The city of Columbus, Indiana, isn’t just one of the most architecturally-rich places in the United States—it’s also among the most overlooked. Where else can one find works by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Cesar Pelli, Richard Meier, Kevin Roche, and I.M. Pei, all in thirty square miles? Landmark Columbus, a new preservation group established last year, has been working to elevate the city’s cultural status through the first annual Exhibit Columbus—an “exploration of architecture, art, design, and community” that kicked off September 29.
When a local mayor asked Costa Rican architect Álvaro Rojas to build a community center for the small village of El Rodeo, about ten miles west of San Jose, Rojas quickly understood that the commission would be a tall order despite the small size of the proposed project—about 8,000 square feet, in a town of around six hundred.