2009 Honor Award for Urban Design
Jessie Square, San Francisco, CA
Architect: Handel Architects, LLP
Jessie Square sits atop a four-level, underground parking garage on the north side of Mission Street across from Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco.
The plaza’s design intertwines grass, shrubs, and water to transform the eight-foot elevation difference between the Mission Street sidewalk and the Contemporary Jewish Museum into a stairs-free gradual slope.