The words on the benches and earthworks emerging on the hilly turf at Fort Needham Memorial Park are few, but they are puzzling—even frightening. “Guncotton.” “Mono-chlorbenzol.” “Trinitrotoluol (TNT).” A century after the Halifax explosion, memories of Canada’s largest explosion are embedded in the landscape. Experiential graphic artists of Form:Media, together with landscape architects of Ekistics Planning & Design, believe in the power of the provocative detail in the landscape, because “discovery can be as effective as a history book.”
In 2017, I was asked to be a regular contributor to Applied Arts Magazine. A true honour for someone who has grown up reading their magazine for the past 30 years. I have been asked to contribute a regular opinion piece to the quarterly publication. My inaugural column titled “Judged and Juried: It’s time to take a more holistic look at design awards” arrived at my desk today.
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This year, the Halifax Urban Design Award 2018 resulted in a dual honour. Ekistics Planning & Design and Form:Media were recognized with an award of excellence for their work at Fort Needham Memorial Park. Personally, I was proud that the City selected mentee Sasan Moradian’s design for the trophy, a clear acrylic casting that encapsulates the spirit of the Urban Design Awards: a street grid that reminds us to consider the relationship between buildings, streets and public and open spaces.
In their November issue, SignMedia published an article about Form:Media's work for Batoche National Historic Site. Parks Canada’s multi-faceted goal for this project was to allow the landscape to tell the story of a thriving culture, strengthen ties and serve as a destination. Through a combination of interpretive planning, graphic design and architecture, Form: Media worked with the client and shared management board to achieve this goal.
Earlier this month, I was asked to submit images from my sketchbook. I thought: How did they know sketchbooks mean so much to me? Did I say something? To have my raw, often illegible sketches appearing along side the work of my design heroes—Curtis Roberts, Ken Carbone, Wayne Hunt, David Harvey, Lance Wyman, Lee Skolnick, and Jan Lorenc to name but a few—is truly an honour. Upon review of their work, the request was humbling.
The July issue of Applied Arts Magazine marks Canada’s 150th anniversary with special content focussing on How should Canada position itself for the next 150 years? I am honoured to have the work of Form:Media and Ekistics Plan & Design featured as a case study looking at two place branding projects that recognize and remember Canada’s past.
Form:Media and Ekistics Planning & Design are proud to announce that our work for Batoche National Historic Site received a People’s Choice award in the Experiential Graphic Design category of Azure Magazines’ AZ Awards. 2017 was the inaugural year for a new Experiential Graphic Design category of the 7th annual AZ Awards.
I am thrilled to announce that Form:Media's work for Batoche National Historic Site has been selected as a finalist in the Experiential Graphic Design category of AZURE magazine’s 2017 AZ Awards. The project is among the 70 finalists chosen from over 800 entries arriving from 41 countries.
I am looking forward to meeting the other finalists at the AZ Awards Gala in Toronto on Friday, June 23, at Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works. This year, Architect Massimiliano Fuksas as the 2017 AZ Awards will be the guest of honour, and will speak about his work, inspiration and process.
Our experiential design—exhibition design, architecture, and landscape architecture—project at Batoche National Historic Site in Saskatchewan continues to receive attention, this time from the influential ArchDaily web site.
Just in time for the Canada 150 celebrations, our work at Batoche tells the story of the Métis, one of Canada's indigenous cultures. Batoche is the heartland of the Métis nation; the physical, cultural, and political home of the Métis people.
To say I am humbled is an understatement. Recently, AZURE Magazine wrote an article about a project Form:Media developed for Batoche National Historic Site (Parks Canada), in Saskatchewan, Canada. This project is an example of the seamless collaborative effort of interpretive planners, architects, landscape architects, and graphic designers working together to interpret an important cultural landscape. Not to mention, it's not everyday your work is second on the bill to the work of Snøhetta.
John deWolf's article “Branding Heritage Landscapes: Old Places, New Connections” (P40–45) looks at the challenges Form:Media faced when the landscape is considered special because of its historic or cultural significance. His article explores three UNESCO World Heritage Sites—Old Town Lunenburg, the Landscape of Grand Pré, and Red Bay Basque Whaling Station—where integrity and authenticity are key to our understanding of time.
Warehouse is devoted to the critical pursuit of design discourse. The journal attempts to reflect, engage and extend the ideas inherent within the various departments that fall within the interdisciplinary vision of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture.