Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

Erie, Pennsylvania, community members gather with CUDC students When cities need help imagining new possibilities for their urban places and communities, they call Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. Most recently, Kent State architecture students had the opportunity to put the skills they learn in the classroom to make an impact on local communities in Erie, Pennsylvania. “The...

Jeffrey Kruth, senior urban designer at Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, is paving a new path for the greater Youngstown community. Jeffrey Kruth, senior urban designer at Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, is paving a new path for the greater Youngstown community. Mr. Kruth’s latest project is working in Youngstown, Ohio, leading tours through the property of a potential amphitheater for locals to enjoy. Mr. Kruth has been gathering insight from...

Kayakers to Paddle From Kent to Cleveland for 5th Annual Crooked River Commute Two days and 50 miles. That is how long it will take kayakers to paddle the Cuyahoga River from Kent State University to Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for the 5th annual Crooked River Commute. The event is intended to promote the river as a shared asset for education, recreation, and sustainability.   ...

Making Our Own Space students carry lumber for the day’s outdoor build workshop in Shaker Heights’ Hildana Park. (Photo credit: Beth Conway) Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative has received the 2017 Great Places Award in the Place Planning category from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). The EDRA Great Places Awards recognize professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design and pay special attention to the relationship between...

Making Our Own Space students carry lumber for the day’s outdoor build workshop in Shaker Heights’ Hildana Park. (Photo credit: Beth Conway) Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative has received the 2017 Great Places Award in the Place Planning category from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). The EDRA Great Places Awards recognize professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design and pay special attention to the relationship between...

Making Our Own Space students carry lumber for the day’s outdoor build workshop in Shaker Heights’ Hildana Park. (Photo credit: Beth Conway) Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative has received the 2017 Great Places Award in the Place Planning category from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). The EDRA Great Places Awards recognize professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design and pay special attention to the relationship between...

Making Our Own Space students carry lumber for the day’s outdoor build workshop in Shaker Heights’ Hildana Park. (Photo credit: Beth Conway) A Kent State Visual Communication Design (VCD) class is stepping outside the box this semester. VCD students from Assistant Professor Jessica Barness’ Interaction Design class have teamed up with a group of students from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) to reimagine the Akron Innerbelt.   Barness was approached by...

Kent State is part of a pilot project that will use vacant land to build resistance to climate change in Cleveland neighborhoods. About 200 empty lots in Cleveland, Ohio are transforming into rain and food gardens, places for the community to gather, and areas to encourage native plant growth and wetland restoration. It is part of a pilot project that will use the spaces to build resistance to climate change in the city’s neighborhoods. Kent State University’s Cleveland...

Two days and 50 miles. That is how long it took kayakers to paddle the Cuyahoga River from Kent State University to Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for the 3rd annual Crooked River Commute. The event promotes the river as a shared asset for education, recreation and sustainability. The kayakers left from Heritage Park in...

Two days and 50 miles. That is how long it will take kayakers to paddle the Cuyahoga River from Kent State University to Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for the 3rd annual Crooked River Commute. The event is intended to promote the river as a shared asset for education, recreation and sustainability. The kayakers will leave...