Artists vs. Blight

037-bridgemix-10-10-08Art installation at Bridge Mix, photo by Stephen Piscura

The CUDC’s Pop Up City initiative, Arts Collinwood and other Cleveland arts organizations were highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article about artist communities developing in blighted neighborhoods.  Although there’s nothing new about artists moving into low-rent areas, the recent foreclosure crisis is motivating communities to increase incentives for artists: 

Drawn by available spaces and cheap rents, artists are filling in some of the neighborhoods being emptied by foreclosures. City officials and community groups seeking ways to stop the rash of vacancies are offering them incentives to move in, from low rents and mortgages to creative control over renovation projects.

Some of the local organizations mentioned in the article include:

Arts Collinwood :: Collinwood

78th St. Studios :: Detroit Shoreway

ArtMart 09 :: Ohio City

DanceWorks @ CPT :: Detroit Shoreway

Pop Up City

Building Bridges

ArtSpace Cleveland

Also check out this set of Collinwood photos from the Plain Dealer.

by david jurca


Pop Up City Eye Candy

Pick up a copy of our new publication!  When we get smarter, we’ll put a little PayPal icon somewhere around here so that you can buy our stuff instantly!  The possibilities are endless!  Until then, you can pick a book up at the CUDC office (currently above the Winking Lizard on Prospect/Huron downtown) or at CUDC events.












by Marianne Eppig


Green City Blue Lake on Pop Up City

Last week Marc Lefkowitz, blog author extraordinaire for Green City Blue Lake, published a great post about Pop Up City and the Urban Design Center’s efforts to ignite (not literally) vacant spaces in Cleveland.

To read the post, visit http://www.gcbl.org/blog/marc-lefkowitz/counterculture-ignites-fallow-urban-space

In addition to giving our new publication, Pop Up City, a congenial review (“The essay and book is not only a fascinating read, it’s filled with eye candy”), Marc brought up some good points.  He asked towards the end of the post:

Will those seeds grow to inspire some Temporary Users to leave the protective circle of the CUDC?

In other words, he’s asking whether the Cleveland Urban Design Center’s Pop Up temporary events will inspire other groups and individuals around the city to start temporary uses of their own in otherwise abandoned lots.

For anyone out there who is reading this, we would love to hear back from you.  Leave a comment and let us know about your experiences, ideas, and events that were/are all about temporary uses of vacant spaces.

And for anyone who is interested in starting a temporary event or use of a vacant space in Cleveland, there is a handy brochure in the back of the recent Pop Up City publication titled “Temporary Use Advice & Contacts”.  It lets you know what kinds of permits you might need to get in order to use a space, and it’s also chock-full of advice from how to get sponsors to how many Port-O-Potties you may need.  So, if you haven’t already, pick up a book and start igniting (please, not literally) Cleveland!

by marianne eppig.


Another Taste of the Upcoming Pop Up City Publication

klaus-book-graphic1This is an excerpt from Philipp Oswalt, Klaus Overmeyer, and Philipp Misselwitz’s article “Patterns of the Unplanned” that will be published in the Pop Up City journal to be released in February. Be sure to pick up a copy in order to learn more about temporary use strategies for vacant land!

“Temporary uses are unplanned, but they are present in every larger city. Often, they play an important role in a city’s public and cultural life as well as in its urban development, but they have thus far been almost completely ignored in official policymaking and city planning circles. But why do temporary uses occur in the first place? And how do they develop? Can structures be discovered in the unplanned?

by marianne eppig.


A Taste of the Upcoming Pop Up City Publication

malloy-book-graphicThis is a taste of Jennifer Malloy’s article “What is Left of Planning?! Residual Planning!” that will be published in the upcoming Pop Up City publication:

Temporary space practitioners are dispersed throughout the shattered remains of shrinking cities in the United States and Europe, within eddies of vacant lots, abandoned buildings, and radical space strongholds – where community and social relations flourish through the production of art – and thrive as a counterculture of resistance to capitalist circuits of place-making. They temporarily remediate the leftovers of capitalism through radical interventions in urban spaces that begin to poke holes in the dominant frame of the city as an avenue for competition and exchange. Instead, the city is viewed as a place where community can be built and experienced, temporarily, while simultaneously creating alternative temporary uses for, and opportunities within, disused urban spaces. This paper discusses such countercultural urban development strategies through two case studies: the Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor in Chicago, Illinois and Hotel Neustadt in Halle, Germany.”

To read the rest of this article and to read others, be sure to pick up the new Pop Up City journal that will be coming out in February.

by marianne eppig.


Second Issue of “Pop Up City” Coming Out in February

new-book_imageThe second issue of the CUDC’s journal, Pop Up City, is in production and will be published by the end of February. The urban designers are planning a Pop Up party in March to commemorate the release of the journal.

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