02-28-11

CUDC Welcomes Sagree Sharma as Project Manager

Sagree Sharma will join the staff of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative as Project Manager starting March 16. Sagree received her Master of City Planning degree from MIT in 2007. Her undergraduate education in architecture was at the Rizvi College of Architecture at University of Mumbai.

In her practice Sagree focuses on design at multiple scales, using a systems approach to complex urban problems. She brings expertise in ecological planning to all her work, and she is particularly interested in issues of community outreach and equity in the urban design process. This is reflected in her graduate work, which included service as an MIT Public Service Fellow in post-Katrina New Orleans, where she helped establish a startup non-profit doing environmental remediation and redevelopment.

After completing her masters, Sagree was one of two initial hires to the New York based urban design and planning practice of Arup, the internationally regarded design and engineering firm. There she managed notable projects for public agencies, including the Long Island 2035 Sustainability Plan (for the Long Island Regional Planning Council) and the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, an innovative vision plan for a 250 acre, green economic and social hub centered around urban agriculture, food processing and distribution.

Sagree’s skills in ecological planning and project management enhance the CUDC’s capacity to serve clients looking for innovative ways to get the highest possible performance out of potential development and renewal projects in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

02-15-11

Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise

“The world is made of stories, not atoms.”
-Muriel Rukeyser

The CUDC’s upcoming journal will be entitled Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise. As the name suggests, we’re interested in exploring the connection between physical place and meaning through the creation of narratives. Following a similar format to our previous journals, we’re working with a diverse group of local and international designers, artists and writers to generate content that addresses the various modes of urban storytelling and to gather an archive of compelling stories in need of embodiment.

The Cleveland Stories project is larger than just a book, it includes a StorySlam event, exhibition at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger gallery and neighborhood based temporary interventions.

The StorySlam is an opportunity for individuals to share their favorite story about a Cleveland place – past, present or future. Fact or fiction. Funny, sad, exciting…it’s up to you. The best stories will be published in Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise. For the StorySlam, we’re looking for:

  • historians and story tellers who can tell us about lesser-known aspects of Cleveland’s history — particularly stories that are about a specific place in the city
  • creative writers who can invent a useful fiction for a Cleveland neighborhood and convince us of this alternate reality
  • artists and urban designers

Cleveland StorySlam
Thursday, Feb 24th
7:30-9PM
CIA’s Coventry Center
Upper level of 1854 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights
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Come to the StorySlam February 24 and toss your name in the hat. We’ll pick ten people to tell their stories. Remember that you have to tell a story, not read one. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets are allowed. You’ll have five minutes to tell your story, so come rehearsed!

The StorySlam isn’t only for story tellers – good story listeners are also welcome. If you hear an inspiring story, enter our Shoebox Diorama Challenge by building a small scale model of your design intervention idea. Each winning diorama artist will receive $50!

You can RSVP to the StorySlam on our Facebook event page.

We’ll release more details on the contributors to the book and the gallery exhibit soon, so please visit www.ClevelandStoryBook.com for more information and updates on the project. You can also contact us at stories@popupcleveland.com or use our online form to submit your stories. We’re looking forward to seeing (and hearing) you on Feb. 24th!

11-01-10

CUDC Grand Opening Promo Video

Thanks go out to Kent State’s University Communications and Marketing office for creating this video of our opening reception held September 15, 2010. We were glad to have Kent State president Lester Lefton, the board of trustees and so many of our friends in attendance for the event.

If you weren’t able to attend the opening, please stop by to say ‘hello’ and see our new space at 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200. We couldn’t have asked for a better landlord than PlayhouseSquare and we enjoy running into our new neighbors at Moko, our go-to coffee and lunch spot. Although we still have fond memories of the ol’ triangle building, sometimes change can be a good thing.

10-27-10

Open Urban Designer Position at CUDC

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Hello friends and colleagues! The Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is currently looking to fill an Urban Designer position recently made available on our staff. The position’s responsibilities include project management, a commitment to working with community groups and an interest in Urban Design education.

The candidate should hold an advanced degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Planning, and have five or more years of experience in Urban Design or a related field. The salary is negotiable based on the applicant’s experience.

