Tuesday, May 22, 2007

What Would you do with the Breuer Building?

I just happened to come across this and though I would share with everyone...

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photography by: Eric Greenberg 2007

Ingenuity 2007 the Cleveland Festival of Art & Technology architecture exhibit

What Would you do with the Breuer Building?
July 18 – July 21, 2007

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 19, 2007, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
Location: 1305 Gallery, 1305 Euclid Avenue at East 13 Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Two-thirds of Cuyahoga County’s commissioners want to demolish it.
Architecture critic Steven Litt wants to save it.
What would you do with it?

Sponsored by Ingenuity, the Cleveland Festival of
Art and Technology, this juried architectural
exhibition invites architects, architectural interns,
students, engineers, artists and designers living or
working in Northeast Ohio to answer the question.
The intent of the exhibit is to keep the debate alive
– through both imaginary and real alternatives to
the Breuer Tower’s future. Additionally, this
exhibit offers area design professionals and others
with an opportunity to participate in the
Ingenuity festival and to demonstrate how
architecture can be the embodiment of "creativity,
innovation, culture and technology."

We encourage architecture, engineering and design
firms to participate as well as to support and
recognize their staff members who participate in
the creation of an entry. Firm affiliations will be
noted along side the designer’s/designers' name(s).

To participate, please email
subject line: Breuer Tower.
We will forward the hi-resolution jpeg image to use
in the creation of your submittal.

Rendering using the hi-resolution image of the Breuer Tower
30” h x 20” w mounted on 3/8” white foamcore.

Digital jpeg image, 15” x 10” at 72 dpi.

Drop off/Pick up:
Renderings must be submitted by 5:00pm, Friday June 22, 2007.

Digital images must be emailed by 5:00pm, Friday June 22, 2007.
Email to architecture@Ingenuitycleveland.org

All work will be available for pick-up ?.

Entry Fee: $19.71
Please make check payable to the Ingenuity Festival, earmarked for architecture exhibit
(Fees will be used to mount the show and for the opening reception.)

Faith Baum AIA, IIDA, Principal, Faith Baum Architects, Lexington, Massachusetts; Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Interior Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design
Debi Lacey McDonald, AIA, LEED Architect, DiMella Shaffer, Boston, Massachusetts
Etty Padmodipoetro, AIA, Loeb Fellow 2006, Rosales + Partners, Vice President, Boston, Massachusetts
Maryann Thompson, Maryann Thompson Architects, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Gretchen von Grossman, Parsons, Corp., Boston, Massachusetts
Vicky Sirianni, Consultant, Salem, Massachusetts

Jury policy:
Decisions will be based both on quality of work and allowable space. The intention of the

Ingenuity Festival and the What Would you do with the Breuer Tower? exhibit is to
celebrate as many talented designers from the region as possible.

David H. Ellison, AIA
Sally L. Levine, AIA

For more information or to register, contact:
Email: architecture@ingenuitycleveland.org
Website: http://www.ingenuitycleveland.org

The Exhibit is sponsored by Ingenuity, the Cleveland festival of arts and technology.


Friday, May 18, 2007

Postopolis! at Storefront for Art and Architecture

Digital dialogue in architecture and urbanism will be featured at the end of May as part of a five-day symposium called Postopolis! at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Four bloggers of well-respected design blogs from four separate cities will descend upon New York City to host discussions, presentations, and panels, face-to-face. The featured blogs include BLDGBLOG, City of Sound, Inhabit, and Subtopia.

From the Storefront for Art and Architecture (along with the sharp-looking graphic above):

"Postopolis! is a five-day event of near-continuous conversation about architecture, urbanism, landscape, and design. Four bloggers, from four different cities, will host a series of live discussions, interviews, slideshows, panels, talks, and other presentations, and fuse the informal energy and interdisciplinary approach of the architectural blogosphere with the immediacy of face to face interaction.
BLDGBLOG (Los Angeles), City of Sound (London),Inhabitat (New York City), and Subtopia (San Francisco) will meet in person to orchestrate the event, inviting everyone from practicing architects, city planners, and urban theorists to military historians, game developers, and materials scientists to give their take on both the built and natural environments.
For the past five years, blogging has helped to expand the bounds of architectural discussion; its influence now spreads far beyond the internet to affect museums, institutions, and even higher education. Postopolis! is an historic opportunity to look back at what architecture blogs have achieved – both to celebrate their strengths and to think about their future."

