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Healing environments take center stage

At the recent ASLA national conference Virginia Gehshan participated in the seminar “Healing Time: an Interdisciplinary Look at Nature in Hospitals.” Led by landscape architect Mark Klopfer of Klopfer Martin, the panel also included Roz Cama of Cama Design and Ellen Taylor from the Center for Healthcare Design. The team reviewed research confirming the therapeutic value of nature and discussed the role of design in creating an accessible, calming and restorative environment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Spring Garden Connector wins an AIANY + ASLANY Design Award

CG is proud to announce the Spring Garden Connector project has been recognized by New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania AIA and ASLA members, and has received a Design Citation in the Open Space Category for the AIANY + ASLANY Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards. The first annual awards recognize projects reflecting innovative design approaches to transportation and infrastructure that maintain a commitment to sustainability, community engagement and civic architecture. 

Congratulations to our client Delaware River Waterfront Corp. and the design team including NV5 inc. and The Lighting Practice.

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Virginia Gehshan contributes to “Design Downtown for Women - Men Will Follow”

The book Design Downtown for Women - Men Will Follow is testament to women’s outsize influence in travel planning, and the importance of understanding the experience economy. Virginia Gehshan contributed the chapter “Wayfinding for Women” which outlines how downtown wayfinding programs can welcome 
and guide visitors — both women and men. The issues of communication, 
creativity and convenience are covered. Statistics show that women have 
primary responsibility for planning vacations, so attention to their needs and concerns can result in a more sophisticated and successful wayfinding system.

David Feehan, the editor of Design Downtown for Women, was president and
CEO of the International Downtown Association for nearly a decade. Other chapter authors include experts on marketing, transportation, color, parking, cycling and event programming, all of whom discuss improving the downtown experience for
its most important demographic - women.

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CG will be hosting two exciting events for Design Philadelphia

Please join us for two Design Philly events! Both events will be held Thursday, October 11th from 6 - 8 pm.

Open Studio: Tour our studio in Old City and talk with our designers. See recent projects in placemaking, environmental graphic design and branding including
Mars Petcare, Jacob Javits Convention Center, Mount Airy USA, Penn Medicine
and more. Refreshments will be served.

400 Market Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia 19106

Rail Park Talk and Tour: In addition to our annual open studio event, we invite
you to tour Philadelphia’s new Rail Park and hear from the Rail Park design
team, including CG designers Kate Otte and Joe Thoma, Landscape Architect Bryan Hanes and Urban Sign. 

The talk and tour will begin at 6pm at the interpretive wall. Event is rain or shine. However, in the event of thunderstorms, we will relocate to Bryan Hanes studio.

1300 Noble Street, Philadelphia 19123 (enter off Broad Street or from 13th Street stairs)

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CG welcomes Branson and Maria-Elena to the team!

CG is pleased to welcome two new additions to our talented team — designers Branson Kellen and Maria-Elena Alberto.

Branson came to us after interning at Dake Wells Architecture in Springfield, MO. With degrees in both architecture and graphic design from Drury University, Branson brings a broad skill set to CG’s diverse range of projects. His passion for the built environment and knowledge of REVIT modeling has already made him indispensable to the team. His other design skills and interests, including typography, branding
and environmental design make him a perfect fit for experiential design.

Maria-Elena is a thoughtful designer who brings a variety of skills to the CG team. With a recent Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of the
Arts, Maria-Elena has explored the participatory design process, which helped
her gain a deeper understanding of how to work with users and better understand their needs and behaviors. She is passionate about universal design and believes the best outcomes are the result of thoughtful and creative collaboration.

Branson and Maria-Elena are excited to join the CG team and have jumped right
into their new roles.

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New campus hub inspires innovation at Loomis Chaffee

Opening in Fall 2018, the Loomis Chaffee School’s newly expanded Campus Center will feature new dining spaces, bookstore, meeting rooms, café and state-of-the-art Pearse Hub for Innovation. Designed by AOS Architects, the new center will support idea incubation, entrepreneurship and subjects like robotics. CG’s environmental narrative wall, signage and donor recognition will help elevate the new hub’s mission and make it an engaging campus destination.

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Washington University Medical Center's comprehensive wayfinding is rolled out

A campus transformation is underway at the Barnes Jewish and Washington University Medical Center in St Louis. Two new inpatient towers for Barnes-Jewish
and St. Louis Children’s Hospital have opened; CG has introduced an identification system with enhanced street addressing and naming. New skyline signage, campus entrance gateway pylons, a letter-based entrance ID system and an extensive over-
head vehicular wayfinding system have been designed to better assist visitors in navigating the dense complex of buildings at this stellar academic medical center. 

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The Rail Park is open!

Philadelphia's long-awaited Rail Park brings a creative green space to an industrial neighborhood, with spectacular views of the city skyline.

CG is honored to have been a part of the recent ribbon cutting, which marked the opening of the park's first phase. When complete, the park will stretch three miles across Center City Philadelphia, connecting 10 diverse neighborhoods and making
it twice the width and length of NYC's High Line. 

CG designed a spectacular 80' corten steel “story” wall that captures the gritty history of the Callowhill Industrial District, highlighting Philadelphia’s reputation
as the “Workshop of the World.” The 1910 US census lists 264 manufactured articles - Philadelphia manufactured 211 of them. The wall is laser cut with a map of the city, company logos, buildings and advertisements of manufacturers that operated in the area in its heyday.

An interpretive panel further outlines the importance of the two mighty railroads – Reading and Pennsylvania – that were headquartered there.

Congratulations to Studio Bryan Hanes and Urban Engineers on their inspired park design, and thanks to the Center City District for their amazing leadership in bringing the park to fruition.

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A coalition of historic neighborhoods

Mt. Airy USA and Go Northwest Philly have joined forces to develop an enhanced vehicular wayfinding and gateway system for the region. This exceptionally diverse collection of neighborhoods includes Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, Germantown, East
Falls, Manayunk, Roxborough and West Oak Lane and features historic architecture, outstanding parks and natural beauty. CG is leading the stakeholder process along with Brad Copeland, Executive Director of Mt. Airy USA and Sara Anderson, project leader for Avison Young. 

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Interpreting history and significance

CG is helping the Montclair History Center with its mission to share stories of local history and its origins as Cranetown. Interpretive signage is being designed for the complex of historic buildings and microfarm, along with a guide to New Jersey Heritage Tourism. The Center also has an unusual link to African-American history.

Read more on Montclair's history here.