Exhibit Columbus’ Miller Prize winners to meet with community on installations

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Some of Exhibit Columbus’ top selected designers want to know what you want to see in the architectural exhibition “Public By Design” opening in August in Columbus.

And your chance begins with Zoom sessions Monday for one team and stretches to a Dec. 22 deadline for another firm for paper submissions to let your ideas be heard.

Practice for Architecture and Urbanism will host a Zoom session from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday and another from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday about what you want to see downtown near The Commons where it will be build a temporary installation. That second session also will include the high school design team, according to Laura Garrett. She is director of partnerships for Landmark Columbus Foundation, the umbrella organization for Exhibit Columbus.

Garrett also mentioned that the firm may pitch two or three possible ideas it has been entertaining for its designated space to gauge public reaction. But none of the architects have formally done a design yet, she said.

“This is to help them to shape what they do eventually design,” Garrett said.

Each of the four Miller Prize winners, considered the centerpiece of the exhibition, get $80,000 for their design and construction for a work meant to amplify, link or highlight in some way the structure or landscape it is placed near.

Another Miller Prize winner, PORT, will host a Zoom session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday about what the public would like to see in its design in Mill Race Park.

Plus, Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO, another Miller Prize winner, wants residents to draw or sketch what they would ideally like to see near the Bartholomew County Library Plaza by using activity sheets with detailed instructions available to be printed out from exhibitcolumbus.org or from mybcpl.org.

Designers will then possibly use some of those ideas or influences in their creations to be unveiled Feb. 25 in presentations at the Commons in downtown Columbus.

“Especially now with all our Miller Prize recipients, we’ve put a huge emphasis on being even more connected with the community and giving even more people a chance to be involved,” said Richard McCoy, executive director of Landmark Columbus Foundation. “And so now, we have asked those recipients how they would like to engage (with the public).”

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