After winning to begin with inside a national competition, ACLA brought the look with this public park, next to the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, through its opening day this year. The look respects and highlights the historic need for the website simultaneously because it inhales fresh existence in to the plaza. After reconnecting the historic city power grid which was destroyed throughout 1960’s-era ‘urban renewal’ efforts, the park is once more the general public gathering area it was previously for Allegheny City.
Important design features like a bioswale and native planting educate site visitors about sustainability, while an interactive art installation triggers the area and fosters an association using the nearby Children’s Museum. Emphasizing species indigenous to the rivers, woodlands, and meadows of Pittsburgh’s region, the planting the perception of Allegheny Public Square connects site visitors using the experiential characteristics from the local environments whilst processing the plaza’s storm-water. ACLA put together and handled a sizable group of designers and engineers to satisfy the initial challenges of creating this park.
Collaboration having a public artist to build up the website-specific installation, fully built-into the park, was an essential part of the design process. The resulting work of art by Ned Kahn includes a power grid of 64 stainless rods that emit fog with water given in the steam home heating of Pittsburgh. An ethereal hanging sphere floats over the park’s surface.