Mapping the Middle: Design Research Conversations
Saturday, October 2, 2021
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
First Christian Church courtyard
Free, open to the public

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Presented in partnership with Ball State University and Indiana University, as part of the 2021 Exhibit Columbus Exhibition

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Join us as we celebrate the work of this year's seven 2020-21 University Design Research Fellows. This new event, Mapping the Middle: Design Research Conversations, is a colloquium created in partnership with Ball State University and Indiana University on Saturday, October 2 in Columbus, Indiana. This free, one-day event will be outdoors in the courtyard of First Christian Church and will highlight the University Design Research Fellows as well as nationally recognized special guests. For this colloquium the Fellows will consider the many ways their research uses mapping as a tool or process to examine, reveal, and represent the world around us, and further connect to the theme, New Middles, From Main Street to Megalopolis, What is the Future of the Middle City.

Participating as special guests in the colloquium are internationally recognized design leaders Amale Andraos (pictured left), Dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Shannon Nichol (pictured right), landscape architect and founding partner of Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). Returning to Columbus to participate in the event are J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize recipients Dream the Combine (Minneapolis, MN and Ithaca, NY), and co-curators Iker Gil (Chicago, IL) and Mimi Zeiger (Los Angeles, CA). The 2020–21 University Design Research Fellows are Derek Hoeferlin, Joyce Hwang, Jei Jeeyea Kim, Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, Ang Li, Lola Sheppard and Mason White, and Natalie Yates.

Mapping the Middle graphics created by 2020–21 Environmental Design and Wayfinding graphic designer Jeremiah Chiu and includes map graphic by Scott Reinhard.

For this colloquium the Fellows will consider the many ways their research uses mapping as a tool or process to examine, reveal, and represent the world around us, and further connect to the theme, New Middles.