Creating Civic Destinations

Focus Area Urban Spaces

Rendering of people enjoying a civic greenspace between office buildings.
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Designing public spaces that inspire since the 1900s

Page’s history of civic projects began in the early 1900s while designing courthouses across the state of Texas. Since then, the firm has amassed an unparalleled portfolio of public architecture that includes new construction and renovations.

We are dedicated to supporting the ongoing evolution of our urban areas through civic destinations, encouraging appropriate development and redevelopment suited to the particular conditions and character of each place. Our planning experience allows us to focus on the unique needs of each community, its mission, and the physical and cultural context of the project’s location.

Our teams integrate the building blocks of community, sustainability, and resilience into innovative solutions. And, our design approach is informed by research, cutting-edge technology tools, and appreciation for the unique culture of each place.


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Creating great "third places"

Urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg defined third places as the “public places on neutral ground where people can gather and interact” as opposed to home and work. Examples range from programmed urban spaces to civic destinations to mixed-use districts. Page’s goal for these places, regardless of their nature, is to create a user experience that is positive, distinctive and inspirational.

A Plan for the "Beautiful Way"

The Alameda historic corridor has now been re-envisioned as a grand boulevard and retail destination through unifying place-making elements. The planning team identified concerns and issues during an extensive community outreach program and site analysis, resulting in a concept design that reinforces and emphasizes the legacy of the area, its historic residential and commercial buildings, while adapting to higher density, activity-generating mixed use.

Rendering of people in an outdoor shopping district enjoying the landscaping, seating amenities and weather.
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Diagram of street planning that includes elements such as landscaping, lighting, seating, bus shelters, etc.

The urban design portion of the plan identified the means to transform The Alameda into an attractive and active “main street,” the focus for adjacent neighborhoods with amenities and services for residents, commuters and visitors. Accessibility, safety and ease of movement were critical planning elements. The plan included removing excess capacity from the roadway to support a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

Identity of Place

Page developed the first comprehensive master plan for the State of Texas Capitol Complex since 1963. Taking cues from the historic Capitol grounds, our 2016 plan unifies this 40-block district under a common identity and strong sense of place. As the Master Architect/Engineer for Phase 1, Page designed two new state office buildings in modern, creative ways to help achieve several design goals, including energy efficiency, durability and daylighting strategies for interior spaces and integration into the broader identity of the State of Texas Capitol Complex.

When the Texas Capitol Complex renovation is completed it will be a mixed-use visitor destination in addition to serving as the central workplace for Texas state employees.

Improving public health

Resilient office buildings in the Texas Capitol Complex will support the wellness of state employees and overlook a grand civic, six-acre park, the Texas Mall. This urban space will be activated through numerous pedestrian-oriented activities, including a playground and plaza with an outdoor stage for events. They will foster sense of community and help connect the Capitol Complex to its pedestrian-friendly neighbors such as The University of Texas campus, the Dell Medical School Health District and downtown Austin. Our designs support the promise of a grand civic gesture while also improving state workplaces.

Civic spaces as economic engines

In 2007, a 12-acre site on the edge of downtown Houston was dominated by parking lots. Less than ten years later, an urban park there attracts 1.5 million people annually and multiple hotel and office buildings have opened along its perimeter. Over $1.2 billion of new development is estimated to have happened as a result of Discovery Green Park’s presence – and success. Discovery Green Park President Barry Mandel explained, “All of a sudden there was a neighborhood and there was a sense of place and destination because of this park.”

Woman pushing a baby stroller down a park pathway shaded by live oak trees on either side.
© Hargreaves Jones by John Gollings

The Hargreaves Jones park and landscape designs in conjunction with Page’s LEED Gold architectural designs created a tactile and natural character for the park, indoors and out, that attracts visitors for multiple reasons. The sustainable, landscape-oriented buildings blend seamlessly with the outdoor environment, providing as much outdoor as indoor space. Tourists, local families, downtown denizens and business people all take advantage of the park’s diverse programming on a daily basis.

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Urban fabric should have the expectation of great design

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“Urban projects are lasting, oftentimes beyond an individual building. I really would like to see our cities embed that same level of design excellence into every project they do, whether it’s a bike lane, a bus shelter or a building.”

Wendy Dunnam Tita, FAIA

Page Principal

Architecture of Discovery Green Urban Park

  • SARA (Society of American Registered Architects) Design Award
  • Business Week/Architectural Record Award of Excellence
  • America's Greatest Places Winner
  • WAN (World Architecture News) Effectiveness Award

Texas Capitol Complex

  • ASLA (American Society of Architects) Honor Award for Master Plan

Downtown South San Francisco Station Area Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report

  • American Planning Association, California Chapter, Comprehensive Plan Small Jurisdiction Award of Merit

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