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A futuristic new library for Temple University

Among the projects included in Temple University's master plan is a 210,000 square foot futuristic library that will include a green roof and an outdoor balcony offering stunning cross-campus views. The new library designed by Snøhetta, an acclaimed Norwegian architectural firm renowned for their innovative library buildings, will become the university's new centerpiece and academic heart.

CGA, responsible for Temple's new signage and wayfinding master plan, has been retained to work with Snøhetta's NYC office to design the signage, wayfinding and donor recognition for the innovative facility.

To learn more about how the library fits into Temple's ambitious plans, listen to University Architect Margaret Carney's interview.

Renderings courtesy of Snøhetta Architects

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Radnor Rain Garden

For people wanting to build their own rain garden, CGA has created a great “how to” sign for Radnor Bird Town, an organization in suburban Philadelphia that promotes sustainable practices in support of birds and their habitats. Learn about their great work at radnorbirdtown.org.

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UPenn students visit CGA

Students of the University of Pennsylvania freshman seminar course, “Writing on the City: Letterforms, Technology, and Philadelphia History” spent an afternoon at CGA’s studio. The students heard from CGA principal Virginia Gehshan, who spoke to the class on the professional practice of designing environmental typography for cities and towns and how designers can impact a city’s image.

The objective of the class is to better understand how the evolution of typographic forms in Philadelphia shape and reflect the aesthetic and cultural values of the city. 

See images from the freshman seminar course on Instagram #letterformphilly

Photos courtesy of Penn Provost Arts and Culture

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Temple University releases Landscape Master Plan

Temple University recently released a groundbreaking Landscape Master Plan, “Verdant Temple," which was developed for its 105-acre campus. The goal of 
the master plan is to create a more unified and greener campus environment
with improvements that support TU’s vision for growth in a complex urban environment. CGA designers developed a comprehensive wayfinding and sign-
age system as part of the plan.

The project team, led by LRSLAstudio Landscape Architects, also addressed
lighting, mobility, public art and social interactions.

Rendering courtesy of LRSLAstudio and Cloud Gehshan Associates

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Several CGA clients listed in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospitals

Congratulations to our past and present clients, many of whom have been named 
to U.S. News and World Report's list of the 2015-16 best hospitals in the country!
This list includes: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital (pictured above), Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The U.S. News and World Report's Honor Roll consists of hospitals with unusually broad expertise, presented by high scores in at least six of the 16 Best Hospital specialties. Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals evaluated for the 2015-16 rankings, just 
15 medical centers were worthy of this special acclaim.

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Philly locals love Pope Francis

CGA senior designer Stephen Bashore and wife Rebecca Smith, along with many
fellow Philadelphians, spent Sunday afternoon at a neighborhood bar named
The P.O.P.E. (Pub on Passyunk East) to indulge in two passions, football and
Pope Francis. Catholic News Service, a leading agency in the world of Catholic
and religious media, was there to capture the excitement and humor that the weekend brought to the Philadelphia area. See the video here!

Welcoming the Pope and World Meeting of Families with PECO Crown Lights

CGA is proud to have teamed up with PECO, IEI Group and Interpret Green in the 
welcoming of Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families to Philadelphia.

To mark the special occasion, PECO will display a custom show on the company’s famed Crown Lights message system. Running hourly through Sunday, the custom video will feature a dazzling display of the sites and images that make our region unique. The energy efficient system contains more than 2 million LED lights with 
color capability.

A beloved Philadelphia landmark for over 30 years, the digital messages on the top of Philadelphia Electric Company’s building have announced thousands of events important to the city. 

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AVDLM receives 2015 SEGD Global Design Award

CGA is honored to have received the 2015 SEGD Global Design Merit Award for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, the first national memorial dedicated to the 3.5 million veterans living with permanent disabilities.

The SEGD awards were established to recognize excellence in experiential and environmental graphic design. The multi-disciplinary jury announced the winners during the July SEGD Conference.

One of the jurors commented, “This project is a powerful counter to the prevailing aesthetic toward abstract symbolism for memorials. The grittiness of the soldiers' images is heightened by the illusion that the figures actually exist in space. A deeply moving contemplative place.”

The memorial design reflects the vision of Michael Vergason Landscape Architects.
In designing the glass walls and stone inscriptions, CGA worked with MVLA and artist Larry Kirkland, who created the bronze sculptures. History Associates researched the interpretive content and quotations. 

Photos courtesy of Craig Collins

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Hospitable hospital

With a beautiful new building the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro could be mistaken for a high-end hotel. CGA is helping re-think the wayfinding to better work with how the building is being used, and to advance UMCP's goal of a welcoming and patient-centered facility. The wayfinding plan includes many suggestions for helping visitors navigate, including a number
of "non-sign" items.

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Lebanon Valley College's new sign system

Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA is a beautifully landscaped gem.  
LVC’s president, Dr. Lewis Thane, requested a new sign system that reflects the college’s independent spirit and innovative programs. He also wanted
a higher profile in the surrounding community. CGA responded with a sleek system of pleated aluminum forms which carry through welcome monu-
ments, dimensional gateway letters, map stations and directional signs.