Starting this Friday, and for the next 11 days, Columbus will be packed with creative thinkers asking and answering questions about sustainability, innovation and design in our city and beyond. From architectural bike tours and locally-created short films to interactive workshops and internationally renowned speakers, Columbus will be reverberating with creativity, and everyone is invited to attend. Born out of 200Columbus, this collection of events makes up idUS, a celebration of innovation and design in Columbus.

Here’s the jam-packed line-up.

CCAD’s MindMarket Launch with Speaker Roger Martin, Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m. at CCAD—$100 The Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) will kick off idUS week with the inaugural MindMarket’s ThoughtLab—an art and design business incubator, design lab and thought lab—and internationally renowned design and integrative thinking expert and author Roger Martin will share his thoughts on the technology-enabled global marketplace.

Roger Martin




idUS Launch Party, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. at CCAD—FREE Celebrating the launch of idUS, this free event features giant sculptures, great music, funky fashion and signature Columbus drinks. DJ Charles Erickson will be spinning all night long, and you’ll catch a glimpse of some of the innovative work of CCAD fashion design students in a runway show. The event takes place in the warehouse space adjacent to CCAD’s brand new MindMarket, located at the corner of Broad and Cleveland.


Columbus Mini Maker Faire, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at COSI—$8-$12 Columbus Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event to make, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology. See local Makers showcase their trinkets and talents; witness 3D printing, laser cut artistry and interactive electronica, cheer on a power tool drag race, and more.

Mini Makers Faire




Artist’s Palate CoLab, Sept. 30, 1-3:30 p.m. at COSI—FREE Discover design through the culinary arts. Accomplished, world-class chef Derek Bergemann will show you the processes of preparing a dish, from raw ingredients to the finished product. This interactive workshop will unveil the mastery of timing and artistry as attendees explore the art of plating a truly inspiring dish. The host will be Johnny diLoretto, who reviews restaurants on his segment, “A Bite with Johnny” on FOX 28.


Ideabook Exhibit and Opening Reception, Sept. 29, 7-10 p.m. at OSU Urban Arts Space—FREE Part of Design Week, the Ideabook Project invited individuals and groups to share their ideas, dreams, visions and goals for Columbus’s future. 500 Ideabooks were distributed to architects, landscape architects, artists, entrepreneurial innovators, civic and business leaders, educators, community organizers and those in the culinary, fashion, and other design arts. See these incredible books and the unique way they will be displayed. This event is free, but an RSVP is required.





Design: ROLLS, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. Lazarus Bldg., Wall St. Entrance—$30 Do you love to bike? Part of Design Week, design: ROLLS is an architectural bike tour in and around downtown Columbus. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Wall St. entrance of the Lazarus Building in Downtown Columbus.





CBUS Film Screening, Sept. 30, 3-6 p.m. at Gateway Film Center—$7 This collection of films was created by professionals, students, and other creatives in Columbus and explores the unique perspectives of Columbus’s built environment. There will be a reception following the screening with a cash bar and light appetizers provided.


EcoSummit 2012, Sept. 30-Oct. 5 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center This international conference will explore innovative, socially and culturally acceptable science-based strategies to help create, manage and restore streams, rivers, wetlands and other natural environments.

You Are Where You Live CoLab, Oct. 1, 6:30-9 p.m. at Nationwide Children’s Hospital—FREE Studies show the environment can have a huge impact on both your physical and mental health. In this CoLab, practitioners from OhioHealth, OSU, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and other wellness innovators will offer thoughts and tools for creating an environment where our community can thrive. Through an interactive simulation of your neighbor’s experience and discussion of businesses that invest in the urban core, the panel of professionals will collaborate to illustrate how Columbus residents can improve their wellness and the wellness of their city by improving their environment. This CoLab is hosted by Angela Mingo of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Fueling the Creative Economy: Columbus as a Design Incubator, Oct. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at NBBJ—$20 The incubator focuses on future collaborations between the city’s business, art, and design communities. A panel discussion led by Susan S. Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis magazine, will consider how to fuel the physical and social infrastructure necessary to sustain these industries.

