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Josh Mings

Josh Mings

Chicago, IL, US

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The Time-Life view of Columbus, IN
The Time-Life view of Columbus, IN
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Praiseworthy Competition with one's Ancestors: Columbus, IN Architecture Depository

Twentieth-century philosophy was driven by either/or: Modernism with the abstract and pragmatic, Postmodernism with the material and poetic. Either/or is no longer sufficient. Architecture necessitates a both/and condition, bringing together the abstract and material, the pragmatic and poetic, and the object and field into a cohesive whole creating dialogue with context and disseminating meaning.

In Columbus, Indiana this both/and proposition exists through the patronage of J. Irwin Miller. It is a belief that architecture “reflects what a city thinks about itself and what it aims to be”. Columbus’ Modernism responds to previous generations, bringing together pragmatic and poetic. This thesis aspires to create an architecture depository, a record of Columbus’ material history. In combining Eero Saarinen’s Irwin Union Bank with a pragmatic-poetic addition, the project engages in praiseworthy competition with it’s architectural ancestors.

Website Link: www.joshuamings.com/thesis.php / Project PDF

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Columbus, IN, US
My Role: Designer
Additional Credits: Thesis Advisors - Scott Ruff, Kentaro Tsubaki, Elizabeth Burns Gamard
Model Assistance - Kelsey Howard

 
Exhibition Void - Showing Saarinen's works
Exhibition Void - Showing Saarinen's works
Longitudinal Section - A dialogue with Saarinen
Longitudinal Section - A dialogue with Saarinen
Exhibition Void/Sectional Model
Exhibition Void/Sectional Model
View from Fifth and Washington - A signal event in Columbus' Architectural History
View from Fifth and Washington - A signal event in Columbus' Architectural History

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