Form:Media wins Applied Arts 2018 Community Design Awards

Form:Media has won Applied Arts Community Design Awards for two very different projects — a rebrand for a provincial regulatory body, and a unique urban memorial to a devastating explosion.


Accredited, accountable, and attentive were the pillars the Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA) wanted their new brand to express, countering the perception of architects as impractical or unnecessary. The logotype features a simplified letter “A" paired with alliterative positive attributes, like "accomplished" and "approachable." A brand video succinctly introduced the concept to the association's membership, and the visual identity has been rolled out across web, signage and print collateral.

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The challenge of the Fort Needham Park was entirely different — memorializing the 1917 Halifax Explosion, a catastrophe that killed thousands of people. Forgoing traditional interpretive panels, Form:Media worked with our landscape architect colleagues to incorporate the story into the landscape: stairs, walls, benches and walkways. The result is an interpretive landscape that tells the story of a defining moment in the city's history, while remaining a cherished neighbourhood park.

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The 2018 Applied Arts Community Design Awards recognize design aimed at specific urban or provincial markets, across Canada.

Batoche in DETAIL

Batoche in DETAIL

DETAIL magazine is an issue based publication devoted to a specific constructional theme and provides a comprehensive treatment of the subject. For many professionals, DETAIL is one of the world's most influential architectural publications. Imagine our excitement when we were asked to contribute our work for Batoche to the online database.

Batoche: 2017 AZ Awards finalist

Batoche: 2017 AZ Awards finalist

We are thrilled to announce that our 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. This is an accomplishment we are most proud of.

The following is a link to the People’s Choice Awards [http://azm.ag/AZPeoplesChoice]. Take a look at our work for Batoche, as well as another Nova Scotia designer, Omar Ghandi.

We look 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.

Storyboard on the landscape

Storyboard on the landscape

Our architecture and landscape 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. 

 

AZURE writes about Batoche

AZURE writes about Batoche

Recently, AZURE Magazine wrote an article about an interactive, outdoor interpretive interpretive environment developed for Batoche National Historic Site (Parks Canada), in Saskatchewan, Canada. For Form:Media and sister company Ekistics Planning & Design, 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.

Ekistics and Form:Media in Landscapes/Paysage

Ekistics and Form:Media in Landscapes/Paysage

Ekistics and Form:Media were well represented in the Fall 2016 issue of Landscapes-Paysages, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects’ (CSLA) quarterly publication. The theme of this issue was ‘Time’—a matter that informs all of our projects, whether we’re investigating and interpreting a site’s history; considering the physical effects of time on the landscape; programming a site and understanding how a space will be perceived at different times of day or over the course of the year.

Rob LeBlanc, John DeWolf and Sandra Cooke have each contributed an article to the issue, which can be viewed here.

Fort Anne—from plan through execution

Fort Anne—from plan through execution

Earlier this year, Chris Crawford and the Ekistics architecture team were awarded a contract to renovate Fort Anne's administrative quarters, to make improvements to the overall site, and design a new facilities structure. This project is an outcome of Form:Media’s Interpretive Action and Investment Plan for Fort Anne National Historic Site.

Welcome Sandra Cooke

Sandra brings nearly 10 years of experience inexperience in public, private, and academic sectors, having worked for the award-winning Toronto landscape architecture firm,  and for federal Crown corporations. Sandra holds Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Architectural Studies (University of Toronto), and a Master of Landscape Architecture, (University of Toronto). We are excited to have  Sandra join our team.