Completed Work

Healthy Corner Stores - Cincinnati
This partnership between CDC and the Center for Closing the Health Gap, a non-profit based in Avondale. The CDC is providing technical services to help meet the goals of bolstering the capacity of existing corner stores to provide more healthy food, spicificly fresh produce. Parellel to the architectural updates to the corner stores, the program also promotes the advantages of healthy eating to neighborhood residents. The program plans to include more than a dozen stores over a three year period with capital financing provided by the City of Cincinnati Fresh Food Financing Initiative.
Rothenberg Academy in OTR Rooftop Teaching Garden
Rothenberg Academy in OTR Rooftop Teaching Garden
The rooftop teaching garden combines two ongoing interests of the CDC, the OTR neighborhood and food based community development. Stemming from the vision of Pope Colman, boardmember of the the Over-the-Rhine (OTR) Foundation, the Community Design Center (CDC) collaborated with Pope and the OTR Foundation to make the rooftop teaching garden vision into a reality.The CDC provided technical services and renderings to make this project a reality and the project was constructed in the summer of 2013. For more, read the Rothenberg Brochure.

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Over-the-Rhine St. Mary's Square
On June 12th, Niehoff Studio worked with residents, merchants, and designers under a tent at Second Sunday on Main in OTR, for a hands-on workshop to illustrate potential improvement to the "front door" for Old St Mary's that reflects changing culture of the neighborhood.

Our Partners: Main Street Merchants, Over-the-Rhine Foundation, City DOTE, and AIA Cincinnati

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The Greater Cincinnati Good Food Fellows Project
The Niehoff Urban Studio is partnering with the Greater Cincinnati Food Policy Council and 4 other institutions in a Student Fellowship program to strengthen engagement between students and community stakeholders who are working to improve our local food system.

The Greater Cincinnati Good Food Fellows project will offer five academic fellowships (stipends of $3000 each) to exceptional students from five regional colleges.

The Fellows will gain real world experience through project-based learning and community engagement. The Fellows will also engage in other activities and events during their fellowship as determined by the program advisors and coordinator, including the completion of a project based on their work with the host organization.

Jenn Bakes, a second year community planning graduate student of University of Cincinnati, won the fellowship. She is eager to start her work for health and sustainability of Greater Cincinnati regional food system.

