#13.014: Scavenger Hunt Prizes


The Grand Prize for this years Photo Scavenger Hunt!

The Scavenger Hunt Prizes have arrived! Just in time too, the Rookwood Pottery Co. Tour and Reception is coming up this Thursday evening. The deadline for submissions is noon on Thursday, October 10th. It looks like we will have some beautiful October days which are perfect for being outside and capturing some fine shots. The clues are online in our Clue Gallery and there is a printable available for download with a click on this link: The Rookwood Photo Scavenger Hunt Guide.

Guests at this free event have the opportunity to experience expertly guided behind the scenes tours of Rookwood’s actual working processes. There will be free food and drinks including beer and wine for all the attendees and we will be awarding the prizes to the Rookwood Photo Scavenger Hunt winners! And as a special ‘Thank You’ all the guests will take home a piece of Rookwood for themselves, the appropriately titled piece – ‘The Potter at the Wheel’.


The Rookwood Presents a Tour & Reception  | “Manufacturing and Discovering Art

Guided tours of the Rookwood Pottery Co. and the announcement of the ArchiNATI Scavenger Hunt winners.

Tours Start at 6:00pm &  7:00pm followed by the announcement of the winners

Rookwood Pottery Company 1920 Race Street, 45202
THURSDAY, OCT 10TH | 5:30PM-8:00 PM
Event is FREE and Open to the Public

Registration Not Required but Welcomed at ArchinatiRookwood.eventbrite.com


#13.013: The Brew House Facelift: Design Charette

BrewHouselogoArchiNATI is a big fan of facades to say the least. If you don’t believe us, two of the names for the festival that (thankfully) fell by the wayside were the ‘Cincinnati Facade Fest’ and the surprisingly popular ‘Edifice Fest’. We are very happy to be contributing TO a new effort in Walnut Hills to rehabilitate facades in the area. ArchiNATI and the Brew House are getting together to host a design charette to enhance the Brew House facade. You are invited to join us at the Brew House, Saturday October 5th from 3:30 to 6:30pm to design, draw and have a drink.

Looking for inspiration? Click the link to download a site plan and building plan: The Brew House Site Plan

Information about the program From the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation:

Facade Improvement Program

Program Goal and Description

The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation is establishing a Façade Improvement Program to help strengthen the revitalization of the Walnut Hills Business District (the targeted area). The Program will serve as a pilot program for the revitalization effort of storefronts in Walnut Hills, with plans to expand the program afterwards. The Program will offer grant funds to property and business owners to be matched by their equal or greater investment of private funds for the purpose of restoring/renovating commercial storefronts and replacing deteriorated or poor quality commercial signs and awnings. A Program Committee will evaluate applications to determine eligibility and, based on a set of criteria (listed below), make grant awards to those proposed projects that are determined will have the greatest impact on enhancing the targeted area.

Specific Objectives in Targeted Area

Enhance the appearance of the current storefront facades
Reduce vacancies in storefronts and upper floors
Expand worker, resident, and shopper populations in the Business District
Strengthen or restore the original character of historic buildings
Provide a catalyst for others to improve their buildings, signs, and awnings


The Brew House Facelift: Design Charette  | “New Look for Old Favorite

A public charette to redesign the Brew House facade and parking lot in Walnut Hills to help build a sense of community and vibrant street life. Appetizers provided.

Brew House Restaurant and Bar, 1047 E. McMillan Street, 45206
SATURDAY, OCT 5TH | 3:30PM-6:30 PM
Event is FREE and Open to the Public

Registration Not Required but Welcomed at https://archinatibrewhouse.eventbrite.com/



#13.012: The Scavenger Hunt Clue Gallery

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The Scavenger Hunt Rules:

Rule #1: Using the images and clues provided on the Scavenger Hunt Guide, find all eight buildings and take a photo of yourself in front of each one. Not a fan of ‘selfies’? Use a disguise! (maybe some Duckworths and hat?) Be sure to get enough of the building in the image so we can be sure you visited all of them.

Rule # 2. Send all eight images to ArchiNATI12(at)gmail(dot)com BEFORE Thursday October 10th at Noon.

All correct submissions will be entered into a drawing for three beautiful hand crafted tiles donated by Rookwood Pottery.

