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Exhibit Columbus kicks off with public symposium

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Robert Venturi's Number 4 Fire Station, in Columbus, Indiana. (Mandy/Wikimedia Commons)

This past weekend Exhibit Columbus launched its inaugural annual programming with a three-day symposium. Exhibit Columbus will alternate between symposiums and exhibitions in the modernist enclave of Columbus, Indiana.

Participants

Participants Rachel B. Hayes, studio:indigenous, Plan B Architecture & Urbanism speak with moderator T. Kelly Wilson, of the Indiana University Center of Art+Design. (Matthew Messner/AN)

The small city of Columbus is home to an unmatched collection of modernist architecture. In major part due to the Cummins Foundation Architecture Program’s support, the city is filled with projects by the likes of Eliel and Earo Saarinen, Perkins + Will, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Richard Meier, SOM, KPF, Roche Dinkeloo, Robert A. M. Stern, Caudill Rowlett Scott, Harry Weese, Kevin Roche, and Robert Venturi, to name a few. The Cummins Foundation supplements architecture fees for projects in the city that are designed by architects chosen from a list maintained by the Foundation. The incentive has led to schools, churches, factories, and corporate campuses commissioning some of the world’s most famous architects.

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Northern Christian Church by Eero Saarinen on the north side of Columbus Indiana. (Greg Hume/Wikimedia Commons)

The goal of Exhibit Columbus is to celebrate the city’s design heritage and bring new talent and attention to the area. This year’s symposium, “Foundations and Futures,” brought speakers and architects together to discuss the past and the future of the city and the field of architecture as a whole. The symposium also launched the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition, which will pit ten young offices in a head-to-head juried competition. The Miller Prize Competition will culminate in the 2017 Exhibit Columbus exhibition with five site-specific installations around the city.

This last weekend’s symposium brought historians, critics, clients, and architects together in panel discussions and lectures. Some of the speakers included Curbed Architecture Critic Alexandra Lange, Vitra Museum Chief Curator Jochen Eisenbrand, Fabio Gramazio of Gramazio Kohler, Bill Kreysler, president of Kreysler and Associates, and L. William Zahner, co-chair of A. Zahner Company. The Miller Prize participants also spoke on panel discussions throughout the symposium. Keynote discussions included conversations with Robert A. M. Stern and Deborah Berke, both of whom have built projects in the Columbus area.


The J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition participating offices include:

Aranda\Lasch
Tucson, AZ and New York, NY

Baumgartner + Uriu
Los Angeles, CA

Ball-Nogues Studio
Los Angeles, CA

Rachel B. Hayes Studio
Tulsa, OK

Höweler + Yoon
Boston, MA

Yugon Kim
Boston, MA

Johnston Marklee and Jonathan Olivares Design Research
Los Angeles, CA

Oyler Wu Collaborative
Los Angeles, CA

Plan B Architecture & Urbanism
New Haven, CT

studio:indigenous
Milwaukee, WI

These offices will be designing for five sites around the city, which include:

Bartholomew County Public Library
I.M. Pei and Partners

First Christian Church
Saarinen and Saarinen

Irwin Conference Center
Eero Saarinen and Associates

Cummins Corporate Office Building
Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates

Mill Race Park
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
with architecture by Stanley Saitowitz

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