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Roadtrip! – Knowlton School Architecture Fall 2015 Lecture Series

I will never answer the “O-H” chant with “I-O”. I went to a different state university and while I enjoy visiting Columbus, I don’t think I could actually ever live there. Different strokes for different folks I guess. I feel bad for any landlocked city actually.

So the topic of this year’s Baumer Lecture Series is “Energies“. The Knowlton School of Architecture at THE Ohio State University (whatever) has historically been pretty dang decent and this year looks to be no exception, even if they do refer to “Fall” as “Autumn”.

Baumer Lecture Series

Metaphorical energies power architectural discourse just as literal energy powers buildings, cities and landscapes. The autumn 2015 Baumer lecture series aims to address both the metaphorical and literal understanding of energies. The series brings together architects, landscape architects, planners while adding to this typical cast of characters an artist, a physician and an engineer. All of these speakers play significant roles in developing visions for the contemporary world. Metaphorically they will bring new enthusiasms, new energies, to debates and discussions around the Knowlton School.

This autumn’s Baumer series also addresses energies in a literal way. While the ubiquity and invisibility of energy risks making it ordinary, the speakers this fall will make the relationship of energy and design specific; they will demonstrate its richness and render it vital. They will show us more than how energy is relevant to design, but how design is relevant to energy.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Unless noted, lectures begin at 5:30 p.m in the Gui Auditorium (Knowlton Hall 250).


September 16, 2015
Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
September 23, 2015
Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
September 30, 2015
Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
October 7, 2015
Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
October 12, 2015
Big Stairs / Knowlton Hall
October 21, 2015
Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
October 28, 2015
Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
November 4, 2015
Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
November 18, 2015
Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
December 2, 2015
Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall

RoadTrip! – Carnegie Mellon University Fall 2015 Architecture Lecture Series

Ah, Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture. Just a quick trip from Cleveland to the land where smoking in bars is legal but you can’t buy beer at a grocery store. I always enjoy going to Carnegie Mellon. They have a beautiful campus that is much easier and less stressful to navigate (or find your spouse in) than the “local” Ikea. No poster this year (I guess) but a handy list instead with links and info.

Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture

Our lecture series, symposia and festivals animate the school by welcoming unique perspectives, emerging thinkers, and practitioners across disciplines.

Lectures expose students to the bleeding edge of innovation in the profession, but exposure isn’t the final frontier: many of our visiting lecturers spend the afternoon in studio or join reviews, further energizing the SoA’s culture of inquiry and collaboration.

Except where noted, all lectures are free and open to the public.

FALL 2015 Lecture Series

José Oubrerie

Architecture with and without Le Corbusier
M September 21  |  6:30pm  |  Kresge Theatre

Marco Poletto

Urbansphere vs Biosphere
M October 5  |  6:30pm  |  Kresge Theatre

Peter Calthorpe

Global Sprawl: Types and Antidotes
M October 12  |  6:30pm  |  Kresge Theatre

Mark Pasnik

Form and Format
M October 26  |  6:30pm  |  Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Neil Denari

Persuasion as Explanation
M November 2  |  6:30pm  |  Kresge Theatre

Christina Ciardullo

The Overview Effect: A Brief History of Time, Space and Architecture
M November 9  |  6:30pm  |  Kresge Theatre

Pierre Bélanger

M November 16  |  6:30pm  |  Kresge Theatre

RoadTrip! – Taubman College Fall Lecture Series

It’s that time of year again. The house and streets quiet down as the kids are off to school to get some learning on. This also means another season of good ol’ lecturing not too far from the home base of Cleveland, Ohio. (I was going to start with Kent’s lectures but had to send them an email about getting them as a list instead of just a poster. You can’t text search a poster. Well you can, but I’m not running an OCR for folks who had the list to even make the poster).

I will say this. I am not of fan of Taubman’s new webpage. I understand the OMA/Instagram look is so hawt right now, but I prefer function over hawtness, especially when it comes to web interface. Call me old fashion, but when I’m looking for something, I like to find it easily, not mount a full fledged search and rescue involving hours of manpower, 2 helicopters and someone quoting Tommy Lee Jones “doghouse, henhouse, whorehouse” speech from the fugitive. At least the contents are still found with the 3 little lines in the upper left corner. Why the meat of the site has to be hidden away, I don’t really know. Their lecture list though, with links leading to more information on the speakers? They got that down pat. I LOVE that.

