Moore Square Master Plan Vision

2009 Competition Winner, 2013 ASLA Honor Award Winner

This award-winning urban park design for a 220-year-old public square located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina builds off the site’s most significant characteristics while expanding its experiential and programmatic range in transforming this under-performing public space into a high-performance urban park.

Moore Square, a four-acre, 220-year-old public space, is one of five original Squares established by William Christmas’ 1792 plan for the Capital of North Carolina and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since, the originally planned public space and circulatory networks have diminished by almost 50%, evident in the thriving urban context of contemporary Raleigh. The Master Plan design honors the Square’s historic heritage while establishing a forward-looking vision for a 21st century urban space, enhancing the park and improving the quality of life for residents. The Master Plan respectfully builds upon the site’s most unique and significant characteristics, expanding its spatial, experiential and programmatic range by introducing a centralized civic landform. This design feature energizes and organizes the site into visually and functionally distinct spaces that accommodate a wider range of uses than the Square has ever offered historically.

This project was awarded a 2013 ASLA award in Analysis and Planning. Please visit the following URL to view the article from the American Society of Landscape Architects. (http://www.asla.org/2013awards/187.html)

Location

Raleigh, North Carolina

 

Size

4 acres

 

Dates

Urban Park Renovation/ Public Park on National Register of Historic Places

 

Dates

2009-2013

 

Team

Counts Studio Lead Designer/ Prime Consultant

Urban Trees + Soils James Urban, Tree and Soils Consultant

The John R. McAdams Company Civil Engineer

Elizabeth K. Meyer, Cultural Landscape Consultant

Frank Harmon Architect: Consulting Architect

The Natural Learning Initiative, Children's Play Consultant

Cynthia Rice,  Consulting Landscape Architect

The F.A. Barlett Tree Expert  Company, Arborist

Integrated Water Strategies, Stormwater Consultant

Capitol Building Consultants, Cost Estimator

Plan diagram of 1792 town plan of Raleigh showing existing green squares.
Existing conditions plan diagram of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina illustrating need for green revitilization.

Plan diagrams illustrating the original 1792 Town Plan

Diagram of two public Squares that now remain, despite population growth in Raleigh.

Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Physical Characteristics of Park Evolution Diagrams
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Park Evolution of Culture and Population Growth Timeline and Chart
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Public Process Facilitation
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Existing and Proposed Conditions Diagrams
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Public Process Photograph over Design Model
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Concept Diagrams
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan  Axon Rendering of Proposed Park
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Aerial Context and Proposed Park Collage Image
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Section Diagram of Embedded Utilities and Family Restrooms
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Perspectiver Rendering of Civic Tilted Lawn
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Cafe and Grove Rendering
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Rock Outcrop Illustrative Rendering
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Tilted Civic Lawn in Snow Rendering
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Children Playing on Natural Play Mounds Rendering
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Exploded Axon Image of Proposed Park
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Expanding Programmatic Range Annotated Axon of Physical Model Collage
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Expanding Programmatic Range Matrix