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Offline w28th

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Cleveland Design Competition
« on: December 22, 2006, 04:11:27 PM »
I received this email yesterday about an up coming Cleveland based design competition.  This is exactly what our city needs to start an ongoing dialogue about what this city should become.  It looks like this will be an annual event.


Dear Friends & Colleagues,
 
   For the past nine months, Brad Fink and I have been meeting with local, civic-minded design and urban planning professionals, as well as government leaders and service providers in the Cleveland area to discuss the concept of initiating an annual Cleveland Design Competition.  Each year the competition will focus on urban design and the built environment at an under-utilized or high-profile site within the city.  Through these annual competitions, we hope to stimulate thoughtful design solutions to the challenges of urban decay, provide a forum for the expression of ideas in the local design community, and attract national attention and talent to Cleveland as it re-establishes itself as a leader in art, culture, and design.
 
    The focus for this yearsí competition is a complex site adjacent to Clevelandís Ohio City neighborhood at the Cuyahoga Riverís edge Ė Irishtown Bend. We expect that this exciting design challenge, together with the presence of nationally and regionally recognized jurors, will draw significant participation and receive positive national attention to Clevelandís unique urban challenges and design opportunities.  The site is an approximately 15 acre parcel of land located on the Cuyahoga River; roughly bound by W.25th Street, the Detroit Superior Bridge, the Union Terminal Viaduct, and the Cuyahoga River. Much of the site's complex history and current site constraints will be defined in the Competition Brief that will be available on the competition website (www.clevelandcompetition.com) around mid-January. The website for the competition is up and has a teaser ad that shows the north end of the site at the Detroit-Superior Bridge.
   
    The competition is scheduled to launch mid-January 2007 with a submission deadline at the end of April. The competition is being administered by an Organizing Committee comprised of myself, Bradley Fink, Cleveland Public Art, and Kent State Universitys' Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, with encouragement and support from the Cleveland chapter of the AIA. We have set up three levels of sponsorship for the competition; all of which result in varying levels of valuable marketing acknowledgement for the sponsors and their firms.  The established levels were set up to give potential sponsors a framework from which to decide how involved they want to be.  We are currently approaching local architecture firms for sponsorships, and have begun the process to apply for grants for next years competition. While we have not yet approached any other kinds of businesses for sponsorship involvement, we certainly would not be against it.  If you know anyone that you think might be interested in participating in the sponsorship program for this year, please have them contact me at info@clevelandcompetition.com.
 
   We are currently talking to candidates for a four-member jury that will consist of two nationally recognized jurors, one regional, and one local.  Prize levels for the winning submissions are  defined in the Competition Brief that will become available in January. We have also been meeting with the organizations that own the land the site sits on, and they are very interested in being a part of the competition process. While the competition is an Ideas competition, and no real project is promised/offered for winning submissions, there has been public discussion of what to do with some of the land located on a portion of the competition site.
 
   We will be sending out teaser ads via email over the next month. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may be interested in participating in this competition, and urge them to email us at info@clevelandcompetition.com with their email address so that we can add them to our distribution list for the competition. Also keep an eye the web site (www.clevelandcompetition.com) over the course of the next month for updates and the official launch of the competition. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email us, and we will answer them as soon as possible.
 
Thank you for your interest in participating, we are looking forward to a great inaugural year.
 
Best regards,
 
Michael Christoff
Bradley Fink
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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2006, 04:50:55 PM »
Wow, very cool.  I hope they raise the cash they need.

This site includes the "unstable hillside" of Hope VI infamy, no?  I wonder if Goody Clancy will re-submit their old award-winning scheme.

Thinking about making a submission w28th?

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2006, 12:45:37 AM »
Hotel bruce did something awhile back. They came up with some buildings on it, where the old hovels used to be. Terraced gardens along the hillside. I cant remember exactly how it looked, but I remember thinking it was a good idea.

http://www.hotelbruce.com/01_03/featurewell_w_village.php
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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2006, 10:38:47 AM »
Yeah, I've assembled a team of former Kent Staters, and can't wait to get going on this.  It's going to be interesting to see what other teams come up with as well.  I really think this is a big step forward in terms of making this city more design consious one.  I especially like the line on the flier for the competition:  CLEVELAND, DESIGN CITY
A little play off the old postcards that used to say CLEVELAND, FIFTH CITY.
Very cool.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2006, 12:24:38 AM »
Speaking of Hotel Bruce, why hasn't anything been done on the site for more than a year?

