Exhibit Columbus – which launched in 2016 to celebrate the design legacy of Columbus, Indiana, through its annual exploration of architecture, art, design and community – has announced its third national symposium.
The 2020 Exhibit Columbus Symposium ‘New Middles’ will gather thinkers, designers, architects, artists, and landscape architects to discuss the question: ‘What Is The Future of The Middle City?’ The Symposium, which will take place virtually over six weeks beginning September 15 and running through October 29, will pose this important question from Columbus, Indiana-in the middle of the U.S. heartland and rooted in the Mississippi River watershed.
The 2020 Symposium consists of a series of conversations and online events including ‘Thematic Conversations,’ presented in partnership with Dezeen, and ‘Columbus Conversations’ with ongoing ‘Public Engagement’ throughout the fall.
The symposium considers the theme New Middles through the lens of four topic areas: Futures and Technologies, Resiliency and Climate Adaptation, Arts and Community, and Indigenous Futures and Radical Thinking.
Each bi-weekly topic is structured as a call-and-response between Tuesday ‘Thematic Conversations,’ featuring national and international thought leaders, and Thursday ‘Columbus Conversations’ that localize the topics, bringing Miller Prize recipients into discussion with community experts and stakeholders around future-forward initiatives being undertaken in Columbus during its bicentennial year.