Toward Inclusive Public Space at McKeldin Plaza

In collaboration with AIA Baltimore, we’re excited to share a new video, Blueprint for Better Communities—McKeldin Plaza, documenting the AIA and NDC’s research at McKeldin Plaza, in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

The Inner Harbor is Baltimore’s living room. It’s where we as a city gather for events, and where we welcome visitors from outside our metropolis. Located at the corner of the harbor, McKeldin Plaza is an ideal gathering place. The Brutalist fountain that once anchored this space has been removed, and temporary landscaping awaits the plaza’s revitalization as a civic space. Architects from AIA Baltimore’s Urban Design Committee (UDC) and the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC), and students from the Morgan State University School of Architecture + Planning used methodology developed by the Gehl Institute to study how the plaza is functioning as public space, and how it might be modified to be a more welcoming and inclusive place. The team also collaborated with students from the University of Maryland Landscape Architecture program who developed design concepts for this public space. These design concepts, along with the site analysis were presented at a D Center Conversation on December 5 2018, at a public forum for discussing design in Baltimore.

— Laura Wheaton and architects from the AIA Baltimore Urban Design Committee