Leslie Gallery Dilworth Publishes New Book

Leslie Gallery Dilworth

Leslie Gallery Dilworth, former CEO of SEGD, has published a new book on how architectural design principles can be applied to creating an ideal personal and professional life.

The book is entitled Luck is Not a Plan for Your Future: Designing Your Tomorrow Today. Available on Amazon, it features Dilworth's personal and humorous stories about how she has created her life "masterpiece" by integrating the things most important to her: family, career, travel, and design.

Since retiring from SEGD in 2010, Dilworth has been traveling, writing, and lecturing at design industry events.

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G&A Brings Nirvana to College Football Fans

College football is a national story, from its east coast beginnings, to its strong connections to the university experience nationwide. Gallagher & Associates (Silver Spring, Md.) has designed the Hall of Fame (Atlanta) to be an evocative and emotional experience that highlights the history and drama of the game, the emotions of the players, coaches, and fans, and the traditions of the "Saturday" game.

Says Barrett Sallee, SEC Football Lead Writer for the Bleacher Report, "It's truly an experience. It's not your standard-issue museum-it's a fully-personalized, interactive, college football nirvana designed to offer unique and new experiences on every visit."

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Poulin + Morris Continue Work with Barnard College

Since its founding in 1889, Barnard College has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to women in the heart of New York City.

Following Poulin + Morris’ successful branding and graphic identity program for the College’s 120th Commencement, the firm continued to work with this preeminent women’s college on a comprehensive environmental graphics, donor recognition, and wayfinding sign program for its 4-acre campus located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

The Poulin + Morris (New York) program features a new brand identity "crest" interpreted in circular bronze and frosted glass elements prominently located at main entrances and secondary gateway entrances throughout the campus. For example, a large-scale bronze crest is inlaid in brick pavement at the ceremonial main entrance to the campus; circular crests hang from perimeter gates of the campus perpendicular to the street, highly visible to pedestrians and passing cars; and large-scale, two-sided, identification elements are located at each of the four corners that define the campus perimeter—West 116th Street, Claremont Avenue, West 120th Street, and Broadway.

Poulin + Morris continues to work with Barnard College on the identification and branding of building exteriors and event spaces, campus and building directories, changeable informational displays/kiosks, and a donor recognition program.

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AECOM Designs Wayfinding for Greenville Cultural Campus

AECOM (Los Angeles and worldwide) wayfinding studio recently finished work for Heritage Green, a project located on a two-square block downtown cultural campus on the northwest side of the Downtown Central Business District in Greenville, S.C.

The campus includes the Upcountry History Museum, the Hughes Main Library of the Greenville County Library System, the Greenville Little Theatre, the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, and the Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green.

Enhancing the character of the campus, AECOM developed a vibrant wayfinding system and landscape architectural improvements that included a gateway (with Daktronics digital screens), corner entry features, and a comprehensive pedestrian package tailored to the campus brand. Through the Heritage Green design project, the effort helped turn a site of individual institutions and programs into a collaborative and unified campus that accommodates all users for ease of access and strong sense of place.

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APCO's FullView System at Boston Public Library

When Arrowstreet Architecture & Design (Boston) developed a comprehensive sign and graphics package for the Boston Public Library, they specified APCO's FullView system for all room identification and stack signs. The package also included a large number of custom signs, to not only provide effective wayfinding and identification but to also uphold the design integrity of the historically significant facility.

The APCO (Atlanta) design and engineering team went to work and was able to offer the perfect solution, achieving the desired design intent for the project while creatively incorporating off-the-shelf aluminum extrusions for 100% updatability.

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Rowmark Expands MetalGraph Plus Line

Rowmark (Findlay, Ohio) introduced a variety of new additions to the popular MetalGraph Plus® product line to expand metallic design and finish options and provide increased versatility for demanding indoor and outdoor signage, lettering, and cut-out applications.

Rowmark's new line of textured MetalGraph Plus® products combine the look of brilliant metal with a classic textured finish in a UV stable, outdoor weatherable, and moisture resistant sheet. They are available in a variety of lustrous metallic color options, including Gold, Nickel, and Copper, over a black core.

