A quilt of pedestrian walkways is laid over place D’Youville like a protective blanket, responding to the site’s archaeological significance and creating a dialogue with the area’s history. Constructed with a variety of techniques and materials – including wood, concrete, granite, and limestone – the sidewalks recreate the 500-year history of sidewalk construction in the city. At the same time, they engage the present moment in their placement, weaving between access points for the city museum, offices, restaurants, and residences on adjacent street facades. Within the square, the sidewalks converge on a central path that tracks the route of an ancient creek. Benches, abundant greenery, and the soft lighting of adjacent buildings create a restive atmosphere that invites pause and reflection.