02-25-14

Graphics/Portfolio Workshop | March 1, 2014

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Please join AIA Cleveland in partnership with the CUDC on Saturday, March 1st for the first of four mentorship events in a year-long series. The event will take place from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.

This event features a workshop focused on honing rendering skills using modern techniques by leading expert, Alex Hogrefe, and will be followed by a portfolio round-robin with principals and partners from some of Cleveland’s most notable firms. We hope to spark a conversation regarding the evolution of how architects present their work and establish their professional identity.

The workshop is open to the public and non CUDC students, but registration is required as space is limited. Please complete registration form here.

Schedule

9:30 am – Doors Open

10:00 am – Graphic Workshop Part 1

12:00 pm – Lunch

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Graphic Workshop Part 2

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Portfolio Reviews

Materials Required

All registrants must bring a laptop loaded with Adobe Photoshop and SketchUp. This workshop is a working session and registration is limited in order to provide a desk space for each attendee.

Registrants must bring a portfolio. Portfolios may be in any format (e.g. digital, physical) or progress (e.g. complete, draft, in progress). Students without completed portfolios are encouraged to bring a representative collection of their work. Please come prepared to share and discuss your work.

For more information about the Mentorship Series and the Graphic/Portfolio Workshop please visit the AIA event page.

11-04-13

GIS Workshop with Lisl Kotheimer | Nov. 15

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Urban Design: An Introductory Workshop

GIS enables designers to use and create spatial information for understanding and designing places and their context. By viewing and overlaying thematic layers of geographic information, we can better integrate the built and natural environments and design places that are more beautiful, equitable, ecologically healthy, and economically robust. GIS maps are both a design tool and a design outcome. This workshop will acquaint you with the basic principles and mechanics of GIS and inspire you to produce maps and diagrams that are clear, informative, and visually compelling.

The GIS workshop will be held at the CUDC on November 15, from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM. It is free and open to the public, but non KSU students must bring their own GIS equipped laptops. Space is limited so please RSVP to cudc @ kent.edu if you would like to attend.

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About the Instructor
Lisl Kotheimer is a Columbus, Ohio-based design professional. Her professional interests center around design representation, communication, design research, critical inquiry, and strategy. Her expertise include graphic design, 3-D modeling and rendering, digital design, and fabrication. Lisl has worked with several award-winning design practices in Boston and Columbus on a wide variety of projects from concept to implementation. To see more of her work please visit lislkotheimer.com.

10-18-13

Fall Workshops | Two Opportunities to Learn about the Challenges of Vacant Properties

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First, CUDC’s Director, Terry Schwarz, will be presenting two topics at the Ohio Land Bank Conference – Thriving Communities Institute in Columbus on October 23rd.

Redefining Redevelopment

Wednesday, October, 23,  8:25 AM – 9:25 AM

As resources are strained and increasingly more difficult to access, it is critical that we think strategically about how we use funding and tools effectively for the greatest long-term impact. In this joint plenary session, panelists will consider how decisions such as acquiring properties, using demolition dollars, and prioritizing investment impact the larger regional fabric, and will explore the critical role of a master plan in guiding such decisions.

Clustering Vacant Properties for Greater Community Impact

Wednesday, October 23, 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Greening and stabilization strategies for individual vacant lots can enhance the curb appeal of a neighborhood and ease the concerns of adjacent property owners. But to have city-wide impact, you’ll need to look at larger agglomerations of vacant sites. This session will focus on planning and design approaches for creating networks of vacant sites that enhance surrounding property values, offer recreational opportunities, provide ecological benefits, and preserve opportunities for future development. The session will also include an approach to classifying different kinds of vacancy and tailoring a response based on prevailing conditions.

For registration information please visit the Thriving Communities Institute website.

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Second, Terry Schwarz, along with Alan Mallach, FAICP, and Joseph Schilling will be leading a workshop as part of the APA’s Planners Training Service Workshop Series,  November 8-9 in Chicago.

Tackling the Challenges of Vacant Properties

Vacant properties are everybody’s problem. They blight neighborhoods, reduce property values, foster crime and disease, and never seem to go away.

Coming to closure on vacancies is a challenge for planners in older cities, inner-ring suburbs, even small towns and rural areas. How can you meet the challenge of vacancies in your community? Come to this invigorating new workshop and see how cities and towns across the country are handling the problem. You’ll pick up fresh ideas plus the tools you need to turn vacant properties into community asset.

For more information and to register please visit the APA’s website.

08-20-13

Waterfront Drawing Workshop Aboard the Holiday River Boat: August 28th, 2013

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Join the CUDC for a drawing workshop of waterfront sites facilitated by landscape designer Susie Maurer. The first in this two day workshop will take place Wednesday, August 28, from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. The second session will be October, 5th, from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Please RVSP to cudc@kent.edu to reserve a spot, as space is limited on the boat.

Urban Landscape Drawing Workshop

This two-session drawing workshop is designed to acquaint attendees with the urban landscapes of Cleveland. The workshop is open to students, design professionals, and anyone interested in exploring the urban landscape through drawing. We will spend time at desolate, yet beautifully rich sites around rail corridors, the water’s edge and vacant terrain.

The goal is not only for the participants to refresh observational drawing skills, but also to highlight qualities within the selected sites as a way to express the identity of place.  What makes the site important/interesting?  Are there elements that can be retained for future use? What opportunities are waiting to be expressed?

The end result will be a small portfolio of drawings, illustrating personal experience as navigated through the sites.

