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The Emerging Professionals Nerve Center at AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 made great use of a local artist's string-based installation.

At #A17Con, AIA's emerging professionals booth features an art installation designed to inspire

Though everyone’s path in architecture is different, the profession always bands together to create impact through beautiful spaces. The Emerging Professionals Nerve Center at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando seeks to celebrate this notion in a vibrant installation on the Architecture Expo floor.

Through a concerted effort from AIA's Center for Emerging Professionals to showcase emerging local talent, Orlando-based artist Cole NeSmith and his installation “Strung Together” were selected to augment the booth. The project provides a visual presence and energy in the EP Nerve Center as attendees are invited to navigate their design path and share insights on the future of architecture via rainbow colored string and wooden structures crafted by NeSmith’s artistry team. The end result of the interactive, life-sized installation is a sight to behold, with everyone’s colorful paths converging.

Booth attendees are invited to navigate their design path and share insights on the future of architecture via rainbow colored string and wooden structures.

Commenting on his work, NeSmith says, “The string represents the linear nature of time, with a clear beginning and end. As the strings show, our journeys may be different, but they come together to create something larger and more beautiful—and at times potentially more chaotic—than our lives would ever be alone.”

Booth visitors are invited to sound off on how architects can best tell their stories, in an attempt to grasp the most crucial challenge facing the design world today. This morphing installation aims to offer both insights and a place for conversation.

The EP Nerve Center serves as a hub for young attendees to relax and learn about some specific resources from AIA and the American Institute of Architecture Students. The Institute also extends its reach to emerging professionals beyond the Nerve Center, hosting exciting pop-up events each day of the conference. Follow along with #A17Con as we reveal the pop-up themes and locations.

For more, visit AIA's Center for Emerging Professionals homepage.

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Emerging professionals booth

Kathleen O'Donnell

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