Entry Portal is an experiential passageway inviting guests to visit the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program’s public gallery and to enjoy events held at the school. While the Republic Building is set back from the urban fabric of the city and has discreet entrances, this installation serves as a bold new gateway—an embodiment of the school’s desire to extend a welcoming hand to the local community and visitors alike. Of course, doors open both ways, and Entry Portal equally encourages students to engage with and learn from Columbus’ unparalleled architectural heritage, and the community that made it possible.

Materials - CNC-milled ultra-high-molecular-weight (UHMW) polyethylene plastic panels; painted steel frame

Sponsors

ESL-Spectrum

Indiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences Ostrom Grants Program

Indiana Custom Fabrication

Indiana University MAD LABS

Tovey-Perry Co.

Daniel Luis Martinez and Etien Santiago are assistant professors in Indiana University’s J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program based in Columbus, Indiana. Their personal research investigates how new technologies relate to politics, society, craft, and place.

Martinez researches architecture at the intersection of analog craft and digital technology with a focus on relating the potential of digital design methodologies to the values of place. Co-founder of LAA Office, a multi-disciplinary design studio, Martinez holds a master of architecture degree from the University of Florida and has worked at leading architectural practices in New York, including Allied Works and Weiss/Manfredi.

Santiago is an architect and historian who investigates the impact of new technologies on architecture and society. He holds a master of architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he is completing a doctoral dissertation that uncovers how modern architects revolutionized affordable housing by borrowing materials and building methods developed during World War I. Santiago has worked for architectural firms including the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa, Italy.

My research aims to understand a moment of transition in our culture from a tradition of analog craft towards a more automated, digital future. I believe that paradigm shifts in society, such as the one we are currently experiencing in terms of fabrication and representation, provide a rich context for exploring architecture’s capacity to embody civic and social ideals. – Daniel Luis Martinez

The purpose of my historical research is to tease out the ideas that lie buried within past material designs; the goal of my design work is to explore how new ideas about the world as a whole can lead us to unprecedented kinds of material designs. – Etien Santiago

The history of newspaper publishing in Columbus begins with Isaac M. Brown, whose family went on to found The Republic. The Republic commissioned this building as an architectural metaphor for freedom of the press. Accordingly, the printing press and editorial offices were wrapped in glass, placed for all to see at the civic center of Columbus. In 2012 the building was designated as a National Historic Landmark, and today houses the Indiana University J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program, part of the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design.