PKSB describes its civic projects as having “a consistent thematic sense of being part of a collective – part of something bigger.” The firm has played a major role in the revitalization of various communities along the East Coast from Miami, FL to Burlington, VT. Some of the firm’s most notable public and communal works are centered in the heart of New York City.
At Father Duffy Square, PKSB brings a sense of order and rationality amidst the chaos of Times Square. This is one of the city’s earliest endeavors to create a viable public space within a densely packed commercial area. Recognized with a 2009 AIA Design Award, the plaza’s success has inspired NYC to further reclaim civic space throughout the city. The newfound civic pride revealed in Times Square is something the firm strives for as an enduring quality in their civic projects.
PKSB has provided planning and design services for many clients and city sponsored improvement districts throughout Manhattan such as Mulberry Streetscape in SoHo and the Triple Bridge Gateway in Hell’s Kitchen. The firm is currently executing its knowledge in civic design and planning to the city of Burlington, VT through a new master plan.