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Schenley Plaza

Client
City of Pittsburgh
Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Size
3.4 acres
Photographer
©Sahar Coston-Hardy, ©Craig Kuhner
Services
Landscape Architecture
Additional Services
Civil Engineering
Architecture
Planning and Urban Design
Status
Completed June 2006
Awards
Urban Land Institute, Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA-Finalist: Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award
International Downtown Association, Pinnacle Award, Downtown Achievement Awards

Schenley Plaza—the formal entrance to Schenley Park—was a key component of the economic and social regeneration of the Oakland district of Pittsburgh. At the turn of the 20th century, the plaza existed as rectangular tree bosques framing an open space and the Schenley Memorial Fountain. However, this design was unsuccessful as a public space and was eventually converted into a parking lot. Sasaki’s design for the plaza is dynamic, unifying the various land uses that surround plaza and creating a green space where people can enjoy both the pleasures of daily life and periodic special events.

The plaza stitches together the park and the Oakland urban fabric, inviting people to engage with the landscape and with each other. A pedestrian promenade runs diagonally through the plaza. Pavilions, gardens, fountains are oriented on two axes and appear to pedestrians as they walk along the path. Sasaki incorporated surviving tree plantings from the original design into the landscape. A multipurpose lawn and flower garden relates the renovated Schenley Memorial Fountain to the nearby University of Pittsburgh campus.

For more information contact Mark Dawson.

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