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Beth Blostein & Bart Overly / BLOV

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
September 29, 2010 - 5:30pm

Beth and Bart’s work looks for idiosyncrasies in program, politics, site, and banal necessity that can be used to formulate unexpected narratives for projects. These new narratives, “over-programs,” provide a structure for generating or exploring new typologies.  Throughout, Blostein and Overly have found essential their connectivity to academia, where their intellectual pursuits can be developed, tested, and curated.  This connectivity amplifies and adds complexity to the dialog with their professional work.
They have taught architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture studios at The Ohio State University’s KSA and University of Cincinnati’s SAID.  They have an extensive body of recognized competition work: some winning entries include design submissions to New Housing New York, Boston’s Center for the Arts, and Kansas City’s Ferrous Park. Their losing entries are more voluminous, but some of their favorite work; each competition has been strategically harvested for attributes, constraints, or economies. 
Blostein and Overly have lectured or exhibited work at The Center for Architecture in New York, The Boston Center for the Arts, The Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Museum of Design Atlanta, The National Building Museum, and elsewhere. Their work has been featured in International Design Competitions Volumes 5 and 6, Architectural Record, Competitions Magazine, Metropolis, d’Architecture, ArtNews, and elsewhere.