Conceptual Visual Model for the Greater Cincinnati Food System
A funded collaboration with the Greater Cincinnati Food Policy Council of Green Umbrella is supporting early efforts to conduct a comprehensive food system assessment for the region. Summer and Fall 2016 work is aimed at developing a conceptual model for the dynamics of a food system and creating visual representation designed to communicate the relationships among existing external drivers and components. This model is being tested against actual conditions in four cincinnati neighborhoods for further refinement. A “systems` thinking” approach was adopted that accommodated multiple visual models and diverse segments of the system- such as Food Availability, Food Accessibility and Food Utilization. Through iterative visual-descriptive outputs, the model is being adjusted to include new indicators and configurations according to our evolving understanding about the state of the food environment in Cincinnati.
Mental Map for Cincinnati
The CDC worked with Archie’s Press to develop a diagram representing a “Mental Map” of Greater Cincinnati. This diagram reduces and abstracts geography to represent how many residents may understand our urbanized region. See City Diagrams
An Examination Food Access in Hamilton County, OH
During Fall of 2016 graduate Planner Alican Yildiz and Public Health Intern Ardag Hajinazarian are leading this research effort with the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy members Robin Henderson, City Environment and Sustainability Officer, Stacey Todd, Hamilton County Planner. The research focused on the examination of food access according to three main determinants, availability, accessibility and utilization, of food system outcomes in urban environments,. Spatial-statistical analyses of access to a variety of outlets and food-at-home expenditures are used to learn the outcomes food access disparities in Hamilton County over the health of County Residents.
Wasson Way Bikeway Planning
The Community Design Center became involved in the Wasson Way corridor planning process through the spring 2013 Niehoff Studio "Movement in the City" through working with the Wasson Way advocacy group. The Community Design Center continued to collaborate with stakeholders and will be leading a community design charrette on October, 12th 2013. Charrette partners will include the local AIA, APA, ASLA, and CES. Please check back for more details. Click here for more information on Wasson Way
Sand's Lot: Community Place
The Niehoff Studio and UC Community Design Center provided the concept design for the Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses playground area. Selected as the focus area for the P&G’s annual volunteer day and part of the All Star Games initiatives by the Reds, the concept behind the project revolved around painting, planters, and programming as a inexpensive and effective way to transform the asphalted lot into a vibrant, green, community space. The project was completed in July 2015. This collaboration is one of the All Star Legacy projects. recent press on the project: Reds, MLB, P&G team up for West End clean up in preparation for the All Star Game, Community Improvements as part of All Star Game Reds Community Fund, and Reds dedicate Community Center Playground Read more
East End Area Plan: Community Based Urban Design
The Community Design Center collaborated with LISC, the East End Area council and local stake holders to develop an urban design concept for an area in the East End. The 2013 efforts build from previously completed analysis and responds directly to the East End Area Council’s vision for developing a business district along Riverside Dr. The Community Design Center, aims to synthesize previous findings, and give physical form to the East End Area Council’s vision through the development of The East End Area Plan.
Ridgeway Avenue Housing Study
The CDC was asked by the Uptown Consortium to explore some affordable and market rate housing opportunities for Ridgeway Avenue in the Avondale Neighborhood of Cincinnati. In the summer of 2013, students identified potential tenants for the new housing. The resulting ideas were the dutch woonerf or “living street” concept and a cul-de-sac option inspired by the popular Mariemont model. See the proposal presentation.
Metropolis and Mobility Research Project
The Niehoff Studio was invited to participate in an international research project with Universities from Bordeaux, France and Curitiba, Brazil to compare the different mobility issues present in these two cities with Greater Cincinnati. Funded by the French Ministry of Culture and in part by the UC Forward Initiative, the project involves faculty from five disciplines among these universities, including Economics, Urban Planning, and Architecture from UC programs.
Gabriel’s Place Community Urban Agriculture Campus
In 2010 the Community Design Center helped design a community urban agriculture campus at the site of the St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Avondale.
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Vertical Integrated Urban Farm
The CDC is providing modeling and design assistance to the Vertical Integrated Urban Farm Project on Whetsel Avenue in Madisonville.
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Economic and community impacts of the revitalized Music Hall (2012)
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.
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The Model Group Baseline impact study (2012)
In collaboration with the UC Economics Center, CDC provided survey and analytical work for the Model Group Baseline Impact Study. The Model Group, an afordable housing provider in Cincinnati, is undertaking a number of rehabilitation and construction projects in Over-the-Rhine and Pendleton neighborhoods. The purpose the study is to gain an understanding of neighborhood conditions in the areas. This study provides a baseline for evaluating the proposed improvements compaired to the current baseline that is established.
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 Madisonville Community Visioning Project (2011)
Building from work completed through the Niehoff Urban Studio in 2008, the CDC was requested by Cincinnati LISC and the Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation to assist them in providing background research and data analysis for Madisonville. CDC conducted a review of past planning efforts, mapped physical and demographic conditions, and conducted data analysis of a community wide survey for visioning and strategic planning.
East Third Dayton, Ohio Urban Design Charrette (2011)
The CDC is working with local stakeholders in Dayton, Ohio to develop an urban design visio for that city’s Third Street corridor. This project involved an urban design Charrette in Dayton on May 16, 2011.
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Cultivating Healthy Entrepreneurs and Farmers
The Community Design Center is assisting the Corporation for Findlay Market in quantifying the levels of food production in Hamilton County and comparing these with the levels of agricultural production.
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Casino District Study
Beginning in the fall of 2010, the Community Design Center teamed with nonprofit Bridging Broadway to analyze the areas surrounding the proposed Horseshoe Casino and how they connect with each other.
