A “drawer full of knowledge” metaphorically describes the building design and wayfinding concept for the new Vancouver Community Library. A 200-foot long, four-story atrium is the open drawer, exposing the library’s contents and encouraging exploration.
Mayer/Reed (wayfinding), Miller Hull Partnership (architecture), AldrichPears Associates (interpretive installation)
Mayer/Reed applies sustainable design approaches in its revamp of signage for Portland’s TriMet transit system.
After almost two decades working with Portland’s TriMet transit system on signage for its bus and light-rail lines, Mayer/Reed has learned some important lessons about providing information to public transit users.
More malleable than stone, stronger than glass, and nobler than synthetic materials, metal expresses quality and permanence.
For thousands of years, blacksmiths have fabricated metal works of impressive scale and fluidity. Iron was first forged in the Middle East around 1900 BC and arrived in Europe by 1200 BC. In colonial America, the blacksmith was an essential member of every community. From the creation of ancient weaponry to utilitarian and decorative architectural features, metal work is both art and craft.
Both palette and canvas, glass is infinitely mutable and eloquently transmissive. The seduction is powerful.
It is impossible to separate glass from light. It simply does not exist without light behind, below, before, above, or through it. It is that intrinsic relationship that draws designers and artists to choose glass as their medium. And as technology continually refines manufacturing techniques and lighting options, the possibilities inherent in glass are virtually limitless.
Mike Hawks is a designer at Mayer/Reed, a multidisciplinary design studio providing landscape architecture, urban design, visual communications and product design. A lifelong student of psychology and sociology, Mike concerns himself with how people come to understand their environment, navigate through it and obtain a perception of safety and well-being.
The Urban Marker project is part of the newly created Eastbank Esplanade, a 1.3-mile riverfront pedestrian and bicycle corridor funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Portland. The Urban Markers symbolically connect the Eastbank Esplanade to adjacent residential neighborhoods isolated from the river by construction of the interstate highway in the early 1960s.
San Francisco International Terminal Building Food and Retail Signage Program. While tenants at the International Terminal Building included top restaurants, retailers, an airport museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Store, ...