When a structure or space of historical significance is repurposed or renovated, the addition of a new environmental graphic design program has the potential to impact preservation concerns. To address these preservation concerns, design practitioners may consider processes and solutions that honor the historical significance in some way. This case study delineates how consideration for historical significance affected the design process of a new environmental graphic design (EGD) program for Union Station in Los Angeles. The Union Station project is a prime example of Style Mimicry where the new EGD was designed to appear as if it had always been part of the original structure. This paper highlights details of the project using evidence gathered by qualitative interviews, existing documents and observations. This case study provides an applied example for future design practice.
|Keywords:||Environmental Graphic Design, Historic Preservation, National Register of Historic Places, Cliff Selbert, Selbert Perkins Design, Catellus Development Corporation, Rogerio Carvalheiro, Style|
Assistant Professor, Department of Design, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, USA