Aside from traditional engraving projects, MetalGraph Plus® has also become the cost-effective, lightweight alternative for fabricating indoor/outdoor vector cut-outs and letters in place of real brass, metal, or stainless steel. Rowmark has added a collection of new MetalGraph Plus® products with the same cap and core color, including Brushed Antique Gold/Gold, Brushed Stainless Steel/Silver, Textured Gold/Gold, and Textured Stainless Steel/Silver. Offering MetalGraph Plus® in the same cap and core color eliminates the need for customers to paint the sheet edges for color consistency.

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Rockwell Group Designs Exhibition Space for Civil Rights Center

The opening of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta marks the fourth collaboration between David Rockwell and Tony Award-winning director and writer George C. Wolfe (Lucky Guy, The Normal Heart, A Free Man of Color). Rockwell Group (New York) designed 18,000 SF of exhibition space, presenting the American civil rights movement and global human rights issues in an engaging and experiential way.

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Pentagram Designs an Identity for the Taiwan Pavilion at Venice Biennale

Domesticity is perhaps one of the most fundamental beginnings of architecture—realized as bedrooms, dining rooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms, etc.—each devoted to a programmatic specificity. The Taiwan Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale explores the idea of private domesticity inverted as public space in the exhibition Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan. Curated and designed by the noted architect Jimenez Lai, the pavilion is a collection of nine small houses, each embodying one domestic program. Pentagram (New York) Partner Natasha Jen and her team have designed an identity for the exhibition that showcases the theme in a lively mix of colorful graphics and custom typography, both in English and Chinese.

Lai’s pavilion design is a response to the official Biennale theme of “Fundamentals,” set out by the Biennale’s chief curator, Rem Koolhaas. Scattered within the gallery of the Palazzo delle Prigioni, the pavilion’s collection of small houses forms an interior township of misfit parts. Each structure stands for one domestic activity or program, such as the House of Sleep (the bedroom), the House of Social Eating (the dining room), and so on. The various houses are embodied by frame-like, freestanding structures that Lai calls “superfurniture.”

Jen worked closely with Lai on the development of the pavilion graphics. A native of Taiwan, she was familiar with the ideas of the exhibition. The pavilion is also a commentary on weijian, an urban phenomenon that is common in Taipei and other cities in Taiwan. Buildings are augmented with illegal add-ons—houses built on top of houses, or “hats on buildings”—forming unusual structures that extend beyond their typical forms to purely embody function. Jen’s custom letterforms for the identity are an expression of weijian, expanding to fill the space of posters and other collateral.

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Alexander Isley Helps Ridgefield Library Build Community

The town of Ridgefield, Connecticut has a new library — a dynamic, technologically sophisticated, and energy efficient showpiece designed by Newman Architects in New Haven.

Demolition of an old structure and the new construction process made for an adventure in logistics. Earlier this year, after nearly two years of being housed in temporary quarters, the library was starting to prepare for their grand reopening. They asked Alexander Isley (West Redding, Conn.) to help introduce the new facility to the community.

Alexander Isley thought the best way to raise awareness — and get people in the doors — would be to talk about all the new library would offer, and in so doing perhaps change some preconceptions about what a library is.

So Alexander Isley took it as their mission to help people understand how the Ridgefield library was planned to be a center of community, offering services, programs, and collaborative spaces that provide vital resources to a wide variety of users.

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Ronald Shakespear Photos on Exhibit

Orson Welles from Revisiting the Sixties

Portraits from Revisitando los Sesenta (Revisiting the Sixties), the book of photographs by Ronald Shakespear, FSEGD, are on exhibit at the Lavarden Museum Platform in Rosario, Argentina, through September. The founder of Diseno Shakespear (Buenos Aires) published his book of haunting portraits in 2012. 

"It could be said that I am not a photographer," Shakespear says in the introduction of his book. "I am just a memory thief. I never thought these portraits were so valuable. For me they are evidence of unforgettable memories."

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