Public Installation

This Season's Lighting Festivals

As winter approaches, cities around the world are preparing to celebrate the season by transforming their buildings, squares, plazas, and streets into magical illuminated spaces. 

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12 Influential Immersive Environments Implemented in the Last 12 Months

We asked a panel of immersive digital design experts within the SEGD community for their choices of the most influential immersive environment design.

New Harvey Milk Memorial in San Francisco's Castro

The work of late gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk will be celebrated in San Francisco's famous Castro District with a large set of ramping steps, designed by US architecture firm Perkins Eastman.

Speaking of Home Installation
Nancy Ann Coyne Reveals Public Installation "Speaking of Home"

On September 27, 2017, international public artist, designer and social innovator Nancy Ann Coyne debuted "Speaking of Home," a photographic public artwork transforming four of St. Paul’s famous skyways into an episodic narrative of immigrant experiences––questioning assumptions about what comprises “home.” The project marks the first time that the St. Paul skyway system will be sanctioned for a public artwork and was made possible by the close collaboration between the artist and fabricator, Archetype.

Check Out the Dazzling Pumpkin Architecture at New York's Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

In the US, pumpkins are the ultimate symbol of fall – from autumn holiday centerpieces to Thanksgiving pies to those infamous spiced lattes, the loveable gourd is near inescapable the time October rolls around. 

New York City’s Proposal for the Missing Green-Link in Midtown

The city of New York is connecting all 32-miles of coastline with public amenities, piece by piece. 

Projection Mapping Light Show Tells the Story of the Guggenheim Bilbao on Its 20th Anniversary

From October 11-14th, the 20-minute-long multisensory production Reflections combined music, light and projection, creating a show on the building’s north-facing titanium facades that told the story of the museum’s genesis and design.

The End Of The High Line Era

Several high-profile, billionaire-backed public spaces are on the outs.

What If Algorithms Controlled Your Life Offline, Too?

Inspired by the pervasive and sometimes creepy effect of the algorithms that power these recommendation ads, Scott Kelly and Ben Polkinghorne–a pair of advertising executives who moonlight as artists–created a series of signs that bring these suggestions into the real world.

German Street Artist 1010 Creates Cave-Like Illusions in Unexpected Places

For more than a decade, 1010 has been painting colorful cave-like illusions that make flat surfaces appear as if they have been breached by holes go on forever. 

Valentin Spiess, iart ag
Valentin Spiess

Valentin Spiess is Chairman, CEO, and Member of the Executive Board of iart ag, which offers various services that range from expert consulting, conception, planning and development to the successful realisation and smooth operation of your project.

2017 Merit Award Winner Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center Media Façade
Brilliant Media Façade a Beacon for the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center

This 2017 SEGD Global Design Awards Merit Award winning project, Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center Media Façade, brings the Center's buildings to vibrant life in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Mia Azar
Mia Azar

Mia Azar is a lecturer at the American University of Beirut’s Architecture and Design Department, where she has taught various practical and visual design courses to undergraduate students since 2013. In 2010, she joined PenguinCube, an award-winning design consultancy in Beirut with projects ranging from brand design to product design, with a core expertise in wayfinding and signage.

150 Media Stream Collaboration
150 North Riverside Media Stream

Riverside Investment & Development enlisted the help of Leviathan, Digital Kitchen and McCann Systems to bring a vibrant, generative video art installation, “150 Media Stream,” to life in Chicago.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 SEGD Global Design Awards!
2017 SEGD Global Design Awards—Honoring Excellence in Experiential Graphic Design That Connects People to Place

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Winning projects in the 2017 SEGD Global Design Awards were announced on June 10 at the 2017 SEGD Conference Experience Miami. The SEGD Global Design Awards is the only international awards program focused on user experiences in the built environment.

Forty-eight individual panels, made of five layers of ¾-inch Starphire glass, capture the voices of disabled veterans.
Remembrance Through Public Installation—15 Memorials Built This Century

We asked several experts within the SEGD community for their picks of the most memorable and moving experiential graphic design in the context of memorials.

Map The Square

Pioneer Square is home to stark contrasts. Art galleries, boutique restaurants, high-end housing and blossoming tech startups within historic buildings are contrasted by homelessness, development limitations, a hub of mental health facilities and lack of urban-enhancing amenities. Many empty or under-utilized properties await future change, and the Map the Square team (the Young Architects Forum of Seattle AIA) sought to influence this design change by inviting the public voice.

Blossom Interactive

Blossom Interactive is an interactive sculpture connected to social media to raise awareness for hunger issues in Philadelphia. Working with the University of Pennsylvania's non-profit community engagement program, the team installed the six-foot tall flower at Locust Walk and 37th St from September 14 to 28 during Hunger Action Month. Hunger is a community problem and requires a community-wide response. Thousands of people in cities such as Philadelphia deal with hunger each day, often suffering in silence.

Illuminated Arboreal Data Codes

Koryn Rolstad Studio envisioned the ability to utilize Texas Tech University’s gateway to the Rawls School of Business as a continuous installation of multiple tree form elements to be experienced uniquely from various viewpoints, with an interactive component, while supporting the landscape watershed environment of the project site. The main focus was to give a visual language that is joyful, accessible and acts as a visual identity.

"Start an Evolution" Donor Recognition

This interactive light installation located at the heart of the University of British Columbia, provides a colorful expression of thanks to the over 4,000 donors to the University's "start an evolution" fundraising campaign, which raised an unprecedented two billion dollars.

The University asked PUBLIC: Architecture + Communication to design an engaging, permanent and timeless outdoor feature that would give thanks to the donors to their recent "start an evolution" fundraising campaign. The brief was to create anything but a typical donor wall.

Batoche National Historic Site

As sesquicentennial celebrations unfold, it is important not to overlook Canada’s pre-Confederation and first nations heritage. This experiential design undertaking is aimed at strengthening ties between the Canadian Government and the Métis Nation—Saskatchewan. At the heart of this history is a land dispute, the source of inspiration for Form Media’s core concept. Our parti focuses on two opposing methods of landholding: a thoughtful linear and river-oriented allotment by a semi-nomadic turned agrarian people versus an unnatural grid-based system imposed on one nation by another.

Desert Storm Memorial Flies Under the Radar (But is Already Law)

According to a joint resolution, the memorial will be constructed in Area I, which surrounds the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Pathways at  Allen Institute for Brain Science
Studio SC Creates Pathways at the Allen Institute for Brain Science

How do you create a thoughtful, dramatic public installation that is simultaneously high-science and curiously low-tech? Studio SC (Seattle) teamed up with the Allen Institute for Brain Science and Perkins+Will to transform a busy South Lake Union corner with illuminated neural “Pathways.”

Free Zone

The design brief asked the Second Story team to explore the theme of “time” by imagining a future world based on “plausible present technologies, ideas or milieus.” The temporary installation would live in public spaces along a downtown Atlanta block during “Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta” annual party.

Pipe Dreaming at FESTA

The Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) in Christchurch was initiated in 2012 as a way to reimagine a city in flux, finding its feet after its devastating earthquake. FESTA is curated by Te Pūtahi, a non-profit focused on the current rebuild and ongoing renewal of Christchurch. In 2016, FESTA’s headline event was “Lean Means”—a night of installation and celebration framed around exploring sustainability through the reuse of waste materials for creative urban regeneration.

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