Knowlton Events Included in 2013 Columbus Design Week[s]


Building upon the success of last year’s inaugural Columbus Design Week, the Center for Architecture and Design (The Center) has expanded the concept to become “a month of events connecting the public to Columbus’ design ecosystem, promoting local design, and raising the expectation of good design in Columbus.” This year’s Columbus Design Week[s] runs September 27 – November 2 and includes more than two dozen events divided into two broad categories: Those organized by The Center, and those organized by other Columbus institutions and organizations, including the Knowlton School. Knowlton events that are a part of Design Week[s] are Baumer Lecture Series presentations by Doug Graf, Laura Kurgan, Sylvia Lavin and Mark Lee, and the Food Situations exhibit that opens October 9 in the Banvard Gallery.

Knowlton students are taking a direct role in Design Week[s] through a BETHA Grant sponsored Knowlton/Theater course, ARCH 5590, which brings together instructors and students from Architecture, Engineering, Theatre, ACCAD, and outside project partners and consultants to examine lighting as it informs human needs, energy efficiency, and structures. Last week, Knowlton students took part in a design-build day to develop lighting design installations which will are part of the Design Week[s] program, and on display at The Center, between October 10-17.

The expanded format for the 2013 event allows for Design Week[s] to become more multi-disciplinary in its how it considers design. To broaden the design scope of the event, Design Week[s] organizers sought out program ideas from local organizations and collectives to include in the month-long event.

Columbus Design Week[s]’ “signature project” is cbus:FOTO, which asks individuals to submit photos of their favorite “overlooked” spaces and urban voids in Columbus. Throughout the event, Design Week[s] organizers will display the submissions, soliciting feedback from the public on how to “fill, change, repurpose, or celebrate the submitted spaces.”

Columbus Design Week[s] will close with a free party on at The Center (50 West Town Street, Columbus) on November 2, which will include the opening of an exhibit of the images and conceptual ideas of Columbus’ overlooked spaces generated by the cbus:FOTO initiative.

For more information about the 2013 Columbus design Week[s], including a full listing of events, visit the Columbus Design Week[s] website.