In the news: Announcement of Pershing Square Design Competition Winner

Front page of the L.A. Times

“Radical or not, flat, green, open and shaded places for people to gather are precisely what we need more of in Los Angeles… Let me go on record, then, as supporting it: In a city as lacking in attractive and accessible park space as Los Angeles the last place we should be banning lawns is in the civic realm.” — Christopher Hawthorne of Los Angeles Times

“The winning scheme, if built and ultimately successful, would cement Downtown L.A.’s status as one of the city’s distinct and vital neighborhoods.” —The Architect’s Newspaper

“There is something that is wonderfully kind of clear about it, and it is elegant.”  –Frances Anderton, host of DnA: Design & Architecture on KCRW

“This plan comes closest to realizing the holy grail of good public squares, which is providing people a place to stage their own programs, spontaneously and unpredictably, without micromanagement by designers.” –Wade Graham in Los Angeles Times

“If we can support rich guys who want to show off their art collections, we can certainly get this cash together to make L.A.’s original park vibrant for the people again.” –Dennis Romero of LA Weekly

– Airtalk on 89.3 KPCC
City Councilmember weighs in on design choice for Pershing Square, and how homelessness will factor into its remodel,”
featuring José Huizar, May 13

– Arch Daily
Agence Ter Selected to Redesign LA’s Pershing Square with Proposal for “Radical Flatness”,”
by Vladimir Gintoff, May 13

– Attractions Management
Agence Ter win international design competition for revamped public park in LA’s Pershing Square,”
by Kim Megson, May 13

– Los Angeles Times
Op-Ed: “Pershing Square’s new design is flat and simple – and that’s a good thing,”
by Wade Graham, May 13

– Next City
Why Winning Park Design Is a Win for Los Angeles,”
by Josh Stephens, May 13

– Press Play with Madeline Brand on 89.9 KCRW
The New Vision for Downtown’s Pershing Square,”
featuring Frances Anderton, May 13

– Archinect
Agence Ter and Team wins Pershing Square Renew with “radically flat“ proposal,”
by Justine Testado, May 12

– Curbed
Here is the New Design For Hated Pershing Square,”
by Bianca Barragan, May 12

– KABC7
French Architecture Firm Wins Pershing Square Design Competition,”
by John Gregory, May 12

– KCRW
Agence TER and SALT Win Competition to Redesign Pershing Square,”
by Frances Anderton, May 12

– LA Downtown NewsFrench Firm Chosen to Redesign Pershing Square,”
by Eddie Kim, May 12

– LA Weekly
Radical” Design Envisions DTLA’s Pershing Square as an Actual Park,”
by Dennis Romero, May 12

– LAist
The Winning Bid For Downtown’s Pershing Square Has Been Chosen,”
by Julia Wick, May 12

– Los Angeles Times
French landscape firm wins Pershing Square competition with call for ‘radical flatness’,”
by Christopher Hawthorne, May 12

– Los Angeles Times
Pershing Square through the years,”
May 12

– Los Angeles Times Photo-Slider:
Pershing Square, Then and Now,”
May 12

– Los Angeles Times
From the Archives: “Pershing Square’s 1994 redesign concept was aiming for ‘humane’ and ‘romantic’,”
by Larry Gordon, May 12 (originally published Jan. 29, 1994)

– MyNewsLA.com
Pershing Square’s new look? ‘Radical flatness’,”
by Hillary Jackson, May 12

– Patch
Panel Chooses French Designer’s ‘Radical Flatness’ for Pershing Square,”
by Paige Austin, May 12

– Take Two on 89.3 KPCC
Agence Ter picked to redesign Pershing Square,”
featuring Christopher Hawthorne, May 12

– The Architect’s Newspaper
Agence Ter selected to redesign L.A.’s Pershing Square,”
by Antonio Pacheco, May 12

– The Real Deal
French firm Agence Ter chosen to redesign Pershing Square,”
by Cathaleen Chen & Katherine Clarke, May 12

– Time Out Los Angeles
Take a look at the winning redesign for Pershing Square,”
by Michael Juliano, May 12

– WorldLandscapeArchitect.com
Agence Ter and Team win the Pershing Square design competition,”
by Damian Holmes, May 16

– bustler.net
Agence Ter and Team wins Pershing Square Renew to redesign DTLA’s oldest public park,”
by Justine Testado, May 12

– WorldArchitectureNews.com
Winner of LA’s Pershing Square competition announced,”
by Nick Myall, May 13

Pershing Square Renew is in the news:

– The Architects Newspaper
Here’s a First Look at the Finalists Vying to Redesign Downtown LA’s Pershing Square
by Antonio Pacheco, Apr. 28

– The Atlantic CityLab
What Should L.A.’s Central Park Look Like?
by Kriston Capps, Apr. 28

– Curbed LA
Here Are the 4 Proposals For Redesigning Much-Hated Pershing Square
by Bianca Barragan, Apr. 28

– designboom
design teams including morphosis and wHY re-envision downtown LA’s pershing square
by Philip Stevens, Apr. 28

– Dezeen
 “Four competing designs unveiled for Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles
by Eddie Kim, Apr. 28