Here’s how to access a full description of the available position and online application:

1. Visit Kent State’s career postings site

2. Click the Search Postings link on the left sidebar

3. Enter position number: 998196

We plan to fill the position by December, so please feel free to spread the word!

10-05-10

Charles Graves Lecture at CUDC

Please join us at the CUDC this Wednesday, October 6 at 8:30am for a talk by Kent State Professor Charles Graves.

Prof. Graves will discuss his ongoing research in preparation for a new undergraduate text The Urban Genome: an introduction to urban design. This book will approach its subject from a typological direction, breaking the city down into its parts, and establishing the foundations before describing the process of urban design and presenting relevant case studies.

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This talk is free and open to the public. Please contact Steve Rugare with any questions at srugare(at)kent.edu or 216.357.3422.

03-22-10

Manchester DJ Dave Haslam Talk

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This is a short notice event announcement, but we’d like to invite everyone to stop by the CUDC for an exciting presentation on Saturday, March 27th starting at 5:30pm. A friend of ours, the multi-talented Dave Haslam, will be visiting from Manchester, UK next weekend for a DJ-ing gig at B-Side Liquor Lounge on Sunday and we want to take the opportunity to spotlight some of his other interests with a talk the night before.

Dave will deliver a talk on the post-punk band Joy Division‘s emergence in the context of post-industrial Manchester in the late 70′s, the band’s re-emergence as New Order after singer Ian Curtis’ tragic death and their music’s enduring influence to this day.

If you’re a fan of Joy Divison, New Order or the bands they inspired (U2, the Killers, Arcade Fire, etc.), then this is definitely an event you won’t want to miss. But the story of creativity in the midst of affliction is something in which we can all find inspiration.

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by david jurca

02-25-10

Brite Winter Festival

Brite Winter Festival

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.

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01-12-10

Upcoming CSU Forum on Public Square

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Transforming Public Square: Three Strategies for Enhancing Cleveland’s Civic Core
January 21, 2010
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Cleveland State University, Maxine Goodman Levine College of Urban Affairs Atrium (1717 Euclid Ave)

The Levin College in partnership with ParkWorks and Downtown Cleveland Alliance are presenting an interactive forum on the recently released concepts for Public Square.  The three proposals will be presented by James Corner, urban designer and landscape architect with James Corner Field Operations and the Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. The forum will provide an opportunity for participants to view the plans, ask questions, share their ideas and discuss ways to make Public Square a vital center and gathering place connecting Cleveland’s downtown.

Additional information on the proposals is available at DCA’s website and our previous post.

by david jurca

12-20-09

Public Square Concepts Go Public

Public Square : exiting Tower City

Thread scheme : Exiting Terminal Tower / Field Operations

This past week, a steering committee comprised of members from Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) and ParkWorks reviewed initial concepts for a redesign of Cleveland’s Public Square. Our CUDC office was on the design team, which was lead by James Corner’s Field Operations (FO). Our joint team was selected by the steering committee through an RFQ process back in October. The short time frame between team selection in October and initial concepts due on December 16th meant that we all had to work quickly to gather information on existing conditions, review studies already undertaken on future uses of Public Square and prepare images of alternative schemes for the steering committee to weigh in on.

The CUDC supported FO’s lead design work by assembling data and mapping of current conditions and providing “on-the-ground” information to FO regarding cultural and social context. In the process, we also created a time-lapse video of Public Square, which provides a clear visual of the constant shade condition on the southwest quadrant, closest to the Tower City entrance. Collaborating on a project with an office located in another city was a valuable experience and we’re very excited about the concepts developed.

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12-03-09

Innerbelt Bridge Access for Everyone

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The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to build a new, $450 million I-90 bridge through downtown Cleveland.  Although all of us should be able to use it, the existing plans do not include pedestrian and cyclist access.  We need your help to change this.

Thirty highway bridges across the U.S. have safe and attractive bike and pedestrian amenities on them.  It can happen in Cleveland with your input.

