This year is shaping up to be a good one for highlighting Columbus’ architectural heritage thanks to several new projects.

Recently, plans for Exhibit Columbus were revealed. The initiative starts with a symposium in late September and early October, and includes a design competition that will conclude in 2017 with the installation of temporary projects at five landmark sites in the city.

Now, another creative architecture-oriented project has been introduced — one that will highlight the city in a unique way, with Legos.

The Landmark Lego Challenge focuses on the city’s seven Natural Historic Landmark buildings, with participants making smaller-scale designs that either portray the buildings as they are, or envision a new phase.

It ought to generate interest from a lot of young people — and the young at heart — through its use of the popular plastic building blocks. Registration in two age classes — younger than 18 and 18 and older — began May 13 and continues through July 16.

The Lego competition is being led by Landmark Columbus — an organization that tends to the city’s artistic and architectural sites, and has been a driver of Exhibit Columbus — and six other local partners.

Also, the competition will be augmented by two related offerings: a free screening of the “The Lego Movie” at 2 p.m. June 4 in the Red Room at the Bartholomew County Public Library, and a Lego design camp 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 11 to 15 at kidscommons. Registration for the camp ends June 27.

A lot of interesting events to highlights Columbus’ architectural heritage are coming up. It’s a chance for everyone to learn more and have fun in the process.

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