Welcome to the Making Your Mark on Moreland Call for Artists: Seeking a Creative Vision for Neighborhood Gateways and Historical Markers. The City of Shaker Heights, Ohio is seeking proposals from artists, designers, and architects for design concepts for two (2) neighborhood gateways and a series of historical markers that illustrate the important history of a culturally significant neighborhood in our City. We are looking for new and exciting ideas that will set a tone for the future of the historic Moreland neighborhood, with an immediate focus on locations in the southern section of the neighborhood. Our partners in this competition are Ingenuity Cleveland, and Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), who serve as our Advisory Committee.
The City of Shaker Heights was incorporated in 1912 and is one of the country’s first planned communities, known for its striking architecture, tree-lined streets and walkable neighborhoods. While the city has a reputation as a wealthy community with beautiful mansions, its original design included specific areas for smaller single-family and two-family homes creating economic and demographic diversity. The majority of land in the city (approximately 80%) is dedicated to housing, while 11% is devoted to commercial and retail uses and approximately 9% is public/institutional uses such as park land, municipal buildings, schools, and places of worship. There are no industrial facilities. Shaker Heights is a walkable, cosmopolitan and distinctive suburb just eight miles from downtown Cleveland.
The goal of this competition is to reimagine what neighborhood gateways and historical markers can be for this historically unique inner ring area. The Shaker Heights Moreland Call for Artists competition invites artists, designers, and architects to develop innovative and interesting ideas that reflect the community spirit