Urban Design & Sustainability: When you live in a place long enough, the intrinsic organic reality begins to live itself through you. The Request for Proposals invites creative insight to locate connectivity. By Integrating alignments we can establish harmonies that place fundamental principles back into failing environments. Guided by observation sustainability empowers the balances, designing new solutions located in a healthy community.

“It is not when a part of the self is inhibited and restrained but when a part of self is given away that community appears. Cult of sterility, the rise of market/value as the form of value, what is the logic and economic abstraction that could rationalize the value of abandon? The logic of money of mind and method of detachment, abandonment of light, the urban culture destroyed for sake of empire”.  ~Lewis Hyde

1978 My first adaptive reuse “proposal” to incorporate Bonds Building in architectural redevelopment plan.

American cities in the early 70s were forgotten places of negligence and abandon that facilitated a new era of urban pioneering and conservation efforts. The demolition of great architectural landmarks created a debate reassessing the causes and effects influencing the vitality of the city that continues today.

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHWith camera and chisel I explored abandoned public spaces of train stations, theaters, schools, office blocks and crumbling houses and moved before the city landmarks commission to propose alternative action before the wrecking ball. My message celebrated the movements, risks and adventure of change to include our heritage as a catalyst for growth.

Ordered by my perspective as a professional trained in the arts, esthetic need was always indicated directly from the site, the new vision arising out of an organic usefulness.

The need was articulated via demonstration or petition, leading to an organized appeal through Letters to the editor, exhibitions and events, inspiring new approaches to salvage environmental decay.

Beyond preservation concerns, ideas evolved towards creative solutions embracing the impermanence instigated by manmade abandon. I found the urban disruptions were about the impact of globalization on the local economy. Saving architectural detail, Putting art galleries in abandoned office buildings and moving into vacant manufacturing spaces to live were happenings that started to redefine the form of regional revision.

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In the 80s and 90s public organizations emerged acting as creative catalyst to place RFP opportunities before the creative community. This was helpful and before long a new definition of urban design and planning emerged providing management and credibility for creative opportunity and expression.

Through these years the alternative to American suburbanization developed creating a revision of public awareness. Europe existed as an accelerated model of an international style indicating the logic of adaptive reuse. Using computers to reimage cityscapes I presented the old with new stimulated by a gritty edge and fresh innovation of influences.

The rebirth of the urban core facilitates a regional dynamic proving that great design {artists} makes good economic sense. Artists provide meaning through perception cultivating a relation to the natural and built environment and the full expression of social vitality.

Through me the afflatus surging and surging, through me the current and the index” ~Whitman

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Waterfall Proposal for Cleveland Natural History Museum

A Waterfall Design Concept for the Cleveland Natural History Museum   The Natural History Museum on Wade Oval is strategically located within the Doan Brook Watershed. Its northern facade sits on a hillside facing Rockefeller Park where a waterfall could exist. Adapting waterfall focal pint on this hillside overlook creates an ideal threshold solution that joins the Natural History Museum to Rockefeller Park and the Doan Brook Watershed ecosystem.  

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Lakefront Plan Dike 14

Total Revitalization Plan for Lakefront Convergence of the Doan Brook Watershed With the urbanization of the region, Cleveland’s few remaining watershed habitats have become increasingly essential environments linking our communities together. The eastside Doan Brook Watershed plan is an 11-mile urban oasis of elegant residential communities where many of our cultural institutions are located along its park-lined banks. This is a world-class model of beautiful destinations descending through a natural habitat to the lake plain creating an opportunity to introduce site-specific features for a water front revitalization plan. Separated by the I-90 freeway the dislocated parts of Gordon Park can […]

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Shaker Heights City Hall Station

Arts in Transit: Art Proposal Shaker Heights, Lee Road/Van Aken Station This is the opportunity to tell the story of the North Union Shakers who settled in this location in 1822. Printing large format art on weatherproof metal panels, we can bring the early Shakers to life using archival photography, photo realistic imagery and phrases. These are the very people who established this prosperous area that the Shaker Heights of present time is named after. The Shakers believed that community is exemplified and increased by the health and integration of its individuals. This legacy survives and is observed through the […]

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East 4th Street

Other examples creating traction with these ideas I put rubber to the road on downtown Cleveland’s E. 4th Street, a city block with a vibrant history that had fallen on hard time’s. Located between Euclid and Prospect Avenues and next to the Colonial and Euclid Arcades and the landmark, Old Arcade, between Euclid and Superior Avenues, e.4th was the dormant survivor of a bygone era surrounded by unique commercial thoroughfares of enclosed passageways… I suggested building a European glass shed over the second story street level reminiscent of the Victoria Quarter arcade in Leeds England. Bob Zimmer owned the Sisser […]

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Lakefront Station Proposal

For over a decade I had led a vocal effort that defined the necessity of a bridge connector over an existing Amtrak station from the Burnham Mall Plan to the lakefront. In 2006 the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative presented a design competition inviting ideas to this end. The winning plan came from Paris, a beautiful shed proposal of terraced glass walkways, a fantasy that was both economically unrealistic and functionally improbable. My original concept was designed after a fallen leaf with a water drop as a glass dome over the station that was not different from the winning entry however […]

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