Market Square is a unique space in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. However, for many years the square felt unsafe due to a lack of management and only minimal use during the day and evening. This changed in 2007 when the Downtown Partnership began implementing short-term actions based on the recommendations of Project for Public Spaces.
Project for Public Spaces developed a short-term action plan and a long-term concept design based on workshops and meetings with neighborhood groups. The team organized the concept plan around proposed destinations that would be the program for the re-design and future management of the square. Events and programming, including an improved farmers market, special events, and street performers, were recommended. Long-term recommendations were designed to create welcoming entries and a renewed shared space that would connect to the surrounding businesses and provide additional amenities, including a child's play area and a performance space.
In October 2010, Market Square opened with its new design and management team, ushering in a renaissance downtown.
Place Evaluation & User Analysis
Community Engagement & Visioning
Place Plans & Design