Emergency Infrastructure: How it’s Designed

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Join me on an exclusive tour of two remarkable fire stations in Columbus, Indiana – Fire Stations #4 and #5. Each with its own architectural significance and story, these stations are more than just emergency response centers; they’re symbols of community and design innovation.
Station #4 – Venturi’s Architectural Gem: We start with Fire Station #4, designed by the renowned Robert Venturi. Discover why this building, despite its ordinary appearance, stands out in the world of architecture. We delve into its unique facade, symbolic elements, and how it caters to its specific district.

Station #5 – A Progressive Design by Susana Torre: Next, we explore Fire Station #5, a testament to inclusivity and modern design principles. Designed by Susana Torre, this station addresses gender bias in architecture and offers a unique layout to accommodate a diverse workforce.

Behind the Scenes of Fire Station Design: Understand the critical components of fire station design, from apparatus bays to living quarters. Learn how these buildings are optimized for emergency response while providing a comfortable living space for firefighters.

Why Fire Stations Matter: Discover how fire stations are more than emergency centers; they’re a reflection of social values, design innovation, and community identity. Get insights into the little-known architectural aspects that make these buildings unique.
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Related Links and Sources:
Columbus Fire Department: https://www.columbus.in.gov/fire/
Exhibit Columbus: https://www.exhibitcolumbus.org/

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Stewart Hicks is an architectural design educator that leads studios and lecture courses as an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as an Associate Dean in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and is the co-founder of the practice Design With Company. His work has earned awards such as the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award or the Young Architect’s Forum Award and has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Design Miami, as well as at the V&A Museum and Tate Modern in London. His writings can be found in the co-authored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration, published with the Graham Foundation, as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA Journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest-edited issue of MAS Context on the topic of character architecture.

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