Placemaking and Identity

Zubiarte

Merit Award
Zubiarte, Sonae Sierra, ID8 Studio/RTKL

Zubiarte is an international retail attraction hewn from design elements that are unique to Bilbao, Spain. The city's industrial heritage is clearly referenced through the building's use of stone and brick materials, complemented by numerous steel accent elements.

ID8 Studio/RTKL

Team America

Jury Award
Team America, Paramount Pictures, Rockwell Group

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the wits who created South Park, tapped Rockwell Group to collaborate on the art direction for their new film, Team America. Rockwell Group led the production team in the creation of the film's unique and unexpected visual language. Simplified views of the cities and settings reflect the myopic viewpoint that Team America has as the World Police force.

Rockwell Group

Downtown NYC

Jury Award
Downtown NYC: A Proposal for Lower Manhattan, Cassandra Tai-Marcellini, Pratt Institute

Downtown NYC: A Proposal for Lower Manhattan

This plan creates a renewed sense of place as the neighborhood rebuilds, pays homage to Downtown's importance to the beginning of the city's history, and looks confidently toward its bright future.

Cassandra Tai-Marcellini, Pratt Institute

Better by Design Conference Signage

Merit Award
Better by Design Conference Signage, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Alt Group Limited

Better by Design grew out of the Design Taskforce strategy, which promotes the use of design as a differentiator for products and services in export markets. The challenge was engaging New Zealand business at a leadership level, and changing the preconceptions of design being associated with aesthetics and output, rather than a fundamental business driver. This demanded a different approach, as images of design would only reinforce the status quo. The solution was to make voice visible.

Alt Group Limited

Biotechnology Campus

Merit Award
Biotechnology Campus, Sussman/Prejza & Company

From a relatively modest campus built in the 1970s, this biotechnology campus has grown to house the world leader in the industry. In anticipation of continued growth and expansion, the campus masterplan was formulated, with the first task being the design of a cohesive signage and wayfinding system to replace the many disparate layers that accumulated over the years.

Sussman/Prejza & Company

Holland Performing Arts Center

Merit Award
Holland Performing Arts Center, Polshek Partnership Architects, Poulin + Morris Inc.

The Holland Performing Arts Center, designed by Polshek Partnership Architects in association with HDR Architecture, is the physical embodiment of Omaha's commitment of and passion for musical arts, attracting audiences from the immediate community and the region. Its architecture reinforces civic pride, enhances the downtown area, and further distinguishes Omaha's rich architectural culture.

Poulin + Morris Inc.

Sankofa Place

Merit Award
Sankofa Place, Chicago Public Schools, Kimball-Hill Homes, Anne Berry, Kristal Ernst, Kent State University

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.

Anne Berry, Kristal Ernst, Kent State University

Rallye BMW Facade

Merit Award
Rallye BMW Facade, HLW International LLP

Rallye BMW had outgrown its existing cramped, outdated space and was in jeopardy of losing its BMW franchise. In addition to needing a larger and newer facility, Rallye wanted to create a destination for new and existing clients, as well as a place where staff would be proud to work. The result is a 92,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art facility worthy of its clients, its employees, and the BMW brand.

HLW International LLP

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