Public Square Redesign
About the Work
The summer of 2016 was an exciting time for Cleveland, a transformed Public Square, a project led by LAND studio for more than a decade, opened in June as thousadns of new people were welcomed to the city for the Republican National Convention.
"The first impression created by the project is stunning. It looks like the square...is going to be knockout beautiful and unlike any other public space in the city." - Steve Litt, Art & Architecture critic from the Plain Dealer.
The Square's transformation funded by public, private, and philanthropic investments creates a new space, destination, and vital crossroads at the heart of our city.
About the design
The previous four quadrants of Public Square are merged into a single public park, intended for use throughout the year for a range of programs and events. Landscape creates a soft colorful space that invites people in and encourages them to stay.
The new Public Square creates a space that is inviting and flexible. The northern half includes a green sloped lawn with an overlook and concert hill. Well-suited for casual everyday use, this design also creates a natural amphitheater for events like movie nights and concerts. The southern half of Public Square is a hardscape plaza that includes a café and seating, a speaker’s terrace, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and a mirrored-fountain water feature.
LAND studio, in partnership with James Corner Field Operations, best known for New York’s High Line, crafted a visionary plan for Public Square. Together with the Group Plan Commission (GPC) we created true placemaking – equally weighted between physical transformation and ongoing programming that makes Public Square a vibrant hub for Cleveland, day and night, year round.
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
James Corner Field Operations
Temporary public art from local, regional, and international artists will continue to be installed throughout the square. Stay tuned for more updates as the summer of 2017 brings new installations.
In September 2018, Public Square was selected as one of America's five "Great Public Spaces" by the American Planning Association. The APA's Great Places in America program recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States that demonstrate exceptional character, quality, and planning--attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.