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Pop Up City
Pop Up City is a tool or activating vacant properties, testing ideas or uture urban development, andcreating short-term, portable places o urban activity. Te program was established by the ClevelandUrban Design Collaborative (CUDC) at Kent State University as a way to shine a spotlight on someo the more interesting underused buildings and sites in a depopulating city.Instead o ocusing on permanent development, Pop Up City enables residents to re-make the city everyday – just the way we want it – through short-term events and temporary interventions. Ten itdisappears and we start all over again tomorrow.Pop Up City has been involved in over 10 temporary use projects, including:Leap Night (Feb. 2008) - A transormation o the Flats East Bank into an entertainment venue
complete with ood vendors, snowboard rail competition, skating rink and bonres. Projectsupporters included Boston Mills-Brandywine, Civic Innovation Lab and Te Wolstein Group.Electric Roller Discoech (Aug. 2009) - For one night, the vacant third oor o the Lef Electric
Building was reprogrammed as a wildly popular indoor roller skating rink. Partners included theCleveland Executive Fellowship and St. Clair Superior Development Corporation.Te Bridge Project (Sept. 2009) - Te lower level o the Detroit-Superior Bridge was re-opened to
the public or a two day event including installations and perormances by local artists, drawingover 8,000 attendees. Partners included Ingenuity Festival and All Go Signs.Cleveland Stories: true until proven otherwise is an investigation into the real and imagined history o the city o Cleveland. Tis project was intitiated by Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban DesignCollaborative (CUDC) in collaboration with the Cleveland Institute o Art. It will take place in 2011 with support rom the George Gund Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.Cleveland Stories has three components: a journal publication, gallery exhibition and neighborhoodinterventions.Te 2011 issue o the CUDC’s annual journal, Urban Inll, will be devoted to historical and ctionalaccounts o Cleveland’s past—stories that are grounded in the physical environment and specicgeographies o the city. Te journal will have two sections:
that the physical orm o a city can be manipulated to reveal hidden stories.
narratives can be translated into public space design. In efect, we would like to re-write Cleveland’shistory and use the city’s narratives as a creative springboard or temporary, place-based designinterventions.