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2010 DAAP Fashion Show dazzles sold-out crowd, top names in fashion

Considered to be one of the 50 things to do before you die, the 59th Annual Macy’s Fashion Show dazzled a sold-out crowd of 1,500 in Uptown Cincinnati while hundreds more participated in overflow watch parties nearby.  The 2010 class of graduates showcased their work for some of the top names in the industry as they gathered in Cincinnati to recruit some of the best new fashion design talents.

For the second straight year, Seven/Seventy-Nine was tasked with creating videos that introduced each section of the show. With the themes – Adapt, Transform, Evolve – of this year’s show in mind, Seven/Seventy-Nine created the following videos to introduce and compliment the exciting visual experience that was the 2010 DAAP Fashion Show.

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DAAP Works 2010 to showcase world’s best design projects

Each year those graduating from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning put on a show of their final work for visitors from all over the nation. DAAP Works 2010 will highlight the creative work of students from the internationally acclaimed Architecture, Urban Planning, Digital Design, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Industrial Design programs.

This year’s exhibition will run from Tuesday, June 8 through Saturday, June 12. DAAP Works 2010 is free and open to the public, and is open on Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm, Wednesday through Friday from 9am to 9pm, and Saturday from 12pm to 2pm. The week-long showcase will be highlighted on Friday night with the 59th Annual Macy’s Fashion Show.

The primary DAAP Works exhibition will be held inside the Aronoff Center for Design & Art and the Meyers Gallery both located on UC’s main campus (map). Visitors will be treated to a variety of visual displays including architectural models, product design, digital animation, fashion showcases, art installations and more.

This year’s graduating class includes UrbanCincy writer, and Interior Design graduate, Jennifer Kessler.  Jennifer’s final project is a design for a children’s library in Over-the-Rhine that utilizes a historic structure along Clay Street.  The Children’s Library of Over-the-Rhine’s design concept is based around a nook concept and will be on display on the building’s 4000 level near the DAAP Cafe.

Considered to be one of the 50 things to do before you die, the 59th Annual Macy’s Fashion Show will take place at 8pm inside UC’s award-winning Campus Recreation Center (CRC) where another sold-out crowd of 1,500 is expected. Tickets are required for this event and cost $40 for general admission to the show or $50 for preferred seating. Tickets are also available for a cocktail reception prior to the show for $40, and the VIA After party for $20. Those unable to attend the fashion show in person are able to purchase $20 tickets for a live simulcast that includes access to the VIA After party located directly outside the CRC. All tickets can be purchased online or by calling (513) 451-6191.

News Transportation

Cincinnati Aims to Double Number of Cyclists by 2015

Cincinnati has been making bold efforts recently to establish itself a more bicycle friendly city. New bike lanes, sharrows, on-street bicycle parking, bicycle parking development requirements, a bike share program, a bicycle commuter station and a bold new Bicycle Transportation Plan are all helping to change Cincinnati’s bicycling community for the better.

So far, the City’s Department of Transportation & Engineering has made bicycle infrastructure improvements in several city neighborhoods including Clifton, University Heights, O’Bryonville, Walnut Hills and Northside. City officials hope that the new bicycle infrastructure and public policy will double the number of people bicycling regularly for transportation in five years. Many local bicycling advocated believe that some of those future improvements need to start happening now.

“We’re urging the City to immediately begin putting bike lanes and other improvements in place on Riverside Drive, Madison Road and Spring Grove Avenue,” stated Gary Wright, President, Queen City Bike. “Those three streets must be a critical part of any serious bike network in the City, and doing this now will show that this is not a plan that will sit on the shelf.”

Of those three streets Wright mentioned, Madison Road is scheduled to be repaved this year making for a perfect opportunity to install bike lanes at the least possible cost to a major transportation route between eastern neighborhoods like Hyde Park to the center city.

Wright adds that Spring Grove Avenue runs right through the epicenter of Cincinnati’s bike culture in Northside and that additional investment along Riverside Drive could bolster that corridor from the popular recreation route it is now to something much more.

“Adding bike lanes now and making other changes to slow traffic through the East End community will encourage more people to give street riding a try while also doing a lot to enhance the neighborhood,” Wright explained. “Bike lanes along Riverside will not serve as a substitute for completing the Ohio River Trail, but they will also make the Little Miami Trail connection planned for Lunken more accessible to a few more riders right away.”

Following eight months of surveys, open houses and on-the-street focus groups, the City is ready to release a draft of the plan and receive final comments from the public. The release of this plan will take place on Wednesday, May 5 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (map).

The Bicycle Transportation Plan calls for additional infrastructure improvements, educational and encouragement efforts, and enforcement programs. Those interested in providing feedback may do so by contacting the City with comments online or by calling (513) 591-6000 prior to Friday, May 14.