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One Day Poem Pavilion

The One-Day Poem Pavilion is a site-specific installation that harnesses the rotation of the earth to create "shadow poems" projected through hundreds of perforations in the dome-shaped shelter.

Poetry in Motion

A “slow media” installation allows visitors to interact with light, shadow, words, and the pull of the earth.

Time is an artificial construct, created by humans to meet our needs. Consumed as we are with how quickly it passes—and despite our determination to make it just another commodity—time defies our efforts to control it.

Ronald Shakespear, FSEGD

America 92 Exhibit

Ronald Shakespear: Making the City Legible

SEGD's 2008 Fellow on design, cities, and storks

Ronald Shakespear has described his profession as “making the city legible.” With his sons Lorenzo and Juan and daughter Barbara, his design consultancy Diseño Shakespear has completed numerous wayfinding, branding, and design mega-projects in Buenos Aires, from the city’s underground to its hospitals and zoo.

University of Texas at Austin Wayfinding

Signing the “Model Village” 

A new wayfinding program helps the University of Texas regain its sense of place and open its arms to the Austin community.

“The finest university campuses in the world have always been places—model villages, to borrow Thomas Jefferson’s notion—where communal cohesion and strength are derived as much from the physical experience as from      any philosophy or values that may be espoused.”

--Robert Berdahl, former president of the University of Texas at Austin

Fabric Structures

No Boundaries

Fabric structures, the once and always lightweight workhorse, create a limitless design dimension.

Twenty years ago, the phrase “fabric architecture” referred to an outdoor tent or restaurant awning. Today, an ever-expanding palette of materials and vastly improved structural, lighting, and graphic technologies allow fabrics to escape the awning and take on new roles: multimedia canvas, iconic sculpture, branded totem, and architectural skin, just to name a few.

Harry Ransom Center

Buried Treasure

Austin's Harry Ransom Center uses environmental graphics to unveil its mission and collections.

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin’s renowned literary archive, is home to some of the world’s most valuable cultural treasures. Its collections include one of only 48 copies of the Gutenberg Bible, a rare first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and one of Jack Kerouac’s spiral-bound journals for On the Road.

Dell Children's Medical Center

On Axis with Nature

A new children's hospital with LEED ambitions takes an organic approach to wayfinding.

It’s not often that hospital wayfinding systems are created from the ground up, but when new construction is involved, designers have a rare opportunity to integrate wayfinding cues into the architectural fabric of the building. And when that hospital is built to LEED standards, a whole new vocabulary of materials and processes is created.

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