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02.16.11

Building Connections 2010 annual exhibition

Exhibition Design, Education

Building Connections illustrates the benefits of design education by showcasing K–12 student work from the Center for Architecture Foundation’s Learning By Design:NY in-school residency program and Programs@theCenter summer studios. New York-based graphic design consultants Poulin Morris Inc. collaborated with the center’s project team on the exhibition’s thematic organization and development as well as the overall design of the 1,000-square-foot space, including exhibition displays, interpretive and information graphics, wall murals, maps, and didactic labels. A bold, black-and-white typographic mural, located at the entrance, functions as an introduction through large-scale numerical data such as the number of students, models built, classrooms used and the educators involved in this year’s programs. Natural birch plywood panels and exposed mechanical fasteners are used extensively for all displays and interpretive and informative graphic panels. Video monitors display classroom activities and interviews—with students, teachers, parents and the center’s design educators—and large-scale quotes serve as the exhibit’s “typographic voices.”

Richard Poulin, design director; Richard Poulin/Andreina Carrillo/Andy Schoonmaker, designers.

www.poulinmorris.comcfa.aiany.org