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December 23, 2008

Redesigning Cleveland

Kathyrn J. Lincoln, chair of the board of directors at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Armando Carbonell, senior fellow and chair of the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute, were in Cleveland last week to announce the winners of the second annual Cleveland Design Competition.
       This is the second year that the Lincoln Institute has sponsored the design competition, which was initiated to solicit solutions in architecture, landscape architectiure, and urban design for greater Cleveland’s under-utilized or high-profile redevelopment sites.The site for the 2008 competition was near the West 65th Street Tunnel in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, a few minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Participants were asked to design an intergenerational playscape that activates the residual space around an existing multipuprose pathway connecting Cleveland’s west side neighborhoods to Edgewater Park and Lake Erie.
       While the pathway at the competition site is already used by residents and visitors of all generations and backgrounds, it functions solely as a passageway, precluding interaction and sustained activity. Designers were asked to go beyond existing convention to propose inclusive and creative solutions that elevate community play design.
       The winners were announced at a public reception and exhibition of over 55 entries sent in from teams in twelve different countries, held December 18 at the West 78th Street Studios in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Nini Spagl and Gerald Haselwanter of Austria were awarded the $2,500 first prize for a well-illustrated submission that activated the site through a landscape with seasonal variation and a combination of successful active and passive play opportunities.  Runner-up proposals were awarded to the team of Slyvain Delboy, Dimitri Boutleux, and Sarah Kassler of San Francisco, California for the $1,000 second prize, and the $500 third prize was awarded to Elise Shelley and James Roche of Toronto, Canada.
      The jury for Project 2008-interPLAY included Casey Jones, Partner, jones|kroloff in Bloomfield Hills, MI; Jawaid Haider, Professor of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; Barry Richards, Senior Associate/Studio Leader at the Rockwell Group in New York, NY; Patricia Stevens, Chief of Park Planning at the Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland; and Cathy Whitehouse, Principal and Chief Educator at The Integenerational School in Cleveland.
       For more information about the competition, or to see images from the winning submissions, visit
       The 2008 design comepition was organized by architectural professionals Michael Christoff and Bradley Fink along with advisory support from Steve Rugare of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and Greg Peckham of Cleveland Public Art. The partners and sponsors included the 2008 Awards Sponsor, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, Behnke and Associates, Cleveland Public Art, FORUM Architects, ParkWorks, Westlake Reed Leskosky, AIA Cleveland, and Cleveland Metroparks.
     The Lincoln Institute has deep roots in Cleveland -- founder John C. Lincoln was an industrialist and inventor there -- and the city was also the subject of the second documentary in the Making Sense of Place film series.


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