Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise

a pop-up rooftop performance venue and Cleveland Stories book release party
6:30 – 9:30 PM
Click here to view the Facebook Event Page 

You’re invited to join Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for the Hipp Deck event, as we celebrate the release of Cleveland Stories: true until proven otherwise, the fourth volume in our Urban Infill journal series. Cleveland Stories is an investigation into narrative-based approaches to urban design, exploring the ways that the physical form of a city can be manipulated to reveal hidden stories, real and imagined. The book release party will be held on the upper level of the 740 Euclid Ave. parking garage, an undulating hardscape with fantastic views of surrounding Downtown Cleveland. The Hipp Deck is a pop-up experiment that will transform the top deck into an open-air live performance venue and public green space, providing a much needed urban oasis for one unforgettable evening.

The parking garage is on the site of the former Hippodrome Theater, a nationally renowned venue, which was demolished in 1981. The Hipp Deck, a conjunction of Hippodrome and parking deck, will bring the illustrious past of the theater back to life, for one night, with live music performances and embody a hybrid vision for the future of our ever-present parking infrastructure.

The event is supported by the George Gund Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, in partnership with Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation, SPIRE Institute, Filtrexx, Opera Cleveland and Ampco System Parking.

Cleveland Stories will be available for purchase at the event for a discounted price of $10. Park in the 740 Euclid garage and receive the book for free!

For more information, please contact David at 216.357.3438 or

See you at the Hipp Deck!


If you’d like to see more photos from the first StorySlam (without my large ursine body blocking the view), then checkout the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative’s Facebook page and click on “Photos” to view our Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise photo album. We’re currently working on editing the video footage from the event, so you’ll be able to see and hear all the storytelling goodness soon!

In the meantime, we’d love to give you an opportunity to put your visual storytelling skills on display by entering our Cleveland Stories Shoebox Diorama Challenge! Simply construct a story you heard at the StorySlam (or one of your own invention) as a three-dimensional model in a shoebox. The most inventive dioramas will be exhibited in the Cleveland Stories exhibition at the CIA Reinberger Galleries from April 1 – April 30, 2011. Each winning diorama artist will receive $50! That’s a lot of honey! Diorama Entry Form

Dioramas must be delivered by 4pm on March 21, 2011 and can be dropped off at either the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (1309 Euclid Ave – Suite 200, Cleveland) or the Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Galleries (11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland).

If you need an idea for a place-based Cleveland story to tell through the timeless art of shoebox-diorama-making, then dive into our long list of historical resources. These stories are begging to be embodied in construction paper, glue and sequins. Alright, not all of them know they want sequins – that’s why it’s up to you to show how fabulous they could look!

Here are some Diorama making tips (in the rare case someone hasn’t recently made a shoebox diorama). I make a diorama of my den before every hibernation season, and I have 5 inch claws and no opposable thumb! So, this should be a breeze for humans!

I can’t wait to see your outside-the-shoebox creativity and hear more wonderful stories amidst the warm glow of an indoor campfire.

MC Story Bear