A Banner Year for Pop Up City

The CUDC’s Pop Up City initiative was honored in the past twelve months with inclusion in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale and selected to receive the Places Research Award from the Environmental Design Research Association.

From Cleveland to Venice to Chicago

The United States’ pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale chose the theme “Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good“, focusing on the growing movement of architects, designers, artists, and everyday citizens taking the initiative to make improvements to the public realm. From August to November 2012, Pop Up City joined other activist-minded projects from the United States exhibited in Venice, Italy. Here’s an excerpt from the exhibition’s summary of Pop Up City:

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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!


Naples Photography Exhibit


The first exhibit hosted in our new CUDC gallery will have its opening reception on May 17, 2010 from 5-8pm. The exhibit entitled Napoli Senza Titolo (Naples Untitled) is a photographic exploration of Neopolitans using their city’s public spaces. The exhibit will run through May 29, 2010 and the gallery will be open during CUDC office hours (9-5pm).

Napoli Senza Titolo

Opening reception
May 17, 5 – 8pm
6pm : Gallery talk by Helen Liggett, photographer and professor at CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs

Exhibition dates
May 17, 2010 – May 29, 2010
CUDC Gallery
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200


For more information call CUDC at 216.357.3434

The exhibit is sponsored by the Consul of Italy in Detroit, Marco Nobili and the CUDC in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago.


CIA Photo Spring Show

Photography majors from the Cleveland Institute of Art will have their Spring Show located on the first floor of our new building from March 26th – April 2nd. The exhibit cleverly named “it’ll last longer” will showcase the work of 18 students exploring the edges of photography using various media.

The currently vacant storefront located on the corner of E. 13th and Euclid Ave. was the site of Designerosa, our Pop Up City book release party and will be again be the venue for Kent State’s interior design department show the week following the CIA exhibit.

Hope to see you at these upcoming exhibits and look out for more event announcements coming soon!


by david jurca