- Phoenix, AZ // Urban Open Space
DEEP ROOTS, GLOBAL REACH
CityScape is a story of vitalization, investing in the city’s future by placemaking for today’s user. The vitality of downtown Phoenix was plagued by the auto-centric planning of the 1950’s, where the flow of traffic had precedence over the pedestrian experience.
FINDING THE CENTER
In 2008 the CityScape development set out to change the city’s fabric by designing a welcoming destination for the community, a two-block city park that offers a respite from busy traffic and a destination for programmed events. The 70,000 square foot urban park is a front yard for residents of the CityScape development, a destination for event goers, and a connector for light rail commuters.
CONNECTING COMMUNITY, NATURE
The complexity of the design stitches together two blocks, crossing a busy arterial street, light rail stations, grade change and art installations. The urban park opened nearly ten years ago and quickly became the new standard for development in the city, shifting the focus on outdoor open space, landscape experience and sense of place.
- PROJECT DETAILS
- OVERVIEW: Open space becomes the new identity of a city.
- LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Shaney Clemmons at Murase Associates
- SIZE: 2.5 million SF
- COMPLETION DATE: 2011
- PHOTOGRAPHY: Murase Associates