2018 Best of Design Award for Infrastructure: Arakawa and Madeline Gins: Eternal Gradient

Designers: Norman Kelley
Location: New York

For Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley, exhibition designers are also preservationists, able to shape how the work of architects and designers should be seen and remembered. The firm designed the Arakawa and Madeline Gins: Eternal Gradient exhibition at Columbia University’s Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery by constructing points and counterpoints of obstructed and enabled views. They took inspiration from the duo’s sketches when developing a series of matte-gray-vinyl and black-steel-mesh structures that doubled as private viewing rooms for closer observation. These four structures featured cut-out windows, framing direct views of works hung on adjacent walls. This interplay established different dialogues between the pieces on view. In this way, the exhibition challenged visitors to consider the permanence of an image.

Honorable Mentions 

Project Name: 
Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem, and Modern Housing
Designers: 
Leong Leong and Project Projects
Location:
New York

Photo of Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem, and Modern Housing exhibition

Exhibition Design Honorable Mention: Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem, and Modern Housing, Leong Leong and Project Projects (Naho Kubota)

Project Name: 
Visionaire: AMAZE
Designer: 
Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large and Sahra Motalebi
Location:
New York

Photo of Visionaire: AMAZE exhibit by Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large and Sahra Motalebi

Exhibition Design Honorable Mention:Visionaire: AMAZE, Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large and Sahra Motalebi (Plamen Petkov)

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