Designing Our Future

f8268275eb31b2f256a8e2363772c394Building a Legacy for the Future

In continuing this series I was thinking about my childhood hometown of Columbus, Indiana. One man inspired a legacy of quality design in Columbus which has amassed to over 60 notable buildings for a town of 44,000. In searching for an overview to share with you I found this 12 minute NPR podcast from the “Destination Art” series on Weekend Edition. If you have some time it is worth a listen. There are some nice points made on both architecture and community. Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 8.14.37 PM

J. I. Miller, the visionary behind Columbus, Indiana’s architectural legacy states “mediocrity is expensive”.  Today, my hometown continues his legacy without him and this small, conservative town in the mid-west continues to reap the cultural and economic benefits whether they are all aware or not. What they build — matters. Unlike Columbus, Asheville doesn’t need to take the path of hiring international architects to create a legacy. We have the resources, inspiration and talent to literally design our own future based on the cultural values of Asheville and it’s citizens today. Cheers! Troy

2 responses to “Designing Our Future

  1. I read your posts every day. Very well done, I think. The ones about designing our future are of particular interest to me. Designing the future is a very tricky business, though, in my opinion. Places like Asheville could easily turn into Boulder, for instance. Not a good thing. I lived there for 6 years back in the 80’s–it started becoming ridiculously self-conscious and overdesigned even back then.

    But i am very much opposed to the developer-driven generic buildings strung-along-the-4-lane (as in Hendersonville Road) style of city building too. And even if each building were excellent, still, the overall effect is deadness. I know a teenager who calls the new Biltmore Park Village thing Zombietown. Which is how it feels to me too.

    Here is a link about Asheville referenced in an article from artnews this morning you might find interesting.

    http://grist.org/cities/how-a-weirdo-city-became-just-like-everywhere-else/

    Best, Marobeth Ruegg

  2. Columbus, IN sounds really great! I haven’t been to Indiana at all, but it sounds like Columbus warrants a stop if I am ever passing through. Can’t pass up looking at some great architecture! ;)

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