Barbara Schwarzenbach

Spring Garden Connector

Finalist 2019
Spring Garden Connector

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation was eager to improve the connection between several Philadelphia neighborhoods and the Delaware River. The Spring Garden Connector was notoriously dimly lit, dingy, depressing and it didn’t feel safe. The challenge was to transform the underpass into a safer and more welcoming connection to the waterfront, a major transit station, bike share hub and river trail.

Barbara Schwarzenbach

Barbara Schwarzenbach is an exceptional designer who is responsible for some of CGA’s most celebrated projects. Her problem-solving abilities, prolific ideas and strong materials knowledge have benefited a variety of clients and projects.

Her design of an electronic kiosk at Johns Hopkins University and the Communication, Wayfinding, Signage Plan for the Ohio and Erie National Heritage Canalway received accolades from the Society for Environmental Graphic Design. Her Schuylkill River Land and Water Emergency Management Plan was similarly recognized.

Barbara Schwarzenbach, Cloud Gehshan Associates
Cloud Gehshan
Philadelphia

Metal in EGD

The Power of Metal

More malleable than stone, stronger than glass, and nobler than synthetic materials, metal expresses quality and permanence. 

For thousands of years, blacksmiths have fabricated metal works of impressive scale and fluidity. Iron was first forged in the Middle East around 1900 BC and arrived in Europe by 1200 BC. In colonial America, the blacksmith was an essential member of every community. From the creation of ancient weaponry to utilitarian and decorative architectural features, metal work is both art and craft.

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