Lecture 4/29: Richard Kennedy of Field Operations

AIA Cleveland JCFO April Event

AIA Cleveland and the Kent State CUDC are pleased to host an evening lecture from Richard Kennedy of James Corner Field Operations. As Principal In Charge of the Public Square project, Richard will discuss the aspirations of the redesign of Cleveland’s most prominent public space. The two part event will start at the CUDC, then continue at the new AIA Cleveland Center for Architecture & Design, nearby.

Richard Kennedy Lecture
Wednesday, April 29th
5:30p -6:30pm
CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
Directions here

AIA Cleveland Center for Architecture & Design Grand Opening Party
Wednesday, April 29th
AIA Cleveland, 2059 East 14th Street
Cleveland, OH 44115

Space is limited to 100 seats for the event, so attendees must register. Tickets are available for $5 for all AIA Members and $20 for Non-Members.

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided at the AIA Cleveland Center for Architecture & Design during the Grand Opening Ceremony. This program is approved for 1.5 HSW Learning Units.

To register for the event or obtain more information, please visit: AIA Cleveland Lecture and Launch



A recent rendering of the current plan for Cleveland’s Public Square, designed by James Corner Field Operations.


Group Plan Charrette Announced


2010 LMN Architects, GGN / 1903 Group Plan

Connecting Cleveland: Beyond the Burnham Plan
Tuesday, November 30th
noon – 7pm
Cleveland Public Library, Stokes Wing, Room 218

The Cleveland Group Plan Commission invites you to participate in a design charrette to develop a unified vision for Downtown Cleveland built around signature public spaces and the connections and opportunities that link development projects from the Cuyahoga River, the proposed downtown Cleveland Casino, across Public Square to Malls A, B, C and the new Medical Mart and Convention Center, and onward to the lakefront.

The charrette will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 from Noon until 7pm in Room 218 East/West of the Cleveland Public Library. Take the elevators in the Louis Stokes Wing to the Second Floor (business department) and turn left.

This charrette is an afternoon-long work session, facilitated by the Cleveland City Planning Commission, ParkWorks and the Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. The event is being organized in collaboration with the Cleveland chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Planning Association.

Your participation is critical to the success of this work. Ideas and recommendations from the Connecting Cleveland charrette will be incorporated into the downtown connections plan being prepared by LMN Architects and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. LMN and GGN are also working on the Convention Center and Medical Mart project.


  • Noon: Welcome and introductions
  • 12:15 pm: Overview of process and the design assignment
  • 12:45 – 4:30 pm: Work session in small, interdisciplinary design teams
  • 4:30 – 6 pm: Pin-up, drinks and dinner/snacks
  • 6 – 7 pm: Community presentation/conversation, coffee & dessert

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by November 23 to Gina Love Slade at (216) 696-2122 ext. 101 or glove(at)parkworks.org. A briefing document will be sent to all charrette participants a week before the event.

If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Terry Schwarz at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, (216) 357-3426 or tschwarz(at)kent.edu.


Upcoming CSU Forum on Public Square


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


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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