American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

Placemaking and Peacemaking at a Living Memorial

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

Memorials are a delicate balancing act, an uncomfortable abstraction made real in stone and bronze. They must pay tribute to the dead while relaying history and inspiring hope in future generations of the living. They must eloquently tell a story, create a memorable place and mark a moment in time. The new American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial does all those things, with a substantial addition. This memorial was designed to celebrate the living.

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

Merit Award 2015
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to the 3.5 million veterans living with permanent disabilities. As described by President Obama at the October 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.”

Cloud Gehshan Associates

Cloud Gehshan Associates Historical Society of Pennsylvania building Project

Photo of Historical Society of Pennsylvania electronic signage

Cloud Gehshan Associates (Philadelphia), in collaboration with SaylorGregg Architects, designed an electronic visitor information and donor recognition system for the lobby of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania building. The display includes images from HSP's vast collection of archival, genealogical, and historical information. The digital storytelling walls were designed to be a renewable showcase, creating a welcoming environment for members, donors, and historians.

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