Good Design in Hard Times

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 to Saturday, February 4, 2012
Urban Arts Space


Reception

Saturday | January 28 | 6pm – 8pm

In bad economic times, people have to be more creative. An entrepreneurial spirit and thinking therefore seems to define today's generation and post-recession era, which is evident in Columbus through the thriving scenes of food trucks, pop-up stores, public art, and ever-growing local movements. These tenets of imagination and resourcefulness lead Tim Lai and Eliza Ho of ALTernative (the creative minds behind the exhibition) to ask: how do these ideas relate to the field of design and architecture? What kind of design is relevant to this trying time?

Featuring four conceptual ideas for potential projects located in Columbus neighborhoods, this exhibition explores the way in which creative design responds to the essence of this moment. All projects are small-scale, low budget, and highly adaptable to different situations and locations. Each of them aims to create environments that transform the area and enhance the vitality of the neighborhood.

The first project imagines a transformation of a long-abandoned theater building through the use of a creative mural. The second proposes a bird sanctuary to enliven an underpass. The third experiments with a new concept café that combines street food and communal, urban dining experiences. And the last project envisions a series of planters and benches combined to strengthen the area’s artistic reputation and beautify its streetscape.

About ALTernative

ALT is a non-profit organization established to promote purposeful design that benefits the Clintonville community and other Columbus neighborhoods. It also advocates for general education on design and architecture to raise public awareness for the built-environment.

ALT and its co-founders, Tim Lai and Eliza Ho, have actively engaged design and architecture in community-building efforts. As architects and designers by trade, they initiated various design projects that have shown direct and positive impact on the built-environment in the Clintonville, University District, Short North and other neighborhoods. Their involvement has ranged from historic preservation to public education on architecture, to neighborhood beautification.

About the Columbus Bicentennial

OSU Urban Arts Space is proud to be a part of 200Columbus helping celebrate 200 years of our great city with Good Design in Hard Times. This bicentennial year will be marked with a year-long line-up of festivals, art, music and educational initiatives will bring the community together to celebrate all the things we love about Columbus.

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