Good morning Columbus. What you need to know — the man with a master (of architecture) plan; Synergia to IU; how to keep kids out of mischief during spring break; the Icemen

Greetings Columbus —

We’ve got a couple of arts, architecture and design updates this morning.

The Republic’s Kirk Johannesen caught up with T. Kelly Wilson, the man with a master plan. He’s helping build Indiana University’s master of architecture program from the ground up in one of the most architecturally significant cities in America — Columbus, Indiana.

T. Kelly Wilson is an associate professor of Indiana University's newly formed school of School of Art, Architecture + Design. He will also direct IU's new Master of Architecture program that is based in Columbus. He is pictured at the IU Center for Art + Design in Columbus, Ind., Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

The first class is set to convene this fall, and students, in true Wilson form, will be challenged to be innovative, inventive and creative. He wants them to realize the wonder and excitement of design.

Here’s an excerpt from the profile of Wilson you’ll find in Friday’s Republic. He recounts the shock and awe he felt when experiencing Columbus for the first time —

Wilson couldn’t believe his eyes. Traveling the streets of Columbus, he came upon one example after another of Modern architecture by famous architects.

Turning onto Fifth Street produced the jaw-dropping moment for Wilson. It’s there he saw Henry Moore’s “Large Arch,” the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library by I.M. Pei and Eliel Saarinen’s First Christian Church, all within close proximity.

“I absolutely lost it,” Wilson said.

In another design note, one of our Exhibit Columbus installations is heading south.

Synergia, which was displayed next to North Christian Church, will be at Indiana University next week, according to the Indiana Daily Student.

That is only fitting since it was designed by students at the Bloomington campus under the direction of Jiangmei Wu, a professor at the Indiana University School of Art, Architecture + Design.

Here’s a look back at Synergia — by day and by night, in color and not:

Here’s what else you need to know —

Spring break is upon us. Here’s what to do with the kids.
I wish I was off next week. I’d be at the kidscommons, “A Wrinkle in Time” at YES Cinema and Zoo’opolis Exotic Petting World. Parents, this list will keep your kids occupied and you happy: Click here. More here: Fun and cool things to do in the Columbus area.

What’s the punishment for East teacher with gun in his truck?
He won’t face criminal charges, but Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. officials have revealed what will happen to the teacher after their review of the incident. Story here.

The Icemen cometh.
The team’s path to a state title game was an emotional roller coaster. On Saturday, the Columbus hockey team takes on Leo for a 2A state title. Friday’s Republic.

Today’s Instapic from visualgirldtw: #shadowlines


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