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2006, 09:36:45 AM »
From what I gather, Marc Lefkowitz, who ran Hotel Bruce has chosen to devote his efforts to GreenCityBlueLake.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2007, 12:07:55 PM »
Its ironic that this design competition comes up now as I have just finished a proposal for that site for the Evolo 07 Skyscraper Competition and the 2007 Next Generation Design Competition. It looks like I will be submitting my design for a third competition now.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2007, 12:18:02 PM »
Speaking of Hotel Bruce, why hasn't anything been done on the site for more than a year?

I believe that Marc said goodbye in the last Hotel Bruce. He works for EcoCity Cleveland and GCBL is his job.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2007, 12:20:46 PM »
Its ironic that this design competition comes up now as I have just finished a proposal for that site for the Evolo 07 Skyscraper Competition and the 2007 Next Generation Design Competition. It looks like I will be submitting my design for a third competition now.

The competition is site-specific.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2007, 11:39:50 PM »
I know the competition is site specific. The design that I submitted for both competitions was for the Irish Bend site, thats why I am going to use it for this competition. It is allready for that site in the first place. Sorry of i did not explian myself clearly the first time. I will be using my design for this competition.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2007, 09:07:42 AM »
from the Cleveland AIA announcement - 1/26/07:


Cleveland Design Competition - Project 2007  Call for Entries


The Greater Cleveland design community is proud to announce the 1st annual Cleveland Design Competition.  Each year, the design competition will focus on under-utilized or high-profile Cleveland sites with solutions in architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture. These competitions will solicit thoughtful design solutions to the challenges of urban decay, provide a nationally-recognized forum for contemporary design expression, and direct the attention of the local and national design community to Cleveland's unique urban challenges and design opportunities as it re-establishes itself as a leader in art, culture, and design.

Project 2007 is an open, single-stage ideas competition focusing on Irishtown Bend, a storied hillside along the Cuyahoga River's west bank in Cleveland's Industrial Valley. Despite the site's location between Cleveland's restored historic neighborhoods, the hillside and riverbank remain largely inaccessible and mostly forgotten under a blanket of riparian vegetation and unstable soils.

The 2007 Cleveland Design Competition is a result of the efforts and generous support from local professionals and community groups who share a vision in which design can influence positive change in Cleveland.

We are pleased to announce the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy as this years' Cleveland Design Competition Awards Sponsor. Please support the continually growing list of competition sponsors & partners by visiting the Cleveland Design Competition webpage.

For more information about participating in the competition or learning about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the website at The 2007 Cleveland Design Competition  or email Michael Christoff & Bradley Fink @ info@clevelandcompetition.com.



Call for Entries: January 26th
Registration Deadline: April 16th
Submission Deadline: May 1st
Entry Fee: $30/single, $30/team, $200/studio (up to 15 student submissions)
Awards: 1st/$2,000,  2nd/$1,000,  3rd /$500

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2007, 09:16:06 AM »
I'm glad this competition has been started. It would be even better if, in future years, it is linked to a proposed development project so that entrants felt as if their ideas might actually happen. (e.g. Flats East Bank, Stark-Warehouse District etc.)

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2007, 09:24:39 AM »
^or at least we could put more pressure on a developer to create a better product.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2007, 12:40:19 PM »
It would be great to get the winning entry built, but the fact that this competition is totally theoretical allows those involved to develop concepts that may typically not be discovered in a brick and mortar realm.  Being theoretical levels the playing field between young, up and coming designers (who may have the best ideas, but not the experience to neccessarily get it built) and established architecture firms (who may win simply because they can execute it). 
The ideas produced in these competitions over the years will start to push the envelope on what this city thinks it can become, and give it an international presence (there is an international sponsor from what I heard) in the scope of architecture and design.
So I guess this then connects with what former Wimwar is saying with local developers paying attention to the ideas created from this and take advantage of the research.  Totally agree, but let's get the ideas out on the fringes of reality, then hone them into a developable project.  Doing it the opposite way is often problematic.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2007, 01:19:04 PM »

So I guess this then connects with what former Wimwar is saying with local developers paying attention to the ideas created from this and take advantage of the research.

