Syracuse Connective Corridor

Syracuse, NY | 2013 | 3.5 miles

The Connective Corridor is a public-private partnership focused on creative placemaking, urban revitalization, complete streetscapes, sustainability and smart growth. The Corridor links Syracuse University with downtown central business districts and neighborhoods, and connects an arts and cultural district featuring more than 30 venues. The project includes new pedestrian pathways, streetscapes, green infrastructure, bikeways, redesigned public spaces and public art.

The lighting program, envisioned as a 3.5 mile “corridor of light” utilizes a site-specific “kit-of-parts” to define passageways and highlight significant locations along the way. In tandem with landscape and graphic design, the lighting adds color and vibrancy to the streetscape in every season, day and night. The project has been recognized nationally and internationally for its collaborative model, and for excellence in planning, engineering and design.


Syracuse University
The City of Syracuse
Onondaga County

Julie Czerniak, CLEAR Architecture and Urban Planning
OLIN Studio, landscape architecture
Pentagram, graphic design

2015 U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Environmental Excellence Award
2015 Associated General Contractors Excellence in Partnering
2015 U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety Proven Highway Safety Measures
2013 American Public Works Award
2013 American Council of Engineering Companies Platinum Award
2012 Institute of Transportation Engineers: Project of the Year Award
2012 U.S. Green Building Council’s Global Leadership Award

Photography: Courtesy of Andy Salcius