Ruedi Baur: Architectural and Urban Inscriptions

The Type Directors Club and Parsons The New School for Design present Ruedi Baur: Architectural and Urban Inscriptions, a presentation by this leading European designer on the occasion of his first major U.S. commission, a wayfinding system for The New School’s University Center, a new campus center designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill that will open in January 2014.

Baur will present his approach to the question of orientation and identification of public institutions. He will share his thoughts about information design in a society dominated by commercial signs. He will discuss, based on examples, the necessary synergy between designers, architects, landscape architects and lighting designers to create a city that goes beyond functionality to improve the quality of life for everyone.

Baur will be introduced by Tim Marshall, Provost of The New School, who will speak briefly about the university’s commissioning of Baur and his studio, Intégral Paris, for this landmark project. The firm designed a three-dimensional typeface to work in superposition in the stairwells, which are visible from the street, playing on perspective to indicate a direction or floor level within the building. A custom typeface was created to meet the two-dimensional and three-dimensional requirements, and is inspired by the faceted façade of this significant new work of architecture. The typeface’s perspective evolves with each story of the building, its effect intensifying as it moves from the ground floor to the 17th floor.

Lecture

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Thursday, November 21, 2013
    06:30 pm

  • Where: 

    Parsons The New School for Design
    65 West 11th Street
    Wollman Hall
    New York City, New York

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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