02-26-18

Happy 100th Birthday, Detroit-Superior Bridge!

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The Detroit-Superior Bridge turns 100 this year. The structure, also known as the Veterans Memorial Bridge, was the largest two-level steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world when it was completed in 1918.

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Thousands of people drive across the street level of the bridge every day. But just below, the former streetcar level of the bridge remains one of Cleveland’s hidden gems. Streetcar service was discontinued in 1955 and the lower level bridge has been waiting to be discovered ever since. The Cuyahoga County Engineering Department opens the lower level of the bridge for tours periodically, including in September of 2017 for Sparx in the City, which drew record crowds to this beautiful and underutilized space. The Ingenuity Fest has taken place on the lower level of the bridge. And CUDC staff and students have fond memories of our first experiments on the bridge in the Fall of 2009.

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In 2012, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) awarded a planning grant to explore the possibility of re-opening the lower level of the bridge as a public space and bike/pedestrian connection.

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The CUDC collaborated with Environmental Design Group, Levin Ventures, and a host of other partners to explore design alternatives that would capitalize on the uniquely beautiful attributes of the streetcar-level space.

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In the same year, the Cleveland Design Competition focused on the streetcar level of the bridge and attracted 200 entries from designers around the world, suggesting visionary ideas for the future reuse of the space.

The bridge connects Public Square to Ohio City and could also provide important linkages to Irishtown Bend and Canal Basin Park–two exciting and long-awaited new public spaces along the Cuyahoga River. In celebration of the bridge’s birthday, interest is once again percolating about the streetcar level space. Please watch the Bridge Project Facebook page for updates and announcements of future activities.

 

09-18-13

The Detroit-Superior Bridge Project Finalist in Place by Design Competition

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Place by Design, the SXSW Eco Public Space Design Competition, honors visionary design work that achieves a positive community impact through the creation or re-imagining of public spaces.

The CUDC is excited to be one of 15 finalists chosen by the Place by Design Jury. The final submissions were hand-selected by a distinguished group of leading design theorists and architects, and will be exhibited during the conference held in Austin this year. The finalists will compete for 3 awards to be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8th. The Place by Design award categories are: Transformative Design, Community Impact, and Global Potential.


About Our Submission

The Detroit-Superior Bridge Project invited a broad spectrum of the public to engage in a fun and productive planning process to transform the bridge’s abandoned lower level into an active public space. Employing temporary, yet realistic, mock-ups of alternative proposals for bicycle amenities, directional signage, and performance spaces, this project enabled attendees to make informed decisions and provides needed inspiration to other initiatives aimed at rewriting the stories of forgotten, yet extraordinary, places.

For more information about the Detroit-Superior Bridge Project, please visit BridgeProjectCleveland.com.

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10-07-09

Video of The Bridge Project

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

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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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05-18-09

Attention Artists: We Want YOU!

The Organizers of The 2009 BRIDGE PROJECT seek YOUR ideas!

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The BRIDGE PROJECT—taking place September 25 and 26, 2009, at the Streetcar Level of the Detroit Superior Bridge—will be a Colossal Convening of local and regional artists who will showcase their work in one of this region’s most amazing and underused locations.

BRIDGE PROJECT organizers will showcase the work of approximately forty artists at this location and we invite you to submit a proposal to occupy one of these spaces – which span the entirety of the bridge (from the tunnels and catacombed spaces at the west side of this bridge, to the arched walkway of the span itself, to the large pillar decked area at the east side). We are looking for quality and diversity of form and media.
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