Temporary architecture stirs conversation

The popular “Conversation Plinth” architecture that was temporarily located on the Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza has generated national attention.

The Exhibit Columbus piece, designed by Yugon Kim and Tomomi Itakura of IKD based in Boston, Massachusetts, has won both the Jury and Popular Choice Awards for this year’s Architizer A+ Awards for Best Temporary/Popup Structure for 2018.

The Indiana hardwood work was located on the library plaza, 536 Fifth St., from late August to December of last year, shortly after Exhibit Columbus finished its three-month run. It hosted everything from a fashion show to a dance performance to an orchestral concert.

The Architizer A+Awards program, based in New York City, is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products, according to the awards website. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life.