FFOCOL, Film Festival of Columbus, Oct. 2-5, times vary at the Gateway Film Center—Individual tickets start at $6.50; single day and festival passes available FFOCOL is a fresh and exciting new film festival showcasing seasoned and rising filmmakers and extraordinary work from around the world all while promoting Columbus as a filmmaking destination. There will be two full days of screenings including 10 features, five documentaries, and a shorts program. View the trailer.

TEDxYouth Columbus, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at COSI—SOLD OUT After a successful inaugural year in 2011, this event once again will highlight the youth of Columbus (ages 14-25) and their ideas in short TEDx talks on stage for an inspiring morning revealing a youth view of the “Future Revealed.” In the afternoon, the attendees (“change agents”) in the audience will participate in a workshop on how to develop their own ideas that will inspire the world.

MORPC’s Summit on Sustainability, Oct. 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Greater Columbus Convention Center—$85 The Summit on Sustainability is MORPC’s signature environmental conference, developed to aid community leaders, businesses and individuals in going green. This exciting event brings hundreds of people together from diverse backgrounds, all of whom share a common interest in making the world a better place.

KSA Lecture Featuring Architect Julie Snow, Oct. 3, 6-7 p.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts—FREE The OSU Knowlton School of Architecture (KSA) Lecture will feature Julie Snow, FAIA, of Julie Snow Architects, offering a technical, cultural and theoretical understanding of the contemporary built environment.

AIA Columbus Design Awards, Oct. 3, 7-10 p.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts—$25-50 These awards recognize achievement and excellence in architectural design by Columbus architects and those within the boundaries of the AIA Columbus Chapter. Julie Snow, FAIA, will offer her critique of submitted projects, provide jury comments and announce winners of 2012 AIA Columbus Design Awards.

Innovate Columbus, Oct. 4, 12-8 p.m. at COSI—$275 Innovate Columbus is an energizing and thought-provoking one-day event bringing together a fresh, eclectic mix of leading-edge keynotes—Richard Florida, PhD, Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, and Jeff Dyer, PhD— and lab facilitators sharing how they leverage innovation to sharply increase value for their companies and clients.

TEDxColumbus, Oct. 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at COSI—$100 Columbus’s most curious and creative, interesting and interested, positive and progressive thinkers and doers will gather at COSI to be inspired by 15 visionaries sharing unique stories and valuable perspectives. Attendees leave with inspired thinking and new connections.

Center for Architecture and Design Annual Celebration, Oct. 5, 7-11 p.m. at COSI’s English Plaza—$50 The Annual Celebration showcases central Ohio’s rich built environment and design with a breathtaking evening view of the Columbus skyline as its backdrop. Themed around vintage carnival, activities will include hair and makeup; photo booth; ice cream or dessert; upscale carnival games; caricature drawings; and more. The event will feature the Hoo Doo Soul Band.

Mission: Possible CoLab, Oct. 6, 1-3:30 p.m. at TechColumbus—FREE Participants gather in teams and have one hour to solve a problem that has befuddled humanity for centuries through the creation of a never-before-seen product. Teams will be mentored by representatives from local innovation and design firms. A panel of innovation and design experts, including Jeni Britton Bauer, Tom Gattis, Tim Haynes and Kris Schultz, will then evaluate the designs and determine which will be prototyped and displayed at subsequent idUS events. This CoLab is hosted by Walker Evans of Columbus Underground and is appropriate for families with children of all ages.

Creative Engines, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts—Free for students; $15-20 general admission Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne and Weiden + Kennedy Global Creative Director John Jay engage in a public conversation about the powerful impact of innovative design and bold creative practice on successful businesses and, by extension, the American economy.

Sergio Marchionne




Columbus is a creative hotbed, and this collection of events is just the beginning of our city showcasing its merits to become the capital of free-thinking. Check out all the events at Follow the conversation online at #idUS, and on Twitter and Facebook.