2020 Merit Award

General Design

Public Square

Cleveland, OH

Landscape Architect:

James Corner Field Operations

Project Team:

OSBORN Engineering
Fluidity Design Consultants
FRS Design Group
Sustainable Environmental Consultants
Donley’s Construction


About the Project:

Public Square is at the historic and geographic center of downtown Cleveland. Its revitalization as a renewed civic core and public commons is the culmination of a multi-year process to reinvigorate the downtown and re-position Cleveland as one of the Midwest’s premier places to live and work. The design gives a bold and iconic identity to the Square, while addressing key challenges of unification, clarification, and activation.

The new Public Square dramatically reconfigures the once fragmented quadrants into a unified whole. Streets have been reorganized and relationships to adjacent buildings have been strengthened. The new 6-acre park provides distinctive and beautiful settings for recreation and public programming, and promotes civic involvement and democracy with the backdrop and draw of downtown.

Images by: Multivista for Donley’s Construction, Roger Mastroianni

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