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« Reply #140 on: March 15, 2006, 06:47:30 AM »
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« Reply #141 on: March 15, 2006, 06:54:15 AM »
Out of curiosity, is one required to have a CSU ID to go to the upper floors of Rhodes Tower? Say for... taking some photos?

Or even better... if any CSU employee here on the forum can get me access to an upper floor (with views to the west, preferably in the morning) of Fenn Tower, I'll buy you a six-pack of your drink of choice  :-D

Anyone who can help, please PM me. Thanks!

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« Reply #142 on: March 15, 2006, 07:11:43 AM »
I've taken pics from up their before.  The concrete "vanes" on either side of the windows, coupled with the thick, dirty and distorted glass makes it not so great for that purpose.
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« Reply #143 on: March 15, 2006, 07:17:35 AM »
One of the floors has a computer lab for math in rhodes tower,15th floor. I dont know if it has windows, or you could get in without ID or some type of passcode. A friend of mine said he got on the roof once, but I think he just happend to get lucky. That all being said, most of Rhodes is teacher offices and grad student offices, if you get ahold of someone, maybe they can get you in one of them. Say its for photography class or something :)
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« Reply #144 on: March 15, 2006, 07:19:27 AM »
The law school concept looks pretty bad.  For that matter, so does the OSU architecture school.  Dramatic architectural statements are not always dramatically pleasing to the eye.
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« Reply #145 on: March 15, 2006, 07:37:56 AM »
Only problem, smackem - I don't think I could pass for a collegiate any more - hmm, but a grad student... that's an idea!  :wink:

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« Reply #146 on: March 15, 2006, 08:12:17 AM »
mayday,

anyone can access rhodes tower.  the elevator shafts are a bit confusing, so i would recommend the stairs as it will give you the added bonus of being able to see the windows on each floor.  i believe the 5th or 7th floor has a nice view.

but hey, regarding a great photo spot, try the 7th floor of the new federal courthouse tower.  the lunchroom (public access) has great views west and north along the river while a rear 7th floor patio/garden has great views looking south along W. Huron.  if you've never been, the building is well worth a visit!
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« Reply #147 on: March 16, 2006, 08:00:18 AM »
Great tip Guv!

I was going to add, MayDay, that there's no security check to get into Rhodes Tower.  It's kind of strange, come to think of it, that the tallest building on a State-owned campus...and a university, no less...has no security check in.  Many college campuses these days have ID checks at all doors of their buildings...hmmm.

Anyway, you can get in, but like X said, the windows are narrow and DIRTY!  I was just trying to get a view out of the windows at WCSB (9th floor) and they're filthy, set back and only one opens in the whole station...bummer.

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« Reply #148 on: March 16, 2006, 08:08:46 AM »
"but hey, regarding a great photo spot, try the 7th floor of the new federal courthouse tower."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that cameras weren't allowed in the courthouse tower. Mind you when I took a hardhat tour, they didn't a rat's patooty.  :?

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« Reply #149 on: March 22, 2006, 05:12:10 AM »
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« Reply #150 on: March 22, 2006, 05:30:12 AM »
thanks musky

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« Reply #151 on: March 22, 2006, 08:30:08 AM »
very nice!  I'm looking forward to getting in there and pumping some iron...

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« Reply #152 on: March 22, 2006, 09:20:54 AM »
It's nice to see some color on campus.
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« Reply #153 on: March 23, 2006, 04:08:27 AM »
This was a newsbrief in Tuesday's PD:

East 17th Street to be extended

East 17th Street should grow 450 feet by late summer, as city planners on Friday approved designs for an extension from Euclid Avenue south to Prospect Avenue. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will pay about $600,000 for the work, as part of the $200 million Euclid Corridor project. The extension will provide RTA buses easier access to a new terminal planned for East 21st Street and Prospect. The new street will be paved through existing parking lots and feature landscaping and decorative fencing.

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« Reply #154 on: March 24, 2006, 01:29:13 AM »

East 17th Street to be extended


In related news, the Planning Commission wants to directly work with the Art Gallery that will reside on the corner of East 17th and Euclid to address the soon to be prominant white washed wall. City Architecture is working with thew owners of the Hanna Parking Garage to reface the East side portion of the garage.


