Exhibit Columbus



In 2017, MetroLAB was one of five universities asked to participate in the first ever Architecture Biennial in Columbus, Indiana entitled Exhibit Columbus. The project is called Alchemy: the process of transmuting base matter into gold. The studio drew inspiration from both the sensual material manifestations of Girard and Saarinen and the hard facts of industrial production in the Midwest. The participants were especially interested in industrial detritus, and how, through re-consideration and crafting of these left-over materials, a new appreciation for the embodied energies can emerge.

Each material was salvaged waste that contributed its embodied energy to the design. The fabrication and assembly process was planned by the students that designed the project during the Spring semester and was largely carried out by a class who were studying fabrication techniques during the summer term in the MetroLAB shop. They designed and built a special stamping tool to add symbols derived from Central Middle Schoolers’ drawings to the salvaged wood. They also created templates and jigs in order to accurately bend, weld, and drill holes in the complex geometries of the steel armature.

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Exhibit Columbus                                         Terry Boling
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Josh Antolovic
John Arnaud
Alan Bossman
Caroline Bozzi
Jessica D’angelo
Logan Halterman
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Matt Miller
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