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The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) is pleased to announce that the industry magazine, Interlock Design, won a bronze EXCEL award for Best Overall Redesign! The award was given by the Association of Media & Publishing to ICPI’s 20-year old publication. The national award is considered premiere recognition in the association publishing industry.
In its 33rd year, the EXCEL awards program received almost 1,000 entries and announced 166 winners, representing 83 nonprofit organizations and associations. Winners were selected for their exemplary work in contest categories including editorial, graphic design, advertising and marketing, online publishing, mobile applications, digital editions and electronic newsletter categories.
In 2012, ICPI hired content marketing firm GLC Custom Media based in Chicago to redesign the 24,000 circulation industry magazine. The magazine’s printed and online editions now enjoy eye-catching layout and editorial content that increases readers’ insights into design, construction and maintenance of interlocking concrete pavement and permeable interlocking concrete pavements. More importantly, the magazine presents creative and sustainable design ideas through highlighting unique commercial and residential projects. Interlock Design’s online version compliments the print magazine with up-to-date industry news, expanded technical content, in-depth articles on the latest industry trends and noteworthy projects.
“Interlock Design is visually more appealing and provides focused content for design professionals and contractors in printed and online formats” said ICPI Executive Director, Charles A. McGrath, CAE. “I am very proud our members, staff and GLC for their hard work and accomplishment resulting in this national recognition.”
ICPI and GLC attended the 33rd Annual EXCEL Awards Gala, which celebrates association media, on Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Omni Shoreham, Washington DC. Awards were given to those entries considered by peers to push the envelope further in an ever-changing publishing environment. Award winning entries will be featured in the September/October issue of Association Media & Publishing’s Signature magazine.
The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) represents producers, suppliers, contractors, design professionals and consultants and supports its members to advance segmental concrete pavement systems as the preferred choice for sustainable and environmentally friendly pavements in North America. ICPI aims to increase awareness, acceptance and use of segmental concrete pavement systems in North America through the development of marketing and technical resources for design professionals, contractors and homeowners.
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Through a grant from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design (CED) has developed an innovative online learning resource called Paveshare. This website provides landscape architecture professionals, students and educators with a flexible, living, and robust resource for place making, environmental design and technical knowledge. This program was forged in response to a need in landscape architecture academia for increased design knowledge, creativity and technical competency with segmental concrete pavements.
The Paveshare website is developed on a foundation of multimedia and online learning educational theories. Its structure includes links to self-guided presentations with interactive animations and a growing studio project library that spans concept to construction. Faculty is encouraged to use the site to supplement existing curriculum and to encourage students to augment this living library by uploading their completed studio projects to the site. Students are encouraged to explore and interact with the site’s materials to become familiar with design and structural principles related to segmental concrete pavement, as well as industry technical resources.
Paveshare presents an open, graphic-driven, interactive, diverse and continuously changing online site that combines traditional and newer modes of learning that are sure to appeal to students of design. Familiar, self-directed learning formats such as presentations and quizzes are available to students, and are complemented by newer learning modes in landscape architecture, including interactive animations, tagged precedent libraries and an open contribution framework. Paveshare’s content team continuously cultivates site materials and acts as a vetting source for materials uploaded to the site, ensuring Paveshare is an adaptive environment. Users are also encouraged to post projects, photographs, and videos.
Browsing and contributing to Paveshare is intuitive and user-friendly. Users can browse by following learning paths or by using the library feature, which allows hunting for specific information by topic. All uploaded material is credited to the contributing author, so the desire to publish and share completed work, recognition for uploading compelling precedent project images, or class requirements will encourage students to contribute. The site also has links to and materials cultivated on several social media sites to foster cross-fertilization of knowledge sources and discussions.
The site functions as a comprehensive and constantly updating library of project precedents, design ideas and lessons, including specific interactive features that teach critical concepts specific to landscape architecture. Most importantly, these features have been made engaging and fun, especially when compared to the stuffy pages of Time Saver Standards familiar to most students. Paveshare complements studio methods and learning with features like design tools that help link abstract design and concrete materiality, which can be a difficult concept to teach while working on studio projects.
Through these capabilities, the wiki-based openness of the resource’s framework, and Paveshare’s social media portals, the developers hope that the site will ultimately reach a tipping point within student and faculty knowledge and social circles, and will become a self-sustaining, critical headwaters for integrating and expanding design inspiration and technical knowledge.
Check out this video for an overview of the Paveshare website and how it works: