Design Review pp 119-132 | Cite as

Discretionary Design Review:Shaping Downtown Cincinnati

  • Hayden May


The city of Cincinnati has a long history of urban design review. The city began review of important projects in the mid-1960s, when Fountain Square was developed in the heart of the city. The Urban Design Review Board is composed of three design professionals and one community business leader appointed by the city manager on the recommendation of the director of the Department of Economic Development. The board has enjoyed a relatively stable membership since its initiation. David Niland, Professor of Architecture at the University of Cincinnati, has been one of the design professionals on the board since its inception. Fred Lazarus, respected community business leader, has served as chair of the board for twenty-two years. The other current design professionals are Jayanta Chatterjee, Dean of the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, University of Cincinnati, and Hayden May, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Miami University.


Visual Character City Council Tall Building Board Meeting Urban Design 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. City of Cincinnati City Planning Commission. 1987. “Downtown Development.” Chapter 24 of the Zoning Code, September 11.Google Scholar
  2. Editorial. 1992. “Downtown.” Cincinnati Enquirer, June 21.Google Scholar
  3. Findsen, Owen. 1991. “Cesar Pelli Has Designs on the Arts.” Cincinnati Enquirer, December 1.Google Scholar
  4. Gale, Oliver M., ed. 1986. Cincinnati 2000 Plan: A Comprehensive Development Plan for Downtown, prepared by the Working Review Committee, November 3.Google Scholar
  5. Gale, Oliver M., ed. 1990. Cincinnati 2000 Plan Review Commit-tee. Report to the City Planning Commission and City Council, December.Google Scholar
  6. Green, Rick. 1991. “City Urged to Revive Square-Project Idea.” Cincinnati Enquirer, May 4.Google Scholar
  7. Harrington, Jeff. 1990. “Lending Squeeze May Slow Square.” Cincinnati Enquirer, June 24.Google Scholar
  8. Harrington, Jeff. 1990. “Scraping the Cincinnati Sky.” Cincin-nati Enquirer, June 30.Google Scholar
  9. Harrington, Jeff. 1990. “Panel OKs Tower Design.” Cincinnati Enquirer, August 1.Google Scholar
  10. Harrington, Jeff. 1992. “Art-Center Foes Take the Stage.” Cin-cinnati Enquirer, July 30.Google Scholar
  11. Thomas, Scipio. 1990. “Building’s Design Unpopular.” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 1.Google Scholar
  12. Turnbull, William. 1987. Statement of Design Intent Schematic Design Phase, June 29.Google Scholar
  13. Urban Design Review Board. October 28, 1987. Minutes of October 20 board meeting.Google Scholar
  14. Urban Design Review Board. February 18, 1988. Minutes of February 11 board meeting.Google Scholar
  15. Urban Design Review Board. June 13, 1988. Minutes of May 31 board meeting.Google Scholar
  16. Urban Design Review Board. June 27, 1988a. Minutes of June 15 board meeting.Google Scholar
  17. Urban Design Review Board. June 27, 1988b. Minutes of June 20 boardmeeting.Google Scholar
  18. Urban Design Review Board. November 14, 1988. Minutes of November 10 board meeting.Google Scholar
  19. Urban Design Review Board. March 28, 1989. Minutes of March 27 board meeting.Google Scholar
  20. Urban Design Review Board. December 9, 1991. Minutes of December 5 board meeting.Google Scholar
  21. Urban Design Review Board. April 2, 1992. Minutes of March 31 board meeting.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hayden May
    • 1
  1. 1.Miami University of OhioUSA

Personalised recommendations