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Schwartz Center Plaza

Project Description:

This project envisions a refurbished, public plaza in front of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts in Collegetown. In 1989, James Stirling of Stirling & Wilford Associates, an internationally-renowned architecture firm from London, created the design for the Schwartz Center that imagined a lively forecourt as an entry sequence to the building, though it was never realized.

Today, the plaza is an underutilized, sunken concrete patio with a four-foot high wall separating a lone bicycle rack from the public sidewalk. This project is expected to yield a lively new gathering space that serves as a catalyst for an enhanced pedestrian boulevard along College Avenue, the primary pedestrian gateway to the university. This project is conceived as a key node within a larger, future Collegetown public realm enhancement area.