“Harvey Milk’s life and career were devoted to promoting equality and facilitating public discourse.
It’s our hope that this design does justice to that legacy.” The design is defined by a stepping and ramping amphitheater set within a field of LED candles, turning the western terminus of the Castro’s Market Street into a soapbox, not just for one, but for many.
As visitors ascend the stairs they will navigate a timeline that details Milk’s storied journey from business owner and community activist to his historic election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; the timeline will include both important moments in Milk’s life as well as milestones in the continuing legacy of LGBTQ and civil rights advances that followed his assassination.
“Harvey Milk epitomizes what it means to be human,” says Associate Mc Call Wood, who along with Associate Justin Skoda, jointly led the winning entry’s design team.
“He was a stalwart for community activism, he encouraged debate and discourse, and he always strived to bring out the best in people.
The site of the Plaza is at the very corner where Harvey Milk (1930-1978) would gather and rally the Castro community to action, often speaking from atop his soapbox.
“This design competition was a labor of love for us,” says Erich Burkhart FAIA, Managing Principal of Perkins Eastman’s San Francisco office.
Perkins Eastman Principal Stanton Eckstut FAIA, the development’s design lead, will be in attendance, and will be joined by fellow project leads, Principals Hilary Bertsch and Douglas Smith, Associate Principals Stephen Penhoet and David Shirey, Senior Associates Douglas Campbell and Jason Abbey, and Associate Reginald Truxon.
In addition to design and site-wide planning for the public realm, including below-grade parking, Transit and District Piers, and Dockmaster Building, Perkins Eastman served as design architect for The Channel, a mixed-use residential/retail/theater block; 800 Maine Ave., an office building with ground-floor retail that anchors Southwest’s new business district; and the District Pier kiosks.“Historically, the medical field has not fostered a collaborative working environment,” write the primary authors, Rebecca Milne and Katie Gluckselig, in the paper’s introduction.“[D]epartments are often isolated from each other and not encouraged to communicate, and there remains a strong sense of hierarchical division.According to Peter Cavaluzzi, Principal with Perkins Eastman and the project’s design lead, “In creating this new Civic Center Station, we set out to make an environment that truly fit the transit fabric and character of Downtown Denver.This intersection represents an iconic spot in the city, where culture, green space, civic pride and transit all converge.It involves, according to the authors, “a shift within the medical profession to a more positive attitude towards collaboration, combined with the support of a thoughtfully designed built environment.