2020 Symposium Archive of Conversations

This Fall, the 2020 Exhibit Columbus Symposium explored the question, What is the Future of the Middle City? through a series of eight online conversations. We invited architects, designers, artists, academics, and thinkers to examine this question through the lens of four topics from a global perspective, as well as relating them to our community of Columbus, Indiana. For those of you who missed the live-streamed conversations, the archive of videos can be viewed here.

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Tuesday, September 15

Thematic Conversation: Futures and Technologies

This conversation brought together futurists Dan Hill and Radha Mistry to discuss how strategic foresight and storytelling influence design. Moderated by Markus Fairs, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief, Dezeen.

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Thursday, September 17

Columbus Conversation: Futures and Technologies

Learn more about Miller Prize recipients Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream the Combine, in this conversation with Cindy Frey, President of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Wayne Eckerle of Cummins Inc in a dialogue about how innovation drives designs of the future. Moderated by Donna Sink, Rowland Design.

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Tuesday, September 29

Thematic Conversation: Resiliency and Climate Adaptation

This conversation asked designer Iñaki Alday and landscape architect Kate Orff to reflect on how their practices are responding through landscape architecture and research to local and planetary climate crises. Moderated by Iker Gil, 2020–21 Curator, Exhibit Columbus.

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Thursday, October 1

Columbus Conversation: Resiliency and Climate Adaptation

What is Columbus’ past and future relationship with its own ecology and resiliency? Miller Prize recipients Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo of Ecosistema Urbano joined Heather Pope, City of Columbus Director of Redevelopment, landscape architects Rachel Kavathe and Randy Royer, and CORE project manager Jason Larrison in a dialogue that looks at Columbus’ historic relationship to its waterways and future ecological initiatives through the Riverfront Redevelopment Plan, and the introduction of pollinator parks to our community. Moderated by Janice Shimizu, Exhibit Columbus / Ball State University.

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Tuesday, October 13

Thematic Conversation: Arts and Community

In this roundtable conversation between architect and urban designer Paola Aguirre, artist-writer-researcher Matthew Fluharty and artist and design strategist De Nichols, these experts discussed how arts spaces and cultural organizations are shaping the future of the middle—rural, urban, and points in-between. Moderated by Anne Surak, Director, Exhibit Columbus.

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Thursday, October 15

Columbus Conversation: Arts and Community

How might community-led cultural initiatives bring people together today and meaningfully improve tomorrow’s civic life? Featuring Miller Prize recipients Ann Lui and Craig Reschke of Future Firm and Sam Jacob of Sam Jacob Studio in discussion with community members Jadon Darnell, Austin Lewis, Jessica Schnepp, and Kate Thomas this conversation highlighted the ways that grassroots creative networks, Friends of the Crump Theater and NOMAD, are at the front lines of preserving cultural arts spaces, and creating platforms that amplify voices and foster creativity as community assets. Moderated by Bryony Roberts of Bryony Roberts Studio.

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Tuesday, October 27

Thematic Conversation: Indigenous Futures and Radical Thinking

In this roundtable conversation between designer Chris Cornelius, The Land Institute Founder Wes Jackson, artist/architect Joar Nango, and speculative artist and designer Ash Smith these experts discussed lessons, past and future, of this land and indigenous design, and how alternative voices and perspectives in relations to land, agriculture, and ways of making might reimagine North American narratives. Moderated by Mimi Zeiger, 2020–21 Curator, Exhibit Columbus.

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Thursday, October 29

Columbus Conversation: Indigenous Futures and Radical Thinking

Whose voices shape an equitable future for Columbus? Miller Prize recipient Olalekan Jeyifous joined Whitney Amuchastegui, Executive Director of Su Casa Columbus and Carolina Castoreno-Santana, Executive Director of the American Indian Center of Indiana in a discussion that addressed how collaboration, alternative histories, and multiple narratives might play a role in the design of an inclusive future. Moderated by Scott Shoemaker, Eiteljorg Museum.

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