Moore Square Master Plan

Raleigh, NC

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.