CBUS Ideabook Exhibit and Opening Reception

CBUS Ideabook Exhibit and Opening Reception | City: Columbus, OH | Organizer: Center for Architecture and Design, AIA Columbus
Dates Visited: 09.29.12

Ohio’s been treating me pretty well as far as unexpected yet pleasant surprises go. I happened to be in Columbus on the weekend of the kickoff of Design Week 2012, starting with the CBUS (Columbus) Ideabook Exhibit and Opening Reception on Saturday night.

Although Columbus is home to Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the U.S., this city is far from an average college town–Columbus can stand on its own. The capital of Ohio, Columbus has a growing arts, culture and food scene. To continue expansion of its creative growth, AIA Columbus and the Center for Architecture and Design teamed up to launch the Ideabook Project through the form of 500 letter-pressed red books. These books were then distributed to architects, landscape architects, artists, entrepreneurial innovators, civic and business leaders, educators, community organizers and those in the culinary, fashion, and other design arts so that they may use these ten-paged blank books to share, write, draw, scribble, cut, and sculpt their ideas, dreams, visions, and goals for Columbus’ future.

Over two hundred books were returned for showing at the exhibit–a free event open to the public–along with a reception and opening remarks by designers and Mayor Michael Coleman.

The creativity, pride, and effort that went into each individual book was astounding. Many of the books emphasized a reconnection with the riverfront, development of a rail system, and the importance of food systems, but it was amazing how these messages (and others) were represented in such diverse ways though they all started out in that same small, ten-paged red book medium. One book had all the pages glued together with the topography of Columbus cutout into it; others used mixed media with interactive pieces; others glued all ten pages together to make a giant fold-out. Over 600 people registered for the event that night, and in the words of a new friend, all the “movers and shakers” of Columbus were here, at that event. What an exciting time to be in Columbus.

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