Who is Wimwar? :)
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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2007, 12:27:14 PM »
^Those Huletts will always be a dead givaway.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2007, 10:21:19 AM »
Think anyone would notice if I submitted this entry?: http://www.goodyclancy.com/html/proj_descr.asp?pageid=1196

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2007, 12:33:11 PM »
From rumors I've heard, the entries can't be represented by a professional firm.  Individuals, teams, and students only.  I think it's a great idea to again, level the playing field between established firms and up and coming designers.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2007, 01:22:27 PM »
I hear ya- I was just kidding.  I am still sad that goody clancy's award winning plan won't be built on this site.  I will be very curious to see how contest entries deal with the whole unstable hillside issue.  This is definitely one of the coolest sites (the coolest?) in Cleveland and I hope something good ends up there some day.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2007, 01:52:57 PM »
I am no architect, but you would think that they could build something INTO the hillside...not just at the top.  Sort of like a San Fransisco type thing.....

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #20 on: February 14, 2007, 06:00:48 PM »
I am glad that professionals can not compete in this competition. Its not that I donít want to exclude some great ideas from this competition, but as a student I donít have ht e financial resources and years of experience to compete with them. I do on the other hand have a great idea that I am I going to submit for this site. I think itís a good idea to let the up and coming artist get there chance to shine. I have tried to compete in the past with the best and although my idea was good my presentation was no where on par with what was put together by some of the bigger companies.
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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2007, 12:18:21 AM »
I would have liked to see some millionaire rowhouses cut into the bottom of the hill along carter road. Something like the really nice millionaire rowhouses in chicago.

Or something very very simple and doable, like make a staircase starting at franklin before it curves around, down to carter road.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2007, 08:24:48 AM »
Simple and do able is nice but I have some thing grand planned for that site, a global lanmark. Its just an idea, but its what I am going to propose for the site.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2007, 02:06:22 PM »
Simple and do able is nice but I have some thing grand planned for that site, a global lanmark. Its just an idea, but its what I am going to propose for the site.

That's a bold statement.  We'll see if you can back it up.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2007, 02:17:05 PM »
uh-oh.  trash talking in the design competition.  look out....

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2007, 04:11:48 PM »
It's on!  UrbanOhio style!  How many members are submitting to this competition, by the way?

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #26 on: February 17, 2007, 08:00:19 PM »
I am going to submit my Plan for this site. Dont get me wrong, all the idea that we can get for this site will be goodsmall in scale or large. I only want to say that I want to do a large scale project. Smaller plans dont mean that they are not large in vision. I just like tall buildings, I have since I was a child and what I want to bring to this site is a large Scale stucture. I know by saying that is would be a global landmark that I am making a statement, but What I have put together may be something special in my mind but not others. but I am up to a challenge so hopefully when it comes to presenting this project others feel the same way I do.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #27 on: February 22, 2007, 12:21:37 PM »
I'm part of a group of 3 that has started working out the basic concepts and development scenarios.

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Re: Cleveland Design Competition
« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2007, 06:41:20 PM »
Count me in.

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« Reply #29 on: March 01, 2007, 09:54:05 PM »
Latest info:

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Upcoming Deadlines
 
Questions Deadline: March 12, 2007
Registration Deadline: April 16, 2007
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2007
 

 
 
2007 Competition Jury
 
Michel Langevin, NIP Paysage
ZoŽ Ryan, Chicago Institute of Art
Ken Greenberg, Greenberg Consultants
Don Harvey, Cleveland artist
Mark Robbins, Dean, School of Architecture Syracuse University
 

 
 
Register Today
 
Registration can be completed in one of two ways:
 
1. Submit Online Registration and Fee Payment. Click here to go to the Online Registration page.
 
2. Download Registration Form and Send by Post Mail. Click here to go to the Downloads page.
 
 
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Project 2007
 
Architects, landscape architects, engineers, urban planners, artists, students and others are invited to present design ideas for an under-utilized riverbed hillside and bluff along the western edge of Cleveland's Industrial Flats historically known as "Irishtown Bend".
 
Entrants are encouraged to address important practical issues such as pedestrian and vehicular access, soils stabilization, view corridors, and programming while exploring the site's importance within the Cuyahoga River Valley and for surrounding neighborhoods and as a national example of the natural cycle of the regeneration of abandoned urban landscapes. Project 2007 is an international, open, anonymous, single-stage ideas competition.
 
To participate in Cleveland Design Competition: Project 2007 , register online through the competition website or download the registration form and send it to the address below. Entry fee for individuals or teams is $30. For information about the design competition or registering visit www.clevelandcompetition.com. Contact the Cleveland Design Competition at info@clevelandcompetition.com if you have any questions.
 
Cleveland Design Competition
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