Honor 1999

Laredo International Airport

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Laredo International Airport, HOK Graphics

The airport signage for Laredo International Airport was inspired by the modern geometric forms and materials found in its architectural setting. The building's forms were adapted for the signage, creating an interesting and unique sign type palette. The use of local colors from Southwest Texas' Hispanic heritage provides excellent contrast for legibility of wayfinding information. The interior overhead directional signs are cantilevered from the stone columns with three steel tubes and incorporate the angular geometry found throughout the architectural detailing.

HOK Graphics

The Moveable Museum

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The Moveable Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership

The Moveable Museum of the American Museum of Natural History brings interactive education to remote locations throughout the New York City area. Inside, children travel through the Gobi Desert and into a paleontologist's laboratory, all within the confines of a customized Winnebago. Every educational opportunity has been maximized through design. Exterior graphics include actual-size dinosaur renderings (allowing children to measure themselves against their favorite Jurassic creature). Simple interactives are combined with high-tech activities to engage varying ages and skill-levels.

Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership

Murals at 22nd & Walnut Streets

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Murals at 22nd & Walnut Streets, The Sun Oil Company, Susan Maxman & Partners, Michael Webb (artist)

As part of the renovations to an existing service station, Sunoco commissioned Susan Maxman & Partners and artist Michael Webb to design murals for the end walls of two rowhouses adjoining the property. The problem was to transform the graffiti-covered walls into a visually exciting but subtle depiction of the historic neighborhood. Research revealed that St. James Episcopal Church, designed by Fraser, Furness and Hewitt, occupied the site in 1870 and stimulated construction of the elaborate townhouses nearby.

Susan Maxman & Partners, Michael Webb (artist)

Please Touch

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Please Touch, Virginia Commonwealth University, Elizabeth Hiller

For her graduate thesis, the student explored the use of texture as a medium to deliver a visual message. By emphasizing that vision exists as a result of the imagination rather than as a result of functioning eyes, the intent of this project was to challenge the discipline of visual communications to include the blind community. The author demonstrates to visual communicators that the use of texture and the sense of touch improve the process of seeing, both for the blind and the sighted.

Elizabeth Hiller

Sony Playstation E3 Exhibit

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Sony Playstation E3 Exhibit, Sony Computer Entertainment, Mauk Design

This exhibit introduced the new Sony PlayStation video games to retail buyers and video game developers at the E3 video game trade show in Atlanta. The challenge was to create an entire world of PlayStation games that lived up to Sony's slogan: Live in Your World . . . Play in Ours. In an exhibit of more than 45,000-square-feet, getting 100,000 people in and around the space is a big problem. The solution was to create a cityscape in which radically different game feature areas were held together with high tech imagery.

Mauk Design

Universal City

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Universal City, Selbert Perkins

Selbert Perkins developed environmental communications master plans for these two landmark theme park locations. These comprehensive master plans include the design, management and development of a dynamic system of environmental communications for periphery roadways, gateways, internal roadways, "the world's largest parking structure," pedestrian and bicycle pathways, waterways systems, construction phase graphics and back-of-house systems. Site features include themed attractions, five hotels, recreation facilities, offices and parking facilities.

Witnesses

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Witnesses, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Community Architexts

This multidisciplinary site activation involved the projection of large-scale texts from and on to two buildings that face each other on Chicago Avenue. These dynamic, historic billboards suggest a dialogue between factions in the community: elderly survivors of the 1932-33 Ukrainian Famine (Us) and outsiders such as Soviet Officials and recent Latino immigrants (Them) represented by the voices of Soviet propaganda and local Chicago schoolchildren.

Community Architexts

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