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Dayton Metro Library Displays Student Architecture Designs

Catch a glimpse of Dayton's potential through the eyes of area high school art, architecture or design students. An Art in Architecture Student Design exhibit will be on display at the Dayton Metro Library Main Library, 215 E. Third Street, March 21 through April 15. The designs, by students in grades 9-12, were entered into a competition sponsored by the Dayton Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture.

Participants designed a Downtown Market, inspired by the need for food and shopping for local residents and workers in Dayton's central business district. Students had to envision an adaptive reuse of the Gentile Building, which was purchased by the Dayton Metro Library as part of its Libraries for a Smarter Future facilities improvement plan. In addition to groceries, a secondary service for the building was also a required element of the competition.

AIA Dayton has been sponsoring this program for 30 years. Additional sponsors of the event are Heapy Engineering, Sinclair Community College, Greater Dayton RTA, and Anderson Windows. As part of the competition, AIA Dayton offered creative workshops and Miami University architecture students mentored participants. Three college scholarships and other prizes will be awarded on April 16 at Heapy Engineering.

The design boards will be on display in the Main Library auditorium, March 21-April 15. It is recommended that exhibit visitors call the Library's External Relations Department at 937-496-8901 in advance to ensure their visit does not conflict with any meetings scheduled in the auditorium.

For more information, call the Library at 937-463-BOOK (2665).

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