A park design commemorating the 100th anniversary of an explosion that devastated Halifax has won an Award for Excellence in Civic Design.
On May 4, 2018 the Halifax Regional Municipality presented awards for design excellence in five categories. Ekistics Plan + Design and Form: Media received the award for 'Design Excellence, Civic Design' for their work at Fort Needham Memorial Park.
Members of the Ekistics Plan + Design and Form: Media team accepted the Award on Friday evening during a ceremony at the Halifax Public Library.
The design for Fort Needham Memorial Park approaches the space as a living narrative for one of Halifax’s most transformative events by layering references to the Explosion into the elements and infrastructure that form the everyday park experience. Stories of the people and communities lost, the compassionate response, the resilience of the survivors, and the rebuilding efforts, are strategically inscribed in the landscape, enabling residents and visitors to honour the memory of the event in their own way; either consciously, or simply through their use and enjoyment of the park.
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The July issue of Applied Arts Magazine marks Canada’s 150th anniversary with special content focussing on Canada at 150. We are 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
To coincide with the International Mountain Biking Associations’ Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Parks Canada unveiled a new sign program: instructional signs aimed at teaching families how to enjoy mountain bike trails, and a new interpretive program that highlights the rich natural and cultural heritage of the area.
Earlier in 2016, Form:Media was awarded a contract to design and deliver a mobile kiosk for Cape Breton Highland National Park. Needless to say, the team is immensely excited about this project. Our Branded Environment team including Chris Crawford, Julien Boudreau, and John deWolf worked on this project.
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.
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.
We are pleased to welcome Katherine Peck to our team of Landscape Architects. Originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, Katherine holds degrees from the University of Guelph, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and the University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Arts.