A champion for the rights of all, Harvey Milk’s legacy is best conveyed through an inclusive, comfortable, and open space. Our concept for Harvey Milk Plaza is both a memorial and a destination, where we can honor and interact with Harvey’s contributions. Like Harvey, the plaza is all of us. When Harvey Milk was assassinated San Franciscans marched peacefully into the Castro and held a candlelight vigil to mourn and honor their most cherished and respected leader. Harvey Milk’s legacy symbolizes the freedom to live life with authenticity for the millions of LGBTQ women and men around the world. As designers and planners we care deeply about the democratization of public space and we are inspired to honor and elevate Harvey Milk Plaza and transform it into a place where Harvey’s message of hope and equality for all can be played out in the public sphere. / Multi-media installation -A multimedia art installation stands as a tribute to Harvey Milk, providing a historical context for his life and accomplishments. Pictures of Harvey Milk will be viewed alongside the powerful statements he made as a civil rights pioneer. Here, visitors to the plaza will get a true understanding of Harvey Milk’s legacy and the space to absorb and process his contribution to society. / Soap Box -At the base of the steps is a small permanent sculptural representation of a soap box. This structure pays homage to Harvey Milk’s legacy while creating a space for people to speak their truths and inspire others to do the same. We envision this as a space where the community can come together to observe, reflect, participate and inspire. / Art plaza & gardens- On the second level we have designated an area for temporary rotating works of art/sculpture by the LGBTQ community. / Living Walls Poem - Next to the elevator is a poem by Harvey milk. His powerful words serve as a reminder of the steps Harvey Milk took to live his authentic life and stand up for civil rights. / Harvey Milk Cafe and Exhibit Space -The building is home to the Harvey Milk Cafe and Exhibit Space. The exhibit space will showcase images and artifacts from Harvey Milk’s legacy. / Elevator Skin - The elevator skin will contain the supersized words “Hope” and “For you and you and you,” superimposed on the glass. / Plaza Art -The paving consists of graphic designs that flow throughout the plaza spaces.
ROLE- Design co-Lead, Detail Design co-Lead, Graphic Design & Layout
FIRM/TEAM- FS STUDIO, For you & you & you/ Alec Hawley, Sehgyung Kang, Reuel Daniels, Rebecca Fleischer, HNTB/ Gloria Lau (advisory role).
SCALE- 3 acres
LOCATION- Harvey Milk Plaza
CLIENT- Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza & Castro community
"I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it life is not worth living. And you & you & you & you. You got to give them HOPE!" - Harvey Milk