Located on the grounds of Central Middle School and next to Lincoln Elementary, the University Installations showcase the cutting-edge work of five Midwestern universities with masters programs in architecture and design.
Ball State UniversityCollege of Architecture and Planning
The Ohio State UniversityAustin E. Knowlton School of Architecture
University of CincinnatiSchool of Architecture and Interior Design
University of KentuckyCollege of Design, School of Architecture
University of MichiganArchitecture Program, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
In addition, Indiana University School of Art & Design students and instructors have created an installation at North Christian Church.
Columbus, Indiana, is a “tower city” marked by vertical elements that encourage a viewer to direct their gaze upward. 49262 respects and references this verticality without replicating the same proportions. The object meets the earth with sparse perforations that grow in size and density as the height increases. The object blurs and then fades into the sky, creating a gradient between material and space.
INSCRIBED grew out of an exploration of scripted drawings that referenced procedural work from artists such as Sol Lewitt, Bridget Riley and Casey Reas. The resulting line work was then developed into a series of 3D printed panels that informed a structural framework. Cincinnati Incorporated generously provided expertise and equipment that were crucial to the project.
Alchemy is composed of a collection of salvaged and repurposed materials artfully arranged into a new experience that highlights their history. With a base of off-cut Indiana limestone, the outer wall of salvaged wood was etched with pictograms using a unique stamping tool created by the university design team. Central Middle School students got involved, contributing the drawings that inspired the pictograms. The interior space was created using hundreds of colorful ceramic tiles donated by Cincinnati’s historic Rookwood Pottery Company.
Indelible Pattern(s) aspires to communicate with the history of Columbus while leveraging contemporary techniques, technologies, and processes. Regulating lines, forms, and landscape in the immediate context inscribe the geometry with a sense of place, while other organizational rules evade, obfuscate, or delay direct comprehension. Voids frame iconic towers beyond, while pattern and geometry subtly allude to other unforgettable objects.
The design of Cloud / Bank has emerged from a series of details collected into an uneasy yet coherent whole. Our goal is to embody and communicate the historic legacy of the distributed networks of design and fabrication of both industry and agriculture in the Great Lakes / Midwest Region, as well as their current and latent potential.
Placed next to North Christian Church, Synergia’s ephemeral quality of light acts in conjunction with the spatial movements of compression and expansion, creating a place that fosters peace and reflection. Synergia embodies the reality of life, community, and harmony through simple parts working together to create a complex and light-filled space.