Urban and Civic SEGD Global Design Awards

Machine Hallucination

Artechouse commissioned Refik Anadol Studio in the fall of 2019 to showcase an inaugural exhibition at their new state-of-the-art digital space in Chelsea.

The Vessel at Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards, a 26-acre site, is the single largest piece of recently developed property in Manhattan.

Our 10-Year Plan

Every three years, New Zealand councils redesign their long-term budgets. Residents can have a say on what councils propose and their feedback is both welcome and valuable.

Denny Substation

Substations are critical to a city’s power supply, but they are often eyesores.

Here Together, We Are Home

A public art commission collaboration, aimed to elevate the status of a disadvantaged community, has created an iconic entry for the city of Clarence Plains using the powerful words; “Here, Togethe

Reconnecting the PATH: Toronto PATH Wayfinding System

Toronto’s PATH is the world’s largest underground pedestrian complex.

Memphis River Parks Signage

The five miles of the Memphis riverfront are being reimagined in a $70 million transformation.

Shanghai Playscape

Shanghai Playscape is a new public space, micro-intervention, low-cost project and part of the Fourth Edition of Open Your Space, an ongoing research and design project at the College of Design and


Inspired by the strong physical presence of natural elements as well as the less visible but equally ubiquitous presence of technology and innovation in Redmond, Buoyant responds to and acknowledge

Spring Garden Connector

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation was eager to improve the connection between several Philadelphia neighborhoods and the Delaware River.

U.S. Embassy in London, Poetry of Place

C&G Partners developed a comprehensive site and interior signage and wayfinding program for the U.S. Embassy in London.

ENCOUNTER: Meeting Points on Buffalo Bayou

Allen’s Landing, where Buffalo Bayou meets the heart of downtown, is the birthplace of Houston. Flowing west from this historic landing, Buffalo Bayou Park was successfully revitalized in 2010.


Nicollet Avenue is the “Main Street” of downtown Minneapolis; it's a cultural and commercial center and shopping and dining district that attracts people to work, shop and eat all year.

Cornell Tech

Cornell Tech is a new campus for technology on New York’s Roosevelt Island.

Brewing Heritage Trail, Cincinnati

The Brewing Heritage Trail is an urban trail system that celebrates the City of Cincinnati’s brewing heritage and creates a positive, marketable image for the city.

Anglers' Seats

By creating a visual reference to an aquatic plant, the Bog Arum (Calla Palustris) that one occasionally finds on lake shores around Latvia, the Design Studio H2E team created special angling space

Yulha Art Lounge

There are a number of reasons why some public spaces get left behind in the midst of development and progress, like: illegal dumping, restrictive access, severe restrictions on zoning, lack of fund

Jahadam Project

The Jahadam Project was done on a three-way pedestrian overpass located at Shinyoung-Dong, Seoul, Korea.

Calgary Central Library

The stunning new Calgary Central Library in rapidly developing Calgary, Alberta, is an inspiring vision of what a public space can be.

The Anthem

The Anthem, a music and performing arts cultural center, is embedded within a building that has residential units above and retail and restaurants/bars around it.

SaRang Global Mission Center Clock Tower

The SaRang Global Mission Center was established as a place for the large community of SaRang Church to gather for weekly services, while reinforcing the church’s vision (to send missionaries all o

City Point

City Point is the largest food, shopping and entertainment destination in the center of Downtown Brooklyn, also known as "DoBro." Located at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street, th

The Sydney Foreshore Story Line

The Foreshore Story Line is a multi-faceted experience from University of Technology Sydney that connects the people, history and environment of The Sydney Harbour Foreshore through branding, wayfi

Escales découvertes (Discovery Halts)

Mont-Royal Park is a cherished cultural landscape and an important destination for Montrealers and tourists alike.

Tacoma Art Museum Rebrand and Sign Scheme

When Tacoma Art Museum nearly doubled their exhibition space with an expansive new wing of Western Art, they commissioned Studio Matthews to create new signage and wayfinding inside and out.

Innovation Plaza

University City Science Center, the nation’s largest and oldest urban research park, has continued expanding its footprint.

Pike & Rose

Pike & Rose is a mixed-use neighborhood North Bethesda, Maryland. It will occupy over 32 acres when complete, with buildings ranging up to 20 stories.

