On Monday, the NDC team traveled to Cleveland to visit the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC). We met with CUDC leadership and learned about their wide variety of urban design and planning projects, from helping with the Cleveland Public Library’s facilities plan to conducting a picnic-table building program for high school students.
What is the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative?
The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) is the combined home of the urban design graduate program at Kent State University and the public service activities of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
The graduate program offers a professional degree in architecture with a focus on urban design, as well as a Master of Urban Design degree for students with a prior professional qualification in a design discipline.
The CUDC’s professional staff of designers are committed to improving the quality of urban spaces through technical design assistance, research and advocacy. Supported by the university and private philanthropy, the CUDC offers architectural and urban design expertise in the service of urban communities, design professionals, and non-profit and academic partners in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
We left CUDC around noon and headed to lunch nearby in Playhouse Square. We explored the area on foot (despite the cold rain and strong wind) down to Public Square—which just experienced a $50 million renovation and re-conceptualization in 2016.
Next we headed out to University Circle to explore Wade Oval, the museums, and see the Euclid Avenue BRT. On a quest to see more public art, we headed west to Slavic Village. On Broadway at E. 49th Street, a porous gateway sculpture greets people to the neighborhood. After experiencing the arch, we spotted the RotoFlora sculpture on our way back to Columbus along I-77.