During the early 20th century the northwest corner of Franklin and Seventh Streets was occupied by a three story yellow brick building wherein phone calls from across the region were manually connected by switchboard operators. Such jobs, mostly held by women, became obsolete as technology advanced, and the building too had to adapt. Hired by Indiana Bell to reimagine the site in 1978, Paul Kennon added a reflective façade and brightly colored ventilation ducts, boldly showcasing the newly automated nature of the work taking place in the building, as well as trellises that once donned a curtain of wisteria vines.

Agency Landscape + Planning created a postcard campaign in early 2019 with the prompt: Tell us about a woman who changed your life. Personal memories and recollections of strong female leaders throughout history, and the city of Columbus, were gathered from the community and reinterpreted as the plant tags woven throughout XX.

Materials – Aluminum trusses, sustainably sourced ipe wood, perennial and annual pollinator plants, aluminum planters

Installation Sponsor

Haddad Foundation

Fabrication Sponsor

ESL-Spectrum

The J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Profile Films are a partnership between Exhibit Columbus and filmmaking collaborative Spirit of Space. Five short films offer a behind-the-scenes look at the stories and inspiration behind the Miller Prize installations in the 2019 Exhibition: Good Design and the Community.

Agency Landscape + Planning – 2019 Exhibition from Exhibit Columbus on Vimeo.

Agency Landscape + Planning was formed by landscape architect Gina Ford and urban planner Brie Hensold to address social equity, cultural vitality, and environmental resilience through design excellence, strategic planning, and community engagement.

While at Sasaki, Ford and Hensold confronted disaster and climate change through the Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery Planning project, working with that community to plan for long-term sustainability and resiliency. Their partnership was further forged through their participation in the Rebuild by Design competition, a two-year examination of the post-Hurricane Sandy landscape. Ford led Sasaki’s work on the ten-year Chicago Riverwalk project, a built landscape that showcases the big ideas that now shape Agency. In founding Agency, Ford and Hensold have deepened their commitment to a socially-minded, diverse, and creative practice focused in the public sector. Agency is currently leading the White River Vision Plan, a year-long strategic plan for 58 miles of the White River in Indiana.

Image Credits: Chicago Riverwalk; photo by Christian Phillips Photography. Rebuild by Design – Agency Landscape + Planning; Sasaki Associates.

"Columbus is made of modernism. A philosophy more than a style, modernism, (much like Agency’s socially-motivated mission), was fueled by a compelling sense of optimism and aspiration. It is an idea that what we design can be beautiful while also making people’s lives - and, in fact, collectively society’s lives––better and healthier. It is a belief that design is a tool for humanity to live its highest ideals."

During the early 20th century the northwest corner of Franklin and Seventh Streets was occupied by a three story yellow brick building wherein phone calls from across the region were manually connected by switchboard operators. Such jobs, mostly held by women, became obsolete as technology advanced, and the building too had to adapt.

Hired by Indiana Bell to reimagine the site in 1978, Paul Kennon added a reflective façade and brightly colored ventilation ducts, boldly showcasing the newly automated nature of the work taking place in the building, as well as trellises that once donned a curtain of wisteria vines.

Accessibility

XX is located on the sidewalk on flat ground.