing roads and cracking building foundations. Portland, Maine serves as a representative of urban areas that endure widely variable winter conditions. The physics behind frost heaves is predictable. By leveraging the anticipation of the formation of ice lenses, THRESHOLD is a series of independent processes activated by the cyclic build-up of snow and ice that is comes with the freeze and thaw cycles of Maine winters. Facades expand and retract according to the snow build-up, increasing the volume of the air-gap insulation. Walkways warm as the frost heaves activate piezoelectric panels that power underground heating coils. The vertical forces caused by the ice lenses can also be tailored to artistic endeavors – underground organs play the sounds of friction and temperature. Water forced to the surface is directed to ice pools, where ice sculptures are created and encouraged by the upward thrust of the freeze/thaw cycles. In each instance, it is the threshold between frozen and unfrozen that triggers the adaptive urban features.

3rd Place:
The Eddy | Tiffany Chen and Matthew Enos – Minneapolis, Minnesotawinter_render

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Winter is isolating. It severs links between individuals and communities. Minneapolis is accustomed to this. The Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis serves as a popular link between neighborhoods, and facilitates encounters. However these opportunities are lost during the extreme Minnesota winter, when few people regularly cross the bridge, due to brutal wind chills. The Eddy acts as respite from winter, not removal. The principal aspect of the design is a series of louvred railing systems. Louvres on the northern face of the bridge close or open, depending on season, to block the bittern winds from the Mississippi below. Thus, they create a calmer, more amenable environment for winter users. The illuminated bridge acts as a beacon in the darkest point of the year. Minimal structural supports modify the rhythm the louvres create, while ‘eddies’ punctuate the length of the bridge. Three minor eddies provide integrated semi-sheltered seating, while the large, main eddy provides a screened space with integrated seating and observation areas.  The eddy establishes the bridge as a winter destination and experience just as much as it is during summer.

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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.

 

05-30-14

CUDC Students Place 2nd in International Architecture Competition for Downtown Miami

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Congratulations to Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) graduate students Jeff Jasinki and Matt Dureiko for receiving 2nd Place and $1000 in the 2014 DawnTown Alternative Mobilities Design Competition in Miami, Florida!

DawnTown is the annual public international architecture ideas competition for Downtown Miami.  DawnTown’s mission is to bring innovative architecture to Downtown Miami, and to tell the exciting urban story of Downtown Miami to the world.

The 2014 Alternative Mobilities Design Competition was sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The Miami DDA’s Master Plan called for the promotion of regional connectivity and creative mobility solutions. This inspired DawnTown to develop a program based upon the alternative strategies people can take to moving around their downtown without having to rely on a single automobile. Using examples such as bicycle storage and sharing, car sharing, and ride sharing, they asked designers to create a nexus of where these strategies could meet and call home. This central hub would be located in a dense part of downtown’s Central Business District and would not replace the existing options we have; On the contrary, the proposal would bolster Miami’s transportation network.

Their project “Mobile Miami” stresses the importance of intermodal transportation as a growing urban trend in the city. The concept projects real-time digital information to communicate the availability of all modes of on-site transportation. This allows for absolute freedom of choice on how to better connect with Miami.

Jeff Jasinki and Matt Dureiko are both graduate students in Kent State University’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design pursing their dual degree, Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design, at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.

 


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02-07-14

Registration for Wheelwright Prize due Feb. 15

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The Harvard GSD is now accepting applications for the 2014 Wheelwirght Prize. The Wheelwright Prize is a $100,000 travel-based research grant that is awarded annually to early-career architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent, produced work of scholarly and professional merit, and who show promise for continued creative work.

Throughout its history, Harvard GSD has had a strong global outlook, attracting deans, faculty, and students from all over the world. Moreover, a mainstay of the GSD curriculum is its traveling studio, which emphasizes the acceptance of ideas and practices with a diversity of origins. The Wheelwright Prize extends the school’s ethos, encouraging a broad-minded approach to architecture that seeks inspiration from unexpected quarters.

The Wheelwright Prize is intended to spur innovative research during the early stage of an architect’s professional career. Now open to applicants from all over the world—no affiliation to Harvard GSD required—the prize aims to foster new forms of research informed by cross-cultural engagement. “The idea is not just about travel—the act of going and seeing the world—but it is about binding the idea of geography to themes and issues that hold great potential relevance to contemporary practice,” says Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi.

