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Comcast Center Digital Experience

Where [Digital] Worlds Collide

The Comcast Experience combines urban planning, environmental design, and public art to create a lively new gathering spot in downtown Philadelphia.

The new Robert A.M. Stern-designed Comcast Center tops off the Philadelphia skyline at 975 feet. And it breaks new ground on the ground floor as well, with an 85-ft.- by 25-ft. high-resolution video wall that turns a public transportation hub into a gigantic work of public art.  

Interactive Architecture

Beijing Aquatic Center

Interactive Architecture

In the age of knowledge, architecture is the storyteller.

The year was 1969. In what he called an “Unwarranted Apology” for the discipline, architectural theorist Reyner Banham argued that while technological advances have often dictated innovation, architecture has often been late to adapt. His revelation, so obvious today by 21st century standards, was that mechanical engineering and architectural design cannot be separated.

Adam Greenfield

Digital Mediator

In a world where computing is everywhere, Adam Greenfield is a voice of reason and a champion of the user experience.

Adam Greenfield is a writer, user experience consultant, futurist, and instructor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. He recently joined Nokia as its head of design direction.

Glass Artistry

Glass Artistry

Both palette and canvas, glass is infinitely mutable and eloquently transmissive. The seduction is powerful.

It is impossible to separate glass from light. It simply does not exist without light behind, below, before, above, or through it. It is that intrinsic relationship that draws designers and artists to choose glass as their medium. And as technology continually refines manufacturing techniques and lighting options, the possibilities inherent in glass are virtually limitless.

Participatory Public Art

Putting the “Public” in Public Art

From the SEGD archives, a new era of public art is collaborative, viral, and above all participatory.

Traditional public art is an interesting contradiction in terms—one that often has very little to do with the public, says Andrew Shoben, founder of Greyworld, a London-based artists’ group that creates installations in public spaces.

Buenos Aires Subway System

Illuminating the Underground

Diseño Shakespear transforms the Buenos Aires subway with a bold identity and a user-friendly sign system.

How does a city derive its character—the unique qualities that define a sense of place? Every city has its own temperament, its own rhythms, and its own visual language. But how are they shaped?

New World of Coca-Cola

A Coke and a Smile

Museum, cultural touchstone, or marketing tool for the world’s No. 1 brand? With the help of iconic graphics, the New World of Coca Cola manages to be all three.

Andy Warhol may have said it best when he described the universal appeal of Coca Cola. “…A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.”

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