#12.028 Competition to Launch in Brewery District

LIVE•MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati

In an era of economic uncertainty and high unemployment, our public discourse finds us searching for new and old models to embody. In order to build a sustainable economy, many look towards new trends in local manufacturing combined with an increased interest in urban living. The Brewery District in Over the Rhine is a neighborhood supportive of a sustainable economy, once home to many former breweries and manufacturers and a dense residential population.



The recent change in zoning to Urban Mix in the Brewery District allows light industry, residences, offices, and more to coexist once again. The LIVE•MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati competition seeks to leverage the potentials of the Urban Mix in the Brewery District.  The competition is a collaboration between the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. LIVE•MAKE is an international architecture design competition for a 50,000 SF member-based workshop, light manufacturing studios, and housing in the Brewery District. The Urban Mix zoning ordinance in the Brewery District allows programs like light industrial or manufacturing to coexist on one site with residential use. It is a unique opportunity for designers to reimagine new life for industrial architecture, much of which sits vacant across the Midwest region. 

The LIVE•MAKE Launch will be held on October 6th from 12-5pm at the Christian Moerlein Brewhouse in Over-the-Rhine as the official release of the competition. The Launch will also be the closing event for ArchiNATI, Cincinnati’s Architecture Festival.

The Launch is funded in part by a grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and the AIA Ohio Advocacy Award. Launch visitors will have the opportunity to tour pre-Prohibition Breweries, stepping into vaulted lagering cellars and walking through Cincinnati’s brewing history. Tours are free to the first 160 people to register in person at the Brewhouse and $20 after.


Launch Venue, Future tasting room of Christian Moerlein Brewing

Launch Venue, future tasting room of Christian Moerlein Brewing


While waiting for the next tour to leave, you can enjoy some of Christian Moerlein Brewing Company’s finest lagers and ales and check out design and art exhibits on display, including a human height robot. Member based workshops and shared workspaces, such as TechShop and Cincinnati’s Hive13, are rising across the country.

The work of artists, designers, and engineers will highlight the potential users of the Industrial Arts Center in the LIVE•MAKE Competition. Light manufacturing and shared workspaces are poised to re-infiltrate the industrial architecture of the Brewery District, to create an environment that is great to work, play, live and make.


The LIVE•MAKE will be held at the Christian Moerlein Brewhouse, 1621 Moore St. Cincinnati, OH 45202. Registration is on a first come first serve basis at the Launch.



For Launch information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/LIVEMAKEIACCincinnati/events  For competition details: www.iaccincinnati.com


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