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« Reply #155 on: March 24, 2006, 01:47:47 AM »

East 17th Street to be extended


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« Reply #156 on: March 24, 2006, 01:48:03 AM »
The Bonfoey Gallery?
http://www.bonfoey.com

i take it you are speaking of the west facing wall?


i take it this will eliminate current parking spaces.  are there any plans for the p.lot immediately west of the extension?  this would seem to be important to playhouse square's image.
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« Reply #157 on: March 24, 2006, 02:08:44 AM »
Yes, Bonfoey.
Thank you.
I am so bad with names.

The site was always slated for some sort of development. As is the Prospect lot.
In the CSU Srategic Plan Survey that was recently concluded, I suggested it would be a good place for a performance arts center.

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« Reply #158 on: March 24, 2006, 03:11:19 AM »
I think they should be going the mixed-use route for new buildings on these lots. The institutional feel of the immediately surrounding area (with the theaters and CSU) is already somewhat overwhelming. I'd just put up some good, old-fashioned three- or four-story retail/residential buildings on the Euclid and Prospect lots.

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« Reply #159 on: March 24, 2006, 04:12:55 AM »
I could even see something on Euclid of a more Statler Arms-esque condo building in the 10-12 story range.  What an exciting place to live! 

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« Reply #160 on: March 24, 2006, 05:04:40 AM »
Those are good ideas.
I feel it would be a great location for a performance arts center that could build off of what is already established with Playhouse Square.
I am sure something will appear there within the next, oh, I'll wager 8 years.

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« Reply #161 on: March 24, 2006, 05:06:48 AM »
In other CSU news:

SUMMARY OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

March 17, 2006

Major Actions Taken:(3 of 8)

Approved the selection of Braun & Steidl/Gwathmey Siegel as the Architect for the Student Center project, and authorized the University Administration to enter into negotiations for architectural and engineering services for the Student Center project at a fee not to exceed comparable fees paid for similar services in Ohio, subject to the approval of the Officers of the Board.

Approved the selection of Ozanne/Turner as Construction Manager for the Student Center Phases I & II, the College of Education, and a Parking/Transit Facility, and authorized the University Administration to enter into negotiations with Ozanne/Turner to provide construction management services for the four proposed projects at a fee not to exceed comparable fees paid for similar services in Ohio, subject to the approval of the Officers of the Board.

Authorized the University Administration to enter into a Right of Entry agreement with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for the period April 1, 2006 through March 31, 2009 for the purposes of conducting the work necessary for the construction of the highway or related incidental improvements on Euclid Avenue, in substantially the same form as presented, subject to any changes deemed necessary by the President and reported to the Officers of the Board.

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« Reply #162 on: March 24, 2006, 05:20:08 AM »
Wow, Braun & Steidl/Gwathmey Siegel?  That's a big name!  I'm even more anxious to see the first sets of renderings for this project.  I've got Steve Litt coming to a class this week, so I'll try to entreat him to a little conversation on the subject of our campus's architectural identity...

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« Reply #163 on: March 24, 2006, 06:48:15 AM »
Good luck; he tends to hate the CSU campus architecture, and loves constantly writing that it represents Brutalism at its worst.  Which is odd, because he often prefers very modern, slab-sided or abstract architecture, even if it sticks out like a sore thumb.  He may hate brutalism, but he seems to like the mentality of "destroy the old, create the new" that was behind it.
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« Reply #164 on: March 24, 2006, 06:58:21 AM »
well, that would still be a conversation, wouldn't it?  i mean, as long as we don't just let him go on about things!  ideally, we'll all be chatting it up.  Plus, the dramatic contrast of the history of CSU architecture is definitely something that we're going to see inreasingly over the coming years.  There are already some great examples today of how campus (and pre-campus) has physically developed over the past 100+ years, from the Mather mansion to the Levin College, Fenn Tower to Rhodes Tower, the Main Classroom Building to the new rec center.  It's pretty intriguing, really.

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« Reply #165 on: March 24, 2006, 07:12:36 AM »
Good luck; he tends to hate the CSU campus architecture, and loves constantly writing that it represents Brutalism at its worst.  Which is odd, because he often prefers very modern, slab-sided or abstract architecture, even if it sticks out like a sore thumb.  He may hate brutalism, but he seems to like the mentality of "destroy the old, create the new" that was behind it.

