Architecture as Community Building Walking Tours

This series of summer AIA Columbus walking tours will look at evolving areas in Central Ohio and the ways architecture and design can play a role in community building.  Both Bridge Park and the Short North are emerging as concentrations of new construction and new visions within Central Ohio.  Both include extensive Master Plans, new streetscapes, and a diversity of scale and uses.  Focusing on the similarities and differences between the evolution of Dublin Bridge Park and the Short North, these tours will consider how architecture impacts community, from celebrations of design and economic growth to critiques of scale and affordability.  How does architecture illustrate the evolution of the Columbus community?  What and who can architecture miss considering this evolution?

Join us for one, two, or all three walking tours to learn about various projects in the Short North and Bridge Park communities!  We will conclude each tour with a happy hour.

Each tour will be worth 1.0 LU

Register: Short North Walking Tour – August 12, 2021 at 4:30 pm

With the completion of the Graduate, the Sutton, the Moxy and the UDF mixed-use projects, recent projects completed in the Short North have raised the question: Is the Short North short?  Considering the term “short” comes from neighborhood geography and not the built environment, this tour will discuss the evolution of the neighborhood and the constantly evolving community it serves.

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Register: Historic Dublin Walking Tour – August 19, 2021 at 4:30 pm

With the completion of the Dublin Branch Library, Bridge Park Pedestrian Bridge, and Riverside Crossing Park, recent projects on either side of the Olentangy River work to connect Historic Dublin with the demands and lifestyles of contemporary suburban communities.  The tour will discuss the evolution of these projects and the role they play in re-shaping the role of Historic Dublin in the community.

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Register: Bridge Park Walking Tour – August 26, 2021 at 4:30 pm

With the completion of dozens of projects at Bridge Park, the recently completed Exchange Event Center, Springhill Suites mixed-use, and North Market mixed-use projects work to bring activity and a diversity of uses to the new ‘urban’ neighborhood, miles away from the Downtown core.  This tour will discuss the evolution of Bridge Park and its role in re-shaping the suburban city typology.

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