DESIGN BUILD STUDIO
Abstract: In the Spring of 2014, Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) and College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) launched design/REbuild, an undergraduate-level design-build studio for reclaiming abandoned housing in Cleveland. Design/REbuild complements the CUDC’s work on the Re-imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland initiative, a project that has become a national model for the strategic reuse and reclamation of vacant urban land. This project will build on on-going efforts to reclaim vacant land in the city and explore new approaches for reinventing vacant housing. In order to truly “re-imagine” Cleveland, we need to think about the city’s existing housing stock, not just its vacant land.