Kennedy and M.Arch Students Participate in “Exhibit Columbus,” opening August 26

Kennedy and M.Arch Students Participate in “Exhibit Columbus,” opening August 26

Architecture Lecturer Michael (Mick) Kennedy and Taubman College Master of Architecture students will design and build a temporary installation in Columbus, Indiana, as part of “Exhibit Columbus,” this fall. The installation will feature advanced manufacturing techniques in architectural design taught by Taubman College faculty and the project will be led by Kennedy.

This summer, the students will work on parts of the exhibition at the Taubman College FABLab to then be transported and built onsite in Columbus.

U-M is one of five universities selected to participate in Exhibit Columbus, along with 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; and the University of Kentucky College of Design, School of Architecture. Each university received $10,000 to support the cost of materials, fabrication and installation of the project.

The exhibition, set to open August 26, 2017 in Columbus, will be near Central Middle School, designed by Perkins + Will, and Lincoln Signature Academy, designed by Gunnar Birkets & Associates. The projects will be open for students and the community to use during the fall months, providing a heightened awareness of emerging advanced manufacturing techniques blended with U-M’s design pedagogy and curriculum. The installations will emphasize the relationship between education, design and fabrication.  

Exhibit Columbus hopes to:

  • inspire the next generation to invest in the value of good design by providing real-world enrichment design education for both university students and Columbus school students;
  • sHowcase creative research projects that are developed through making while being connected to the historical precedent of Columbus and contemporary discourse;
  • Develop and expand a regional education network committed to critical design practice in the Midwest

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About Exhibit Columbus:

Exhibit Columbus is an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community.

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.

With an inaugural symposium in fall of 2016 and its first exhibition in fall of 2017, Exhibit Columbus seeks to celebrate Columbus’ design heritage while making it relevant to new audiences. The initial program will be followed by another symposium and exhibition in 2018 and 2019, creating a new and ambitious cycle of events.