The Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in partnership with the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation presents an architectural design competition.
In an era of economic uncertainty and high unemployment, our public discourse finds us searching for new and old paradigms to embody. How are we to build a sustainable economy from the current state of affairs? Many look towards new trends in localized industrial production combined with an increased interest in urban living and the customization from CNC or robotic manufacturing as indicators of this economy’s shape and tenor. Should these prove as essential building blocks of a near future industry then how might the built environment anticipate this need?
LIVE·MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati calls for architectural proposals for a membership based facility that will feature private residences, maker-in-residence studios, light industrial studios and an open workshop that will help shape a new economic opportunity for the neighborhood. The proposed site includes a building and undeveloped land. It is located in a neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio recently designated as an Urban Mix zoning area in order to encourage a return of manufacturing and living. This center will be a place for members to take advantage of evolving tools and modes of production from the past and present.
Proposals should realize the history of innovation and civic engagement of the surrounding community as inspiration for the next generation to develop innovative ways of making that can impact the neighborhood’s future. The Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati fits into the neighborhood’s master plan and could serve as a business incubator, a community magnet and a production center as other nearby sites are developed. The main objective is a contemporary architectural solution that engages the site's historic fabric and restores some of the original living and making characteristics of the community.