GDAP 2007

The Savvy Gourmet

Merit Award
The Savvy Gourmet, Zande+Newman Design

It's often said that in New Orleans, people live to eat rather than eat to live. Great food is central to the city's culture, and we're not just talking gumbo here. But when The Savvy Gourmet—a combination cooking school, kitchen supply store, and commercial catering operation—opened in 2005 in a formerly derelict auto garage, a new New Orleans food tradition was born.

Zande+Newman Design

Toronto Botanical Garden

Merit Award
Toronto Botanical Garden, Adams + Associates Design Consultants

The Toronto Botanical Garden includes 12 contemporary-themed gardens spanning nearly four acres. Designed to inspire visitors to engage with nature, then go home and plant their own gardens, it also includes the newly renovated George and Kathy Dembroski Centre for Horticulture, an award-winning, LEED Silver building with an impressive 5,000-sq.-ft. glass-topped pavilion.

Adams + Associates Design Consultants

Van Nuys Flyaway

Merit Award
Van Nuys Flyaway, Los Angeles World Airports, Sussman/Prejza & Company

The Van Nuys Flyaway is part of the Los Angeles World Airports' system of regional satellite depots that service Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via a park-and-ride system from the San Fernando Valley. Newly renovated and expanded, it functions as a remote airport terminal with flight and baggage check-in services. It eliminates an estimated 2,000-plus cars from the Los Angeles County roads and freeways each day, helping to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

Sussman/Prejza & Company

Asian Tropics Exhibit Master Plan

Jury Award
Asian Tropics Exhibit Master Plan, Denver Zoo, ECOS Communications

ECOS Communications was contracted by the Denver Zoo to develop the environmental graphic design, cultural thematic context, and exhibit content master plan for a new 10-acre, $50 million exhibit on zoo grounds. ECOS began the 12-month planning phase by developing a project mission around the core of the planned exhibit: Asian elephants' danger of extinction and how their survival depends on resolving human/animal conflicts. All design was developed to support that mission.

ECOS Communications

Downtown Los Angeles Walks

Jury Award
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. The great auto city was designed to connect freeways and move people in and out quickly, with very little concern for pedestrians or the walking experience.

All that may be changing thanks to Downtown Los Angeles Walks, an ambitious wayfinding/marketing program that is encouraging tourists and Angelinos alike to walk the city and discover its many destinations.

Hunt Design, Corbin Design

Golden Gates

Jury Award
Golden Gates, Golden Gates National Parks Conservancy, Hunt Design

Golden Gates National Recreation Area Signage Plan

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is comprised of 19 parks and recreational and historical destinations. Each year, millions of people visit Golden Gate parks to walk, hike, swim, surf, nature-watch, and learn about local history and natural resources. Signs and interpretive information play a vital role in the public's understanding and enjoyment of the parks.

Hunt Design

Griffith Observatory Exhibits

Jury Award
Griffith Observatory Exhibits, City of Los Angeles, C&G Partners

Since 1935, the Griffith Observatory has provided visitors a window to the cosmos, attracting 70 million stargazers to the graceful landmark perched atop Mt. Hollywood. When it reopened in November 2006 after a $93 million renovation and expansion, it was twice its original size and included not only a new start-of-the-art planetarium, café, bookstore, and theater, but 20,000 square feet of exhibit space designed to turn earthbound visitors into observers of the universe.

C&G Partners

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