For five decades, the pioneering architect Moshe Safdie has designed iconic buildings and public spaces that have contributed in meaningful ways to their settings while catalyzing a vibrant public life. Pentagram’s Michael Gericke and his team have designed Safdie (Images Publishing), a definitive 50 year monograph that traces the evolution of the prolific architect, urban planner, educator, theorist and author. Safdie was awarded the 2015 AIA Gold Medal in recognition of his lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.
Safdie presents a complete chronology of Safdie’s planning and design work since the inception of his practice, ranging from his groundbreaking modular design for Habitat ’67 in Montreal to his current commissions around the world. Organized to follow the architect’s career and design explorations, the book is richly illustrated with architectural imagery, design drawings and essays by noted critics and writers.
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Marina Willer and team have created a new identity for Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, Richard Roger’s award winning architecture firm that, amongst others, has designed the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyd’s Building in London (which in 2011 became the youngest ever to be given Grade I-listed status), and the Stirling Prize winning Madrid Barajas Airport.
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Animated version of the Choice Works identity.
Pentagram’s Paula Scher and her team have designed the identity and event graphics for Choice Works, a party and art auction to benefit Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood of New York City. Support from the event will help provide affordable or free reproductive health care to New Yorkers and fight to protect women’s rights in every state across the U.S.
The auction features artworks donated by leading artists including Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Marilyn Minter, Jeff Koons, Matthew Barney, Roni Horn, Nan Goldin, Kara Walker, Alex Katz, Richard Serra, Richard Prince, Ryan McGinley, Louise Lawler, Sarah Sze, Dana Schutz, Lisa Yuskavage, and many others. The event will be held at Sotheby’s in New York this Friday, May 15.
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This weekend Expo Milano 2015, the world’s fair, opened in Milan, Italy. Organized around the official theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” the Expo features exhibits and events from 147 participating countries—including 54 national pavilions—that explore ways to produce healthy, safe and sustainable food for the world. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and his team have created the identity and environmental graphics for the USA Pavilion, which is designed by James Biber of Biber Architects.
Titled “American Food 2.0, United to Feed the Planet,” the USA Pavilion focuses on innovations in the farm-to-table food model and sustainable production. Biber’s striking design for the Pavilion reinterprets the architectural forms of the barn and other agricultural structures and includes a 7,200 square-foot, football-field-length vertical farm that has been planted with a variety of vegetables, grains and herbs. The harvestable crops are grown in hydroponic planters on louvers that open and close like shutters, giving the building a feeling of transparency. (In addition to “farmers” tending to the fields each day, there will be periodic performances by acrobats.)
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Pentagram’s Abbott Miller surveys his work in a new exhibition, Abbott Miller: Design and Content, currently on view at the Albin O. Kuhn Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The show is based on Miller’s recently published monograph, Abbott Miller: Design and Content (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014), and highlights his groundbreaking projects for clients and collaborators including the Guggenheim, Harley-Davidson, Monotype, Vitra, Knoll, Formica, 2wice and numerous cultural organizations.
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OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, was conceived as a working architecture office that explored the ways in which U.S. architectural practice has influenced the discipline around the world over the past 100 years. Pentagram’s Natasha Jen and her team have designed OfficeUS Atlas, a new book that compiles and interprets the research assembled in the exhibition’s OfficeUS Repository, an archive of nearly 1,000 projects produced by U.S. offices abroad between 1914-2014. The publication is the second in the four-volume OfficeUS book series, following OfficeUS Agenda, also designed by Jen and published last year.
A massive, 1,232-page compendium, Atlas is structured around a highly organized mix of firm profiles, project data, press records, and infographics that detail the transformations of the U.S. architectural office and its international impact over the past century. The book design builds on the graphic identity Jen developed for the OfficeUS installation, which utilized a visual language built out of the efficiencies of office culture.
OfficeUS Atlas is published in partnership by Lars Müller Publishers and Storefront for Art and Architecture, the lead organizer of OfficeUS. The book will be launched at a panel discussion to be held on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 pm at Storefront for Art and Architecture, 97 Kenmare Street in New York City.
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Naresh Ramchandani shares six things he learnt whilst judging D&AD’s White Pencil ‘Creativity for Good’ Award.
Last week I was lucky enough to sit on the D&AD White Pencil jury. I was with a terrific group of judges, judging the work I care most about – work that is here to do good. We looked at a vast amount of entries from around the world and figured a few things out in the process. I wanted to share some reflections on a hugely thought-provoking week.
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A few weeks ago, Angus Hyland was searching through his archives when he came across a complete series of The Pocket Canons. In the spirit of giving, we’ve decided to donate the series to one of you through a Twitter competition.
To enter, Tweet @Pentagram with the answer to the following question: Who wrote the introduction to The Epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude in the Pocket Canons series?
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John Rushworth has developed a brand strategy and visual identity for Ten Trinity Square, a redevelopment of the former Port of London Authority building in the City of London consisting of a private members club, 41 luxury residencies and a Four Seasons hotel. It is the first investment of Chinese conglomerate Reignwood, outside of Asia in super prime real estate.
The brief was to reinvigorate the purpose of the building and create a long-term vision that would also support Reignwood’s future investments in the sector. To do this, the project had to be positioned in a way that recognised its location, architecture and historical importance.
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Graphic designer, typographer, letterpress printmaker and teacher, Alan Kitching is internationally renowned for his expressive use of letterpress type processes. His latest book, Alan Kitching’s A-Z of Letterpress, showcases the extensive wood-letter fount collection of The Typography Workshop.
The book is a collaboration between Kitching and Angus Hyland. In 2014, Hyland approached Kitching with the proposal of hand-setting letterpress alphabets to celebrate the Typographic Workshop’s 25th Anniversary. Together they devised a page layout and Kitching set the entire book, which is printed on letterpress and then reproduced at the same size.
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