Conveying Anti-Sprawl

If a picture tells a thousand words, the Shahneshin Foundation (SF) is betting that posters can express an even larger and more indelible message. The nonprofit, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is an international center for design, education, and research, that creates educational and promotional events to promote a more sustainable future. On Monday, the group announced the winners of its most recent program, the Shrinkage Worldwide Award Competition. According to SF, “Shrinkage…calls upon community to re-think and reassess the daily thoughts, attitudes and decisions, which go beyond the social responsibility, sustainability, green movement, and so-forth.” Graphic design entries came in from across the globe and from applicants with varied backgrounds—from academics to architects, graphic designers to public- relations consultants.

We present to you the winning entries:



Elena Giacomolli (City Empire)


David Holt (untitled)


Christopher Patten (Picnic)


Stephanie White (Vital Fluid)


Giovanna Zanghellini (time is running out)

The Shrinkage Worldwide Awards is jointly promoted by institutions from around the world, including the American Institute of Architects, the Dansk Design Center, the Institute of Landscape Architects of South Africa, the International Council of Graphic Design Associations, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, and many others.

The two founders of SF, Lui Galati and Siamak G. Shahneshin, are also the creators of the clever and colorful recycled business cards featured in the January 2008 issue.

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