Within a decade, the city of Phoenix, Arizona will transform a 32-acre downtown urban park into a vibrant cultural hub. Spanning over one half mile of U.S. Interstate Highway 10, the recently-approved, competition-winning masterplan was envisioned by New York's !melk and locally based WEDDLE GILMORE black rock studio. More on the masterplan, after the break... The phased masterplan has been divided into three programmatic spaces: the valley, canyon, and plateau. The “valley” will be the park’s neighborhood commons, comprised of a sward of green hills suitable for picnics and relaxation. The “canyon” will act as an urban center, whose busy plaza will cater to food vendors and provide direct access to the neighboring Burton Barr Public Library. The park’s “plateau” will be used as a venue for large community events, including those planned by the adjacent Phoenix Center for the Arts.
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