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Exhibit Columbus Launches Online Symposium to Explore the Future of Mid-Sized Cities in the American Heartland

Publication: Dezeen

Author: Siufan Adey

Dezeen has teamed up with Exhibit Columbus to live stream four talks exploring how architecture and design can act as catalysts in the centre of the USA, with topics including indigenous design, climate resilience and technology.

Taking place fortnightly between 15 September and 29 October 2020, the talks form part of the Exhibit Columbus symposium titled New Middles​: From Main Street to Megalopolis, What is the Future of the Middle City?

What is the future of the middle city?

Exhibit Columbus is an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community in the city of Columbus, Indiana. Previous editions have seen street installations by design duo Formafantasma and architect Snarkitecture, and a giant hammock by SO-IL.

The 2020-2021 edition, curated by Iker Gil and Mimi Zeiger, takes Columbus’ central location in the heart of the USA as its departure point. Speakers include designer Radha Mistry, futurist Dan Hill and designer-activist De Nichols.

All four talks will be streamed at

“Exhibit Columbus’ 2020 symposium New Middles, in partnership with Dezeen, gathers thinkers, designers, architects, artists, and landscape architects to discuss ‘What Is The Future of The Middle City?'” the curators said.

“This question, posed from Columbus, Indiana – in the middle of the US heartland and rooted in the Mississippi River watershed – is one important to many urban centres locally and globally.”

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