COUNTS STUDIO

Moore Square Master Plan

Historic Urban Park Redesign/ Public Process Raleigh, North Carolina ASLA Honor Award Winner Moore Square, a four-acre, 220-year-old public space, is one of five original Squares established by William Christmas’ 1792 plan for the Capital of North Carolina and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since, the originally planned public space and circulatory networks have diminished by almost 50%, evident in the thriving urban context of contemporary Raleigh. The Master Plan design honors the Square’s historic heritage while establishing a forward-looking vision for a 21st century urban space, enhancing the park and improving the quality of life for residents. The Master Plan respectfully builds upon the site’s most unique and significant characteristics, expanding its spatial, experiential and programmatic range by introducing a centralized civic landform. This design feature energizes and organizes the site into visually and functionally distinct spaces that accommodate a wider range of uses than the Square has ever offered historically.
Plan diagram of 1792 town plan of Raleigh showing existing green squares.
Existing conditions plan diagram of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina illustrating need for green revitilization.

Plan diagrams illustrating the original 1792 Town Plan

Diagram of two public Squares that now remain, despite population growth in Raleigh.

Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Physical Characteristics of Park Evolution Diagrams
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Park Evolution of Culture and Population Growth Timeline and Chart
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Public Process Facilitation
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Existing and Proposed Conditions Diagrams
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Public Process Photograph over Design Model
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Concept Diagrams
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan  Axon Rendering of Proposed Park
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Aerial Context and Proposed Park Collage Image
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Section Diagram of Embedded Utilities and Family Restrooms
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Perspectiver Rendering of Civic Tilted Lawn
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Cafe and Grove Rendering
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Rock Outcrop Illustrative Rendering
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Tilted Civic Lawn in Snow Rendering
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Children Playing on Natural Play Mounds Rendering
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Exploded Axon Image of Proposed Park
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Expanding Programmatic Range Annotated Axon of Physical Model Collage
Counts Studio Moore Square Master Plan Expanding Programmatic Range Matrix
Counts Studio Lead Designer/ Prime Consultant, Urban Trees + Soils James Urban, Tree and Soils Consultant, The John R. McAdams Company Civil Engineer, Elizabeth K. Meyer, Cultural Landscape Consultant, Frank Harmon Architect, Consulting Architect, The Natural Learning Initiative, Children's Play Consultant, Cynthia Rice, Consulting Landscape Architect, The F.A. Barlett Tree Expert Company, Arborist, Integrated Water Strategies, Stormwater Consultant , Capitol Building Consultants, Cost Estimator