The Washington Street Civic Projects will showcase innovative work created by five mission-driven organizations dedicated to using architecture, art, and design to improve people’s lives, connect communities, and catalyze efforts to make cities more equitable and sustainable. As part of the 2019 exhibition, their projects will activate sites on and around Washington Street, Columbus’ downtown commercial and civic corridor, and will highlight the diverse efforts of the following organizations from across North America.

Borderless Studio (Chicago, IL)

Extrapolation Factory (New York, NY)

LA-Más (Los Angeles, CA)

People for Urban Progress (Indianapolis, IN)

PienZa Sostenible (Mexico City, Mexico)

In Columbus there is a long history of planning and, in particular, master planning for downtown, including a unifying design scheme for Washington Street created by Alexander Girard in 1965 and work by Paul Kennon and Robert Venturi in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2018, David Rubin Land Collective completed a yearlong community-based downtown development plan called “Envision Columbus.” For this year’s Exhibit Columbus exhibition, Washington Street Civic Project Leaders were asked to consider the history of planning and development of Washington Street, Columbus’s “Main Street,” as a place of civic and commercial evolution.