The Community Design Center organizes collaborative interdisciplinary community/university partnerships for the research and design of physical improvements which serve the University’s urban area. The Community Design Center is a part of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. The Center provides assistance to community groups, non-profit organizations, and City departments that are representing underserved areas and underfunded projects within the area.
The Center is administered by a registered Architect with assistance from co-op students and graduate assistants from the disciplines of Architecture, Planning, Graphic Design, and Industrial Design. Faculty from these schools are involved as advisors and designers on individual projects.
Metropolis and Mobility: Bus Rapid Transit System and Bikeways - Studio Work April 19th
On April 19th the Niehoff Studio concluded the spring semester with an exhibit and open house with student work focused on development of five Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors and several Bikeway projects. Following the student exhibit, a panel discussion titled ‘Bright Ideas for Mobility’ was held. The panel, moderated by Randy Simes of UrbanCincy, included Terry Garcia Crews the CEO of Metro SORTA, Jared Arter Manager of Cincinnati Bike Hub, and Tim Reynolds, Transportation Planner at Parsons Brinkerhoff. See UrbanCincy.com for more coverage of the panel content. Click here for coverage on the UrbanCincy.com webpage. Click here to see the student work.
Real Estate Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Symposium
On thursday, January 10 at the Niehoff Studio, Real Estate Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Symposium was held to discuss the economic, investment and planning implications of energy efficiency and sustainability on real estate. Click here for more event pictures. This symposium was jointly organized by the University of Cincinnati College of Business Real Estate Center and the Niehoff Urban Studio of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Click here for program.
The "Tactical Urbanism” project for Covington Kentucky led by Industrial Design Instructor Matt Anthony and hosted by the Niehoff Urban Studio, produced seven urban installations near Pike and Madison Streets which were unveiled at public events during November 2012. These DIY micro-projects aimed to reshape our understanding of urban public space and how we use it. Click here for infomation.
GOOD Ideas for Cities event held May 16
The Niehoff Urban Studio and Community Design Center in collaboration with the Haile Foundation hosted this national program with GOOD for the first time in Cincinnati.On May 16, 350 people attended the presentation of six innovation projects at Cincinnati's contemporary Arts Center. GOOD videos are now available. Click here for more general information and video links.
Economic and community impacts of the revitalized Music Hall
The CDC collaborated with the University of Cincinnati Economic Center of the College of Business to analyze the impact of the revitalization and future operations of Cincinnati's Music Hall. CDC studied the changing context of Over-the-Rhine and the position of Music Hall as an influential anchor within it. Click here for more infomation.
Do It Yourself Urbanism Competition Awards and Reception
The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati and the Niehoff Urban Studio hosted a competition for DIY Urbanism projects for the Cincinnati area. The Competition Awards and Reception was held on June 1, at the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati (AFC) Gallery, 811 Race St. Click here for more infomation about DIY Competition Awards and Reception. Click here for more infomation about DIY urbanism.