Map The Square

Pioneer Square is home to stark contrasts.

SGMC Sunken Wall of Prayer

The Sarang Community Church was established in 1978 with 800 members.

Blossom Interactive

Blossom Interactive is an interactive sculpture connected to social media to raise awareness for hunger issues in Philadelphia.

Pollinator Park

This street art enlivens a derelict industrial wall surrounding Vancouver's newest pop-up park.

Governors Island Signage

Governors Island is home to 172 acres of lush landscapes and picturesque paths where visitors can bike, picnic, lounge on hammocks, play sports, view art exhibitions, attend concerts and dance perf

Figurative Poetics Downtown Banners

CORE Design studio was engaged with the concept development and design of a public art banner program for Houston's Downtown District, whose ongoing mission is "to collaboratively plan, manage, mai

WalkNYC Pedestrian Wayfinding

Finding one’s way through the streets of New York when coming up out of the subway or walking through an unfamiliar neighborhood can be confusing, even for the most seasoned New Yorker.

Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Graphics

When Hurricane Sandy devastated New York in 2012, Rockaway Beach in Queens lost much of its iconic boardwalk.

Revolution in the Landscape

The Intersection of Design and Public Engagement

“Me Too”

For her MFA Student Fall Thesis project in the MFA Graphic and Interactive Design Program at Temple University, Karen Watkins responded to a topic prompt on empathy.

101 Collins Street

Melbourne landmark 101 Collins Street is a 57-story skyscraper considered one of the city’s most prestigious business addresses.

Virtual Depictions : San Francisco

Virtual Depictions:San Francisco is a public art project by media artist Refik Anadol, commissioned for 350 Mission Building in San Francisco.

Open Source

Open Source is the largest international art exhibition in Philadelphia’s history, with impactful public art installations created by 14 renowned international artists and 40 events throughout Octo

Contro Spazio: Punti in Aria

Contro Spazio: Punti in Aria (Counter Space: Points in Air) was a site-specific installation displayed in the SG Gallery and on the streets of Venice from July 7 to July 27, 2015.


For Elevate 2014, an annual pop-up festival sponsored by the city of Atlanta, the Goat Farm Arts Center, a “creative industrial complex” that produces vanguard arts programming, conceived the D_MPS

Haymarket Pedestrian Bridge

A new pedestrian bridge in Lincoln, Nebraska, links the city's arena with a festival plaza, parking areas, and an emerging neighborhood--and gives the city a television-worthy "selfie" in the process.

Money Shot, FIT, Student SEGD Award winner 2015

Money Shot is an interpretive system designed by FIT student Nastya Lobova to highlight the attractions of New York's Financial District.

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine Dog Signage

Created for the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York, this series of signs gently reminds visitors to curb and leash thy dogs.

Parc du Sergent Blandan

Parc du Sergent Blandan, a former military barracks on 17 hectares (about 42 acres) in the city of Lyon, France, was reimagined to provide Lyon residents and visitors with a new urban oasis and make the park’s rich military history accessible to all.

City of Dandenong Interpretive Structures

HeineJones created a family of interpretive sculptures for the multi-cultural city of Dandenong, Australia, to celebrate the city's common language, English.

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to the 3.5 million veterans living with permanent disabilities.

Vase Public Installation

Located in northern Portugal, the Municipality of Paredes has been framing itself in the context of creative cities, finding an engine for development and sustainable growth through talent and crea

Vancouver Community Library

A “drawer full of knowledge” metaphorically describes the building design and wayfinding concept for the new Vancouver Community Library.

Puzzle Facade

Puzzle Facade was part of Javier Lloret’s thesis project in the Interface Culture master’s program at the Universität für Künstlerische und Indus


In Fall 2012, the Public Theater opened a major revitalization of its New York home in the former Astor Library, a historic 1854 landmark located on Lafayette Street in East Village.

We Build the ___________ City

Civic construction work—generally maligned while in progress, and taken for granted once finished—rarely receives the recognition it deserves for providing the necessary foundation for a thriving c

Brisbane Multilingual Pedestrian Signage

One of the strategies from the Brisbane City Council’s recently commissioned report, “Brisbane’s Unique Window of Opportunity,” is to establish stronger links with the Asia Pacific economy.

