Thursday, July 16, 2009

College of Architecture and Planning’s Summer Workshop students introduced to Archive

Each summer the College of Architecture and Planning welcomes outstanding high school juniors and seniors to the CAP Summer Workshop. Over the course of two weeks in July, 48 aspiring students are immersed into the realm of environmental design through exercises that increasingly challenge the young mind and its understanding of the built environment.

An important element of the students’ time at Ball State is learning how to access the dynamic resources the University Libraries have to offer. Amy E. Trendler, Architecture Librarian, and Carol A. Street, Archivist for Architectural Records, introduced the students to digital and print resources in the Architecture Library as well as unique architectural collections from the Drawings and Documents Archive.

Over the course of an afternoon, the students met in small groups and explored a wide range of materials, from books on vertical gardens and urban planning to original Cuno Kibele architectural drawings from 1917. The session prompted students to consider how architectural drawings were used in the past and introduced them to the wealth of current material available to them at Ball State.

In case you are wondering what the students are looking at, on the table are architect Cuno Kibele's drawings for additions to the Wysor Grand Theater in Muncie, Ind. (1917); Werking & Son's drawings for the Granada Theatre in Connersville, Ind (1926); and Joseph O. Cezar's drawings for the Lafayette Road Drive-In in Indianapolis (1952). Models in the foreground are from architect Edward D. Pierre titled Indianapolis: 25 Years Hence, which is an incredible set of models of downtown Indianapolis that combines how the city looked in 1953 and the architect's vision of progress to take place in the following twenty-five years. Many things, such as a subway and a Riley Children's Center were never realized. The model collection is currently being digitized and will be avaible online soon at

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