Succulent Section: Fall 2011

Banvard Gallery, Knowlton Hall
January 25, 2012 - 7:00pm to March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

opening reception

Wednesday, January 25, 7:00PM, Knowlton Hall Banvard Gallery.

The reception follows the evening's Baumer Lecture Series presentation by Bernadette Hanlon. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

about The show

The KSA Banvard Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM and is free and open to the public. The Gallery is located on the first floor of Knowlton Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Project team

Kristy Balliet \ Phil Arnold

build team

Kristy Balliet \ Phil Arnold


Funding for the Knowlton School of Architecture Banvard Gallery is provided in part by the Ohio Arts Council Arts Access grant program.


The KSA Banvard Gallery presents Succulent Section, an exhibition highlighting student work from the Fall Quarter 2011. In lieu of the standard 'best of' show, this exhibition displays a cross-section of student work through the specific but similar lens of a section. The narrowed focus strives to enhance and broaden the conversation across the three disciplines within the School: Architecture, City and Regional Planning (CRP), and Landscape Architecture.

The term, section, is defined differently in various fields. However, when we broaden the term to its origin, meaning a part of a larger entity usually classified by cutting or partitioning, the collective ground encompasses methods of representation utilized by all to communicate ideas and research.  A section highlights a fundamental idea, whether spatial, sequential, or specific and, more often than not, all of the above. 

The show includes over 50 pieces of student work ranging in scale, extent, and detail.  For Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the call delivered drawings, renderings, videos and models (digital or physical) that actually cut through a project or an element of a project, most often vertically, but not limited to that axis.  For CRP, a section highlights a 'section' or region of an overall idea/proposal; for example, a corridor plan highlights a section of targeted development or a video pitches the essence of a possible development.  The Gallery format emphasizes an instance in lieu of an entire presentation, prioritizing a focused moment over a comprehensive glance. The work, originally created and presented as part of a final presentation, next to its peers, now tenuously hangs in a gallery, next to strangers, out of context and vulnerable to an audience that will equally scrutinize and explore the spaces and environments they promise.  They are at once removed from their point of origin, a single chapter in an overall narrative, harnessed together as many fragments and charged with the task of explaining many disparate moments. A 'succulent section' requires a level of detail that draws one close, and is rich in alluring qualities.

Additional examples of student can be found in the project galleries.


Curators | Kristy Balliet and Phil Arnold