Possible Mediums was a four-day summit and marked the first organized meeting of the four "Midwest Mafia" of Architecture Schools. It took place at OSU's Knowlton School of Architecture and was organized in collusion with The University of Illinois — Chicago School of Architecture , The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning , and The University of Kentucky College of Design .
The conference served as a pedagogical experiment in itself and consisted of twelve four-day workshops for students of the host institutions, and panel discussions, which were organized into four categories of "possible mediums". The conference took the same tone as the workshops: an ad-hoc experiment where foam, paint, plaster, Arduino-based robots, flocking, balloons, projections, flannel shirts and chickens were manipulated into a set of often hilarious, small-scale speculative research projects, each with its own projective theory.
These schools have an open-source, transparent cross-contamination of ideas and exchange of people, strengthening the educational capacity of each school beyond what they could offer alone. The workshop leaders — faculty — were learning along with the students, as their work is still young and evolving. Possible Mediums exposed the process in plain view, rather than simply presenting work as finished, polished projects. This produced a refreshingly lively and sincere discourse between workshop leaders.
Architecture can look to other disciplines for formal generation, but it can also jump over the line that medium-specificity creates between insiders and outsiders, to engage broader audiences post-production