New York, NY
Duarte Square, the paved public space initiating the Avenue of the Americas, will be remade and enlarged in conjunction with the development of the adjacent private property. Successfully negotiating competing demands from city agencies and community groups, Stephen Whitehouse designed an inviting urban plaza, enlivened with a fountain, trees, gardens and a variety of seating areas. The plan maintains views north to the Empire State Building and south to the World Trade Center site. New deciduous trees help screen the heavy truck traffic of Canal Street, while abundant sunshine will extend comfortable use into the off seasons. For flexible use, the fountain consists of water jets set flush with the pavement that can be turned on or off as needed to provide space for programmed public events.