Let your public officials know you support access for all on the new bridge.  Here are three ways you can help:

  1. Learn more about the issue, including important public hearings and who to contact, by logging on to www.gcbl.org/innerbelt
  2. Send your comments in support to bridge@greencitybluelake.org and we’ll forward them to decision makers.
  3. Or call ODOT Innerbelt Project Manager Craig Hebebrand at (216) 581-2100.

This is not just another road building project, this is an urban redevelopment.  We need your help to support this once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve Cleveland’s inner city quality of life and sustainability.
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10-07-09

Video of The Bridge Project

Another shoddily-done video made by me for you.  Enjoy!

by marianne.

09-10-09

VOTE: Bridge Design[Build] Charrette

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What if the Detroit-Superior Bridge lower level became a public space? How would you use it? Now is your chance to see it happen.

1. Visit www.BridgeProjectVote.com to share your thoughts on initial concepts developed by students involved in the Bridge Project design[build] charrette. Leave your comments on the projects and begin a dialogue with the students. What ideas do you like? What would you like to see more details on? What new uses would you like to see included?

2. Share the link with co-workers, friends, family and smarter-than-average pets.  The students would love to have your feedback so they can quickly develop and refine their projects. Only a few projects will be selected to be built full-scale on the bridge, so make your thoughts known!

3. Come to the public opening during the Bridge Project on Friday and Saturday September 25th (4pm-midnight) and 26th (noon-midnight) to experience the selected projects as built prototypes. Public input on the projects will continue during the two day bridge opening as people activate the spaces and students observe the interactions, then adjust the installations.

Oftentimes as designers the distance between conceptual plan and embodied user experience is too wide to be meaningful. The rapid prototyping concept for the Bridge Project charrette intends to collapse this distance and introduce user feedback earlier in the design process. The installations during the event should not be viewed as finished products, but rather as prototypes designed to engage and draw feedback from the future users of the space.

Many thanks to Jeff Schuler for constructing the drupal website for project voting: www.jeffschuler.net

by david jurca

08-31-09

Footage from the Electric Roller DiscoTech

Cleveland Executive Fellowship and Pop Up City transformed the old Leff Electric Building at 1163 E. 40th St. into an Electric Roller DiscoTech on August 28th.  Here’s what went down:

Learn more about Pop Up City

(roller skating with video camera in hand and posting by marianne.)

07-06-09

Landscape Urbanism Lecture @ MOCA

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Landscape Urbanism :: After the Post-Industrial City

ALBERTO FRANCINI

architect, Milan, www.metrogramma.com 

ANDREAS KIPAR

landscape architect, Milan and Duisburg, www.landsrl.com

Alberto Francini and Andreas Kipar are members of the team developing innovative plans for the expansion and greening of Milan. The plan includes major new green infrastructure for the city, integrated with new and redeveloped commercial and housing areas. This effort and many of the architectural projects resulting from it have become an important model for designers interested in the urban landscape of the 21st century.

Presented by Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design and Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

FRIDAY July 10th, 6:00pm
MOCA [Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland]

8501 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, [216] 421.8671
parking available

The lecture is free and open to the public, but the Cleveland Playhouse will charge for parking. MOCA’s “There goes the Neighborhood” and other shows will be available for viewing by lecture-goers (www.mocacleveland.org)

After the lecture, go to Playhouse Square, where the Ingenuity Festival will be in full swing. At 8:20, Pecha Kucha begins. What’s Pecha Kucha? Visit http://www.pecha-kucha.org/cities/cleveland

by david jurca

06-15-09

The Bridge Project Charrette

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For more info on the Bridge Project event, please visit:  www.clevelandbridgeproject.com

Every year, graduate students at the CUDC take part in a community design charrette, which addresses the urban design needs of a particular site or neighborhood in Northeast Ohio. This year’s charrette will be part of the Bridge Project scheduled for September 25th and 26th.

During a typical charrette, students are asked to gather relevant data about the focus area in preparation for a community meeting where stakeholders and residents share their thoughts and desires for the neighborhood. The students then work along side CUDC staff to quickly develop design solutions and assemble presentations for the community. In years past, the student charrettes have focused on downtown Lakewood, the Jewish Community Federation site, the Howard Street corridor in Akron and Youngstown’s Oak Hill neighborhood.

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