#12011: Collaboration

Authored by Kory A. Beighle

The stated, two-fold goal of this publication is and has been to address architecture in the city of Cincinnati, both its production and consumption.  I would like to begin by challenging what one might initially take this to mean, by writing about a film a friend and I recently produced.

While the film is not really about a singular thing, we had several points of inquiry with us as we produced the work.  One such point began with the thought that architecture in film is often seen as something consumed, and I wanted to challenge this idea.  Just as in building, there are direct relationships between the production of the building and the user’s experience thereof.  I wanted to make a film whose narrative and process (its production) is the experience (the consumption).  My goal in doing this was highly intuitive and my hope was that through such a process I would indirectly learn something about the way I experience place.

We shot the film on a small patch of city owned and maintained land south of Liberty near the Liberty and Reading intersection.  It is a non-place.  Observe and consider…


The film can be found at…

Film produced by Kory A. Beighle and Daniel Elkin.

Article by Kory A. Beighle



#12.010.01 Bike Shelter Design Competition

The American Institute of Architects Cincinnati and Saris are teaming up to host a bicycle shelter design competition.

From AIA Cincinnati President Chris Patek:


Tired of reviewing submittals and producing construction documents? Looking for an excuse to just design something?


Short and sweet…

Submission Deadline:   July 27, 2012

Exhibition/Awards:        August 6, 2012  

For more details check out the call for entries: BSDC_Call for Entries


AIA Cincinnati


Queen City Bike

#12.009: Gotta Get it


Author: Andrew Plogsted, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C


I am fortunate to able to engage my passion for green schools every day.  As a Representative for Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) and Chair of the local United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Green School Committee, I advocate, educate and push the green schools movement forward.  Through these involvements I have participated with many excellent groups that really “get it”.  For me, green schools – or any green buildings – are about creating the best possible environments.  These environments must respond to the world around them; they must be appropriate to their context.  They must be efficient systems, both energy and resource conservative.  They must also promote the vitality of all those who enter their doors, meaning they positively affect each visitor’s engagement.  Simply put, green buildings are environmentally, economically, and socially balanced places.

And while those words and catchy phrases sound like they would be a part of every building project, there are still so many people out there who don’t “get it”.  Too often owners and/or design teams feel there is not enough time or money to step out and fully engage these issues.  Budgets are constricted, fees are tight, and construction schedules seem more unrealistic than ever before.  Unfortunately, this is the new norm of construction and it’s not going to change in the foreseeable future.  Despite this, I am encouraged by the work that I see happening in the design and construction industry in Cincinnati.  There is new awareness of urgency: to be efficient with our time and our building practices;  urgency to consider not just the buildings, but the neighborhoods that we’re building in; to make smart decisions with the right people the first time because there is no time for error.

One of my favorite current projects that “got it” is the new Clark Montessori High School on Erie Avenue.  This project has proven to me that a fully engaged team with the right mindset can create the perfect project.  The school sits in a quiet neighborhood of Hyde Park and was the first public Montessori school in the nation – it has history, a sensitive environment, and as a public school, a limited budget.  On top of that, the construction schedule was compressed by 6 months to accommodate an early move-in.  It had all the ingredients of a typical tight project… yet, these challenges kept everyone on their toes and fully engaged from day one.

The school opened on time and on budget.  The creative design of the school and surrounding site allowed it to fit seamlessly into the neighborhood.  According to Principal Townsend, the green building designs inside coupled with green rooftops and gardens outside all are a part of what makes Clark’s kids so green.  The project took into account the community, the day-to-day users and visitors, the ecology of the site, the budget and the schedule to create a wonderful learning atmosphere for the students.  The project is currently tracking toward a LEED Gold Certification level.

“Getting it” is about getting it done… and done well… the first time.