The MacArthur square Project is one part of a master planning initiative to revitalize the
civic area around the Milwaukee county court house. The master plan includes a variety of
building types and usages as well as a reintegration of the street grid into the area. The
master plan looks to re adapt and create uses for the public plaza and outdoor spaces that
currently have poor accessibility and are too large to function as they should.
This proposal, for a hybrid building at the corner of Wells and 9th, introduces new
strategies for circulation and program as antidotes to the inherent difficulties of
the site. The project envisions a sectional re-interpretation of the pedestrian
connections amidst subterranean parking, MacArthur Square, Wells Street, and a new
housing block rising above the site. The resulting hybrid landscape weaves through
an unconventional mix of uses: parking, outdoor spaces, athletic facilities, theatres,
housing. These program elements actively respond to the necessity for parking, while
offering a revitalized pedestrian landscape.
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