Martin Summers attended the "Foundations and Futures Conference" for the first "Exhibit Columbus" biennial with colleagues from the University of Kentucky College of Design, School of Architecture. The conference served as the kick-off event for the Miller Prize Finalists and as an introduction of those finalists to the city, their specific sites, and the the broader community through a series of presentations and discussions.
The next phase will include designs for installations that will be exhibited in the fall of 2017 around the city. 5 finalist will be selected in the spring and they will begin the final design and fabrication of their projects. Accompanying these will be a series of university installations that bring together several regional architecture and design schools to produce design-build installations that are site specific and address contemporary education and manufacturing techniques within the historic context of Columbus, Indiana.
The five schools are:
Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning
The Ohio State University, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture
University of Cincinnati, School of Architecture and Interior Design
University of Kentucky, School of Architecture
University of Michigan, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Additional information can be found in an archpaper.com article (link)