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Cincinnati Food Congress
The Community Design Center is annually convening the Cincinnati Regional Food Congress with stakeholders active in food-related issues in Greater Cincinnati. This effort hopes to bring together a diverse number of organizations active in the food system in the Cincinnati Metro area.
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Short Vine Shared Street (2010)
This study was provided to the Vine Street Community Redevelopment Corporation and City staff as the consider scenarios for streetscape design on Short Vine Street in Corryville.
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Art in the Market (2010)
Art in the Market is a program of the CDC and DAAP School of Art that was active from 1996 to 2003 and again from 2006 to 2010. The program offered after-school art classes to 12-18 year old art apprectices who created banners, tiled tables, sculptures, murals, and quilts for public installation.
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Community Graphic Design Assistance (2010)
The community of Corryville and Venice on Vine Pizza, a non-profit restaurant located in Over-the-Rhine, have worked with the Community Design Center to create graphics that would aid in the branding and recognition of the establishment/community.
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Uptown GIS Project (2010)
This database is composed of parcel and building information that will allow the Design Center to develop further maps to understand the physical, economic, and social composition of the uptown neighborhoods.
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Short Vine Eco Art Walk Project (Summer 2010)
An art exhibit featuring recycled materials. The Community Design Center contributed towards design, production and set up of the installation for the Old Firehouse Building on Short Vine using recycled posters from the Niehoff Studio.
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UC Habitat House (2009)
The CDC was invited to assist Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity and the UC Center for Community Engagement to design and implement an innovative new housing model.
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Cincinnati Playscapes Project (Summer 2009)
The Cincinnati Playscapes Project conceived of two playscapes to unite the resources of the natural world with learning opportunities and free play time for young children.
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Food Research Project (2009)
Based on the results of a previous analysis, this project studied both the food system and food management practices at the University of Cincinnati.
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Community Based Restaurant Proposal (2009)
In the summer of 2009, the Uptown Consortium solicited the Community Design Center for architectural consultation on a pair of projects aimed at developing the business district by renovating currently unoccupied storefronts and filling them with locally owned and operated businesses.
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University Plaza Redevelopment (2008)
In August of 2008, the Community Design Center was asked to provide graphic consultation to the offices of the UC Architect and President to improve their dialog with Anchor Properties and Cole and Russell Architects.
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Community Representation in Local Development Planning (2008)
This study will focus on examining the input and reflection of community interests in local development plans.
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Conceptualizing Religious Action (2008)
Through interviews with clergy in Uptown Cincinnati, this project will focus on the types and nature of care being offered to community residents by congregations in Uptown.
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Shelby County Fair Grounds Project (2007)
In January 2007 the Community Design Center led a design charrette for the the Shelby County Fairgrounds near Sidney Ohio.
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Findlay Market District: Mapping (2006)
Over several months, the Community Design Center engaged in a thorough examination of the physical, economic, and geographical characteristics of the market's surrounding area.
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Over-the-Rhine Visions Project (2006)
The OTR Visions project was a two year effort to collect and document stories about individuals who have had a significant impact on the life and development of OTR.
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Washington Park District: Mapping (2006)
The Community Design Center worked with the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) to inventory and map existing conditions in the two block area north of Washington Park.
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Venice Pizza Project (2006)
Venice Pizza is a community restaurant located at 1301 Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine. It provides both nutritious food alternatives as well as job training and employment opportunities for neighborhood residents.
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Over-the-Rhine Model (2005)
The Community Design Center refurbished and expanded a physical model of the central portion of OTR for the City of Cincinnati and the OTR Community Council.
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Cancer Family Care (2005)
The CFC requested assistance from the DAAP Community Design Center and SAID students to help create conceptual plans for the layout and to design of a "Retreat" pavillion behind thier existing building on Auburn Ave.
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Imagination Alley (2005)
The Community Design Center helped to create a design layout and spatial concept of the small pocket park in the 1300 block of Vine Street
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Blue Moon Project (2004)
The Community Design Center collaborated with Dr. Xinhao Wang of the Joint Center for GIS and Spatial Analysis to study alternative public transportation options for the city center.
Over-the-Rhine Community Education Project (2002)
With faculty and students from the UC College of DAAP, UCCDC collaborated with the Children’s Defense Fund, Cincinnati public Schools, and Local (citizen) School Decision Making Committees to promote the US Department of Education program "Schools as Centers for Community Learning".
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Cincinnati Homeless Resources Map (2002)
The Community Design Center provided technical assistance to the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati by mapping resources available to homeless persons in downtown Cincinnati and Clifton neighborhoods.
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St. Anthony Village (2002)
The Community Design Center is providing technical assistance to a community non-profit for the rehabilitation and development of new housing units in the underserved Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.
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Glendale Comprehensive Plan (2002)
The Community Design Center led a planning research effort for Glendale, Ohio, America's oldest planned suburb and National Historic Landmark.
