Moore Square Competition - It’s On!

Call to Arms

June, 01, 2009, by Jedidiah

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All designers and citizens alike are now called to do their civic duty and submit their vision of the future for Moore Square. Two public sessions have been scheduled for June 17th and 27th to gather all the ideas and post them on the internet and beyond. So get out your drafting boards, 3D Studio Max, and/or crayons and get to work. The race is on to make Moore Square a world class public space!!!! Make sure to include exclamation points in your design. Extra points for enthusiasm.

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Got a great idea for the best design for Moore Square Park? Convinced you have what it takes to turn this downtown park into a unique public space. Now’s the time to let your creative juices flow and put those ideas on paper.

The City of Raleigh is having a community open call for ideas to redesign Moore Square. Two sessions have been scheduled to accept ideas—- June 17 at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., and June 27 at Chavis Community Center, 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. At the museum session, people can drop by anytime from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For the session at Chavis Community Center, citizens can stop by anytime from noon to 4 p.m. A light lunch will be available.

Anyone will be able to submit design ideas at either session, including residents, students at local schools and universities, neighboring landowners, park advocates and environmental groups.

During the two sessions for the community open call for ideas, attendees of all ages will be able to participate in the following planned activities and displays:

  * A kickoff presentation on the open call process and Moore Square;
  * View historic and current large-scale maps and images of Moore Square;
  * Write a postcard from the year 2030 about their visit to the park;
  * Participate in a tour of Moore Square;
  * Work at tables with facilitators and drafters to translate their ideas onto site plans for Moore Square. Participants have the option of working on their ideas offsite and bringing them to one of open call sessions; and,
  * Discuss their ideas with staff from the City of Raleigh Planning and Parks and Recreation departments.

Ideas will be collected at each event, summarized, mounted, and displayed in an exhibition in Downtown Raleigh and on the Internet. The results of the community open call for ideas will be summarized in a publication for distribution to City Council and made available to the public through the Internet, including the City’s website. A recognition ceremony is planned for the City Council’s evening meeting session on July 7.

Ideas gathered at the community open call for ideas will be used to help those who enter a juried conceptual design competition held to select the best design for Moore Square. This competition will be open to planning, design and engineering professionals and college students who majored in these fields. A jury will be impaneled to review design ideas and select the first-place, second-place and third-place designers. The jury also will award honorable mention recognition. The City Council is scheduled to discuss details for the juried conceptual design competition at its meeting on Tuesday, June 2.

The City hopes to approve a final design plan for Moore Square in early 2010. The State of North Carolina, which owns Moore Square, will have to agree to the final design before construction could begin.

For more information or to register for the community open call for ideas, click here or contact Trisha Hasch in the City’s Planning Department at 807-8480.

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  • john
    06/03 08:32 AM

    The city needs to decide if the park is going to be a park, a place for recreation and relaxation or a facility for live music, festivals and events. It can’t be both like it is now since the landscaping gets trashed by the latter.

  • TC
    06/08 11:52 AM

    What the hell does the city think can be done with a park with this many existing and established trees?  This is absolutely insane.

  • FD
    08/27 09:12 PM

    I think the competition is a good idea but there is a 100.00 entry fee. This isn’t right especially given the economy. I’m a landscape architect and was laid off, I attend some of the concerts and festivals down there but I’m not going to pay 100.00.

    The City of Raleigh is wanting to get all of these ideas to make the park better???

    Yet your going to charge me for my ideas???

    Then what? Probably dumb down the selected idea and disgrase the designer with a below par finished project.

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