PD&R Quarterly Briefing: Challenge and Opportunity of Vacancy

Date: April 10, 2014

Title: PD&R Quarterly Briefing: Challenge and Opportunity of Vacancy

Speaker: Congressman, Dan Kildee

Panel: Terry Schwarz- Director of CUDC; Yolanda Chavez- Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs in HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development; Alan Mallach-Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress; Kim Graziani-  Vice President and Director of National Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress

Description: CUDC Director, Terry Schwarz, was part of a panel discussion at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, DC, on Thursdays, April 10, 2014. This quarterly meeting examined Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets. Building on the current issue of Evidence Matters this update considered vacancy from various perspectives and examine the work that communities are doing to limit or reverse its negative effects. The panel discusses land banks that assemble parcels of land and maintain vacant properties until the land can be returned to productive use. In addition short-term uses such as stores, parks, and art projects that bring vibrancy to otherwise blighted spaces will be discussed.




Date: February 26, 2010

Title: "Fixing Broken Cities"

Speaker: Terry Schwarz

Description: From TEDxCLE "When we began planning TEDxCLE, we knew that we wanted to involve Terry Schwarz. More than being a optimist, Terry Schwarz is a realist. She accepts that cities change over time - sometimes shrinking before they can grow.  But she also knows that there is joy to be found in the transition of cities.  She inspires all of us to love the city we were, we are, and the city that she knows we can be."




Title: BioCellar

Speaker: Gauri Torgalkar

Description: This video is the third in a three part documentation of three presentations delivered at the BioCellar event held at Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) on April 26, 2011. Includes: presentation by Gauri Torgalkar, urban designer at the CUDC, on the research conducted for the BioCellar concept and next steps for developing a prototype. A BioCellar is a partially deconstructed house, which retains the basement foundation and adds a new solar envelope. The repurposed basement can be put to uses like food production, composting or community saunas, leveraging the more constant temperatures found below grade.


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