Storefront for Art and Architecture
New York City
Tuesday, May 29, to Saturday, June 2, 2007


Thursday, May 17, 2007

Cleveland Competition Reception & Exhibition

Exhibition 2007
2007 Cleveland Design Competition Awards Reception and Exhibition
Who: Hosted by the Cleveland Design Competition and Cleveland Idea Box
What: Awards Reception and Exhibition of Designs for Irishtown Bend in Cleveland, Ohio
Where: SPACES Gallery
When: Thursday, June 7th
Join us in recognizing the 2007 Cleveland Design Competition award-winning entries presented by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy on Thursday, June 7th at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio.
Solutions for the Irishtown Bend competition site submitted by designers in Cleveland and around the world will be exhibited at SPACES the evening of the Awards Reception and Exhibition.
In conjunction with the event, the documentary "Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City" will be presented by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (for more information, visit www.makingsenseofplace.org). The ongoing Shrinking Cities exhibition in the first floor gallery will also be open for viewing the evening of the event (www.spacesgallery.org).
The reception and exhibition is hosted by the Advisors to the 2007 Cleveland Design Competition in conjunction with Cleveland Idea Box (www.ideaboxcleveland.com).
We would like to thank the many competition partners and sponsors; without their continued support, this year's competition would not have been a success: The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, AIA Cleveland, Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Cleveland Public Art, the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, FORUM Architects, Ohio City Near West Development Corporation, PROCESS Creative Studios, and the Flats Oxbow Association. To view the most current list of competition sponsors, visit the sponsors page of the competition website.
For more information about the 2007 Cleveland Design Competition or to join the competition mailing list, visit www.clevelandcompetition.com. Contact the Cleveland Design Competition at info@clevelandcompetition.com if you have any questions.

Cleveland Design Competition
c/o CUDC
820 Prospect Avenue, 2nd Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

More details on the opening reception and exhibition will soon follow.


Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Protest the Demolition of the Cleveland Trust Tower

Protest the demolition of the Cleveland Trust Tower this Thursday at 5pm outside the Tower on East Ninth Street between Euclid and Prospect Avenues. No shouting, ranting, or marching involved... just show up if you believe in the reuse of the Tower. See the press release below:

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ms. Daryl Davis, event coordinator
216-631-0557 (day) or daryl.davis@sbcglobal.net


A coalition of good government and fiscal responsibility advocates, environmentalists and historic preservationists will assemble at 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 3, 2007 outside the Ameritrust Tower, located at East 9th Street between Euclid and Prospect Avenues, to protest the Cuyahoga County Commissioners' plan to raze the building.

Last year the Commissioners purchased the 29-story tower designed by world- renowned architect Marcel Breuer for $21 million. Demolition, including asbestos abatement, is estimated to cost $11 million. On the surface this appears to be a $32,000,000 expenditure to create an empty lot. Upon closer examination the costs associated with the commissioners plan exceed this.

The coalition is picketing in order to call attention to the fact that Commissioners Tim Hagan and Jimmy Dimora ignored input from their fellow Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones and architectural experts who objected to the proposed project from the standpoint of its cost and the loss to Cleveland's skyline of one of its historically significant buildings. The coalition is opposed to the demolition of the tower, whether the site is used to create a new county administration center or not.

Total cost for building the new county administration complex has been estimated at $164 million with contracts of $10 million and $13.5 million already awarded to R.P. Carbone Construction and Robert P. Madison International, Architects. It is likely that the estimated cost is too low and will increase during construction.

Dimora and Hagan have said they want the new administration building to be “green” or “sustainable”. Destruction of the Ameritrust Tower, and the resultant waste of its “embodied energy” effectively cancels-out any legitimate claim the project may make to environmental responsibility.

The “embodied” energy contained in the structure can be estimated at 15 gallons of gasoline per square foot; equal to approximately $11,000,000. Discounting the other environmental costs associated with the demolition of the tower, this figure brings the total amount of wasted public funds to well over $44,000,000.