Envisioning A New Civic Center

CMG Landscape Architecture has led a design team to develop plans for Civic Center public spaces through a community-based process that encourages participation and conversations. At an open house event celebrating the community’s role in the process, the vision plan for these Civic Center public spaces was revealed.

Three major public spaces have been reconsidered and reconceived: Civic Center Plaza, United Nations Plaza, and the block of Fulton Street that connects them. In addition to CMG, the design team includes Gehl Studio, HR&A, InterEthnica, Kennerly Architecture + Planning, Lotus Water, Structus M. Lee, JS Nolan, architecture + history, and HRA Engineering.

The design puts emphasis on reaching traditionally underserved communities, particularly bilingual and monolingual constituents. While engaging with the locals through community meetings and focus groups, more than 60 community organizations and over 3,000 people participated in the development of the plan since the project began in April 2017.

“Civic Center’s public realm should be the pride and joy of all San Franciscans, valued as useful and beautiful space that is a unique expression of our city and its democratic life,” said Willet Moss, founding partner of CMG. “With our community and City partners, we are excited to propose this vision for twenty-first-century commons that all San Franciscans are proud of – a civic gathering place that welcomes daily life and everyday use.”

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