WORKSHOP PART 1: August 28th

Itinerary

8:15 am- 8:30 am : Meet at E. 9th/North Coast Rapid Station.

8:30 am – 10:30 am : Introductions and “On-Land” drawing at several locations around the lakefront. Locations Map

10: 30 am – 12:30 pm : Cruise down the river aboard the Holiday, stopping at various locations for sketching.

WORKSHOP PART 2: October 5th

Itinerary

8:30 am – 12:30 pm : Additional details TBD.

Cost for Workshop (includes both sessions)

In advance: $10

Day of: $15

Make payment online HERE, or bring cash, check or card the day of the workshop.

Snack and beverages will be available on the boat for purchase.


Suggested supply list

  • sketchbook (11×17 preferred size)
  • fat tip marker pens
  • 5B or higher sketching pencils (soft lead)
  • drawing charcoals
  • kneaded eraser



About Susie Maurer

Susie Maurer is a landscape designer and sculptor working in Cleveland.  Prior to returning to her roots in Northeast Ohio in 2012, she spent six years in New York City at Pratt Institute and working in landscape architecture and urban design at dlandstudio. There, her interest in the innovative use of materials, namely steel, in architectural and artistic contexts, afforded her the opportunity to manage and lead the design on many urban, residential and public projects.  Her specific interest in the vacant, industrial landscapes of America, and the potential for their re-use, was the influence behind her MFA thesis and continues to influence how she works as both as an artist and designer. Susie holds an MFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute as well as a BA in architecture from Miami University.

10-28-11

EcoVillage Charrette Recap

Thanks to all those that participated in this year’s community design charrette, which took place in Cleveland’s EcoVillage neighborhood this past week (Oct 22-26, 2011). The CUDC staff and students worked closely with neighborhood residents and stakeholders, including Councilman Matt Zone and staff from Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, to assess community priorities, then develop design proposals that range from long-term visions to immediately implementable actions (see the presentation from the second Public Meeting below).

We were also fortunate to have eight students from Ball State University’s Master of Urban Design program work along side us for the busy weekend, led by their instructor Bruce Race. The Ball State students brought diverse backgrounds in landscape architecture, planning, as well as architecture, to the charrette, which served the collaborative process very well. Our Kent State students enjoyed the interaction with fellow urban design majors, so we hope to return the favor with a visit to Indianapolis sometime in the near future. The interdisciplinary approach to a community charrette is an area of interest we’re keen on exploring further.

Incorporating feedback from the second public meeting, the CUDC will create a charrette report, documenting the design process and clearly communicating the proposals developed over the intense three day work session. We’ll make the final report available to the public and neighborhood residents once it’s complete. Based on what we heard from community members and local leaders, there’s a strong sense of optimism around the feasibility of the recommendations and an excitement to get started. Check out a recap of the charrette from the perspective of an EcoVillage resident on The Thrifty Bon Vivant blog.

EcoVillage Charrette – Fall 2011

10-18-11

Cleveland EcoVillage Design Charrette

Members of the public are invited to attend a design charrette, a.k.a. community workshop, to envision the Cleveland EcoVillage‘s future development and urban design plans. Several projects have been recently completed or are currently underway in this vibrant community, so the charrette comes at a good time to envision linkages between these investments and plan for new opportunities.

The charrette will take place over the course of several days, beginning with a public meeting on Saturday, October 22nd at 10am and culminating in a public presentation on Wednesday night, October 26th at 7pm. The design charrette will be conducted by the CUDC staff and KSU graduate students, in partnership with Detroit-Shoreway Community Development Organization and Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone.

Public Meeting 1
Saturday, October 22
10am – noon
Metro Catholic School
1910 W. 54th St.

Public Meeting 2
Wednesday, October 26
7pm – 8:30pm
Metro Catholic School
1910 W. 54th St.

The Cleveland EcoVillage is located in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood and is defined by W. 52nd St. on the east, W. 65th St. on the west, I-90 on the south and Franklin Blvd. on the north. The boundaries of the EcoVillage are based on a 15 minute walking radius around the W. 65th St. RTA rapid station.

Please consider attending both public meetings to provide your input and review the proposals that will be developed quickly between Saturday and Wednesday by the design team. The community charrette is an important opportunity for design professional, students and local residents to create a shared neighborhood vision for the future.

Click here for the Facebook event page.

Download the charrette flyer here.

For more information, please contact the CUDC at 216.357.3434 or cudc@kent.edu

09-22-11

Jorge Otero-Pailos Workshop

Join us at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for a workshop on “Preservation and Creativity” with Jorge Otero-Pailos this coming Wednesday (9/28) at 8:30am. Preservation is often seen as lacking architectural design creativity, or worse, as standing in the way of it. This workshop will explore the ideas about creativity that undergird this prejudice, and invite participants to consider new ways in which creativity might be rethought to formulate a more productive engagement between architecture and preservation.

The workshop will last a little over an hour, and a light breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to srugare@kent.edu so that we have a count and so that we can send you some brief texts that will be discussed.

Jorge Otero-Pailos Workshop
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
8:30-10:00 am
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200

Jorge Otero-Pailos (Madrid, 1971) is a New York based architect, artist and theorist specialized in experimental forms of preservation. He is tenured Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture. He is the Founder and Editor of the journal Future Anterior. His artworks have been exhibited in international shows such as the Venice Art Biennial, and are in the collections of major museums and foundations. His works and writings have been published in international publications such as Art in America, Artforum, Architectural Record, Volume, and others. His work rethinks preservation as a powerful countercultural practice that creates alternative futures for our world heritage.