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Located in downtown Oakland, Jack London Square is a popular entertainment, tourist and business destination on the waterfront.    For the last 14 years, the square has been going through a series of transformations to activate this area into a modern mixed-use urban waterfront.

In 2011, TS Studio was commissioned for a series of public space interventions at Jack London Square.  Conceptually our design transformed hard underutilized plazas into active public spaces through a diverse programming mix and more green.   Through public space activation the vacant buildings were able to attract tenants and transform the space into one of the most active areas of the waterfront.

Extending from the heart of downtown Oakland, the Foot of Broadway Tidal Green is a proposed landscape intervention at the waterfront edge. This edge is a passive shoreline that engages the waterfront through an existing but underutilized stepped amphitheater. Design intervention transforms a hard, riprap shoreline into one of greater ecological and cultural value. Phase I, completed in 2012, added over 60 linear feet of custom wood benches, providing comfortable seating and a view to the San Francisco Bay. Phase 2 is conceptual in nature—proposing tidal wetlands that will transform this area into one that embraces regional ecology and attracts wildlife diversity. 

CLIENT: Jack London Square Ventures | Port of Oakland | Ellis Partners

TYPOLOGY: Roof Garden | Retrofit | Waterfront | Playground

SIZE: 20,000 SF

LOCATION: Oakland, California

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