GDAP 2011

Dis(solve): The Japhet Creek Project

Merit Award
Dis(solve): The Japhet Creek Project, Greater East End Mgmt District, City of Houston Dept of Parks and Rec, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Univ of Houston Studio Collaboration

Over the past several years, local environmentalists have worked hard to save Japhet Creek, part of the Buffalo Bayou waterway system that is Houston, Texas’ most significant natural resource. Japhet Creek had become a dumping ground, littered with tires, trash, plastic bottles, and rubble.

Univ of Houston Studio Collaboration-School of Art, Graphic Communications Program, Gerald D. Hines College of Arch

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future

Merit Award
Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, Museum of the City of New York, Cooper Joseph Studio

A result of six years of scholarship, the traveling exhibition Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future is the first comprehensive show of Eero Saarinen’s work. The Museum of the City of New York was its sixth venue after the 2006 inaugural opening in Finland. The show includes black and white photography, presentation and working models, furniture, ephemera, animations, drawings, sketches, and blueprints. For this viewing, curators highlighted Saarinen’s connection to New York, and a fresh new identity was generated.

Cooper Joseph Studio

IDSA Annual Meeting

Merit Award
IDSA Annual Meeting, Industrial Design Society of America, Ziba Design

The Industrial Design Society of America’s 2010 conference, themed “Do It Yourself,” was held in Portland, Ore. Tasked with creating environmental graphics for the event, industrial design firm Ziba Design (Portland) was up against an almost nonexistent budget ($4,000), an uninspiring venue (a traditional Hilton hotel), and a client with a reputation for fragmented conferences with poor theming and environmental design.

Ziba Design

Science Storms

Merit Award
Science Storms, Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, Evidence Design

The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago challenged Evidence Design to envision an exhibition of physics and chemistry that reflects its core mission: inspire middle-school children to achieve their full potential in science and engineering. The solution was to leverage the drama and fascination of the forces of nature as platforms for exploring basic scientific principles.

Evidence Design

Site Safety Installation

Merit Award
Site Safety Installation, Fletcher Construction, Studio Alexander

Fletcher Construction has large construction sites around New Zealand, with thousands of construction workers involved. To educate workers about how wearing the right safety gear can save their lives, Fletcher asked Studio Alexander (Auckland) to create a site safety education program using environmental graphics at the work sites.

Studio Alexander

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