2019 Honor Award
Teska Associates, Inc.
Evanstonians care deeply for their community and the spaces that bring them together. Since 1876, Fountain Square Plaza has long been recognized as the City’s historic and cultural centerplace. When funds were earmarked to address infrastructure improvements and a plaza redesign, City leaders turned to their community for inspiration. Residents, businesses and stakeholders came together to reimagine their much-loved space. The outcome is a contemporary design that celebrates their voice and vision through flexible outdoor spaces. Interactive fountains and lighting provide an ever-changing space for play. Colorful bistro tables and adirondack chairs serve up moments of leisure and connection. A glass Veterans memorial honors Evanston’s fallen heroes. And year-round programming including live concerts, festivals and events activate the space day and night. Since its opening, Evanston’s Fountain Square has become the go-to place and talk about town; a community-created canvas that embraces people, possibilities and the power of cohesion.