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“We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” – Winston Churchill
Beginning in 1950, the Cummins Engine Company began commissioning local public works buildings from innovative and renowned architects in an effort to lure culture-savvy talent to their Columbus, Indiana headquarters. Among the architects tapped were I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, and Cesar Pelli. Today, many acknowledge Columbus to be an extraordinary place; a jewel of the rural Midwest. This unlikely mecca is the setting of Kogonada’s first feature length film, “Columbus.” Among questions of familial relations and personal aspirations, this film explores the resonance and relevance of modernist architecture.
In an interview with The European Magazine, Norman Foster states that “Architecture is an expression of values.” In Iowa City, we hold values of hard work, simplicity, and honesty. If buildings are a representation of the values we hold, perhaps right now we have a unique opportunity to stay engaged and participate in shaping these buildings for the future.
Join Neumann Monson Architects, Film Scene, & the South East Iowa Architects Section at 3:30 pm on Sunday, October 8th at Film Scene in Downtown Iowa City for a screening of ”Columbus,” to be followed by an open-forum panel discussion featuring several practicing architects and professors of architecture. This event will be free for students of all ages with a student ID. Our goal for the event is to provide a point of access to the discuss and question architecture’s relevance. We hope that attendees will leave with a new appreciation for design’s role in the community around us.
Columbus will be playing at Film Scene from Friday, October 6th through Thursday, October 12.