Ritchie Smith Associates (RSA) provided design services for renovation and connection of two historic sites further revitalizing downtown Memphis. Adjacent to the historic building adapted for the U of M Law School, a former parking lot and service area was transformed to create an urban plaza where students, faculty and the public can enjoy views of the Mississippi River. The Riverbluff Walkway, including a new overlook, was extended alongside the plaza and connected to Fourth Bluff Park across a new 200’ long pedestrian bridge. RSA collaborated with lighting designers to illuminate the bridge with dynamic light patterns and colors that are computer-driven and triggered by pedestrian movement. Fourth Bluff Park, designed by George Kessler ca. 1903, was refurbished with new lawn, shade trees, post lights, and benches, enhancing its appeal.
Award: American Society of Landscape Architects, Tennessee Chapter - Honor Award