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Columbia University and University of Hawaii Students Collect Urban Data


Two Twelve Principal and Columbia University Adjunct Ann Harakawa and Columbia University Adjunct Professor Kaz Sakamoto, with support from Two Twelve and a grant funded from the Ulupono Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, recently led the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and University of Hawaii Summer Workshop called Urban Data Collection: Parking in the Ala Moana Neighborhood and Its Impact on Mobility.

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About Us

Everywhere we go, we encounter implicit and explicit cues to guide us, from environment and behavior to graphics and manuals. In complex environments, these cues become part of a system that can assist people to sort through data, fill out a form, absorb new information, or navigate a place.

That's our realm. We specialize in creating public information design, the planning and presentation of complex information to diverse users and audiences. From signage to strategy, we design thoughtful, user-centric systems designed to navigate, inform, communicate, and create new visions of the world around us.

Our roots are in wayfinding, the art and science of helping people find their way. That's where we got our start, but we’ve since expanded our expertise to diverse and ambitious initiatives. Public or private, these initiatives can only succeed if they are effective in persuading stakeholders. Consulting with leaders in business, institutions and government, we use the tools of information design, data visualization, and interactive media to provide engaging narrative frameworks for big ideas, clarifying supporting information, creating a roadmap for implementation and making these accessible to all. 

So when visitors approach a building or public place, our designs help them to enter it and locate their destinations. And when clients or constituents approach complex information, we help them absorb it by organizing data, images, text, and other components. We tackle these projects strategically, knowing that strong branding and a unified context leads to powerful results. 

clients and collaborators

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc

Alpha Partners

American Airlines Center, Dallas

American Institute of Graphic Arts

Apollo Theater

Arts, Culture, Philanthropy & Advocacy

Atlanta Federal Center

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Barnard College

Bayhealth Medical Center

Bear Stearns

Bellevue Hospital

Beyer Blinder Belle

Bike New York

Bloomberg LP

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Properties

Brennan Beer Gorman/Architects

Bridgeport Intermodal Transportation Center

Brookfield Properties

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

Brooklyn Museum

Bruce Mau Design

Cambridge Seven Associates

Canizaro Cawthon Davis

Capital Properties

Carnegie Hall

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Central Synagogue

Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A.

Chicago Park District

Cho Benn Holback + Associates

Cigna

Cincinnati Transit Authority

Citibank, N.A.

Citigroup

City of Charlotte

City of Chicago

City of Hartford

Civic Entertainment Group

Cleveland Orchestra

Collins Center for the Arts

Columbia University

Comcast

Cooper, Robertson & Partners

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Cosentini Associates

Counter Restaurant, Manhattan

Daniel Frankfurt, PC

David & Peggy Rockefeller Collection

David M. Schwarz Architects

Davis Brody Bond

DIA Center for the Arts

Disneyland, Anaheim

DMJM Harris

Downtown Alliance

Downtown New York River to River Festival

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

Downtown Partnership of New York

Duke Medical Center

Durham Parks & Recreation Department

Earl Swensson Associates

Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects

Election Assistance Campaign

Empire State Building Company

Empire State Development Corporation

Ennead Architects

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Five Front, Brooklyn

Flack + Kurtz Inc.

Flad & Associates

Ford Foundation

Grand Central Terminal

Greenberg Consultants Inc.

Gruzen Samton Architects

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture Associates

Hargreaves

Hillwood Development Corp

Hines Limited

Historic Battery Park

HKS, Inc.

HNTB

HOK

Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor Project

HR&A Advisors, Inc.

Hudson Fairfax Partners

Hudson River Piers 88 & 90

Clients column 2

Ike Kligerman Barkley

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne University

International Fellowship Fund

Jack L. Gordon Architects

James McCullar & Associates Architects

Jewish Community Center

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Jones Lang LaSalle

Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Lenox Hill Hospital

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

M. Paul Friedberg and Partners

Macy's Herald Square

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church

Maestri, LLC

Maryland Transit Administration

Massachusetts Department of Public Works

Massachusetts General Hospital

Meadowlands Xanadu, New Jersey

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Mercy College

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

MetroTech Business Improvement District, Brooklyn

Mets Development Corporation

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Middlebury College

MoMA QNS

Mondawmin Mall, Baltimore

Montgomery College

Montgomery Watson Harza

MTA Long Island Railroad / Long Island Bus

Nashville Symphony Orchestra

NAT's Kids, Brooklyn

New Amsterdam Theatre

New Jersey Transit

New York Botanical Garden

New York City Center

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

New York Institute of Technology

New York Jets and New York Giants

New York Law School

New York State Urban Development Corporation

New York University

New York University Langone Health

New York Zoological Society

Newhouse School of Public Communications

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Northern Arizona University

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

NYC Economic Development Corporation

NYC Housing Authority

NYC Municipal Water Finance Authority

NYC2012 Organizing Committee

Office of the Mayor of New York City

Office of the Mayor of Washington, DC

Ohio University

Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

Packer Collegiate Institute

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Patrick L. Pinnel Architect

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Perkins + Will

Perkins Eastman Architects

Pier 12, Brooklyn

Populous

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Princeton University

Prudential Douglas Elliman

Punahou School

Clients column 3

Quartararo & Associates, Inc

Queens West Development Corporation

Quennell Rothschild & Partners, LLP

R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects

Radio City Music Hall

Rafael Vinoly Architects

Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention

Restaurant Associates

Reynolds Performing Arts Center

Rhode Island Airport Authority

Rhode Island School of Design

Robert Hatfield Ellsworth

Rockefeller Center Retail Concourse

Rockwellgroup

Rubenstein Technology Group

Sam Schwartz Engineering

Scenic Hudson Land Trust

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Sound Transit, Washington

South Street Seaport & Marketplace

Sowinski Sullivan

St. Mark's Cathedral

Standard & Poor's

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Steelcase, Inc.

