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2-1 commissioners vote to tear down Breuer tower

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/23/07 @ 2:31pm

Cuyahoga County Commissioners Jimmy Dimora, Tim Hagan and Peter Lawson-Jones voted 2-1 in favor of tearing down the Marcel Breuer-designed Ameritrust Tower this afternoon, with Lawson-Jones speaking eloquently and at length on how he built his case for preservation and adaptive reuse of downtown Cleveland’s 28-story skyscraper as a home for consolidated county administrative offices. Dimora and Hagan...more

A transit-oriented arts district?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/23/07 @ 2:01pm

A key ingredient to the University Circle Arts and Retail District will be transit – and artists. In the wake of Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority discovering transit-oriented design as a priority, New York-based urban design firm Project for Public Spaces appeared with the major players from the Circle to burnish Euclid and Mayfield as a transit village.  They spoke...more

Design with environment

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/23/07 @ 11:24am

Steve Badanes, founder of architectural firm Jersey Devil, spoke at the Levin College of Urban Affairs last week about designing with the environment in mind. Badanes’ projects use local sustainable materials that work with the landscape and not against it. For instance, local vegetation is used to provide shade but also doubles as a food source for birds and...more

Muni-owned utility explores alternative energy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/16/07 @ 4:29pm

Cleveland City Council started the ball rolling on the local market for alternative energy at a hearing last November that considered using Cleveland Public Power (CPP) as the conduit. The follow-up happens this Wednesday, as CPP and city council host a public workshop to gather ideas on how producers of renewable energy—like a homeowner with a solar panel...more

Computer aided design competition

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/16/07 @ 11:31am

Young architects Bradley Fink and Michael Christoff are looking beyond walls and ramparts to reconnect with the urban landscape. When they graduated a few years ago from Kent State University, the pair noticed two things—many cities that couldn’t match Cleveland’s legacy in the built environment were drawing considerable interest for design competitions, and that the viral effect of the Web...more

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