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Over-the-Rhine Comprehensive Plan (2002)
Staff of the UCCDC partnered with OTR Landscape Architecture and Environmental Graphic Firms to provide illustrative Urban Design work for issue areas designated by the Over-the-Rhine Coalition.
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Midwest Mayors' Institute on City Design (2001)
For the third year the Community Design Center led the Midwest Regional Mayor’s Institute on City Design.
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FEMA Windstorm Mitigation Research and Design (2001)
Following the 2000 tornado disaster in Xenia Ohio, the Community Design Center was requested by FEMA to assist in illustrating windstorm damage mitigation techniques for the construction of wood frame houses.
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Cincinnati Health Department Window Guard Prototype (2001)
The Community Design Center provided industrial design services to the City of Cincinnati Health Department to research and design a prototype window guard to protect children from accidental falls. The Health Department statistics on child facilities indicate the need to provide safety measures to reduce accidental falls.
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Interior Display Design for Civil Rights Leader Referend Fred Shuttlesworth (2001)
The Community Design Center designed an interior display of the life and honors of Civil Rights Leader Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth who has been an important figure in the national civil rights movement for more than half a century.
Charlie's 3/4 House Bathroom Addition (2001)
The Community Design Center provided professional architectural service to this non-profit drug and alcohol dependency program for a facilities expansion.
Schematic Design for Housing and Parking on South Vine Street (2001)
The Community Design Center provided service to Downtown Cincinnati Incorporated and the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce to visualize housing and parking development options near the intersection of Vine Street and Central Parkway.
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Springboro and Canal Winchester Design Charrette (2001)
The Community Design Center worked with the UUP Design Center's Network along with Kent State University to provide services throughout the state for urban design and urban design research.
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Salem Avenue Corridor Design Charrette (2001)
A three day design charrette was organized by the Community Design Center to examine and propose design solutions for the Salem Avenue Corridor in Dayton Ohio.
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Waterfront Workshop (1997)
Staff on CDC assisted the Riverfront Advisory Council in assembling background material for a workshop on a future Cincinnati Riverfront development held in May 1997 with representatives from the Waterfront Center, a planning consultant from Washington DC.
Burnet Woods Urban Ecology Center (1997)
The Community Design Center managed a research effort to determine the feasibility of programming, designing, and funding a state of the art urban environmental education center in Burnet Woods (adjacent to the UC Clifton Campus)
Park Nature Program Video (1997)
Center staff assisted Park Board Naturalist in archiving slides to make a narrated digital video of Park Board Nature Programs. The video will be used to publicize City Park Program.
Student Competition (1997)
The Community Design Center sponsored a UC student competition to design a vending cart for newspaper produced by the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless.
Findlay Market Web Page (1997)
The Community Design Center assisted the City Department of Economic Development in developing a World Wide Web pages to disseminate information about the market and neighborhood revitalization.
Research: Zoning Issues as Barriers to Affordable Home Ownership in Avondale and Corryville (1997)
The Community Design Center, as a co-principal investigator with Professor Brenda Scheer, conducted a study to examine current patterns of zoning and historic zoning changes that have impacted the housing patterns of the Avondale and Corryville neighborhood.
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Habitat for Humanity (1997)
The Community Design Center provided architectural design and specifications for a single family house in Westchester, Ohio. This design work was provided for the Westchester Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and will be constructed through volunteer labor for a pre-selected low income family.
Findlay Market Housing (1997)
As a part of the market revitalization plan, buildings around the Findlay Market square are proposed to be redeveloped into viable mixed income housing above market related commercial storefronts. CDC conducted a survey of more than twenty buildings around the market square and will provide optimal floorplan proposals for restoring these upper floors to functional residential use.
The Miami Glen Performing Arts Center Master Plan, Perrinstown, Ohio (1997)
The Community Design Center created a master plan for a performing arts center to include a performance hall, practice and meeting spaces, and an outdoor theater on a 40 acre site near Perrinstown, Ohio.
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Lighthouse Industries Training Center (1997)
The Community design Center initiated work by providing a physical survey and a schematic plan for the renovation of a 40,000 s.f. warehouse space intended for a manufacturing training program in the Over-the-Rhine district of Downtown Cincinnati.
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Covington Commons (1997)
The Community Design Center provided a planning study to the City of Covington and the Covington Business Council for the feasibility of locating a new public open space in Covington.
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Race Street Identity Plan (1997)
The Race Street Streetscape, Graphic Identity, and Wayfinding Plan is a physical improvement plan intended to enhance the aesthetic and functional aspects of Downtown Cincinnati's major retail district.
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Evanston NBD Plan (1997)
The Evanston Community Council requested additional design services from the Community Design Center as a refinement and extension of the work that academic studio provided.
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Reuse of Riverfront Stadium (1997)
Staff at the Community Design Center modeled a proposal for the residential conversion of Riverfront Stadium. A 3-d computer model was created and rendered.
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Findlay Market Vending Carts (1997)
The Community Design Center provided design assistantce as part of a design team funded in part by the City of Cincinnati Department of Economic Development to revitalize the market house and the district around it.
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Artworks 96, Urban Gateway (1996)
The Community Design Center provided in-kind services and direct funding to the first year of this innovative youth employment program. The program employs 100 14-18 year old "apprentices" during an eight week period working in the areas of Design Arts, Performing Arts, Photography, and Urban Design.