In anticipation of the Republican National Convention, the Cleveland Public Square is getting a redesign from renowned urban planning group James Corner Field Operations. Though not designed specifically to prevent violent protest, the very shape and layout of the new public park will influence citizens' movement throughout, encouraging people to use the space in a more collaborative way than with the old design.
As with other famous projects from James Corner Field Operations, like the High Line in New York, Cleveland's Public Square puts pedestrians first. The old Public Square was essentially four plazas split by an automobile intersection that prevented free movement across quadrants, while the new design unifies the four corners and eliminates road traffic.
With a fountain, a community center, lots of green space and an elegant hourglass shape, the new square gives Clevelanders a more peaceful locale for public gatherings and emphasizes the modern desire for clean and free urban environments.