The winner will be selected via an open call for proposals and a rigorous review process. The winner of the Wheelwright Prize will receive:

  • $100,000 cash prize to support travel and research-related costs
  • invitation to lecture at Harvard GSD
  • possibility to publish research in a Harvard GSD publication

Registration deadline: February 15, 2014

Submission deadline: March 4, 2014

For more details and application information please visit wheelwrightprize.org

12-02-13

Register Now for the 2014 ULI Urban Design Competition!

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The CUDC is gearing up to host students for the 2014 international ULI Urban Design Competition!  Now in its twelfth year, the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition is a two-week interdisciplinary finance, planning, and design competition for currently enrolled graduate students.  An “ideas” competition focusing on contemporary urban issues asks students to devise a viable financial and design scheme for development.

The 2014 competition takes place between January 13-27, 2014 and will house local participants here at the CUDC. The registration period for teams closes on December 9, 2013. If you are a graduate student interested in participating, please contact Jeff Kruth of the CUDC, jkruth @ kent.edu, for more information. The competition website can be found here, along with past winners and entries: www.udcompetition.org

Last year, a Cleveland team composed  of Case Western, Cleveland State, and Kent State students received an honorable mention in the pursuit of a $50,000 grand prize for their “Active East” proposal in Minneapolis.  A mixed use program and transit oriented development design promoted an active lifestyle for residents and visitors downtown.

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The 2013 Cleveland Team's "Activate East" proposal in Minneapolis

04-01-13

CUDC Launches Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD) & COLDSCAPES Competition

We’re very excited to announce our new winter weather-related initiative, the Center for Outdoor Living Design, which conveniently forms the acronym COLD. The project is intended to encourage designers of various disciplines to engage more creatively with the opportunities presented by winter weather urban environments.

Representations and design strategies in architecture and urban design are often dominated by idealized imagery from warmer seasons, marginalizing the unique design opportunities that winter weather cities present. As a result, creative approaches to improving urban livability during winter are left unexplored, reinforcing common perceptions that public life can’t survive outdoors for much of the year (ahem…skywalks).

The first of this year’s COLD activities is the launch of COLDSCAPES: New Visions for Cold Weather Cities, a multi-disciplinary design competition intended to gather compelling ideas for revitalizing cold climate urban places. Submissions from the competition and other projects gathered by COLD will comprise a growing online archive of images and videos to inspire designers, city officials, and interested members of the public to embrace their city’s winter identity.

A jury of artists and designers familiar with cold weather design issues will select three thought-provoking and visually compelling submissions, each to receive a $1,000 award. A larger set of submissions will receive honorable mentions and the opportunity to be included in an exhibition and published in this year’s Urban Infill journal. To learn more about COLD and to register for the COLDSCAPES competition, please visit our website at www.coldscapes.org.

Competition timeline:
April 1, 2013 – Competition Announced
May 24, 2013 – Registration Deadline
July 12, 2013 – (6pm EST) Submission Deadline
July 26, 2013 – Competition Winners Announced

Competition jury:
Shane Coen, Founder and Principal at Coen+Partners | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Gary Toth, Director of Transportation Initiatives at Project for Public Spaces | New York City, New York
Aase Kari Mortensen, Senior Architect at Snøhetta | Oslo, Norway
Greg Peckham, Managing Director at LAND Studio | Cleveland, Ohio
Patrick Coleman, CEO at The Winter Cities Institute | Anchorage, Alaska

As Spock would often say during winter, “Live Cold and Prosper!”

The 2013 series of COLD activities is made possible through the generous support of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and The Cleveland Foundation.

11-01-11

Public Intro Session for 2012 ULI Competition

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Do you want to design safer, healthier, sustainable and beautiful communities?
Do you have the planning, design or the economic acumen to create a comprehensively sustainable development?
Do you like working in multi-disciplinary settings and learning from your colleagues?

If so, then please consider joining us this Friday for an information session on the Urban Land Institute‘s recently announced 2012 Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. Compete to design an innovative built environment as a multi-disciplinary team and try your luck at winning the $50,000 prize!

All students currently enrolled in their last year of undergraduate studies or a graduate program in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, real estate, business or urban planning at any university are invited to attend the introduction session at the CUDC on Friday Nov 4th and meet other interested students to form your winning team!

ULI Competition Intro Session
Friday, November 4
12 – 1 PM
CUDC Conference Room
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland (Playhouse Square)

More information on the ULI competition can be found at http://www.udcompetition.org/

Please contact the CUDC for more information on the Intro Session at (216) 357-3434 or cudc@kent.edu

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!