Bo Diddley Plaza Redesign

Gainesville, Florida
Redesigning this downtown plaza rejuvenates and reclaims it as a safe and welcoming park for all users.

DAG worked closely with the Gainesville CRA on a redesign of the downtown Bo Diddley Plaza, to create a safe, attractive and lively place for people to enjoy both day and night activities. Located in a historic area near the courthouse, the Plaza had become a place for the city’s homeless population to congregate. The redesign built on the many already successful uses of the plaza, such as the farmer’s market and concert events, to bring daily visitors and downtown pedestrian traffic to the Plaza on a regular basis. 


A café with indoor and outdoor seating, a manned information kiosk, a new bus shelter with canopy, and softer landscaping has invigorated the area and deterred its use by vagrants.  An interactive water feature is a defining element at the entrance to the park, and special lighting, pathways, and signage promote a safe and attractive environment that supports the various events and activities of the Plaza.  An existing amphitheater was updated, and new restrooms, dressing rooms, storage spaces, and a green room for performers were added. 


Honor Award of Excellence for Renovations / Additions 

AIA Florida, 2018

Honor Award for Masonry in Design

AIA Florida, 2018

Honor Award 

AIA Tallahassee, 2017

Honor Award of Excellence for New Work 

AIA Florida Northwest, 2016

Honor Award of Excellence for Unbuilt

AIA Florida Northwest, 2015


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