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TING: Technology & Democracy

Honor Award 2015
TING: Technology & Democracy

TING: Technology & Democracy was designed to explore the complex relationship between specific technologies—historic and emerging—and the development of democratic societies. Museum curators at the Norsk Teknisk Museum posed the question, “Is any given technology good, bad, or neutral in the development of democracy?”

Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Tamschick Media+Space GmbH

Eaton Experience Center

Merit Award 2014
Eaton Experience Center

Eaton Experience Center is a large-scale immersive multimedia installation integrated into the main atrium space of the Eaton Center in Cleveland, Ohio. It was created to help communicate Eaton's values and strengths to employees, customers, suppliers, business partners, media, and government and civic leaders and to provide a communal space for employee and talent acquisition events.

Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Washington, D.C., Environmental Graphics

A Capitol Idea

Washington, D.C., is a content-rich venue for the 2010 SEGD Conference + Expo.

With its vocabulary of granite and marble and limestone, carved letters and majestic sculptures, classical architecture and stately canopies of trees, Washington, D.C., tells a story.

There are many individual stories told within the walls of its museums, inside its art galleries, and on the stone tablets marking its memorials. But collectively, the city’s monumental features tell just one: the story of what it means to be American.

The Newseum

Window on the World

The Newseum’s second act brings the story of media to the news capital, with an EGD program that’s designed to keep pace 24/7/365.

Launching a new museum from the ground up is no mean feat. It’s not only costly and exhaustive—it’s also a gamble. If you build it, will they come?

Fossils Hall

Honor Award
Fossils Hall, American Museum of Natural History, Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Restored, reinterpreted and remounted in 1996, the fourth-floor fossil halls at the American Museum of Natural History are home to many world-renowned specimens. New graphics help communicate new scientific thinking about evolution, and help visitors understand the practice of science. The Hall of Vertebrate Origins explains how early vertebrates came out of the oceans on to land. Specimens and models are hung overhead, with labels on railing beneath them. All exhibits in the main path can be taken apart with a hex wrench, useful for special events and dining occasions.

Ralph Appelbaum Associates

The Newseum

Honor Award
The Newseum, The Freedom Forum, Ralph Appelbaum Associates

A new museum focusing on news, journalism and the role of the press in a free society needed a design that would keep pace with technology and the ever-changing nature of the news. It presents all of human history as, at a time, "news." Visitors can watch news broadcasts be prepared and recorded, are invited to write and edit news stories in interactive games and can air their news-related concerns at an ethics center. At the museum's entrance, a glass globe presents the names of prominent newspapers in their own typefaces. News-related quotations line the wall by the stairs.

Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Hall of Biodiversity

Honor Award
Hall of Biodiversity, American Museum of Natural History, Ralph Appelbaum Associates

The 11,000-square-foot Hall of Biodiversity at the American Museum of Natural History was created to celebrate life's great diversity and beauty. As well as focusing on living species, the exhibit also tells the story of mass global extinction, and how species are being lost at alarming rate through human activities. Located within a softly illuminated space are three main areas: The Spectrum of Life, the Rainforest and The Resource Center. The challenge was to explain an extensive story with different messages within a compressed space.

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