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The Niehoff Urban Studio is a unique interdisciplinary academic initiative undertaken to address urban issues that challenge the quality of life in Cincinnati. The studio endeavors to engage the community in a shared urban problem solving effort. The studio is located off-campus on Short Vine street in Corryville and includes classroom, meeting, and exhibit areas. Since its inception in 2002 more than 1500 students of 16 different disciplines including urban planning, engineering,  architecture, design, anthropology, business, nursing, political science, urban geography and others have participated and partnered with more than 160 community based organizations on projects intended to make Cincinnati more sustainable. The studio also functions as the regional center for urbanism by hosting a regular series of events on many topics relevant to the future of our metropolitan area. Originally created through the DAAP Community Design Center, the Niehoff Urban Studio is now administered through the UC Forward program of the Office of the Provost.

The UC Forward Program was developed in 2011. It was modeled after the Niehoff Urban Studio as a way to reach into even more Colleges across the University to promote interdisciplinary coursework and create opportunities for faculty and students to collaborate with stakeholders from outside the university. The intent of this initiative is to advance innovative problem solving for any kind of complex and "wicked problem" confronting our local community. In addition to administering a series of independent courses, UC Forward incentivizes collaborative interdisciplinary activities at many locations across campus that introduce thousands of students and faculty to this progressive approach to experiential learning.



News and Upcoming Events

Now Enrolling 2018 Fall ULI Local Competition

 

This STUDIO competition is modeled after the existing national ULI Hines Competition conducted annually for 3-4 person interdisciplinary teams to design a real estate development project on an assigned local site. Student teams will produce site plans, architectural designs, and real estate proformas. Professional Architects, Developers, Engineers from Cincinnati ULI will mentor the teams along with Faculty Members Frank Russell (Architect/Urban Designer-UC Niehoff Urban Studio) and Shaun Bond (UC Real Estate Center).

Fall Semester 2018I 3 CREDITS I SLCE 5001-002 I SLCE 7000-001 Service Learning Collaboratory

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Two teams place in 2018 National ULI Hines Student Competition

The Hines 2018 ULI Competition has been completed early in the spring semester. The project host city was announced on January 15th to kick off the competition. The competition was completed on January 19th with 3 separate teams sponsored by UC Forward, UC DAAP School for Planning, and the UC Real Estate Center. The teams were comprised of inter-disciplinary graduate students including real estate, finance, urban planning, and architecture. Each team developed a concept, site plans, architectural designs, and a real estate proforma. Professional developers from Cincinnati mentored the teams along with faculty members Frank Russell (Architect/Urban Designer) and Conrad Kickert(Architect/Urban Designer). This year the Hines Competition received applications from 60 universities from the United States and Canada. Out of 130 project submissions 2 out of 3 of the UC teams received an Honorable Mention. Placing team work are posted below. Honorable Mention Team One consisted of Amber Wasinski (M.Arch), Andrew Scott Campbell (M.Arch), John Miklos (MCP), Matt Obringer (RE), Courtney Kress (M.Arch) with advisor Frank Russell. Team Three included; Lorrin Kline (M.Arch), Sadaf Khalil Zare (MLA), Varsha Iyengar (M.Arch), Danielle Campbell (BUP), Ryan Stickel (RE) with advisor Frank Russell. The mentors of all teams included Dave Neyer of STNL Development, Zeb Copley of PNC Bank and Lydia Jacobs-Horton of ULI Cincinnati.

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Team 1(Honorable Mention) Narrative Board | Team 2 Narrative Board | Team 3(Honorable Mention) Narrative Board

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Recent Events and Projects

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Action Research Center

The Action Research Center held their 6th annual showcase at the Niehoff Urban Studio. Utilizing the flexible and inviting space of the studio, students shared art work, posters, powerpoint presentations and spoken word poetry. They also celebrated the graduates of the Educational Studies/Education and Community-Based Action Research doctoral program, and the Educational Studies/Education for Social Change masters program. Over 40 people from the UC community as well as the greater Cincinnati region attended the event.

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Pay It Forward

On Monday, April 23rd, Niehoff hosted the annual Pay It Forward end of year celebration. The Pay it Forward initiative is developing a new generation of philanthropists through an innovative course-based service-learning program that engages Ohio college students in hands-on philanthropy, grant-making, and volunteer service while providing community nonprofits with much needed assistance during difficult economic times. This year Pay It Forward was able to donate $10,000, dispersing to 17 non-profit organizations by nine total courses.

