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THE BRIDGE PROJECT REPORT 2009

Abstract: On September 25-26, 2009, the vacant lower level of Cleveland's Detroit-Superior bridge was opened to the public attracting nearly 8,000 visitors over the two day event. As part of the Bridge Project, graduate students from Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and students from Villa Angela - St. Joseph High School designed and built temporary interventions along the bridge using the event's attendees as "research subjects". This report documents the students' findings on the public's use of the temporary enhancements and presents suggestions for future improvements needed to transform this underused infrastructural relic into an accommodating community asset.

Results & Findings: Report

Categories: Infrastructure, Public Engagement, Vacancy Reuse

   

DREDGE COMPETITION

Abstract: Enmeshed in the City of Toledo’s identity is a rich cultural heritage of economic production, from agriculture to industry. By turning back to the Maumee River as a source of economic and civic vitality, the Glass River Project reinvents landscape form and production to offer ecological, economic, and public benefits. Using dredge material as a driving component for this renewed identity, Toledo’s citizens may see dredging as endemic to the region’s vitality as opposed to a nuisance.

Results & Findings: Report

Category: Infrastructure

   

SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE IN SHRINKING CITIES

Abstract: The report includes a synopsis of recent literature regarding the management of water, sewer, transportation, and energy infrastructure in shrinking cities. It presents findings from a series of interviews with infrastructure management professionals, most of whom are from Northeast Ohio. The analysis of the literature and interviews found no evidence that the maintenance costs saved by decommissioning infrastructure would outweigh the opportunity costs of removing something that might prove useful in the future.    

Results & Findings: Report

Category: Infrastructure

 

 
   
 
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