New York

15 Seconds of Fame

Merit Award
15 Seconds of Fame, American Eagle Outfitters, R/GA

Hundreds of thousands of people visit Times Square every day, taking photos of themselves in one of the greatest landmarks in the world. And countless numbers of people come to New York to become famous and leave their mark. With those insights, American Eagle Outfitters created a one-of-a-kind experience for customers at their flagship store in Times Square. They asked R/GA to create an engaging retail experience that would be unique in the Times Square environment and specific to their audience.

R/GA

Christian Dior Temporary Store

Merit Award
Christian Dior Temporary Store, Christian Dior Couture, Gensler

While Christian Dior readied its 57th Street, Manhattan, store for renovation, a temporary store was opened slightly further uptown to serve its customers while the flagship was under construction. The Gensler design team was given two months to create a unique space that Christian Dior wanted to celebrate its fashion heritage, but in a very contemporary way.

The design approach retained existing signature elements with a modern twist, leveraging the fashion house’s rich history and archive of images while reinterpreting the space’s existing architectural elements in a fresh way.

Gensler

Grey Group

Merit Award
Grey Group, Pentagram

A creative company needs an innovative workspace. For Grey Group, one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world, a move to new, state-of-the-art headquarters in the former International Toy Center in the Flatiron District, a New York design hub, symbolized a renewed commitment to creativity.

Pentagram Design

The Context of Consumption

Lot with a Little Award
The Context of Consumption, Rochester Institute of Technology, Sarah M. Kirchoff

Garbage cans are often the center of pollution on an individual level. By implementing unexpected display approaches in particular public contexts, this set of three installations sought to heighten viewer awareness of this often-overlooked functional object and draw attention to issues of both individual and society-wide consumption and pollution.

Sarah M. Kirchoff (MFA candidate, project manager)

Klaus Moje: Paintings in Glass

Lot with a Little Award
Klaus Moje: Paintings in Glass, Museum of Arts and Design, Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture

Klaus Moje is one of the fathers of the modern glass movement, having invented a technique for fusing colored glass into forms. An exhibition at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design featured his work in a strict chronological sequence of 64 pieces ranging from small vases to large-scale wall-mounted works.

An extremely limited exhibition budget ($22,000, or $10/sq. ft.) and short (five-day) installation period demanded that the exhibit be fabricated off site and brought to the museum in pieces sized to fit the elevators.

Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture

Empty Sky: The New Jersey 9/11 Memorial

Honor Award
Empty Sky: The New Jersey 9/11 Memorial, State of New Jersey Department of Treasury, Frederic Schwartz Architects

Just west of the tip of lower Manhattan and at the confluence of the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean, Liberty State Park played many roles in the events of September 11 and its aftermath. During the attacks, Jersey City residents and office workers gathered on the shore, witnessing the burning and collapse of the towers. Soon after, dozens of private, commercial, and Coast Guard boats shuttled evacuees from lower Manhattan to the docks at the park in the largest boatlift ever undertaken.

Frederic Schwartz Architects

The High Line Signage

Honor Award
The High Line Signage, Friends of the High Line, Pentagram Design

Originally built for freight trains in the 1930s, the High Line is an elevated rail structure on Manhattan’s West Side that has been turned into the city’s most popular new park. The structure was saved from demolition by Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit organization that advocated for the preservation and reuse of the structure as a pedestrian promenade. In 2011, Phase 2, from West 20th Street to West 30th Street, was opened to the public. The first section, from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street, was opened in 2009.

Pentagram Design

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