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Cincinnati Public School (CPS)

On Wednesday, April 11th, The Cincinnati Public Schools held an event at the Niehoff Urban Studio in order to engage the parent-teacher community and Cincinnati school system. The event was held after Laura Mitchell was promoted into position as the new superintendent. In order to “accelerate academic achievement” within the district, the event was held in order to bring partnerships together in the community and to build collegiality across the Cincinnati Public Schools.

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Bi-Okoto Cultural Center

In January of 2018, the Niehoff Studio began collaborating with the non-profit organization, Bi-Okoto African Cultural Center, to begin developments for a renovation project. Located in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood, the arts center takes part in joining the many independent businesses. The center focuses on promoting and spreading the rich culture of African dance, music, language and other arts. They present the authentic arts and culture of West African drum and dance performances at festivals, schools, colleges, churches and more. Classes are also provided in forms of lectures, workshops, residencies and the learning of African Drum and Dance classes for various skill levels. The organization is looking to further spread the arts by renovating and expanding their facilities.

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UC Research and Innovation Week 2018

Planning the Foodscape for a Healthy Urban Future

Professor Frank Russell made a presentation to the UC research community on April 10, 2018 to outline research conducted with Graduate Assistant Alican Yildiz on “A conceptual model for Food System Assessment”. This work stems from Niehoff Studio thematic work on food and the subsequent Food Congress events hosted by the studio. The work was conducted with the support and collaboration of the Cincinnati Food Policy Council, Green Umbrella, and the City of Cincinnati Department of Environment and Sustainability.

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ULI Hines Student Competition Celebration

Monday, March 26th, 5:00-6:30 PM

On March 26, ULI Cincinnati, the UC Real Estate Program and Center, and UC College of DAAP's Niehoff Urban celebrated our teams from the University of Cincinnati who entered the 2018 ULI Hines Student Competition. The Competition challenges students to collaborate across disciplines and imagine a better built environment. Three groups of five students form teams to devise a development program for a real site in a North American city, providing designs, market-based financial data, and related narratives. This year Toronto served as the host city, with a challenge to develop a comprehensive development in an area near the mouth of the Don River. Three teams of future planners, architects, real estate professionals and landscape architects at a reception honoring their accomplishments. Each team was able to deliver a brief description of their project and engage with local professionals.

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Nature Playscape Project

The DAAP Interdisciplinary Topics in Design, Architecture, Art and Planning class was held in the Niehoff Studio between Friday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 4th. The class structures interdisciplinary opportunities for students and faculty of DAAP, CECH, and A&S to develop a research topic, program or theme. Coursework is introduced as a series of lectures by regional experts across the three days as well as a combination of research, readings, precedents and case studies that students develop over the semester. The groups present their best ideas after a month and may be followed through with funding from organizers, such as UC Forward, if provided. Design students work hand in hand with research students to take into consideration the information that they are given. Interactive design missions are given through the course to generate initial creative ideas.

This semester, they are given the concept of a “Nature Playscape”, an environment where kids are encouraged to play outside for a public elementary school in Clifton. Students have to research and design a safe environment for kids to engage in nature to aid early childhood development, encourage hands-on learning, and interact with nature’s elements while fulfilling health and safety requirements. Students are given various information for any site restraints or opportunities they may have. After visiting the site on Saturday, they are given the chance to develop site evaluations and plans. Some restrictions to keep in mind are topography, enclosure for safety, plant types and designers will work with developing concepts that will best fit the site

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KYASLA Conference

On Friday, March 2nd, 2018, the Niehoff Urban Studio hosted a portfolio review event held by the American Society of Landscape Architects, ASLA, for students at the University of Kentucky. It marked the beginning of the annual Kentucky ASLA Conference held in Covington. The conference is an outlet to celebrate the success of student’s and professionals in their fields as well as recognizing the winner of the Annual Grady Clay Community Vision Award. Mitchell Silver, FAICP, Hon. ASLA rounded out the conference in the evening with the delivery of the keynote lecture.

