About

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 University
College of Architecture and Planning

The Ohio State University
Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture

University of Cincinnati
School of Architecture and Interior Design

University of Kentucky
College of Design, School of Architecture

University of Michigan
Architecture Program, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

In addition Indiana University School of Art & Design interior design students will create an installation at North Christian Church with the help of a designer-in-residence.

49262

Ball State University

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

The Ohio State University

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

University of Cincinnati

Alchemy: the process of transmuting base matter into gold. The studio drew inspiration from both the sensual material manifestations of Girard and Saarinen and the hard facts of industrial production in the Midwest. We were especially interested in industrial detritus, and how, through re-consideration and crafting of these left-over materials, a new appreciation for the embodied energies can emerge.

Indelible Pattern(s)

University of Kentucky

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.

Cloud / Bank

University of Michigan

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.

Synergia

Indiana University Bloomington

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.