Mayer/Reed was honored with a Merit Award in the 2014 SEGD Global Design Awards Program for our wayfinding design on the Vancouver Community Library. The design team of Mayer/Reed (wayfinding), The Miller Hull Partnership (architecture), and AldrichPears (interpretive installation) was among 32 recognized for excellence in environmental graphic design among 412 entries.
“A seamless integration of architecture and wayfinding—a symphony of materials and finishes—a playful interplay of scale and architecture. An imaginative wayfinding system for a multi-storied library. This project shows what a library can be as opposed to what it has been traditionally.”
– jury comment
The award was presented to Michael Reed, Partner and Kathy Fry, Associate Partner at the SEGD (Society for Experiential Graphic Design) Global Design Awards on June 7 in Atlanta, GA. The award program is the only international design awards focused on communication in the built environment.
On Earth Day, April 22, the Portland Children’s Museum swung their gates wide to the new Outdoor Adventure. The museum invites children of all ages to explore this education-based, accessible, imagination-fueled, nature play space designed by Mayer/Reed.
From the moment the ribbon was cut, I witnessed energetic, gleeful children skipping, jumping and climbing throughout the space. The most adventurous scaled part-way up “Zoom” an enormous, open-branching cedar; while the rest scrambled around boulders and throughout the sloping meadows. Happy feet romped down trails and leaped from stone to stone in the little creek. Small hands sailed wooden boats down to a bridge, fashioned habitats of loose natural materials, and excavated for treasure in the sand pit.
As families filled the stone-lined amphitheater, warm tones of the marimba band rose from the lower pavilion, creating an irresistible urge to dance. As a landscape designer it’s always a joy to experience our completed projects in use, and this opportunity to see kids connect to nature is especially fulfilling.
Next up, throughout May, I get the chance to work with artist Patrick Dougherty on the new Stickworks installation at the lower Outdoor Adventure meadow. Stay tuned or come watch us bring to life a sculptural vision of the ultimate play environment!
Cast earth, twisted rail, stone and water. Let’s talk about public art along the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail line: All of the pieces going in are amazing – some inspiring delight and wonder, others providing pause for contemplation. That’s how art should be.
As we’ve designed public spaces along the line, Mayer/Reed has worked to integrate several art pieces into the design, adding a unique flavor to each station. You’ll get a chance to learn about the art along the entire alignment and hear from a few of the artists on April 17 at TriMet’s TriMet’s Transit On Tap, their series of free public talks held at brewpubs. Sponsored by Mayer/Reed, this event will be at Ford Food and Drink. See you there!
A giant bird’s nest? Bottle shaped houses? Wind swept fantasy villages? When were you presented with the opportunity to work on a truly unique creation by an artist you have admired for many years? For me, this dream recently began to unfold.
In the freezing temperatures of the early winter morning, I met Patrick Dougherty, the internationally acclaimed sculptor of Stickwork. Patrick arrived at the Portland Children’s Museum to meet with museum staff and Mayer/Reed designers to brainstorm an installation at the Outdoor Adventure, a new nature-play exhibit.
Opening on Earth Day, the Outdoor Adventure grounds will push forth a bounty of colorful new plantings, flowing streams and play opportunities, followed in June by Patrick’s burst of creative energy and artful vision. Under his masterful guidance, tons of Pacific Northwest native saplings will be twisted and woven into a temporary expression by a team of volunteers. Portland will have its own Stickwork creation to be experienced by kids of all ages.
For those of us in the design professions, we find ourselves on occasion in the presence of masters: masters of exceptional vision, interpretation, and artful expression. For me, Patrick Dougherty is one such master. After more than a decade of admiring his creations of whimsy colliding with nature, I will now have the chance to experience first-hand his unique interpretation of humor, habitat and history. Sweet!