Saturday, March 3rd was a day packed with educational sessions and vendor expo. Five speaker panels were able to delivered lectures. First up was Practice Paradigms: New Business Models that are Challenging Traditional Design Practice, with speakers Christine Dunn, AIA, senior design architect and Principal at Sasaki, David Gamble, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard with moderator, Kristin Booker, ASLA, and Principal of Booker Design Collaborative. The second lecture, The Creative Study Tour: A Metacognitive Approach to Developing Creative Leaders in Landscape Architecture was delivered by Ryan Hargrove, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, and Department of Landscape Architecture. Next up was the lecture Neighborhood Playbook: Activating Spaces, Developing Places by Joe Nickol, AICP, Senior Associate, and MKSK. The Future of Urban Parks: The Challenges of Managing Modern Urban Parks was delivered by Tom Smarr, Horticulture & Natural Areas Director, and 21st Century Parks Inc. Finally, The What, Why & How of High-Performance Urban Trees, presented by Matthew Werle, GreenBlue Urban.

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Innovation on Vine

On March 20, 2018 UCAAMP hosted a presentation about “INNOVATION ON VINE” from 11:30am – 1:00pm AT THE TURNER CENTER. The presenters were Frank Russell from Niehoff Urban Studio and Craig Vogel, co-founder of Livewell Collaborative (LWC). The discussion encompassed efforts of DAAP Community Design Center, work load of the LWC, and how UC collaborates with the industry.

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Perception, Permission and Purpose: Portraits of Vulnerability and Resilience in Teaching

On Friday, February, 23rd from 4pm – 6pm Annie Straka, PhD Candidate in Educational Studies, Educational; and Community Based Action Research presented her dissertation, Perception, Permission and Purpose: Portraits of Vulnerability and Resilience in Teaching. This dissertation is a qualitative portraiture study that explores vulnerability and resilience. This study is approached from a feminist, relational stance that views relationships and connection as central to human development, drawing from relational cultural theory (Gilligan; 1979; 2014; Jordan et al., 2004; Jordan, 2017; Miller & Stiver, 1997) and communicative resilience theory (Buzzanell, 2010, 2017) to explore how teachers make sense of vulnerability and construct resilience in their teaching lives. Findings of this study reveal the following three dimensions of vulnerability in teaching: vulnerability as courageous disconnection, vulnerability as authentic emotional expression, and vulnerability as paradox. Through the lenses of perception, permission and purpose, the participants in this study simultaneously make sense of vulnerability in their teaching lives and discursively construct resilience.

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2017 Local ULI Competition Winner

December 4th, 2017 concluded the Local ULI Competition where 7 interdisciplinary teams including; finance, real estate, planning, and architecture, developed separate proposals for the revitalization of the Bond Hill Business District. The teams presented in front of local working professionals to receive a grand prize of $5,000. The competition is modeled after the National HINES ULI Competition. The winning team included Joseph Rusche, Matt Ziegler, Alex Scherzinger, John Miklos and Charles Wiederhold. The ULI members who mentored the winning team included Ryan Laber of Bayer Becker and Lasserre Bradley of Pennrose.

2017 Local ULI Competition Video

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Recent Press

  • February 22, 2018  ULI Hines National Competition Results: UC received 2 Honorable Mentions Read More| National PDF | Local PDF
     
  • December 04, 2017  Local ULI Student Competitiion Results: Bond Hill Business District Read More| PDF
     
  • October 12, 2016  Soapbox Speaker Series presents Love In An Elevator: sex + city planning Cincinnati talks sex in city planning during recent Speaker Series Read More| PDF
     
  • May 3, 2016  Incorporating Recreational Space In Today's Urban Design & Architecture Read More |Listen | PDF
     
  • In 2015  UC's Niehoff Urban Studio was cited as a best practice in Santa Ono's recent chapter of the "Presidential Perspectives: Inspirational Leadership" entitled "COOP 2.0."| PDF
     
  • October 23, 2015  Cincinnati Parks Levy Community Forum Read More| PDF
     
  • October 20, 2015  Will Cincinnati parks tax 'help neighborhoods' or be 'bad government'? Read More| PDF
     
  • October 19, 2015  UrbanCincy To Host Definitive Debate On Proposed Parks Tax at Niehoff Urban Studio Read More| PDF
     

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