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Landmark Columbus’ most visible impact is found in Exhibit Columbus: our annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community, which alternates programming between symposium and exhibition years, and features the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition.

More than 50,000 people experienced the inaugural exhibition in 2017 and nearly 100 news articles from regional, national, and international publications were generated about it.

Columbus, Ind. Renews Its Big Design Legacy

By Ted Loos in New York Times

"It has an unusual depth of remarkable modern, postmodern and contemporary architecture, making it one of America’s most design-sophisticated communities...But the most iconic structures were constructed decades ago, and so the town, with a “let’s put on a show” spirit, has decided to breathe new life into the local legacy."

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Exhibit Columbus: A New Era of Celebrating Design

By Amanda Dameron in Dwell

"We are at our best when we collaborate; communities thrive when citizens share a commitment to the future. This is perfectly illustrated in Columbus, Indiana, the site of many an architecture student’s pilgrimage. Here, a family’s dedication to modern design led to a rich, and arguably unmatched, urban tapestry."

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Columbus, Indiana…Don’t call it a comeback

By Matt Shaw in The Architects Newspaper

"So what is the impact of Exhibit Columbus and its continuation? For the locals, it is about education and a re-engagement with the design heritage and legacy. But the exhibition can’t escape being relevant globally, and it has much to offer as a living, urban laboratory."

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Local response to Exhibit Columbus opening great start for community

Staff Reports in The Republic

"Residents have been flocking to the works to see what they’re like, and the works have become great conversation starters. Social media has been lit up with photographs and comments about the installations. Exhibit Columbus has been a big hit with younger residents, too."

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Architects take to the streets for the inaugural edition of Exhibit Columbus

By Sam Lubell in Wallpaper*

"Home to more than 80 buildings, landscapes, and public artworks by internationally noted architects and artists – including Eero and Eliel Saarinen, IM Pei, Kevin Roche, Harry Weese, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown to name just a few – Columbus, Indiana (population 46,000) is one of the most extraordinary design cities in the world."

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Exhibit Columbus: A midwest town reasserts its modern architectural heritage

By Patrick Sisson in Curbed

"Still, amid the small town charm and rows of Victorian buildings, Columbus is as much about the bold future as the warmly nostalgic past. Just look up at the architecture. Thanks to the patronage of J. Irwin Miller, the area’s midcentury industrial titan, this small city of 46,000 boasts more modern architectural marvels per capita than just about anywhere else in the country, and perhaps the world."

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These 7 Groups are Blending Research, Activism, and Critical Thought in Architecture

By Vera Sacchetti

"Founded in 2015 to celebrate the rich architectural heritage of Columbus, Indiana, preservation group Landmark Columbus launched a multiyear initiative called Exhibit Columbus with a symposium in the fall of 2016 and a competition for the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize."

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Why Columbus, Indiana Matters

By David Sokol

"Yet a trove of avant-garde architecture—seven National Historic Landmarks from the mid-20th century and many more buildings that exemplify design since then—suggests that the city, population 45,000, prefers to look forward. When it opens in August, the design initiative Exhibit Columbus—in its second year, comprising 15 installations throughout downtown—will underscore this pairing of heartland and modernism."

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Recent Articles

Columbus Reconsidered: Can Exhibit Columbus help spur a renewed appreciation for this Midwestern Epicenter of Modernism?

By Mimi Zeiger

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Miller Prize Winners to Design Installations for Columbus Landmarks

By Symone Garvett

Architect Magazine →


Design Renaissance in Columbus, Indiana

By David Sokol

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At Exhibit Columbus, Students Get a Chance to Test Their Ideas in the Real World

By Nicholas Korody

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Design Destination: Discover Exhibit Columbus

By Abigail Stone

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18 Great Summer Escapes

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Exhibit Columbus: A Midwest Town Reasserts its Modern Architectural Heritage

By Patrick Sisson

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Curbed’s guide to architectural tourism across the U.S.

By Patrick Sisson

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Snarkitecture and Formafantasma create street installations for Exhibit Columbus.

By Dan Howarth

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Exhibit Columbus: A New Era of Celebrating Design

By Amanda Dameron in Dwell

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Get the Scoop on Exhibit Columbus with Designer Jonathan Nesci

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Interactive Initiative Brings Art, Architecture and Design into Focus in Columbus.

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Exhibit Columbus: An Expert’s Review

By Sarah Green

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Columbus’s New World

By Ed Stocker

Monocle →


Hello, Columbus: A small Indiana Town Gives Chicago A Run For Its Architectural Legacy

By Philip Berger

New City →


A tiny town in Indiana is a must-see mecca of mid-century modern design

By Anne Quito

Quartz →


Why Columbus, Indiana, Should Be On Your Design Itinerary This Year

By Ian Volner

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Architects take to the streets for the inaugural edition of Exhibit Columbus

By Sam Lubell in Wallpaper*

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Articles by Year

2017

Anticipation Builds for Architecture: Exhibit Columbus to Reveal 18 New Installations
By Brian Blair
June 7, 2017
The Republic


Complementary Creation: Los Angeles Designers Accent Irwin Conference Center
By Brian Blair
March 25, 2017
The Republic


Design Work at Library Plaza to Give Columbus a Lift
By Brian Blair
February 4, 2017
The Republic


