Ekistics Plan + Design wins Atlantic Planners Institute Award for Argyle & Grafton Streetscapes

In October 2018, Ekistics Plan + Design was honoured with an award for Excellence in Planning, Physical Plans & Design, from the Atlantic Planners Institute for our work on the Argyle and Grafton Shared Streetscapes Project.


The project reaffirms Argyle and Grafton as Halifax’s signature streets, on par with the city's bustling waterfront as a place that draws in residents and visitors to eat, drink and relax. As the first shared street design in Atlantic Canada, the project tested construction methods, materials, and roadway operations previously not established in the region. With a holistic planning approach, Ekistics combined placemaking and urban design with engineering and construction management expertise to shift focus away from the car, to create a people-focused public open space in the public right-of way that supports the vitality of downtown.


Form: Media wins in Best of Canada's Sign Industry Awards

Best of Canada’s Sign Industry Awards 

On Friday, September 21, 2018, the Sign Association of Canada held a gala event to honour and celebrate the Canadian sign industry. The event provided an opportunity for SAC/ACE to announce the winners of their Best of Canada’s Sign Industry (BOCSI) competition. 

Form:Media of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada entered two projects, and both were recognized with BOCSIes! Their interpretive program for Fort Needham Memorial Park tied as a finalist in the Unique Signs category. A branded environment and interior signage system for the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute was the finalist for the Sign Systems Category, and was honoured with Best in Show.

Fort Needham Memorial Park

Re-opened on December 6, 2017, the Fort Needham Memorial Park commemorates the 1917 Halifax Explosion. When two ships collided in the harbour, this maritime disaster generated the largest man-made explosion prior to the Atomic Age. The project entails memorial and interpretive elements to better present the Explosion story to residents and visitors, and park upgrades to prepare the site for the anniversary event.

Design: Ekistcs Planning & Design and Form-Media in Consortium; sub-consultants: Elected Engineering, DesignPoint Engineering; and Light Energy Production; General Contractor: Turfmasters; Metal work: ACE Machining, and Steel Arts. 

Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute

The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) was founded to ensure an Africentric approach to African Nova Scotian/African Canadian education. As an Africentric-based institute that focuses on educational excellence, the DBDLI assists learners of African ancestry in Nova Scotia, identifying and addressing the gaps and educational equity issues through research, publications and educational resources. This new offices serves as a office space for staff, and a community outreach centre. 

Design: Ekistics Planning & Design and Form-Media in Consortium; General Contractor: Avondale; Signage: Eye Candy Ltd.


About the Awards

The Best Of Canada’s Sign Industry Awards honour the top work of sign companies and related organizations across the country, with winners selected by an expert panel of independent judges. The awards program is jointly managed by Sign Media Canada and Sign Association of Canada.

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.