The Leavenworth Circle is located in the neighborhood of Near West Side in Syracuse, NY at the intersection of West Onondaga Street, Delaware Street, Tallman Street and Onondaga Avenue.
The Leavenworth Circle Redesign Project is part of an Environmental Benefit Project generated from the settlement of a lawsuit between Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. (ASLF), NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and Onondaga County (defendant) regarding to the pollution discharges, including the combined sewer overflows (CSOs), into Onondaga Lake and its tributaries through the region’s sewage treatment system, which is managed by Onondaga County.
To address included issues, the Leavenworth Circle Redesign Project calls for a creative design plan that incorporates innovative green design concepts and technologies with other design elements, such as public art, to achieve such goals as to recreate a once prominent neighborhood landmark, to provide the community with a more enjoyable green space, to create a more calm and efficient intersection, and, to revive a major western portal to downtown Syracuse.
Nomad Studio was the selected landscape architecture firm to develop the Re-design Initiative for the Leavenworth Circle.
Nomad Studio is an internationally awarded design office devoted to innovative landscape architecture, planning, art and urban design. Its work explores the interaction between art and landscape and its influence on society and the environment.Nomad Studio is a committed office, social and environmental responsibility together with economic feasibility, are at the basis of each project they lead.
The studio was founded circa 2010 in New Orleans, LA by Landscape Architects William Roberts (United States) and Laura Santín (Spain). Since 2012 it has been based in New York, NY.
The design process starts with the research and analysis phase, in which the main target is to generate a vision for the project that uncaps as many potentialities as possible. To accomplish this, the systems behind the site must be unveiled. In other words, it is necessary to decipher the landscape.
After this phase, we arrived to the conclusion that the design solution comes from a different scale than the design problem.
Fragmentation shaped a dysfunctional landscape, a blighted-scape inhabited by a broken community. Could the re-knitting of the territory be the starting point to heal the landscape?
From this perspective, it is possible to re-frame the design challenge:
Could Leavenworth Circle be a connecting point for Syracuse that improves people's lives in Near West Side?
The design strategy presents a framework for a healing landscape, a Landscape re-Generator that addresses not only the site, but its context by providing a pedestrian environment, tackling the blighted landscape, and activating the community. The strategy can be synthesized as one statement: the Leavenworth Circle as a connector within an active corridor.
Greenlink is a 4.2 mile urban loop of green corridors serving the entire city and activating opportunities within the community. These green corridors have been conceived as complete streets to serve both commuters and recreational users.
Within this loop, the Leavenworth Circle transforms into a connector between downtown Syracuse and its southern suburbs. The Circle, as one of the critical nodes of the Greenlink, could be the catalyst for a new approach to urban development in Syracuse, a new typology of walkable space in the transition of urban and suburban Syracuse that reconnects the city fabric.
Leavenworth Circle transforms into a large public green space, 1.6 acres, for the neighborhood and for Syracuse, a magnetic terminus for the historical corridor of West Onondaga.
The Leavenworth Circle Park is envisioned as a versatile landscape that creates a destination. The Park is a charismatic node that reestablishes the tension at both ends of West Onondaga Street with a prominent interactive sculptural fountain resting on axis.