ARC 605-5– Making Ground: Linking the Flats and Irishtown Bend
Course No.: 10117
Semester: 2017 Fall
Location: Hayes Hall – 205A
Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday
Meeting Time: 2:00PM - 7:50PM
Despite multiple revitalization attempts, Cleveland’s Flats district remains highly fragmented due to a seemingly incompatible mix of uses, active topography, and environmental challenges. Market-driven development pressures have done little to help, apathetically claiming buildable sites without contributing to the overall functioning of the district where the ground comes in short supply.
The studio will work at multiple scales in a successive manner, starting with the 450-acre Flats district as a study area and focusing on one of its most active edges, the Irishtown Bend. We will examine the recent and ongoing plans for the district in order to identify broad commonalities of approach and articulate a larger vision. We will support this effort with case studies of revitalization efforts in other weak market cities around the Great Lakes. Working in groups, the students will then focus on selected sites to propose architectural scale interventions around the Bend.
Presented in the Urban Design GRG triad, the studio will collaborate with a parallel studio offered through the Ecological Practices GRG. We will benefit from the support of several local agencies in Cleveland, who have been engaged with ongoing projects in the area. The studio will require several trips to Cleveland. We may also join a multiday urban design charrette in Detroit depending on the final schedule.