The Center for Architecture Foundation provides hands-on, interdisciplinary education programs on architecture and design that empower students to take an active role in shaping the world around them. Building Connections 2010 is an annual exhibition that illustrates the benefits of design education by showcasing K-12 student work from the Center for Architecture Foundation’s 2009—2010 Learning By Design: NY in-school residency program and Programs@theCenter summer studios.
The design of this 1,000-square-foot exhibition includes exhibition displays, interpretive and information graphics, wall murals, maps, and didactic labels. A bold, black and white typographic wall mural located at the entrance to the exhibition functions as a thematic introduction for the exhibition by presenting the visitor with large-scale numerical data such as the number of students, models built, classrooms used, and educators involved in this year’s programs. Natural birch plywood panels and exposed mechanical fasteners are used extensively for all exhibition displays. Video monitors display classroom activities and interviews with students, teachers, parents, and the Center’s design educators while large-scale quotes from those involved function as continuous “typographic voices” that are evident throughout the exhibition. A coordinated series of print materials, including a promotional brochure and an e-vite were also designed, further establishing a strong visual identity for the exhibition as a cohesive whole.
This project was recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and
for Design Excellence in Exhibition Design.
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Building Connections 2010
New York, New York
AIA Center for Architecture Foundation
Publications and Recognitions
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
The Layout Book (Bloomsbury)
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