COLUMBUS - The second annual Exhibit Columbus will open Friday with a variety of events. Organizers say the two-day opening weekend will showcase architecture, art, and community in celebration of the city's design legacy.

The exhibition will feature 18 installations by architects, designers, academics, artists and graphic designers. This year's event focuses on the central theme of "Good Design and the Community."

"Exhibit Columbus is more than an architectural biennial," Richard McCoy, executive director of Landmark Columbus Foundation, said in a news release. "It is a chance for Columbus to bring its traditions and values into the global design dialogue. Design and community are central pillars of our collective identity, and it gives us tremendous pride to demonstrate how a shared investment in design can improve lives."

Exhibit Columbus is free and open to the public. Organizers say it will transform downtown Columbus through December 1.