First (Christian) Things First
By Brian Blair
January 24, 2017
The Republic


Student Design Selected for Event: ‘Between the Threads’ Earns Spot at Exhibit Columbus Architectural Exhibit
By Brian Blair
March 8, 2017
The Republic


An Indiana Town’s Big Bet on International Business Pays Off.
By Will Connors
April 10, 2017
The Wall Street Journal


Indiana Town Preserves its Historic Architecture, Without a Protective Law
By Will Connors
April 10, 2017
The Wall Street Journal


Towns Global Business Pays Off
By Will Connors
April 11, 2017
The Wall Street Journal


Up-and-Coming Architects receive chance to design Columbus’ future
By Steve Mannheimer
January 9, 2017
Indy Star


Winners of Architect Competition Revealed
By Steve Mannheimer
January 8, 2017
Indy Star


Awaiting an Encore: Crump Theatre Caretakers Hope for a New Investor
By Julie McClure
February 5, 2017
The Republic


Why Every Design Fan Should Visit Columbus, Indiana
By Tim McKeough
April 12, 2017
Architectural Digest


Exhibit Columbus Names Miller Prize Winners
By Mather Messner
January 9, 2017
The Architects Newspaper


Art Project’s Inclusion of Students Great Opportunity
March 8, 2017
The Republic


Community Plan to Preserve Architectural Gems Sensible
February 5, 2017
The Republic


These Independent Groups are Blending Research, Activism, and Critical Thought in Architecture
By Vera Sacchetti
April 11, 2017
Metropolis


2016


Exhibition Revives Dormant Architectural Legacy of Columbus, Indiana
By Jake Bittle
September 29, 2016
Architectural Record


Behind the Design: Architecture Symposium Draws Almost 500
By Brian Blair
October 02, 2016
The Republic

Exhibit Columbus Has Eye on the Prize
By Brian Blair
July 01, 2016
The Republic


Exhibit Columbus Symposium Coming to City
By Brian Blair
April 30, 2016
The Republic

Helping 'a Beacon' Shine On
By Brian Blair
January 16, 2016
The Republic


Landmark Advocate Pushes for Tax Breaks for Filmmakers
By Brian Blair
August 05, 2016
The Republic

Panel Discussion Explores Architecture’s Role
By Brian Blair
September 23, 2016
The Republic


Speaker: Artwork Shapes Outlook
By Brian Blair
April 30, 2016
The Republic


Symposium Logo Pays Homage to Millers, Top Designers
By Brian Blair
September 29, 2016
The Republic


The Little-Known Indiana Town That Modernism Built
By Diana Budds
October 31, 2016
Fast Company


Best of Indy Editors' Picks: Filmmakers, Finales and Fine Arts
October 12, 2016
NUVO


Columbus, Indiana, Launches Design Biennial to Highlight Modern Architecture Heritage
By Barbara Eldredge
May 09, 2016
Curbed


Attention Modernist Architecture Lovers: Visit Columbus, Indiana.
By Shaunacy Ferro
October 27, 2016
Mental Floss


Building Columbus, and Some of the Country's Best Architecture
By Dan Grossman
July 27, 2016
NUVO


Some Thoughts on Exhibit Columbus
By Dan Grossman
October 3, 2016
NUVO


Is Columbus's Modernist Legacy at Risk?
By Karim Reed
July 2016
Architect Magazine


Exhibit Columbus Coaxes City Beyond Historic Preservation | Arts and Music - Indiana Public Media
By Yaël Ksander in Arts and Music - Indiana Public Media
September 22, 2016
Indiana Public Media


Public Art Fosters Community Ownership
By Harry McCawley
March 03, 2016
The Republic


Exhibit Columbus Kicks Off
By Dan McGowan
Inside Indiana Business


Exhibit Columbus Kicks off with Public Symposium
By Mathew Messner
October 07, 2016
The Architects Newspaper


Ten finalists present installation proposals for Exhibit Columbus
By Mathew Messner
December 20, 2016
The Architects Newspaper


Columbus’s ‘Foundations and Futures’ Celebrates City’s Unique Architectural Heritage
September 27, 2016
WFHB


Exhibit Columbus Design Event Proved Great Showcase of City
October 13, 2016
The Republic


Exhibit Columbus Leaders Bring in Speaker from Grand Rapids
June 28, 2016
The Republic


You’ve Got This: What Three Elements in the City Inspired the Exhibit Columbus Logo?
September 28, 2016
The Republic


8 Must-See Columbus Artworks - Besides the Famed Architecture.
By Chris Sims
September 22, 2016
Limestone Post Magazine


One-to-One #41 with Deborah Berke
By Amelia Taylor-Hochberg
October 10, 2016
Archinect


No Sage on Stage: ‘Exhibit Columbus’ shines loving light on Indiana’s architectural hotspot, on Archinect Sessions #83
By Amelia Taylor-Hochberg
September 29, 2016
Archinect


Columbus, Indiana – “The New Detroit”?
December 14, 2016
The Architects Newspaper


2015


City Markets Pump House to Developers
By Megan Banta
February 16, 2015
The Republic


Big Numbers Help Tell Community's Tourism Story
By Brian Blair
August 27, 2015
The Republic


Walk This Way to Columbus' Most Unique Art
By Olivia Covington
October 18, 2015
The Republic


In Search of City's Lost Art
Jenny Elig
March 01, 2015
The Republic


Exhibit Columbus to Feature New J. Irwin and Xenia Miller Prize
May 5, 2015
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