2013 Capstone Final Review Schedule

We’re excited to announce the final review schedule for the 2013 Master of Urban Design capstone projects (see below). Graduate students at the CUDC enrolled in the Master of Urban Design or dual degree (Master of Architecture + Master of Urban Design) programs at the CUDC conclude their coursework with an individualized capstone project. Each capstone project is developed over two semesters, with the first semester focused on framing a research question and the second devoted to creating a design response. As can be seen from the project names below, the investigations span a wide range of topics and geographies.

The capstone presentations for this year’s class will be held at the CUDC (1309 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor) and are open to the public. If you are interested in pursuing a Master of Urban Design degree or just curious about one of the capstone topics, please feel free to attend any of the presentations. You don’t need to RSVP, but we ask that attendees arrive shortly before the designated start time. The presentation and discussion immediately following each project should run about an hour and a half. More information on the academic programs offered at the CUDC can be found on our website here. Contact us at cudc@kent.edu with any questions and we look forward to seeing you soon!

2013 Capstone Final Review Schedule:


Antonia Marinucci | Erieview, Cleveland: Economic + Physical Reimagining
(Advisors: Charles Harker, Steve Rugare, Ellen Sullivan)


Thom Nester | Public Space and the Effects of Digital Culture
(Advisors: David Jurca, Greg Stroh, Steve Rugare)


Matt Provolt | TopoCity: Sheraden Neighborhood, Pittsburgh
(Advisors: Ellen Sullivan, Charles Graves, Sagree Sharma)

Brandon Young | Revising Richard Florida: Creative/Productive Space for Cleveland
(Advisors: Diane Davis-Sikora, Jonathan Kurtz, Terry Schwarz)


Sarah Myers | From Waste to Pop Up: a Temporary Diversion from the Landfill
(Advisors: Jonathan Fleming, Charles Frederick, Terry Schwarz)

Gabriel Fey | New Futures for the Infrastructural City
(Advisors: Steve Rugare, Jonathan Fleming, Jonathan Kurtz, Jacqueline Mills)

Troy Eklum | Transit Based Metropolitan Master Planning: Developing a Large Scale Strategy for Growth and Mobility Patterning
(Advisors: Ellen Sullivan, Charles Frederick, Steve Rugare)


Arthur Schmidt | Beyond Complete Streets: a Methodology for Designing a Complete Urban Street System
(Advisors: Steve Rugare, Jeff Kruth, Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, Daniel Vieyra)


Tommy Chesnes | Neighborhood Tuning: Waterloo Arts District, Cleveland
(Advisors: Terry Schwarz, Wayne Mortensen, Ellen Sullivan)

Download PDF: 2013 Capstone Final Review Schedule


Full Video + Slides from Susannah Drake’s dlandstudio Lecture

Proposal for southern tip of Manhattan by dlandstudio for MoMA Rising Currents exhibition

Thanks to everyone that attended Susannah Drake’s presentation at the CUDC. If you were in the audience, then we’re sure you found her dlandstudio projects to be as creative and inspiring as we did. Fortunately, for those unable to attend the presentation, we have the full video available online. The 1 hour 18 minute presentation is divided into 3 parts, including introductory remarks from CUDC Director Terry Schwarz and updates on the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District‘s green infrastructure plans from Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, followed by Susannah Drake’s detailed presentation of several public projects ranging from city-wide infrastructure plans to temporary pop-up parks. Enjoy!


Vote for the Cleveland Bridge Project

We need your help! A community-driven effort is currently underway to re-open the lower level of the Detroit-Superior Bridge for year round use.

Go to bridgevote.com right now to cast your vote.

Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those ‘vote every day’ type contests. You can only vote one time per email address. If you need help, just follow these simple steps:

1. In the blue box, click “Register or Get a Password Reminder”

2. Enter your email address and click “Submit” (zip code is not necessary and your information won’t be shared)

3. Scroll down to “Cleveland Bridge Project” and click on it

4. In the blue box, click “Vote Now!”

With your help, we can win $25,000 to improve the lower level of the bridge. Vote today!

Want to learn more about the project? Check out the Cleveland Bridge Project promo video:

Cleveland Bridge Project from david jurca on Vimeo.


BioCellar Event Videos

If you missed the BioCellar event at the CUDC on April 26th, now you can watch the presentations online:

BioCellar Presentations – 1 of 3 – Intro

BioCellar Presentations – 2 of 3 – Darrell Frey | Bioshelter Market Garden @ Three Sisters Farm

BioCellar Presentations – 3 of 3 – Gauri Torgalkar | BioCellar: Concept to Prototype


BioCellar Event 4/26 @ CUDC

Click here to download BioCellar invite pdf


Design with Consequence Studio


Open reviews for the Performative Architecture Graduate Design Studio will be held at our new CUDC offices Friday, March 26th from 6-8pm. Interested architects or designers are welcome to attend the jury.

The Design with Consequence studio, led by Kent State Associate Professor Adil Sharag-Eldin, addresses several issues relevant in a context of global urban growth:

  • Design a skyscraper in a city of choice.
  • The designed structure is NOT a self-referential representation of the owners’ or the city’s vision of its own grandeur or affluence.
  • The designed structure represents a  monolithic part of the city that manifests a cohesive vision of the designer.
  • The outcome is an urban artifact that must express a designer’s point of view on a current state of the globe.
  • The design however is entrenched in an urban setting that acts as  confluence of natural and synthetic forces that affects the city and the region of the world.

After the jury, please remember to stop by the Cleveland Institute of Art photo exhibit on the first floor. The show opening reception runs from 6-11pm.

1309 Euclid Ave. Suite 200, Cleveland

by david jurca