Community Architexts, a non-profit arts organization, developed and implemented a public design program within the depressed commercial district along Chicago Avenue in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. The program was intended to collect and articulate the collective public voice of the largely invisible community of mothers, daughters, and caregivers in this inner city neighborhood.
The headquarters building of Crate & Barrel is a sleek, modernist structure designed by Perkins and Will and located within a landscaped campus-like setting. The comprehensive exterior and interior graphics and wayfinding system ranged from monumental site identification signs to room identification signs and workstation nameplates. The interior sign program constituted a large part of the overall wayfinding system.
SushiSamba Rio's new exterior creates a relief from the existing brick facades of River North with undulating forms and vibrant canopies that recall the pageantry of Rio. Guests arrive through a Mondrian-inspired storefront of clear and colored glass marked by sculpted handles that pay homage to the sensuous forms of jellyfish from South Africa.
America consumes nearly 20 million barrels of oil a day, more than four times that of any other nation. People Powered is an idea that offers the average Chicagoan an opportunity to help his or her nation become less dependent on fossil fuels. The project uses graphics to compare parallel transit modes, highlighting human and environmental benefits.
Kimberly Viviano, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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.
Before beginning the design of Wilson Sporting Goods’ headquarters, the Gensler team undertook an extensive analysis of the company’s existing workplace, studying the way employees interact, how they feel in their space, and how the work flows. The goals were to align with the energy and teamwork common to all sports, and promote creativity and innovation in all departments. The renovated office reflects the passion of its employees, increases recruitment and retention, and educates visitors about the Wilson brand.
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.