Sterling Equities

Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse

Stubbins Associates

STV Incorporated

SUNY Albany: Arts & Sciences Building

Swiss Bank Corporation

T. Rowe Price Associates

TAMS Consultants

Ten W Architects

The Art Directors Club, Inc.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

The LA Group

The Liberty Theater

The Mills Corporation

The Municipal Art Society of New York

The Olnick Organization

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Shops at Atlas Park, Queens

The Stubbins Associates

The Whitaker Center, Harrisburg

Thomas Balsley Associates

Tide Point, Baltimore

Times Square Business Improvement District

Tishman Speyer Properties

Towson University

Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie

Trinity College

Tsoi Kobus Architects

Two River Theatre Company

U.S. Japan Council

United States Bureau of the Census

United States Courthouse at Foley Square

United States Post Office

United Way

University at Buffalo, SUNY

University of Maine

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Urban Place Consulting Group Inc

US Tennis Association, Davis Cup

USA Weightlifting National Championships

van Dijk Westlake Reed Leskosky, now: Westlake Reed Leskosky

Van Wagner Communications, LLC

Van Wagner Sports Group, LLC

Victoria Ward Center

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vornado Realty Trust

Waikiki Business Improvement District Association

Wall Street Pier 11

Wallace Floyd Design Group

Washington Group International

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Weihe Design Group

West Midtown Ferry Terminal

William Nicholas Bodouva + Associates

Women's World Banking

World Championships of Freestyle Wrestling

World Outdoor Target Archery Championships

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Thursday
Jul252019

Field Notes: Two Twelve at NYBG

Did you know that in addition to celebrating our namesake every year on February 12th, Two Twelve also enjoys an annual company-wide outing to mark the occasion each summer?

This year, the excursion took us to the New York Botanical Garden, a National Historic Landmark for which Two Twelve developed a visual identity in the early 1990’s. During our visit we were able to bask in the sunshine and enjoy a day filled with learning, exploration, and beauty. Senior Designer Kevin Spencer was the mastermind behind this year’s event. He shares his thoughts and takeaways from the day below.  

 

As the organizer of this year's Two Twelve Day, why did you decide to host it at the New York Botanical Garden? 

Every year, I try to plan Two Twelve Day as a way for our office to have fun and relax while also giving us the opportunity to see a part of New York City that we may not have had the chance to explore yet. The Botanical Garden offered an escape from the hustle of the city while still being relatively close by and easily accessible. It also gave the office an opportunity to ride Metro North and see the Bronx if they hadn’t before! I thought the Botanical Gardens would be a great choice for us because it has so much space and various things to explore.

 

How has nature inspired your designs/work in the past? 

Nature has definitely inspired my design work in the past, most specifically in my work with Howard Hughes Corporation as part of their Ward Village condominium development projects. The architecture of these buildings is deeply rooted in the natural flora and fauna of the Honolulu region, so the signage systems we’ve developed have responded to those connections. From red sugar cane to the birds local to the area, the buildings are very unique and beautiful in each of their own ways. It’s always inspiring to have such strong natural connections to architecture and to see how I can convey a similar tone through the use of signage and wayfinding. 

 

Did you have a favorite plant/exhibit?

Of all the plants I saw, I think the most inspiring to learn about were the giant cacti in the North American exhibit. We all picture cacti in our mind with two quintessential large arms jutting out left and right. What I didn’t realize is that a cactus takes at least 50 years to grow before it even begins to sprout arms! This was fascinating to me, because I thought back to all the giant cacti I’ve seen driving through Arizona/New Mexico and the Southwest region, to think that those are probably close to 100 years old! Our tour leader made a comment, “This cactus is over fifty years old and hasn’t even reached middle age! I wish that were the case for us!” 

Speaking specifically about the garden’s Roberto Burle Marx exhibit, I was mesmerized by the whimsical characteristics of the plants on display. It seemed everywhere you looked was a different ground covering or large flower that looked like it was straight out of a Lewis Carroll novel. The use of nature and gardening to transform both interior and exterior spaces was a delightful experience and left me feeling inspired to engage people in a similar way through my own work.

 

As a designer, what did you find most inspiring about the Gardens?

I think the most inspiring thing about the Botanical Gardens is the vast breadth of plant species that are able to coexist in one location. You can “travel the world” just by traversing through the gardens. I also found the little quirks the tour guide shared about various plants to be inspiring. Certain plants are over 100 years old, while others last for just a year. Some require careful attention, while others prefer to be left to their own devices. Overall, I was definitely inspired by the diversity…color, shape, size, texture, and most of all: SMELL!

 

The New York Botanical Garden is open year-round, Tuesday to Sunday, and select holiday Mondays. Hours are typically 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx exhibit is available through Sunday, September 29, 2019.

 

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