City of Bath Information System

The city of Bath is historically in awe of its own heritage. The World Heritage Site is perhaps best known for its Roman hot-spring baths and its distinctive Palladian architecture.

Gratefish Storm Drain, Grate Drains, Mauk Design

This design for San Francisco's streets was meant to solve the ongoing problem of people dumping automobile oil into the storm drains and polluting San Francisco Bay.

Heritage Trails, J.M. Kaplan Foundation, Heritage Trails New York, Alliance for Downtown, Chermayeff & Geismar

Four walking tours through downtown Manhattan link 50 historic and contemporary sites with freestanding interpretive graphic panels.

North Park Community Improvements, City of San Diego, Wieber Nelson Design

This streetscape enhancement program was designed to meet strict federal Main Street standards, combining an area's history with contemporary design and materials.

Science City, National Science Foundation, New York Hall of Science, Chermayeff & Geismar

An on-the-street exhibit that reveals how cities work, the Science City exhibit for New York Hall of Science and the National Science Foundation is a truly interactive piece.

Mirages of the Walls, Pratt Institute, Piotr Adamski

This project by a student at Pratt Institute converted computer pixels into black, white and gray tiles.

Hidden Image Murals, Piotr Adamski

Introduction to Hidden-Image Murals

Witnesses, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Community Architexts

This multidisciplinary site activation involved the projection of large-scale texts from and on to two buildings that face each other on Chicago Avenue.

Birmingham Flight Sequence, City of Birmingham, Lorenc/Yoo Design

The Birmingham Flight Sequence is a half mile sequence of flight integrated into the landscape design to form a unified seamless progression.

Chicago Streetscape Signage, City of Chicago Dept. of Planning and Development, Two Twelve Harakawa

Chicago Streetscape Signage Standards Manual.

Downtown Indianapolis Signage Program, Corbin Design

With more than 19 million visitors per year, downtown Indianapolis is experiencing dramatic growth.

Hollywood Shadow Project, Cameron McNall, Architect

Completed in October 2001, the Hollywood Shadow Project is a series of seven installations dispersed throughout the production area of Hollywood.

Eastbank Esplanade Urban Markers, Portland Development Commission, Mayer/Reed

The Urban Marker project is part of the newly created Eastbank Esplanade, a 1.3-mile riverfront pedestrian and bicycle corridor funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation and t

World Trade Center Memorial, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Carrie Helle

This memorial is meant to capture a moment from the morning of September 11, a day that stands strongly in everyone's mind.

D.C. Citywide Wayfinding Program, Downtown DC Business Improvement District, Calori & Vanden-Eynden

The DC citywide wayfinding program is unique in that it actually became a reality after more than 25 years of failed attempts to design and implement such a system.

Anaheim Resort Signage Program, CommArts

In creating the Anaheim Resort district, the City recognized the negative impact of the visual clutter created by the chaotic proliferation of signs competing for the visitor's attent

Forum Signage, Emery Vincent Design

The brief was to develop a wayfinding signage system to direct visitors through and around a complex environment comprising a residential high rise tower, four commercial mid-rise bui

Universal Citywalk, Sussman/Prejza & Company

Streetscape Elements and Tenant Designs at Universal Citywalk

Gaudi in Barcelona, Parson School of Design, Jihea Kim

This project celebrates the 150th birthday of Antoni Gaudi's birthday by creating a sign system for Spain's capital of Barcelona.

Family Voices/Austin, Community Architexts, BJ Krivanek Art+Design

Community Architexts, a non-profit arts organization, developed and implemented a public design program within the depressed commercial district along Chicago Avenue in the Austin nei

Reuters at 3 Times Square, Reuters North America, Instinet Corporation, ESI Design

This exterior signage system is one of the largest and most technically sophisticated signs in the world.

Self-Illuminated Street Sign, 34th Street Partnership

Standard street signs are small and difficult to read at a distance for pedestrians, bus riders, and car drivers – particularly after dark.

Nativity, City of Melbourne, emerystudio

emerystudio was tasked with designing temporary street decorations for the City of Melbourne's 2006/2007 holiday season.

Downtown Los Angeles Walks, Urban Place Consultants, Hunt Design, Corbin Design

To anyone who lives there, or even those who have visited, it's obvious that the words "Los Angeles" and "walks" don't belong together.

