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The first phase design for San Diego’s waterfront improves the framework of an existing master plan that proposes unique park spaces along this one-mile long edge, called the North Embarcadero. A water quality band becomes the visual tie for the length of the promenade setting precedent for sustainable principles. On this first site, a strong symmetrical landscape of local jacarandas bosques frames the pedestrian entrance into the city on Broadway, which itself is lined with majestic palm trees and artful lighting fixtures. Furthering a sense of unity, architecturally-bold kiosks, restrooms and cafes punctuate the promenade and a discreet undular paving pattern loosely recalls this coastal setting. While creating a world-class urban space is of high importance, integrating the needs of the arriving cruise ships and their ensuing high traffic made a circulation program and durable-material selection essential to the success of the design.