Merit 2009

Montreal Science Centre Signage and Branding

Merit Award
Montreal Science Centre Signage and Branding, Bélanger Branding Design

The Montreal Science Centre, located on the city’s Old Port, provides fun and surprising exhibitions that allow visitors to explore, learn, and understand science through a variety of interactive means.

Bélanger Branding Design was tasked with upgrading the center’s branding, wayfinding, exterior signage, and the alley of shipping containers used as summer boutiques so that the whole site attracts more visitors and projects the image of “Science and Technology.”

Bélanger Branding Design

Pikesville Animal Hospital

Merit Award
Pikesville Animal Hospital, Carey M. Zumpano, DVM, Shaw Jelveh Design

A new veterinary practice for dogs and cats required a fresh brand and environment in which excellent design is integral to the practice’s philosophy of superior care. Among the challenges to creating a memorable and distinctive sense of place were the fact that the hospital—formerly a dental office—is located in a typical suburban strip mall with a mediocre architectural storefront. In addition, the young veterinarian’s low budget required an inexpensive solution.

Shaw Jelveh Design

The Sound of North

Merit Award
The Sound of North, Audi Design Foundation, David Sweeney

Wayfinding solutions for people with low vision have yet to take full advantage of emerging technologies. David Sweeney, a research associate at London’s Royal College of Art, investigated tools that could improve wayfinding experiences for visually impaired users and provide them with the luxury of choice and exploration while navigating. But while Sweeney’s research focused on the visually impaired, it also has implications for helping all users navigate public spaces and manage complex information about the built environment.

David Sweeney, Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre

Speaking of Home

Merit Award
Speaking of Home, Coyne Photography + Design, Forecast Public Art, Family Housing Fund, Univ. of Minnesota,

Speaking of Home was a public art project that sought to reimagine the use and experience of the Twin Cities skyway system—the most expansive in North America—beyond its function as a utilitarian above-ground pedestrian thoroughfare.

The first skyway public art project in the history of the Twin Cities, it was installed in the IDS-Macy’s skyway bridge, 20 ft. above one of Minneapolis’s key downtown arteries and in the heart of the city’s financial and commercial district.

Coyne Photography + Design

Triple Bridge Gateway

Merit Award
Triple Bridge Gateway, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals Department, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Engineering Department, PKSB Architects, Leni Schwendinger Light Projects

The Triple Bridge Gateway establishes the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s 42nd Street Bus Terminal as a premier example of urban placemaking and identity lighting, by reenvisioning a structural rehabilitation to the bus ramps spanning Ninth Avenue in the district known as Hell’s Kitchen.

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Engineering Department, PKSB Architects, Leni Schwendinger Light Projects

Unfinished Trajectories

Merit Award
Unfinished Trajectories, Casa Da Musica, R2 Design

Casa da Música in Porto, Portugal, is the Rem Koolhaas-designed concert hall space that houses the Casa da Música cultural institution and its three orchestras. Built as part of Porto’s project for European Culture Capital in 2001, it was finished in 2005 and immediately became a cultural icon in the city.

As part of its efforts to continually engage new audiences and show off the hall’s non-concert spaces, Casa de Música invited several designers and artists to create installations, providing them with a €5,000 budget for production.

R2 Design

University of Alberta Wayfinding Master Plan

Merit Award
University of Alberta Wayfinding Master Plan, Gottschalk + Ash International, Terry Heard Designers, Verburg & Associates

Established in 1908, the University of Alberta celebrated its centennial anniversary in September 2008. The original campus master plan was developed in 1910 when the Montreal architectural firm Nobbs and Hyde was hired to design the campus and its buildings. Campus development was interrupted for many years due to World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II, and the original architectural vision was essentially lost during the post-WWII building boom.

Gottschalk + Ash International, Terry Heard Designers, Verburg & Associates

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