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Young designers stir the pot

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/04/09 @ 1:30pm

  • The Cleveland Design Competition and the recent exhibit, "All you can eat: A buffet of architectural ideas" at The Sculpture Center are evidence that young urban designers are stirring the pot on reusing vacant land and figuring out what makes Cleveland attractive.

    "They have made Cleveland a blip on the national architecture/design radar," Dru McKeown comments at TOI Studios. "To be truly successful it (the need for and exhibition/celebration of thoughtful design strategies and innovative ides) needs to be so overpowering as to be happily annoying."

    The 2009 Cleveland Design Competition wants your ideas to knit a new high-speed rail station with the renovated Cleveland Convention Center/medical mart and the lakefront. "This new transportation center will provide the city with a state-of-the-art rail station ready to support high-speed passenger rail service, a facility capable of integrating and balancing the needs of various transportation modes, and a pedestrian connector from the Mall to Cleveland's lakefront." Sign up for the competition here.

  • GLUE is a growing network of young leaders committed to revitalizing the cities of the Great Lakes region?by telling their own stories and advocating for what cities need. GLUE's "I will stay if?" comes to Cleveland on November 18 at Speakeasy. Share drinks and your vision for what will make Cleveland great.
  • Entrepreneurs for Sustainability will recognize individuals who are implementing innovative sustainability projects at the Seventh Annual E4S Champions of Sustainability on November 17. Nominate someone who is doing groundbreaking work in his or her business or organization - composting food waste, building urban farms, radically reducing energy usage, engaging employees in sustainability or any project that fits the selection criteria. Click here to read stories from past years. Nominations must be submitted by end of day on Wednesday, November 4th. Click here to fill out the nomination form.
  • Columbus-area sustainable entrepreneur David Chapman has launched ecoBorrow, a website for consumers interested in networking and borrowing everyday household goods from one another.
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History has an island for your misfit toys. Bring your tired and worn, plastic or broken action figures to the museum's Smead Discovery Center in November. They'll be sent to Toy Lab in Cincinnati where kids learn to make new toys from the pile of castoffs. Last March, the museum collected 30 pounds of plastic toys; this time the goal is 50 pounds.

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