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Planning in the Abstract

Banvard Gallery / Knowlton Hall
December 20, 2016 - 4:00pm to January 27, 2017 - 5:30pm

about the exhibit

City and regional planning processes usually result in a published plan book and implemented projects.
For instance, a riverfront planning team can publish a pedestrian and bike path plan of ideas, research, and designs. Later, the team can walk on a newly-constructed greenway trail that physically exists on the ground.

Planning processes, however, usually do not take user emotions into consideration, yet emotions inform and shape how users experience the implemented plan.
A riverfront greenway trail experience might be a deep calm surrounded by nature or perhaps the exhilaration of a long run.

These emotional experiences are vital to successful plans – how will building out this plan make people feel?
In this exhibit, Knowlton School graduate students transformed their own technical planning reports into abstract art to represent the core feeling(s) their proposed projects may inspire. This exhibit demonstrates the necessary critical thinking that will produce successful planning leaders.

about the team

Kyle Ezell, Associate Professor of Practice

Sandhya Kochar
Curator, Banvard Gallery

Graduate students in the autumn 2016 offering of CRPLAN 6010: Innovations in City and Regional Planning

With help from:
Amanda Pierce, Banvard Gallery Assistant
Enio Dajko, graduate architecture student
Kayla Eland, graduate architecture student 
Fabian Callaham, undergraduate architecuture student
Emily Knox, graduate city and regional planning student
Daniel Yang, undergraduate architecture student
Tameka Sims, Landscape Architecture Associated Faculty
Phil Arnold, Knowlton School Media Production Coordinator


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

The exhibit will host an opening reception on Wednesday, January 11 following the Baumer Lecture Series lecture by Michael Mendez.