Thank U, Next serves as a destination for people from all parts of the city and from all backgrounds to have shared experiences. This project thanks civic leaders and past architects for their highly formal contributions to Washington Street, but also looks to create the next precedent for an alternative that is welcoming to a full range of socio-economic diversity. An urban plaza that is flexible, reconfigurable, and playful—Thank U, Next is designed to provide a place for social and cultural togetherness through a calendar of community-based programming that brings Washington Street to life with a bold spirit of inclusivity.

Materials - CNC milled and laminated PVC

Installation Sponsor

Columbus Museum of Art and Design

Fabrication Partner

Kramer Furniture and Cabinet Makers

LA-Más is a non-profit urban design organization, led by co-executive directors Elizabeth Timme and Helen Leung, that helps lower-income and underserved communities shape their own growth by creating projects that are alternative models of development.

Timme’s training in architecture and design and Leung’s background in public policy and planning allow LA-Más to engage thoughtfully with the communities they serve. Faced with LA’s housing shortage, LA-Más has not only designed the city's pilot project on accessory dwelling units, but also advocated for more backyard homes and is creating a new resident-led affordable housing program using the Section 8 program.

Columbus demonstrates how to build contextually with the resources of a small-town. In the same vein, our work does the same thing. The communities we support lack the fiscal resources to be able to make all of the changes they need so we fill that gap by playing a blended role. Our expertise in architecture and policy not only allows us to build with the community in mind but to set a foundation with government partners to improve the process altogether.