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Moore Square Design and Implementation

Last updated Sep. 04, 2014 - 3:30 pm
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Current Activity

Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) District: Central

2013 American Society of Landscape Architects Award

In the fall of 2013, Christopher Counts Studio and the Moore Square Master Plan received a 2013 ASLA Professional Honor Award in the Analysis and Planning Category

Project Statement: Elevated Ground: A 300 Year Vision for a 220-Year-Old Square

Award Information

Summary

Moore Square was originally conceived in 1792 when it was designated as one of four public spaces in Raleigh. Today, Moore Square is a historic, signature destination.

The square serves as host for a number of high-profile, public events including concerts, Artsplosure, area school activities, summer movies and is the home of Raleigh's most recognized icon, the acorn sculpture, which sits in the square's southwest corner. The square, however, was not designed as a venue for large events, and the heavy traffic has created significant maintenance issues and impacted the attractiveness of the square.

In the new Moore Square, visitors will experience a sense of welcome, safety and excitement. The central lawn and entry plazas function as civic theaters, the Square’s edges as a dignified frame, and the central landform as an iconic social generator. The topographic design feature energizes and organizes the site into visually and functionally distinct spaces that accommodate a wider range of uses than the Square currently offers. Walking through Moore Square, one could expect to experience a sequence of unfolding views and a range of diverse landscape types and social activities while still feeling a connection to the surrounding neighborhood underneath the shade of the preserved historic oaks along the Square’s perimeter.

Images

2011 Moore Square Master Plan (Double click for a larger image.) (More information can be found to the right under Related Information.)

Schedule

Project schedule with dates and descriptions
DateDescription
2009Competition Phase - complete
2010/2011Master Plan Phase – complete
2012/2013 - completeComprehensive Tree Strategy
2015Schematic Design & Development - the process will include public meetings to receive input from citizens and review by local and state boards and commissions.
2015/2016Construction Documents
2016/2017Anticipated Construction

History

Moore Square was originally conceived in 1792 when it was designated as one of four public spaces in Raleigh. Today, Moore Square is a historic, signature destination.

Large events, and the heavy traffic has created significant maintenance issues and impacted the attractiveness of the square.

Moore Square Design Competition
In 2009, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker issued a 'call for ideas' to re-conceive the four acre square to best serve a new era and inform potential applicants of the City of Raleigh's first design competition.

Christopher Counts, of Christopher Counts Studio in Charlottesville, Virginia, was selected the winner of the jury-based competition approved by the City Council and representatives from the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. His design concept creates a new Moore Square respectful of tradition while looking forward. His design builds upon the square's unique and significant characteristics while expanding the square's sense of space and programmatic range. It also organizes the site into visually and functionally distinct areas that accommodate a wide range of uses.

While the concept by Mr. Counts won the design competition, it is considered only the beginning of a public process to refine and confirm a more detailed master plan for Moore Square.

Master Plan
In May 2011, the Raleigh City Council voted 7 to 1 to approve the Moore Square Master Plan as presented. This concept design honors the Square’s historic heritage while establishing a forward looking vision for a 21st century urban space. This Master Plan seeks to elevate the status of the Square to its historical importance as one of the original four public squares of the City of Raleigh, while giving physical expression to the progressive, contemporary and diverse aspirations of the citizens of Raleigh today.
Download the Moore Square Master Plan

Comprehensive Tree and Soil Strategy
The Moore Square Comprehensive Tree and Soil Strategy provides confirmation of design appropriateness of the Master Plan, analysis of soil samples, a long term succession strategy and recommendations for design refinements to be explored during Schematic Design.
Download the Moore Square Comprehensive Tree and Soil Strategy

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