Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

Instead of sunbathing on a beach for spring break, a group of graduate students from Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design are in Havana, Cuba to help restore the waterfront.

The students have been studying the Cleveland, Ohio waterfront and will share what they have learned with officials in Havana. The students are also hoping to draw parallelisms between both industrial port cities.

Graduate students from Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, the combined home of the urban design graduate program and the public service activities of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, won the Excellence in Student Planning Award from the American Planning Association of Ohio (APA-Ohio) on Sept. 27.

Kent State University graduate students Jeff Jasinski of Wickliffe, Ohio, and Matt Dureiko of Stow, Ohio, both enrolled in the architecture and urban design program, placed second in an international design competition. The DawnTown 2014 Alternative Mobilities design competition, sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, asked designers to create a central hub where routes people take to move around downtown could meet. The proposal would boost Miami’s transportation network.