#13.010: Rhinegeist Dinner & Victory City Exhibition



The topic of “Citizen Space” was not taken lightly by Orville Simpson II. Mr. Simpson was a Cincinnati real estate investor and entrepreneur, who spent 50-plus years of his life thinking about the problems of urban sprawl, overcrowding, crime, and pollution. During this time—with no formal architectural, planning, or artistic training—Mr. Simpson dedicated his life to designing and documenting his solution to these problems: Victory City, “the City of the Future”. While at times the roughly self-illustrated ideas seem oppressive (a corporate monopoly governing the city, or rules against cooking or keeping pets in one’s own residence for example), other aspects developed 50 years ago are now accepted as good practice, or are even considered cutting edge (farm-to-table meals with no additives and preservatives, and efficient land use).  In 2011, Mr. Simpson’s life’s work was donated to the University of Cincinnati, and is preserved and interpreted by DAAP Galleries and its director Aaron Cowan. ArchiNATI is proud to present a sampling of the immense Victory City collection related to the festival’s  theme of Citizen Space that has been chosen by Mr. Cowan to highlight Orville Simpson’s painstaking process and the passion that sustained it for 60 years!

Join ArchiNATI, the Young Architect’s and Interns Forum, the American Institute of Architecture Students, and DAAP Galleries in exploring and celebrating Orville Simpson’s life-long passion for citizen space Friday October 11th at 6 PM at the newly reopened Rhinegeist Brewery (originally built as the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company’s bottling plant). Tickets to the Exhibition are $25, and include a farm-to-table dinner inspired by Victory City’s sustainable agricultural practices, prepared by Chef Steven Shockley. The dinner will be served via a system inspired by Simpson’s beloved “Circle-Serv” cafeteria device, and accompanied by fresh-brewed Rhinegeist craft beer.

Come discover one man’s decades-long passion for creating a better, more sustainable city–Victory City, an exhibit presented by DAAP Galleries. Creative food prepared by Chef Steven Shockley, sourced locally, and inspired by the exhibit. The food will be served in served in a truly surprising way! The exhibit and dinner will be held at Rhinegeist Brewery–an amazing 1900s factory space.



Rhinegeist Dinner & Victory City Exhibition  | “Discover a Vision of the future in a Space from the Past”

Dinner created by Stephen Shockley (formerly of CUMIN) paired with Rhinegeist brews

DAAP Galleries exhibit of VICTORY CITY, the life work of Oroville Simpson II, describing his utopian plan for a new city.

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St. 45202
FRIDAY, OCT 11TH | 6:00PM-8:00 PM
TICKETS REQUIRED – Available for purchase at http://www.architecturecincy.org/shop/


#13.009: Park(ing) Day 2013

Big Swing - Parking Day

Park(ing) Day, for the uninitiated, is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK[ing]” spaces: temporary public places. This year, in Cincinnati artists and designers are getting together to feed the meters and legally use parking spaces to celebrate the importance of public spaces. We’ll create some fun along Main Street in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati and in the 8th Street Design District between Broadway and Sycamore.

On September 20th, from 11 AM to 2 PM, the 8th Street Design District and the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati will take over parking spots on East 8th Street between Broadway and Sycamore.  You’ll be able to take a seat and swing on the Big Swing; a collaboration between the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati and local design shop, the Brush Factory. Take another kind of swing at a hole in one on GBBN Architect’s mini golf course and get your picture taken with the city’s largest liquid refreshment by KZF Design.

Park(ing) Day continues on Main Street during happy hour from 5 – 7 PM.  You’ll be able see how Main Street turns parking spots into galleries and stages with artists of all kinds. On Main Street north of 12th Street, Pones, Inc. is creating a temporary statue park, Permafringe is putting on a serendipitous performance in front of Iris Bookcafé, while a number of locations are offering mini-golf like you’ve never seen and Elementz is doing hip-hop dancing. Queen City Bike is planning a surprise and a bubble artist will delight everyone. Look for musicians and visual artists creating on the spot in numerous spaces, Carriage House Farm produce stand in front of Park + Vine. Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway is hosting its own sort of fun.



Park(ing) Day 2013  | “Transforming Parking Spaces”

See how offices, retailers and residents transform street parking spaces and enjoy ArchiNATI’s Big Swing , a playful way to experience public space.

On East 8th Between Sycamore & Broadway
FRIDAY, SEPT 20TH | 11:00AM-2:00 PM

On Main Street, North of Central Parkway
FRIDAY, SEPT 20TH | 5:00PM-7:00 PM


*Editors Note: Photo by Tom Hilton & licensed under a Creative Commons License