Funded as part of the approved 2012 park bond, the
City Center Design Concept will be the first step in the
design and development of a distinctive place which will
capture and enhance the urbanizing momentum of Mesa's
When developed, the City Center will be anchored by a
signature public space that offers programmed and
passive space that will encourage informal gatherings,
as well as being able to serve as event space. The
signature public space will be a key element in the
activation of the downtown core and will be a catalyst
for high intensity redevelopment surrounding City Center
with a variety of uses that activate the public space.
The City Center will be a benefit to the entire City
and will improve the quality of life for Mesa residents,
businesses and visitors.
To provide design options for consideration, the City
has selected three qualified design teams from a total
of 18 local, national, and international responses to a
Qualifications. Each design
team will prepare an illustrative design concept that
will function as the central element of an urbanizing
downtown core and a catalyst for future redevelopment.
In competition format, following completion of the
initial illustrative design concept, it is anticipated
that the top design concept will be considered for
further detailing and refinement.
the Otak Team
Meet the Woods-Bagot Team
Meet the Colwell Shelor Team
City Center Study Area
Placemaking Student Projects
Over the course of a three semester class, ASU graduate
students in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, and
Landscape Architecture partnered with the City to apply their
training to a real world design project. The students produced
four design scenarios were created for City Center.
Group A: Pedestrian Bridge
Group B: Event Modules
Group C: The Journey
Group D: Promenade
You have been patient, but I know you are excited to
see the outcome of the valuable input you provided to
the three design teams participating in the City Center
Luckily, your waiting is coming to an end! Only four
more weeks until the design teams will be in Mesa to
present their final design concepts at a Reveal Event
that will be held at the Mesa Arts Center.
Please continue your involvement and help spread the
word about this exciting project.
Mark your calendars
Mesa City Center Design Competition Reveal
August 28, 2014
Mesa Arts Center,
Everyone should attend!
RSVP not required
A reception with light refreshments will be held
following the presentations.