Archinect - News 2017-07-22T21:00:55-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150011276/the-metlife-building-s-letters-are-getting-a-makeover The MetLife Building’s letters are getting a makeover dgannon 2017-06-07T12:54:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T12:54:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9j/9jkigxw2i4e3srit.jpg" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the Brutalist architecture of the MetLife Building, formerly the Pan Am Building, makes this 59-story skyscraper stand out among Midtown&rsquo;s many tall towers, its large sign touting its namesake makes it easy for all to identify. Beginning this week, the insurance company will replace the massive letters with a brand new typeface, as Crain&rsquo;s reported.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The installation of the new, more modern logo will be the first time the building&rsquo;s sign has changed since 1993 when 15- and 18-foot-long letters spelling out MetLife replaced Pan Am&rsquo;s sign.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design Nicholas Korody 2015-11-05T13:31:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:49:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zw/zwmon75xi07djkfz.jpg" width="650" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the issues of serving openly in the military and same-sex marriage now largely resolved, the fight for all-gender restrooms has emerged as the latest civil rights issue in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) community &mdash; particularly the &ldquo;T&rdquo; part. Schools and universities (...), museums (...), restaurants (...) and even the White House (...) are recasting the traditional men&rsquo;s/women&rsquo;s room, resulting in a dizzying range of (often creative) signage and vocabulary.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/124665842/los-angeles-has-created-the-perfect-parking-sign Los Angeles has Created the Perfect Parking Sign DianePham 2015-04-06T15:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T21:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o0/o0l58rqxpyo880q6.jpg" width="636" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the quest to make parking suck less, there are apps that help you find a space, and meters where you can pay with a swipe of your credit card. But LA has launched a simple, low-tech solution to make parking better: Well-designed signage that offers no ambiguity whatsoever when it comes to where you can park, when you can park there, and how much it will cost.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108252788/community-bus-stops-transform-brazil Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:55:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5d/5d421adb1f9e7594d3e0fd76b8e131de.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thousands of bus stops in Brazil completely lack signage to indicate which buses actually stop there. The nation-wide inconvenience has finally been tackled by one of the biggest community projects in the world. &lsquo;Que &Ocirc;nibus Passa Aqui?&rsquo; (&lsquo;Which Bus Stops here?&rsquo;) is a resident-led initiative which has taken Brazil by storm.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107559001/more-is-more-the-gaudy-genius-of-the-late-deborah-sussman More is more: the gaudy genius of the late Deborah Sussman Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:11:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/00/00a676160925a9eeb275afa7c4114184.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;More is more,&rdquo; was the motto of Deborah Sussman, the graphic designer behind this brilliant visual riot, who died last week at the age of 82. Trained in the office of Charles and Ray Eames, she took their love of colour and pattern to new heights, establishing a studio with her husband, Paul Prejza, that would tackle everything from shop fit-outs to city wayfinding, sprinkling her distinctive brand, like sugary confetti, from Philadelphia to Santa Monica.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One week ago: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Sussman, designer, has died at age 83</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101780190/chicago-mayor-blasts-trump-sign-as-tasteless Chicago Mayor blasts Trump sign as 'tasteless' Paul Petrunia 2014-06-13T12:24:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:40:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yu/yuflij7fgk2uayzo.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel belatedly jumped into the fray after a public campaign against the sign on Chicago's second-tallest building spearheaded by the Chicago Tribune&rsquo;s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin. &ldquo;Mayor Emanuel believes this is an architecturally tasteful building scarred by an architecturally tasteless sign,&rdquo; Kelley Quinn, the mayor&rsquo;s newly-appointed communications director, said in an emailed statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Trump responds in his typical classy style...</p><p><em>Before I bought the site, the Sun Times had the biggest, ugliest sign Chicago has ever seen. Mine is magnificent and popular.</em></p><p><em>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/statuses/477121438994804736" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">June 12, 2014</a></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101170641/signs-from-the-near-future Signs from the near future Paul Petrunia 2014-06-05T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:30:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ap/apbqnvs36t08hjr2.jpg" width="650" height="472" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://signsfromthenearfuture.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A new Tumblr</a> showcases predictions of signage in our future.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84214772/what-do-pedestrian-traffic-icons-say-about-your-culture What Do Pedestrian Traffic Icons Say About Your Culture? Archinect 2013-10-15T14:03:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T20:23:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/70/70d196f5e9d27ebb3091a404a9a1b032.jpg" width="553" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the sparsely dotted Chinese walking man to the top-hat-wearing, cane-bearing Dane, almost a hundred &ldquo;walking men&rdquo; are displayed life-size on banners that line the sidewalk. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to me that they are on human scale because they really represent us,&rdquo; said Ms. Barkai. Only rarely are the icons depicted as women, she noted. Of the hundreds of images in her collection, Ms. Barkai has only &ldquo;about six or seven women, mostly from European countries.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>