All lectures are free and open to the public, unless noted. All lectures will be held in the Art + Architecture Auditorium, 6:00 PM unless otherwise noted.

A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
University of Michigan
2000 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069 USA

September, 2015

October, 2015

November, 2015

February, 2016

Public Input Needed for Eastside Greenway

Via LAND studio


eastsidegreenwaymapThe Eastside Greenway seeks to connect the east side of Cleveland with 18 Greater Cleveland municipalities through a unified trail network that will link neighborhoods to employment centers, transit and existing green spaces. The communities within the study area include East Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, Beachwood, Pepper Pike, University Heights, Richmond Heights, Highland Heights, Highland Hills, North Randall, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Euclid, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Bratenahl, Orange Village and Warrensville Heights and eastern portions of Cleveland.

Many individual trail segments are already in place within the project area, but lack critical connections. Linking all the individual trails would close gaps in community connections, provide safe alternative means of transportation, decrease the need for motorized travel, and improve the quality of life for a broad user base. Through a scoping study led by LAND studio in 2012 and 2013, many area stakeholders were engaged including municipalities, institutions, neighborhood groups and regional entities. Upon conclusion of the scoping study in the spring of 2013, all agreed that in order to move the concept forward, a more formal planning process was needed. 

LAND studio partnered with the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission to receive a Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) grant from the Northeast Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to conduct a planning study for the Eastside Greenway in 2014 and 2015. The anticipated outcome of the TLCI planning process will result in specific trail alignment recommendations throughout the study area, suggested trailhead locations, and a phasing strategy for moving forward into design and implementation. 

The goal is to lay the groundwork to create an interconnected public space network that will enhance transportation and recreation in the area, and simultaneously serve as a catalyst for economic development, increased educational opportunities and social benefit.

Join us and community partners in a dialogue about plans for the Eastside Greenway at one of the following community meetings:

Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern
11625 Euclid Ave.
Wednesday, January 28
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Beachwood Public Library
25501 Shaker Blvd.
Thursday, January 29
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Waterloo Brew
15335 Waterloo Road
Monday, February 2
7:00-9:00 p.m.

University Heights Public Library 
13866 Cedar Road
Tuesday, February 3
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Can’t make a meeting? Give your input via survey

Kent State University CUDC 2015 Spring Lecture Series

2015CUDCSpringKent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design‘s
CUDC (Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative)
Spring 2015 Lecture Series

I know, I posted this late. My internet tubes get cold and the trucks of data are having a hard time getting through.

All lectures will be at CUDC, 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200. Cleveland, OH 44115

I love when these lectures series are posted with text I can copy paste of who the speakers are and when they are speaking so I don’t have to retype out a poster and information is searchable via the internet, but alas, SEO is still a strange and mysterious animal. Look at the poster.

Saskia Sassen will be speaking at 1pm, not noon as posted.


Cleveland Crit Night (March) with presentation by Dru of TOIstudio

The complex media of self promotion

First off, the particulars:

Crit Night (Cleveland)

March 25th, 2014

@The Underdog (under the Happy Dog)

5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Oh 44102

Crit Night is a night where designers can share projects they are working on and hopefully get some useful feedback.


Now, the editorial:

Dru of TOIstudio will be presenting a project that has been consuming most of his time this at this event. The presentation probably will not be graphically interesting, which will hinder the presentation some, and it may not be interesting to a lot of the designers who show up, but Dru (which is who is writing this) is notoriously uncomfortable with talking about the stuff he/I is/am working on. Regardless, Dru will be presenting on the Spang Mountain project, a rehab of a large commercial/industrial building focusing on the points of collaborative workplace design and where community reinforcement becomes redevelopment and why they are trying to avoid it. Dru is aiming to hit this topic in a very few number of slides to get a discussion going about design and its physical import.

He is simultaneously not looking forward to this presentation and very excited to have a conversation in public about these topics.

