CUDC Students Win APA-Ohio Award

apa_award_studentsLeft to right: Arthur Schmitt, Nti Awakessien, Gabriel Fey, Antonia Marinucci, Thom Nester (not pictured: Tommy Chesnes).

Recent graduates from the CUDC won the Excellence in Student Planning Award from the American Planning Association of Ohio (APA-Ohio), September 27, 2013, for their project Pop Up Rockwell.

Pop Up Rockwell was a temporary transformation of downtown Cleveland’s Rockwell Avenue, designed to test “complete & green street” improvements under real-world conditions. Offered as a graduate urban design studio, students were charged with the task of researching, designing, constructing, installing, and assessing a comprehensive set of physical improvements within four blocks of the corridor.

Led by CUDC Associate Director David Jurca and CUDC Urban Designer Jeff Kruth, the studio included graduate students Nti Awakessien, Tommy Chesnes, Thomas Nester, Gabriel Fey, Arthur Schmidt, and Antonia Marinucci. Over the course of the five-week spring 2012 studio, students engaged with a diverse group of local stakeholders to determine desired enhancements and collect user feedback during the experiment. The students employed the valuable insights gathered on-site to generate field-tested recommendations for permanent street improvements.



Pop Up Rockwell opened the opportunity to have discussions at several levels about public and private space, pedestrian and bicyclist rights, public transportation, ADA accessibility, federal security concerns, and other important issues regarding Cleveland’s premier civic space.

Components of the Pop Up Rockwell project included:

  1. Design and installation of Greater Cleveland’s first cycle track
  2. New pedestrian crosswalks and traffic-calming measures
  3. Experimental stormwater Biofiltration and WiFi enabled (BiFi) public benches
  4. Enhanced Transit Waiting Environment (TWE)
  5. Public Art interventions designed to create a unique identity for the street and sense of place
  6. Data collection from the temporary intervention and future implementation recommendations

It was found that entities who may not otherwise typically engage with one another were able to find common ground through the project, which significantly improved the level of discourse, understanding, and collaboration within and amongst these entities and institutions. Since the project was understood by all to be temporary, many involved parties were more open to accepting new ideas and cross long-standing boundaries.


rockwell-final-presentation-photoRecent CUDC graduates (from left to right) Antonia Marinucci, Nti Awakessien, Gabriel Fey, Arthur Schmitt, and Tommy Chesnes make their final presentation for the Pop Up Rockwell studio in April 2012.

This year was the first time a student project at the CUDC’s graduate program was recognized by APA-Ohio. Every year, students and professionals compete to win awards at an annual conference in several different areas. The trend of Pop Up Rockwell, called tactical urbanism, became popular across the design field in 2012, though the CUDC has been exploring it since 2007 through its Pop Up City initiative.

Pop Up Rockwell from KSU CUDC on Vimeo.

The Pop Up Rockwell project was funded through grants from The George Gund Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


Manchester DJ Dave Haslam Talk


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


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


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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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.)


Roller Disco Pop-Up Event: Aug. 28th

The next Pop Up City event is coming on August 28th…


Electric Roller DiscoTech

It’s a disco roller rink (sort of) in the old Leff Electric Building at 1163 E. 40th Street. It’s an old industrial building with great views of the lake.

Friday, August 28th :: 7 – 10pm

Should be a fun time.


from senior planner Terry Schwarz, posted by marianne.


The Bridge Project Charrette


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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Attention Artists: We Want YOU!

The Organizers of The 2009 BRIDGE PROJECT seek YOUR ideas!


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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A Piping Hot Slice from Designerosa

Designerosa! from david jurca on Vimeo.

Thank you to everyone that came out to Designerosa! All of us at the CUDC had a great time and we’re really glad to have met so many new people.  We especially want to thank Heelsplitter, the amazing bluegrass band that travels to all their shows by bike, Greg Priddy, Indy and Greg Peckham for the miniature ponies (Cinnamon and Doodle), and Lois Moss from Walk + Roll Cleveland for bringing everyone together for Transportainment.   

We’d also like to thank Kelly from KRA photography for taking the brilliant photographs shown below.  You can see the entire Designerosa photo set and order prints at her client lounge, just type in “walkroll” as the password. 

The new Pop Up City book we released at the event should be available on Amazon soon, but in the meantime, please visit our Shrinking Cities Institute website to order a copy.  



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Feet, Unicycles, and Miniature Ponies


The CUDC is borrowing a couple of miniature ponies – just because we could – for Designerosa, which will be at the storefront of our soon-to-be (October) office location at the corner of Euclid and E. 13th St. So get excited.

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Designerosa: All-you-can-cr(eat)e buffet release party!

All-you-can-cr(eat)e buffet release party will be an event anchor for Mobile Encounters, an urban obstacle course which will turn downtown into a multimodal urban playscape. Visit our MobileMap for more Mobile Encounter event locations!

Vacant storefront @ 1305 Euclid Ave., Downtown Cleveland
Sunday, April 5th, 2009
posted by marianne eppig.


Down the Rabbit Hole

The Tremont Pedestrian Bridge Pre-Event
by marianne eppig.


The Masterminds

The artists and designers behind Bridge Mix
by marianne eppig.