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Design Digest: mode architects

Brent Warren Brent Warren Design Digest: mode architects

Mode is a small firm with a broad portfolio that includes interior design, branding, and historic building renovations. Previously known as ON Architects, the German Village-based firm rebranded at the beginning of this year. Owner Mark Ours was kind enough to respond to our questions; providing some insight on the rebrand, the challenges of mixing modern […]

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Columbus Zoo Unveils Details of New Downtown Attraction

Brent Warren Brent Warren Columbus Zoo Unveils Details of New Downtown Attraction

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium unveiled new details of their proposed “Downtown Adventure” attraction. The project, slated for a three-acre triangle of land across West Town Street from COSI, would feature interactive animal exhibits arranged around a multi-level tree sculpture. Visitors would climb up and through a rain forest habitat and be presented with options; […]

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Historic Discovery District Building to be Redeveloped

Brent Warren Brent Warren Historic Discovery District Building to be Redeveloped

Renovation work has begun on a historic three-story brick building at the northeast corner of Long Street and Grant Avenue downtown. Debbie Rosenfeld and development partner Bryan Savage have purchased the building, along with two adjacent, one-story warehouse buildings. Savage plans to use the first floor of the brick building as office space for his […]

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Proposal for Front and Long Would Add Affordable Housing Downtown

Brent Warren Brent Warren Proposal for Front and Long Would Add Affordable Housing Downtown

A collection of buildings at the southeast corner of Front and Long Streets Downtown is being considered for redevelopment as workforce housing; about 40 units of affordable apartments would sit on top of street-level retail. The project, along with another potential development on the South Side, would be the first under the city’s new Housing […]

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Alternative proposal for the Convention Center Site: City in the Sky

Walker Evans Walker Evans Alternative proposal for the Convention Center Site: City in the Sky

In response to last week’s proposals (here and here) for a mixed-use addition to the northern end of the Columbus Convention Center, Tim Lai and Eliza Ho of Tim Lai ArchitecT have put together their own creative vision for the site. Similar to the other proposals, their conceptual design features two towers on each side […]

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PACT Looking to Draw Young Professionals to Near East Side

Brent Warren Brent Warren PACT Looking to Draw Young Professionals to Near East Side

A week-long series of events meant to introduce the Near East Side neighborhood to young professionals will kick off on April 21st. Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT) – the organization behind last year’s Blueprint for Community Investment – is partnering with the Mount Vernon Avenue District Improvement Association to sponsor the week, which they are […]

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April Fools: New Mixed-Use Development Proposed for White Castle Site in Short North

Brent Warren Brent Warren April Fools: New Mixed-Use Development Proposed for White Castle Site in Short North

A new six-story development proposed for the corner of North High Street and West Second Avenue calls for ground-level retail and five floors of apartments above it. It will be presented for conceptual review to the Victorian Village Commission on April 10th. The proposed building would replace the White Castle restaurant that currently occupies the […]

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