The City: Beautiful | Gustafson Guthrie Nichol at The Cleveland Mall

Banvard Gallery / Knowlton Hall
March 25, 2015 - 7:00pm to April 9, 2015 - 8:00pm

Opening reception

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00PM, Knowlton Hall Banvard Gallery

The reception follows the Baumer Lecture Series presentation by Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol.  The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

about The show

The Knowlton School's Banvard Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. admission is free. The Gallery is located on the first floor of Knowlton Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University.


Founded in 1999 by partners Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol the Seattle based Landscape Architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) has gained an international reputation for enduring design in high-use, difficult urban contexts. Projects such as Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden, Boston’s North End Parks, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Courtyard and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, have garnered ASLA National Design Excellence Awards and AIA and ASLA Honor and Merit awards for design. In 2011, GGN received the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Award. Guthrie and Nichol are the Spring 2015 Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professors at the Knowlton School.

In 2011, GGN began work on a revised version of the Cleveland Group Plan, first authored by Daniel Burnham, John Carrère, and Arnold Brunner in 1903. The 2011 Group Plan sought to create a unified vision for significant public spaces in downtown Cleveland, specifically Public Square and The Cleveland Mall. GGN’s work focused on maintaining the original vision of the Mall in the wake of the proposed Medical Mart and Convention Center (which finished construction in 2013).

The Knowlton School’s Banvard Gallery exhibit, entitled The City: Beautiful | Gustafson Guthrie Nichol at the Cleveland Mall, is a collaboration between GGN and Landscape Architecture students at Ohio State. The show documents GGN’s work on The Cleveland Mall and attempts to situate and contextualize The Cleveland Group Plan within the larger canon of the City Beautiful Movement – an urban design movement that had major ramifications for many American cities at the turn of the century. Ohio State student drawings included in the show capture and analyze the physical changes that have occurred within the boundaries of the Group Plan over the last century.                    

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