Redbeard,

Good observations.  Litt is a little too in love with today's modern architecture for my taste.  While he embraces new urbanism as a planning concept, he rarely embraces it as in architectural design.  Modern architecture is very risky.  There are many buildings that receive great acclaim but end up standing out like a sore thumb over time. 

I am not against architectural statements, but they rarely succeed on the street level.  I would tend towards the conservative side to preserve the urban integrity of an area before I'd take a big risk with a "signature structure."  Gehry can do some strange stuff nowadays, but I really like Fred & Ginger. To me, that is a great way of blending the new and the old.   

I worry about MOCA's new design at Mayfield and Euclid.  It will only be 30,000sq ft.  With the current developer's ideas for the Triangle and Beach, 15+ story towers are envisioned.  I would think that it would be difficult pull this off architecturally.  Then again, I am not architect.



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« Reply #166 on: March 24, 2006, 07:18:23 AM »
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Then again, I am not architect.

Good point!

Now, who are Fred and Ginger?

Also, this may be something for another thread, but why does the MOCA thing conflict with the plans for the intersection?  My impression was that it would be part of a larger structure...Then again, I don't work for UCI.

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« Reply #167 on: March 24, 2006, 07:26:54 AM »
Fred & Ginger

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« Reply #168 on: March 24, 2006, 07:39:59 AM »
I like that a helluva lot more than the junk heap Gehry dropped at Ford and Bellflower...

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« Reply #169 on: March 24, 2006, 07:49:54 AM »
Hmmm...not exactly loving the campus architecture on www.gwathmey-siegel.com:

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Are we getting a climbing wall in our rec center?


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« Reply #170 on: March 24, 2006, 07:53:46 AM »
BTW, I also heard that Barnes & Noble did not win the bid for the new bookstore that will be a part of the Student Center.

[update]

CSU Board of Trustees authorized the University Administration to negotiate a contract with the Nebraska Book Company for a fifteen-year period, commencing June 1, 2006 and expiring on May 31, 2021, subject to approval of the Officers of the Board.
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« Reply #171 on: March 24, 2006, 09:17:32 AM »
There are already some great examples today of how campus (and pre-campus) has physically developed over the past 100+ years, from the Mather mansion to the Levin College, Fenn Tower to Rhodes Tower, the Main Classroom Building to the new rec center.  It's pretty intriguing, really.
You want intriguing, Look at the Chester Building. It has evolved so much since first built in 1940 up until the latest morphing in the 80's. Next up is demolition of the back portion of the South Building in order to create a courtyard for the new Fenn Tower residents openspace as part of the greenspace plan.
(I got this mixed up with the outdoor space that will be part of the new deli in Fenn)
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« Reply #172 on: March 24, 2006, 10:25:36 AM »
I never understood the demolition for a courtyard for fenn tower residents, as its not really near the tower. I understood it as it being part of the central campus greenway they are trying to establish.

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« Reply #173 on: March 24, 2006, 12:42:53 PM »
Hmmm...not exactly loving the campus architecture on www.gwathmey-siegel.com

That stuff is all better than the reflective piece of crap they designed for Cooper Square back in your old home city (if not borough).  The firm made it's name designing long island beach houses.  Enough said.

Good luck; he tends to hate the CSU campus architecture, and loves constantly writing that it represents Brutalism at its worst.

But overall, I think I'm with Litt.  Does anyone really disagree with his general assessment of the campus?  And regarding his preference for modern: Cleveland seems to be pretty sour on modern stuff in general but I think that is partly because there is so little of it of any value there.  I haven't done my research on the short list of firms for the Triangle redevelopment but I am very excited and I think the blend of programming, from the museum to residential towers, is an awesome opportunity.  Although Wimwar has probably seen a little more than the rest of us (e.g., frightening renderings).

As for Litt's embrace of "new urbanism" as planning concept but not architectural design, I am fully behind him there.  Am I the only one who finds "New Urbanism" kind of empty?  The old joke is that it is neither "new" or "urban."  Do I like walkable neighborhoods and cities and stuff, well duh, I read this site all day long instead of doing the Man's work, but I just call that "urban" and I'm not sure why new houses need to superficially look like they did 80 years ago.  I suppose "New Urbanism" is useful as a descriptive term because everyone knows what you mean  (as opposed to "urban") but you'd think Duany and PZ et al invented cities the way people use it-so I try to avoid the term except in reference to the sprawly autocentric CA and Florida suburbs that seem to latch onto it most.
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