Originally built in the 1820s and 1830s, the 110-mile O & E Canalway
attracts more than 2.5 million tourists per year and adds significant
economic and historic value to Ohio. Since 1996, it has leveraged
almost $350 million in private, local, state, and federal investments,
including over $90 million from the Towpath Trail alone.
US Senator Sherrod Brown has proposed a bill that would renew the
National Heritage designation for an additional seven years, making it
eligible for future federal funding. Also, to further stimulate commu-
nity and economic development, the Canalway is partnering with the
National Park Service to further develop the Towpath and Connector
trails. Branding, wayfinding and interpretive signage, designed by CGA,
will enhance all areas of the Canalway as it continues to develop.
Students from the University of the Arts Industrial Design department were
top winners in the 2014 Collab Student Design Competition held in November
at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Jude Marks ’16 was named the first-place
winner, Chun Lin "Eddie" Yeh ’15 won second place; both are students of
Virginia Gehshan and Doug Bucci. Three of their other students were honored
in the People’s Choice exhibition. For this year’s Design Excellence Award
Collab honored Dr. Rolf Fehlbaum, legendary Chairman Emeritus of Vitra; the
complementary student competition challenged participants to design an
A world-class waterfront is under development in Alexandria, Virginia.
Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC and Hickok Cole Architects have teamed
with CGA in an effort to revitalize the Old Town Waterfront and increase
opportunities for interaction. CGA has set out to create an interpretive
program that captures important history and adds excitement and mean-
ing to the pedestrian experience. A system of environmental graphics
and interpretive elements will support the historical and cultural themes
of the historic West’s Point.
Rendering courtesy of Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC
CGA, Toole Design Group and a team of consultants are concluding the first
stage of a branding, signage and bike shelter plan along the new bike and
pedestrian greenway from Denver to Boulder, Colorado. The US 36 Bus Rapid
Transit (BRT) line, a transportation connection between Boulder and Denver,
aims to provide high-frequency service and easy on-and-off boarding.
The client, seeking to encourage and improve pedestrian and bicycle access
along the US 36 BRT line, has tasked CGA/Toole with developing a branding
and wayfinding system. The team’s focus is to strengthen the connections
within the "First and Final Mile" and improve access to the BRT line.
Photo courtesy of CDR Associates
A powerful and poignant memorial has opened to the public at the north end of the National Mall in Washington, DC. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial pays tribute to the millions of veterans living with permanent disabilities. As des-
cribed by President Obama at the October 5, 2014 dedication ceremony, “From this day forward, Americans will come to this place and ponder the immense sacrifice made on their behalf; the heavy burden borne by a few so that we might live in freedom and peace.”
The 48 freestanding glass panels, inscribed with powerful quotations and images of disabled veterans, were the glowing attraction at the event. Veterans, their families and friends crowded the walls to ponder the quotes and admire the dramatic images that float among the 5 glass layers. Among the attendees were three of the disabled veterans whose images are featured on the walls.
It was an honor to hear President Obama read the memorial’s poignant quotes aloud. Listen to his full speech here. The memorial was also featured by CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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 inscriptions for the memorial.
CGA would like to applaud Jerome Cloud and Senior Designer Ian Goldberg for their design vision and leadership on this momentous project. We would also like to thank our collaborators Michael Vergason, Doug Hays, Beata Corcoran and Larry Kirkland. And much appreciation is due to principals Dan Legree and Keir Legree and their team at Savoy Studios for an extraordinary job in the fabrication of the glass panels.
Photos courtesy of Craig Collins, Shalom Baranes Associates and Larry Kirkland
While it contains an abundance of architectural flourishes, Philadelphia’s City Hall lacks wayfinding signage. Principals Jerome Cloud and Virginia Gehshan and Senior Designer Stephen Bashore visited City Hall to discuss its wayfinding with PlanPhilly writer Jim Saksa. Read their remarks in the article from PlanPhilly.
A new sign system at The University of Chicago was recently installed. CGA
developed the comprehensive wayfinding program to guide visitors from major interstates and direct them to campus districts, drop-off points and parking. Pedestrian directional signage was also designed for the picturesque paths
and quadrangles of the 211-acre urban campus; options for public transit were
given special attention.
The angularity of the sign vocabulary was inspired by the Victorian Gothic and Collegiate Gothic architectural styles that are a signature of UC. The signage
system is discreet but also provides logic and consistent identity. Located in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, UC is considered an architectural jewel with
a number of national historical landmarks including the Robie House designed
by Frank Lloyd Wright.
In collaboration with Bluecadet Interactive, CGA will develop a signage, way-
finding and environmental enhancements plan for the Independence Visitor
Center. The 50,000 square-foot building, located in the Independence National Historical Park, provides visitor services and amenities such as on-site ticket-
ing for over 60 tours and attractions, multilingual visitor service representatives,
free historical films and the Independence Store gift shop. CGA's goal for the
IVC visioning study is to improve the experience for tourists seeking guidance, direction and visitor information. The City of Philadelphia, a major vacation and leisure destination, hosted 39 million visitors and generated $10 billion in eco-
nomic impact in 2013.
Several CGA designers explored the recently opened "Your Brain" exhibit at
The Franklin Institute, a tour that was a combined effort of SEGD Philly and AIGA Philly. With over 70 interactive experiences and an 18-foot-tall web of neural networks, attendees received an in-depth tour led by the exhibit's creators from
The Franklin Institute and Strada. Attendees also viewed the donor recognition signage designed by Poulin + Morris. CGA designers Ian Goldberg and Stephen Bashore, current co-chairs of the SEGD Philadelphia Chapter, organized the tour
to bring together Philadelphia area design professionals, educators and students.
The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (AVDLM) has been ranked as
one of DC's most notable memorials by Curbed DC. Currently under construction,
it is the only incomplete memorial to make Curbed DC's list and its highly antici-
pated opening will take place October 2014. CGA, in collaboration with sculptor
Larry Kirkland, designed the site's interpretive content including 48 glass panels
that feature powerful quotations and images of disabled veterans and their pers-
onal journeys of courage and sacrifice.
This memorial joins a family of significant memorial sites including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and World War II Memorial;
it will be the only memorial dedicated to American veterans living with permanent disabilities. View Curbed DC's full list of notable memorials here.
Photo courtesy of the Disabled Veterans' Life Memorial Foundation, Inc.