New York

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

St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room

Lot with a Little Award
St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room, Debra Nichols Design

The St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room in San Rafael, Calif., has offered 350 meals a day, 365 days a year, for more than 25 years. Relying on monetary donations, volunteer help, and donated food, it offers its clients a warm meal in a safe environment, augmented with basic necessities such as counseling, clothing, and emotional support.

Operating out of a run-down Gold Rush-era building, the facility had poor lighting, holes in the floor, outdated amenities, and an overall depressing environment.

Debra Nichols Design

xChange

xChange

We are excited to announce our next xChange event. These events allow members the opportunity to participate in round table discussions focusing on topics relevant to our field. Attendees will be treated to a lively discussion and a catered breakfast.

Topic: Lessons Learned 

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

Celebrating 100 Years

Honor Award
Celebrating 100 Years, New York Public Library, Pentagram Design

On May 23, 2011, the New York Public Library celebrated the 100th anniversary of its landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. To mark the occasion, Pentagram was commissioned to create Celebrating 100 Years, the library’s centennial exhibition, a presentation of 250 artifacts that highlight the collections and history of this remarkable institution.

Pentagram Design

The Official NYC Information Center

Honor Award
The Official NYC Information Center, NYC & Company, Local Projects, WXY Architecture

Located just north of Times Square, The Official NYC Information Center integrates architecture and media into a seamless experience. The centerpiece of the experience is a bank of three large interactive map tables. By placing a “You are here” disc on the table, visitors can explore the city and create custom guidebooks that can be emailed, sent via SMS, or printed. Visitors can also see their saved places on a large-scale, Google Earth fly-through.

Local Projects (media design), WXY Architecture (architecture)

The Wayfinding Handbook

Honor Award
The Wayfinding Handbook, Princeton Architectural Press, Two Twelve

Where am I? What can I do here? Where can I go from here? Consciously or not, we ask such questions every day as we navigate the places and spaces of our lives. Whether we find ourselves in a museum, hospital, train station, park, or street in an unfamiliar city, we depend on systems of visual, audible, and tactile cues not only to lead the way, but also to keep us safe. They are the fundamental questions of wayfinding—a process that encompasses both the experience of choosing a path within a built environment and the set of design elements that aid in such a decision.

Two Twelve

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