Innovative Objects of Design: Museum Proposals for Columbus, Indiana


As part of their central design studio course, 75 Iowa State University seniors in the architecture program visited the Figge for an extensive and comprehensive tour and were then challenged to design their own museum-albeit an imaginary one for the architecturally celebrated town of Columbus, Indiana. After their visit, students tried to retrace the range of critical design decisions they had just experienced to determine how David Chipperfield made something so complicated look easy.

The project, Innovative Objects of Design, challenged the students go beyond designing a 40,000 square-foot museum for things other than traditional 2D and 3D art—and to think about its role in the fabric of a city that is literally a living museum. Only two months after their initial visit to the Figge, the students presented a series of models, drawings, 3D renderings and material mock-up details as comprehensive proposals for their final ideas. Of the 75 proposals, 10 are on view at the Figge in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery. Iowa Sate University Department of Architecture lecturer Rob Whitehead, AIA, LEED AP, worked with the student and the Figge staff to make this exhibition possible.

Sponsored by Iowa State University, College of Design and Department of Architecture students.

Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery exhibitions sponsored by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Fund.

This exhibition will be at the Figge through October 23, 2011.