Cincinnati celebrates its architecture as festival builds up

October 1, 2013 by  

With Cincinnati and its environs being rich in architectural interest, residents can explore some of the more intriguing buildings in the upcoming ArchiNATI Festival.

It is the third time the event has been held, and lasts for nine days. During that time, residents will have the opportunity to attend both ticketed and free events, take architectural tours, attend lectures, and work on vacant spaces.

Since architecture is an extremely broad subject, each year the festival chooses a theme to help narrow it down. This year’s theme is ‘Citizen Space’, a celebration of the idea that every citizen has a stake in the city’s culture, the right to use its spaces, and a say in the type of buildings that are erected. Among this year’s events exploring this theme are ‘Transforming Parking Spaces’, which allows people to see how retailers, offices, and, residents change street parking spaces, while also enjoying a discussion of a book-in-progress about the Carnegie Libraries and a scavenger hunt.

The festival kicks off October 5:00 at 1:00 pm with the Queen City Bike, a bicycle tour through the city’s central basin, with stops at public art installations and places of architectural interest. It winds up October 12 with a ‘Great House Tour’ of residences in Indian Hill, followed by a lecture by Robert Seigel, New York architect, in the Aronoff Center.

City officials and event organizers could work with brochure printers to create a piece for participants that not only gives the schedule of events, but also describes the various buildings and artworks visited.