GDAP 2006

Sankofa Place

Merit Award
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 rebuilding the community, "connecting with one's history in order to move forward" became the concept for this site's branding and identity. In the same vein, "Sankofa," which comes from a West African Adinkrap symbol and translates into "learning from the past," was selected as the name for the new housing development.

Anne Berry, Kristal Ernst, Kent State University

Vespa Exhibit

Merit Award
Vespa Exhibit, Drexel University, Laurie Tappen, Stephanie Salerno, Sara Leventhal, Drexel University

The assignment was to plan an exhibit environment and to develop a section for that environment. The chosen theme was Vespa, an icon of modern freedom, celebrating its 60th anniversary. The shaping of the space was designed to reflect the signature contours of a Vespa. The story is told around the perimeter, incorporating some interactive elements, and uses the center area as a gallery featuring Vespas on pedestals of varying heights.

Laurie Tappen, Stephanie Salerno, Sara Leventhal, Drexel University

Walker Art Center

Merit Award
Walker Art Center, Pentagram

Working in collaboration with the design department at the Walker, Pentagram Design developed a dynamic information display for the exterior of the museum's new expansion by Herzog & de Meuron. News and schedules of museum programs and events are rear-projected onto the building exterior in two streams of information that parallel the glow of traffic on nearby Hennepin Avenue. The Walker's graphic identity is organized around an institutional typeface, and the display exemplifies this flexible system of information as identity.

Pentagram

A Sign of Democracy

Jury Award
A Sign of Democracy, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, C&G Partners

This classic, dynamic flap sign was designed and commissioned to display inspirational quotes, poems, questions, and statements about democracy rather than train timetables. Unlike normal flap signs, this one has no labels or markings on it other than the letters that appear when the flaps move. When it is blank, it is mute.

 

C&G Partners

City of Newport Sign Program

Jury Award
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. This facility has a large parking garage and serves as the transportation hub for buses and shuttles serving all parts of the city. The goal was to get visitors to parking areas as quicky and expeditiously as possible, get them out of their cars and encourage them to experience Newport at its best: on foot.

Roll Barresi & Associates

Official Signs & Icons 2

Jury Award
Official Signs & Icons 2, Ultimate Symbol Inc.

This extensive survey of current, officially sanctioned, non-verbal communication systems includes 4,811 images in categories such as U.S. and foreign road signs, transportation, recreational and hospitality symbol sign systems, ALS, Braille, safety, electronic and mechanical labeling, and meteorological symbols.

Ultimate Symbol Inc.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum

Jury Award
The Pennsylvania Military Museum, Purdy O'Gwynn Architects, Inc.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum was an under-attended facility occupying a popular and well-used site. (Located 300 yards back from a major highway, the museum was often mistaken for a storage facility.) Beyond adding needed visitor amenity and gallery space to the museum's interior, the architects employed environmental graphic design to broaden the significance of the building as an object in the landscape.

 

Purdy O'Gwynn Architects, Inc.

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