Thursday, May 29, 2008

Very Cool Architectural Exhibit!

Before you head downtown Friday night, be sure to take in this closing reception at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

You'll never see bricks and mortar the same way again!
"The Indianapolis Museum of Art is presently hosting Manufacturing Material Effects:Rethinking Design and Making in Architecture, an exhibition that features work from leading thinkers, designers and manufacturers from around the world whoparticipated in the 2007 symposium at IMA organized by Kevin R. Klinger andBranko Kolarevic. The exhibition display was designed, digitally fabricated, and assembled by a team of graduate and undergraduate architecture students at Ball State University working with key regional industry partners. Through this immersive learning experience, a hallmark of Ball State University, students were transformed by engaging a real world collaborative exchange. Students developed the display system entirely using digital media and translated files electronically to drive the production of each specific material. A digital exchange of information between manufacturers and students was central to the success of the project.The exhibition is sponsored by the Institute for Digital Fabrication (IDF) with theCenter for Media Design, the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball StateUniversity, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, as well as regional industry partners.Multiple manufacturers have donated materials, facilities, and production time forthe exhibition. These businesses include Indiana limestone, Indiana hardwoodveneer, metals, and plastics specialists. The exhibition will be on view through June 8, 2008. A formal closing event has been scheduled for May 30, at 6pm at the IMA. Formal remarks by Ball State University President, Jo Ann Gora and Indianapolis Museum of Art Director and CEO,Maxwell Anderson will begin at 6:30."
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4 Responses to “Very Cool Architectural Exhibit!”

James Wille Faust said...
May 29, 2008 at 10:09 PM

I wish that Indianapolis would build some really cool

I feel the general criteria is "how much will it cost and how quick can it be built " without thinking about the esthetics?

James Wille Faust

Anonymous said...
May 29, 2008 at 10:46 PM

I wish you both would stop using the word cool. Why should I see this exhibit, because you say it's cool?

What would some really cool buildings do for indy?

Scott said...
May 30, 2008 at 2:52 PM

How about protect Hoosiers from the upcoming, humid, summer heat.

Lets address the word "cool", first who are you speaking to when you say "you both". This post is Paul's first post for OtC. Can't quite call him out for over use of a slang term like "cool" when he used it only once. OtC currently has 6 occassional contributors along with myself.

Do a quick search of this blog for the word "cool" and you will soon find evidence that I rarely use the word, in it's slang form, except when used in context to previous statements. But seriously, this post was intended as a last minute reminder of a show that is leaving.

you ask:

"What would some really cool buildings do for Indy?"

Creativity breeds innovation, be it in art, design, architecture, literature, sports, science, farming, etc. Innovation can improve our quality of life along with our health and safety. Many materials being used in innocative ways these days are innovative in the "green" sense and therefore good for the environment and future generations. As for "cool buildings", they inspire creativity, innovation, increase tourism which increases revenue, and they add personallity and character to a community. Think of Sydney and you think the opera house, think of San Francsico and you picture the bridge, New York you have the Empire States Building, Bilbao has the new Guggenheim, Egypt has the pyramids, Greece the Acropolis and the Collusium, and these days we should all be looking at innovative architecture being built in China and Dubai. "Cool buildings" are not a new trend, they have been with us for thousands of years and it is the buildings that defied the odds and pushed the envelope forward that we still hold dear and admire. It is in this spirit that all fields should strive for.

Now Im in the mood to sit down this weekend and watch The Fountainhead with Gary Cooper (1949), based on the book by Ayn Rand.

Anonymous said...
June 2, 2008 at 8:16 AM

He, he. Cool, as in not hot. I get it.

I think the point that the poster was trying to make is that by simply saying something is or is not "cool" doesn't really give an opinion.

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