For more than 70 years the modest American city of Columbus, Indiana, has shown the world that good design can create an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Today, Columbus consistently ranks among the best cities of its size, and its exceptional design heritage includes seven National Historic Landmarks.
Exhibit Columbus seeks to celebrate Columbus’ design heritage while making it relevant to new audiences. Exhibit Columbus is the signature project of Landmark Columbus, which was created in 2015 to “care for the design heritage of Columbus and inspire communities to invest in the traditions and values that use architecture, art, and design to improve people’s lives and make cities stronger.”
The 2019 exhibition opens to the public on August 24 and will include five Miller Prize Installations, five Washington Street Installations, six University Design Research Fellowships, and the Columbus High School Design Team from Bartholomew County School Corporation’s C4 Program. The entire exhibition will be tied together with a dynamic wayfinding and graphic design system by Thirst.
The 2018 National Symposium, Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation, took place September 26–29, 2018, and featured four days of engaging programming that explored how architecture, art, and design are being used to make people and cities stronger, and how new approaches to preservation are positively incorporating modern heritage into the future of cities.