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
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.
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.
The integration of digital media into the built environment is an exciting and increasingly important development. SEGD chose Philadelphia for its first Xplorer Digital Camp East, which was an interactive workshop that focused on the latest technologies and strategies involved. CGA’s Ian Goldberg and Linzi Eggers attended and listened to presentations from OpenEye Global, AV&C and host Bluecadet.
Photo courtesy of Justin Molloy
Each year the SEGD Insight award goes to a “visionary design client.”
Congratulations to our client Steve Tarnoki of University of Chicago Medicine
for winning this national award. Steve is pictured at the SEGD national
conference, above, with his Vignelli-designed momento. The importance of
great clients cannot be overstated, and Steve has carefully implemented
and monitored CGA’s wayfinding signage for the expanding medical campus.
Thank you Steve for being a great partner!
With a beautiful new building designed by Rafael Viñoly, and a new brand
signature, the University of Chicago Medicine tasked CGA with designing skyline signage to identify both the building and campus. The first of these was recently installed. CGA explored options to optimize sight lines, aesthetics and cost,
and the result can be seen for miles.
Photos courtesy of Taylor Jerkell
Installation of CGA’s interpretive signage for Green City, Clean Waters is in full swing. This Philadelphia Water Department program leads the nation in devising innovative stormwater infrastructure. Venice Island, with a 4-million gallon cistern below a
state-of-the-art recreation and performing arts facility, is one of the most ambitious. Signs for many other sites will follow, including neighborhood schools and the Philadelphia Zoo. Enjoy!
A transformation is underway with the stage one opening of the Bujieri District.
An evening of light and spectacle, attended by members of the Saudi royal
family, celebrated the opening of this mosque and gateway to the larger historic district of Addiriyah. At the center, and soon to open, is Atturaif, the first capital
city of Saudi Arabia, founded in 1744 by King Mohammad bin Abdulaziz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The complex has an information center and is full of exhibition venues, shops, restaurants and other amenities. CGA designed the branding, signage and interpretive system for the complex, city and region.
Designer Kate Otte was recently interviewed by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater
Philadelphia as part of their “Member Drive” week. In her interview, Kate voiced
her opinions about the Philadelphia Bike Share: “I have high hopes for the bike
share. I see two main benefits: more people using bike lanes and proving that we
need more of them, and making people better drivers around cyclists.” Kate is a
member of the coalition and has been biking for about 4 years. Her favorite part
about riding in Philadelphia is that she gets to enjoy the city. Read Kate’s full
interview with BCGP here.
Kate’s passion for cycling has also been useful for her design work at CGA. Kate
was the lead designer for the Northwest Corridor Bicycle/Pedestrian wayfinding
system. The plan will implement a branding, signage and bike shelter system
along the new bike and pedestrian greenway from Denver to Boulder, Colorado.
Just across the Delaware River lies a special place to explore and discover
the natural world–the Camden Children’s Garden! This summer, the four-acre
waterfront garden will turn sweet 16. The interpretive panels, designed by
CGA, will be replaced, but the original designs are still going strong. The signs,
which have endured both the elements and curious children, have well
exceeded their expected lifespans.
CGA is happy to have contributed to the Garden's mission of inspiring and
educating children of all ages by providing horticultural experiences for
creative and imaginative play. We look forward to helping them succeed for
years to come!