COLDscapes Exhibit Opening & Book Release – 2013.11.15

So while we have been organizing the shop/gearing up for assembly of the COLDscapes pavilion (and trying to make the shop leak less in this incredible wet fall/winter transition) the good folks at the CUDC have been busy putting together the Opening Reception and it is now official.
COLDscapes Opening Reception
Nov. 15, 2013
Where you can see the winners of the 2013 COLDscapes Competition and get your very own copy of the new Urban Infill book.
See you folks there!

Paradox: World Premier ASL Pop-Up Opera: 2013.08.18

Via  Transformer Station:
Real Time Opera presents PARADOX, the world premiere of what is possibly the first ever American Sign Language Pop-up opera.  This short performance will be presented in the galleries at 4:00 pm on Sunday August 18.  Admission is free.  Doors will open at 3:30 pm for this special performance and there will be a short reception afterwards.  

Paradox (brought to you by Real Time Opera)
American Sign Language Pop-up Opera
Sunday August 18th
Transformer Station
1460 West 29th St
Cleveland, OH 44113
Free and open to the public

PechaKucha Cleveland Vol. 19 – 2013.08.23

I don’t know why people use Facespace as their main site when they have a perfectally usable and navigable (sp, ugh) presence online with a  decent layout that is updated and doesn’t require me LOGGING INTO FACESPACE to gather information.

As you can tell, this is a pet peeve of mine.

Anyway, via PechaKucha Cleveland actual website:

@ Behind the West Side Market
W. 24th Street
Cleveland OH 44113
August 23, 2013
7:00am – 11:00am

900 seats available

On Friday, August 23rd, 2013 PechaKucha Night Cleveland will be hosting its annual OUTDOOR event in Ohio City in the shadow of the one and only West Side Market!

Nestled between the parking lots that serve the West Side Market, PechaKucha will be taking over West 24th Street as an all-star list of presenters – many of which are from right there in Ohio City – take the stage to talk about their passion for their work. Our partners and friends from the West Side MarketOhio City Incorporated and Market Garden Brewery & Distillery are really the ones helping make this event possible and we can’t wait to fill Ohio City with creative thoughts, discussions and camaraderie!

The “doors” and the bars will open at 7:00pm as the music reverberates off the West Side Market as we await 8:30pm for the presentations to begin. As always, PechaKucha Night is a FREE event, though we certainly appreciate donations as they are the way we offset the costs for doing our summer series outdoor event. 

Please reach out to friends and colleagues to let them know about PechaKucha Night Cleveland Volume 19th; this is going to be an evening block party you do NOT want to miss! Once the presenter list is formalized, you will be able to find it here as well as on our Facebook page:

Student Hip-Hop Showcase: Part Performance, Part Party

Progressive Arts Alliance Student Hip-Hop Showcase
Friday, August 9th, 2013
MOCA Cleveland

I have a special place in my heart for the Progressive Arts Alliance, a group who’s mission is to engage young people and inspire them via arts learning ever since I was given the chance to be an artist/educator where I used architecture as a way to strengthen English, Math and Science curricula with middle students at George Washington Carver Middle School in Cleveland, Ohio. Perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had the good fortune to have and share with a fellow designer. It was a truly amazing process, made more so by the student’s ingenuity, creativity and ability to freely question (there was a lack of embarrassment that I found held students back when I taught Architecture Design Studio at Kent State University. The students I met through PAA were quick to engage and to immerse themselves in the lesson, helping each other and constantly striving to solve rather complex problems conveniently coupled with working on unfamiliar software on unfamiliar computer platforms. Yet in only a few quick weeks the students truly blossomed into creating extremely provoking and personal work.

Anyway, enough about me.

more info via MOCA – CLE

Come celebrate the achievements of students from Progressive Arts Alliance’s 12th annual RHAPSODY Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp with a dynamic showcase of hip-hop music, dance, rhyme, and visual art.
A fun concert for the whole family, this outdoor celebration on Toby’s Plaza will be part performance, part party. See how Progressive Arts Alliance is transforming arts education by using hip-hop’s cultural art forms as a positive and productive form of creative self expression.

This party will be the culmination of this summer’s Progressive Arts Alliance Student Hip-Hop Camp which took place in early July.