ArchiNATI festival gives citizens a say in the city's built environment

During the week of Oct. 4–12, Cincinnatians will have the chance to experience the city’s built environment through the third annual ArchiNATI architecture festival. The week will include talks, tours and events throughout the city.
 
This year’s theme is Citizen Space, centering around the concept that every person has a right to the city’s spaces, a stake in its culture and a say in its built environment.
 
“Every year, we choose a theme to highlight one aspect of the city,” says Nick Cristofaro, one of the organizers of this year’s ArchiNATI festival. “This year’s goal is to let everyone know they have a stake in what happens to the city, especially its public spaces. It’s not just about the history of the city, but about celebrating the places we have, both old and new. We want people to see the potential that’s around us every day.”
 
Some highlights of the week include a reception and exhibit at the former Church of Assumption featuring submissions from Place from Space, a design competition in which vacant lots are turned into community spaces. The competition partners with community groups in Over-the-Rhine, Walnut Hills and Price Hill to turn empty spaces into places for the neighborhood. There’s also a dinner, prepared by Chef Stephen Shockley, and an exhibition curated by Daft Galleries at Rhinegeist. Plus, Rookwood Pottery is hosting a reception for the photo scavenger hunt and giving tours of its facility on Vine Street.
 
Most of the week’s events are free and open to the public, but a few of the events will require a small admission fee, tickets or reservations. To see the full list of activities, purchase tickets or make reservations, visit architecturecincy.org or archinati.org.
 
ArchiNATI is sponsored in large part by the Haile Foundation, GBBN Architects, Rookwood Pottery and Listermann Brewing. Each event also has a partner or organization behind it.
 
The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati is partnering with ArchiNATI for the festival. AFC was founded in 1982, and has enriched the Greater Cincinnati community by connecting people with the places in which they live, learn, work and play. Through programming and educational outreach, AFC strives to involve the public in shaping Cincinnati’s built environment.
 
By Caitlin Koenig
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