2019 Impact Grant Winner: GBBN Design Issue Series

  • October 02, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Event

Organization: AIA Cincinnati

GBBN AIA 2019 Impact Grant Winner

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Program Description

*Zoom* (DIS)course: Design Issues Series & the Use of Small-Scale, Community-Based Research to Foster a Culture of Design

The recipients of AIA Cincinnati’s 2019 Impact Grant share the details on their winning project.

Every year, GBBN undertakes its Design Issues Series (DIS) – a collaborative, interoffice exhibit taking place in Louisville, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh that digs into timely design issues. Its aim is to explore design in an open-ended way while deepening the community’s connection to architecture.

While reviewing previous years’ exhibits, this presentation will focus on the most recent exhibit. DIS 2019: Screen Time focused on how screens shape the way we interact with our environment. The exhibit enabled contributors to play with their sense of scale and appreciate its importance in the architectural design process. Using a repeatable, axonometric template (resembling the corner of a room), we crowdsourced 160+ submissions to create an interactive, 3D projection-mapping installation. The experiment involved people with all kinds of design backgrounds—architects, students, children—and drew participants from around the world. Our presentation will review lessons learned from our experiment in technology and scale, including lessons from the process of managing a project that involved 100+ participants from as many locations.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to evaluate strategies for remote working, including practices for coordinating projects that depend on pulling together content from geographically dispersed sites and people.
  • Participants will explore exhibit design: learning to assess the programmatic needs of traveling installations in order to adapt them to multiple sites with varied conditions (adapting digital content to physical space); reducing travel costs; and facilitating ease of assembly/disassembly.
  • Participants will develop strategies for more effective community engagement, learning to lower the threshold to engagement by articulating accessible “asks” and small-scale tasks that can be taken up by people of diverse backgrounds – from complete novices to practitioners with 50 years of experience.
  • Participants will learn to sequence a small-scale but complex design/build process to build a physical structure from a design involving multiple digital inputs – involving numerous designers and software.
  • Participants will assess the value of this kind of small-scale project from a practice management perspective, considering its value as a method for conducting research that allows one’s practice to remain flexible and nimble while encouraging exploration of new technologies, trends, and approaches to design.

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