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GCAC Presents: Design Week is Coming

Michael Bongiorno Michael Bongiorno GCAC Presents: Design Week is Coming
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Dear Columbus,

I want to invite you to a party. It’s a week-long party. It’s called Design Week. There will be a lot of cool people there. You should definitely come. It will make you cooler. Don’t get me wrong, you are cool and all that but you could act a lot cooler.

I might have mentioned it before in the past but, as your friend, I want more for you. You deserve more. You always settle for “just good enough.” Why do you do that to yourself? Cool people don’t settle. Cool people say “this is how it’s gonna be because I freakin’ rock” and then everyone else follows them. This is the kind of party that is going to remind you about all the things that make you cool so you can stop worrying about it already. Have some damn swagger!

Anyway, back to the party. We’ll have a little something for everyone at this party: really interesting art and design to look at, really interesting people from all over the country having great conversations, a bike ride (everyone loves a bike ride!)some movies, a fancy award ceremony, and then we’ll top it all off with a party overlooking the river with bands and everything. It is going to be a kick-ass week that you won’t want to miss.

Oh, yeah, before I forget…our friends at The Center for Architecture and Design & AIA Columbus are the ones throwing this party. In all fairness, it’s actually part of a bigger party happening at the same time. That party is called idUS. Innovation. Design. Columbus. It is all going to be very cool, which will make you cool by association.

By the way, did I mention that all of this is in your honor? Yeah, that’s right. Happy Birthday Columbus. We love you that much.

The Columbus Design Week organizers

Columbus Design Week 2012

September 29th – Oct. 5, 2012

Design Week is a first-of-its kind series of events to create an awareness of and foster appreciation for design and its importance to Columbus’ economy and its livability. Our goal also is to connect the public, designers, artists, and other innovators to celebrate Columbus’ rich architectural and design heritage and future. These new networks of cooperation and knowledge-sharing among diverse communities that we hope to create will elevate our community aspirations for future creative achievements.

All event tickets may be purchased through our event page: columbuscfad.org/designweek/calendar-of-events.

CBUS Ideabook Exhibit Opening Reception – Signature Design Week Event. It’s free!
Date/Time: Saturday, September 29th’; 7pm-10pm
Location: OSU Urban Arts Space – Lazarus Building, 50 West Town Street Columbus, OH 43215

Design:ROLLS – Architectural Bike Tour
Date/Time: Sunday September 30th; 11am-1:30pm
Location: Columbus Commons

CBUS Screening – Short Films about Columbus
Date/Time: Sunday September 30th; 3pm-6pm
Location: Gateway Film Center- 1550 North High Street, Columbus, OH

Fueling the Creative Economy: Columbus as a Design Incubator – Panel Discussion
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 2nd; 5:30-8:30pm
Location: NBBJ – 1555 Lake Shore Drive Columbus, OH 43204

KSA Lecture Featuring Julie Snow, Julie Snow Architects – Lecture – It’s free!
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 3rd; 6pm-7pm
Location: Wexner Center – 1871 North High Street Columbus, OH 43210

AIA Columbus Design Awards – Awards Program and Party
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 3rd; 7pm-10pm
Location: Wexner Center – 1871 North High Street Columbus, OH 43210

Center for Architecture and Design Annual Celebration – Party & Fundraiser
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 5th; 7pm-11pm
Location: COSI’s English Plaza- 333 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215

For more information, visit columbuscfad.org/designweek.

GCAC Presents is a bi-weekly column brought to you by the Greater Columbus Arts Council – supporting art and advancing culture in Columbus – in partnership with the Columbus Arts Marketing Association, a professional development and networking association of arts marketers. Each column will be written by a different local arts organization to give you an insiders look at the arts in Columbus.

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  • heresthecasey

    I’m sure this is going to be a worthwhile event, but as a side-note I really find this style of writing to be annoying and very offputting. I think the group may want to consider changing their messaging.

    PS – And this whole “get some swagger” meme has run its course already. Seriously.

  • jpizzow

    How can I get one of those books?

  • http://www.designgroup.us.com Michael Bongiorno

    We appreciate the note Urkel. Everything else we’ve been writing has been fairly “serious” so we were trying to have a little tounge-in-cheek swaggery fun. We still think it’s funny but understand that not everyone is going to get the joke. That said, we hope to see you at one of our great events and meet you in person.

  • http://www.designgroup.us.com Michael Bongiorno

    jpizzow…send us a note here and someone will follow up:[email protected]

  • http://www.columbusunderground.com Walker

    Looking forward to the opening reception! :D

  • vuch

    Buildipedia’s latest video was shot at this event. It asks “What factors come together to make a city a design destination?” Interviews with Mr. Bongiorno, Guy Worley, and Mayor Coleman.

    Check it out here: http://buildipedia.com/in-studio/design-news-features/columbus-design-week-2012

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