Exhibition

Russel Wright: Creating American Lifestyle

Merit Award
Russel Wright: Creating American Lifestyle, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Matter Practice

The first major retrospective of the 20th Century designer who revolutionized the American home followed Wright's career from his early experience as a theatrical set designer to furnishings and dinnerware to his highly influential "Guide to Easier Living," a textbook for increased domestic efficiency. The challenge was to create an environment that was evocative of Wright's spirit and emphasize the domestic nature of his work.

Matter Practice

Voices

Honor Award
Voices, Forum Barcelona 2004, Ralph Applebaum Associates and Mona Kim Projects

A celebration of the act of human communication and linguistic and cultural diversity, Voices was one of the main features of an international exposition. The exhibit aimed to draw attention to the conditions of liberty that are a foundation for the necessary dialogue among cultures. The exhibition needed to present two contradictory views: cultural diversity as a heritage we must preserve and communication as essential in an increasingly interdependent world.

Ralph Applebaum Associates, Mona Kim Projects (creative direction of graphics and AV)

Big & Green

Merit Award
Big & Green, David Gissen, Curator National Building Museum, Pure + Applied & James Hicks

Big & Green: Towards Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century

Pure + Applied & James Hicks created an exhibition featuring design strategies in the environmental movement of architecture since the 1960s. The emphasis is on large-scale structures (from Conde Nast skyscraper in NYC to Eastgate building in Zimbabwe) with an international scope. The framework for discussion of the 50 projects comes from the five "green" categories: energy; light and air; greenery, water, and waste; construction; and urbanism.

Pure + Applied & James Hicks

Five Friends from Japan

Merit Award
Five Friends from Japan, Boston Children's Museum, Cambridge Seven Associates

This exhibit captures a view of life through the eyes of five Japanese children by introducing a typical Japanese classroom and five different home and family settings. The exhibit goals are to foster awareness and understanding among children in the U.S. for people from other cultures, provide compelling exhibition experiences in Japanese culture, and learn about the complexity of a specific culture: Japan.

Cambridge Seven Associates

Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve

Merit Award
Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve, The Nature Conservancy, Utah, Sea Reach Ltd.

The Nature Conservancy of Utah is developing an interpretive site along the Great Salt Lake to inform donors and visitors of the rapid loss and importance of critical wetland habitats. Visitors drive a gravel road onto the wetlands, entering through an arched gateway. A large, trestle-wood pavilion, with fan-shaped roofs, provides a gathering space and an interior series of curved exhibits embrace the upright piles.

Sea Reach Ltd.

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