AIA Roc Holds Ribbon Cutting at Midtown Commons

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{"version":"0.3.0","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Midtown Commons, at the corner of Clinton and Elm, has\nbecome downtown\u0027s newest open-sky gallery for the summer. The Rochester chapter of the American\nInstitute of Architects (AIA Rochester), in partnership with the City of\nRochester, unveiled its Installations June 19 at a ribbon cutting\nceremony. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The Installations are a series of architectural spaces,\ncreated by teams of Rochester architects and industry professionals, as part of\nAIA Rochester\u0027s centennial anniversary. \n\u0022Using the past as a foundation, our Centennial initiatives are\nvery future focused,\u0022 said Jason Streb, AIA Rochester chapter\npresident. \u0022We wanted to showcase\nthe possibilities of architecture and the value of architects at a scale that\nall could experience.\u0022 The idea for\na built space competition was generated by AIA member Max Akulin."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The prompt for this design-build competition was intentionally\nleft open-ended, with the sole requirement to incorporate a gabled roof, a\nwidely recognizable form of architecture in western culture. The seven winning entries interpret the gable\nin unique forms. They dot the park and invite the public to engage with such\nelements as a lending library, a mechanism for recycling bottles, and a history\nof building materials."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The project is Rochester\u0027s first public architectural\ninstallation. \u0022Installations occur\nwhere there is a strong and energized design community and a community at large\nthat puts trust and value in its designers,\u0022 said Installation co-chair\nBarbara Burke, Associate AIA. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u0022We could not have made this statement without the\nsupport and faith of the City and especially the designers,\u0022 said Streb,\nadding, \u0022We stand here now, celebrating a one of a kind moment not only\nfor our organization but for the City in general.\u0022"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u0022This energy here is just infectious,\u0022 said\nCommissioner Norman Jones of the City of Rochester, who spoke about the\nimportance of design as the number of downtown residents continues to\ngrow. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The Installations will be on display through Labor Day in\nMidtown Commons Park. \u0022We hope that\npeople will enjoy exploring these during Jazz Fest, the Fringe Festival, and\nFood Truck Rodeos.\u0022 said Burke. \u0022Everyone\u0027s interpretations will be\ndifferent, memorable, and special, and hopefully a relationship with\narchitecture will be developed where there may have been none.\u0022"]]]]}
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City Engineer Holly Barrett; Commissioner Norman Jones; Sabrina Boykin, Junior Architect for the City; Barbara Burke, Associate AIA, Installation Co-Chair; Jason Streb, AIA Rochester chapter president; Blynn Nelson; City Councilmember Elaine Spaull
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