Wayne Lyman Morse Courthouse, U.S. General Services Administration, Mayer/Reed

Wayne Lyman Morse United State Courthouse. The Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, OR, was built under the U.S. General Service Administration's Design Excellence Program and was completed in October 2006.

Drive By, J.H. Snyder Company, Electroland LLC

Drive By, a custom 240-ft.-long by 6-ft.-high LED display, comments on Los Angeles’ driving culture as well as its love affair with the movies.

One Day Poem Pavilion, Art Center College of Design, Jiyeon Song

The One Day Poem Pavilion was Jiyeon Song’s graduate thesis project in the Media Design Program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Ateliér à Torcí Facade, Rennes, France, Batir France Ingéniere S.A.

France’s Ille-et-Vilaine region in the east of Brittany is an important art, history, and culture center.

Chroma Streams: Tide and Traffic, Glasgow City Council, Leni Schwendinger Light Projects Ltd.

Chroma Streams: Tide & Traffic is a site-specific, integrated artwork for the highly trafficked Kingston Bridge in Glasglow, Scotland.

Enteractive at 11th and Flower, Forest City Residential West, Electroland

The goal of Enteractive, an interactive installation located at 11th and Flower streets in downtown Los Angeles, was not only to enliven a public space and create a unique sense of pl

Ground Zero Viewing Wall, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Pentagram

The designers created a viewing wall at Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.

Capital Metro Experience Design, Captial Metropolitan Transportation Authority, fd2s

Austin's Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is on the cusp of significant expansion including a new park-and-ride initiative, new technology-enhanced vehicles, the addition

Temporary WTC Path Station, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Pentagram

Pentagram created a comprehensive program of wayfinding and environmental graphics for the temporary PATH station at the former site of the World Trade Center.

Scrabble on the Cincinnati Skyline, Mike Ruehlman, University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

Scrabble on the Cincinnati Skyline is an interactive experience that utilizes Cincinnati's horizon as a backdrop for a visual game.

Dynamap: Manhattan, Urban Mapping LLC

Dynamap reveals three layers of imagery - street grid, neighborhood delineations, and subway map - depending on how the map is viewed.

Melbourne Docklands, Melbourne Docklands Authority, emeryfrost

Batman's Hill was the starting point from which Melbourne was mapped.

Work-Shift/Chicago, Community Architexts, Krivanek+Breaux/Art+Design

In the shadow of Brach's, twenty-eight massive wooden posts stand in an orderly rectangular configuration.

Cascading Columns, Christian Marc Schmidt, Yale University School of Art

In 1903, the Williamsburg Bridge opened as the largest suspension bridge spanning New York's East River.

Halifax Transit Bus Map and Street Signage Redesign, Michelle Jospe, NSCAD University

Halifax Transit Bus Map and Street Signage Redesign. This new bus map is meant to clarify and simplify the existing transit map; it should be easy to use for everyone, including tourists.

People Powered, Kimberly Viviano, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

America consumes nearly 20 million barrels of oil a day, more than four times that of any other nation.

Isurava Memorial, Office of Australian War Graves, Hewitt Pender Associates

One of the most desperate battles in Australian history was fought in August 1942 at Isurava in the Papua New Guinea Highlands.

Downtown NYC: A Proposal for Lower Manhattan, Cassandra Tai-Marcellini, Pratt Institute

Downtown NYC: A Proposal for Lower Manhattan

The Rwanda Healing Project, Barefoot Artists

The Rwanda Healing Project is a two-year, multi-dimensional art project that expands the boundaries of art and design in the environment as a vehicle for social change.

INFOTOGO Toronto Wayfinding System, Astral Media Outdoor, Kramer Design Associates

INFOTOGO addresses Toronto's need for a self-financing tourist and resident wayfinding information system that can be deployed city wide, with custom district mapping.

Sankofa Place, Chicago Public Schools, Kimball-Hill Homes, Anne Berry, Kristal Ernst, Kent State University

In consideration of the neighborhood's troubled past, coupled with a spirit of celebration for the various groups of people who moved through the area, and renewed interest in rebuild

City of Newport Sign Program, Newport Chamber of Commerce, Roll Barresi & Associates

The key to the program was to first direct visitors to the Tranportation and Visitor Center, centrally located on the Newport Waterfront.

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