– KCRW
Interview on All Things Considered with Frances Anderton
Apr. 28

– KCRW Design & Architecture Blog
How Should Pershing Square Be Renewed?
by Frances Anderton, Apr. 28

– KCRW DnA: Design & Architecture
Pershing Square Renewed?
by Frances Anderson, Apr. 27

– KPCC
Vote on the 4 finalists for the Pershing Square redesign (Poll)”
by Christian Brown, Apr. 28

– LA Downtown News
Four Final Designs for Pershing Square
by Eddie Kim, Apr. 28

– LAist
Photos: These Design Finalists Show The Pershing Square Of The Future
by Danny Jensen, Apr. 28

– Los Angeles Times
Pershing Square redesign: New renderings of the four finalists
by Jessica Gelt, Apr. 28

– Los Angeles Times
Pershing Square is an urban planning nightmare. Let’s redesign and get it right this time
Op-Ed by Fred Kent, Apr. 28

– Next City
4 Finalist Designs Revealed for Big Overhaul of L.A. Square
by Jen Kinney, Apr. 29

– The Real Deal
Pershing Square in DTLA is getting one of these four looks
Apr. 28

MEDIA ADVISORY for APRIL 28, 2016

Contacts:

Pershing Square Renew: Josh Kamensky, (323) 326-7438joshkamensky@gmail.com
Councilmember Jose Huizar: Rick Coca, (213) 200-9974rick.coca@lacity.org

PERSHING SQUARE DESIGN FINALISTS TO PRESENT COMPETING VISIONS AT “REIMAGINE THE HEART OF LOS ANGELES”

Downtown event will feature first-time unveiling of the finalists’ proposals for a new Pershing Square

WHERE: The Downtown Palace Theater, 630 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

WHEN: MEDIA PREVIEW – 10:30 am, Thursday, April 28, 2016
Media welcome at evening presentation at 6:30 pm, same location. RSVP requested.

WHOCouncilmember Jose Huizar (invited)

Eduardo Santana, Pershing Square Renew
Four finalists of the Pershing Square Renew global design competition:
SWA | Morphosis
James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher & Partners
Agence TER and Team
wHY + Civitas
RSVP: Josh Kamensky, joshkamensky@gmail.com323 326 7438

EMBARGO: All reporting from this media preview under embargo until 6:30 pm April 28th
 
WHAT:   The international competition to re-imagine a 150-year-old public park in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles will build to an exciting crescendo on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. Members of the media are invited to an exclusive preview event at Downtown’s historic Palace Theater at 10:30 am, where the four finalists will showcase their designs and answer questions.

“Pershing Square’s revitalization is the missing puzzle piece for the revitalization of Downtown,” said Eduardo Santana, Executive Director of Pershing Square Renew, “and one of these four world-class teams has found that missing piece.”

“If we’re going to have an active and dynamic public space at Pershing Square, we need robust public engagement on how we get there,” said Councilmember José Huizar, who championed the creation of Pershing Square Renew.

The four finalists are:

The “Local Force”: SWA | Morphosis Both of these firms are based in Downtown LA and well represented throughout Southern California, as well as nationally and internationally. See their previously submitted proposal.
The “Landscape Starchitect”: James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher & Partners. New York’s James Corner is responsible for Manhattan’s High Line, arguably the greatest new public park of the millennium, as well as Santa Monica’s Tongva Park. See their previously submitted proposal.
The “Globetrotters”: Agence TER and Team. Paris-based Agence TER’s landscapes dot Europe and have reached the Middle East and French Guyana. See their previously submitted proposal.
The “Wild Card”: wHY with Civitas. Located in Culver City, relative newcomers wHY, partnered with Denver’s well-known Civitas Landscape Architecture group, offered a creative approach that intrigued the jury at every level of the competition. See their previously submitted proposal.
Pershing Square, the public park that covers an entire city block adjacent to LA’s Historic Core, Jewelry District, Bunker Hill and Civic Center, as well as a major transit station, has seen multiple incarnations, the most recent an overhaul dating back to the early 1990s. In September 2015, Councilmember Huizar spurred the creation of Pershing Square Renew, a public-private partnership to overhaul and re-envision the five-acre park that emerged from the Councilmember’s broad vision for a revitalized Downtown LA.

The four finalists have been developing their proposals since they were selected from a semi-finalist round of ten in December 2015. Following the April 28 events, the Pershing Square Renew jury will deliberate, leading to the final selection of a design team in May 2016.

The Pershing Square Renew jury consists of:

Janet Marie Smith (Jury Chair), SVP, Planning and Development, Los Angeles Dodgers
José Huizar, Councilmember, 14th District, City of Los Angeles
Donna Bojarsky, Founder and President, Future of Cities: Leading in LA
Simon Ha, Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and Downtown LA Resident
Mary McCue, Founder, MJM Management Group
Rick Poulos, Principal, NBBJ
Janet Rosenberg, Founding Principal, Janet Rosenberg & Studio
Michael Shull, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks,
Michael Woo, Dean, Cal Poly Pomona, School of Environmental Design
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About Pershing Square Renew

Pershing Square Renew, Inc. is a non-profit public benefit corporation created to drive the re-design of Pershing Square, a five-acre urban park in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Bounded by 5th Street to the north, 6th Street to the south, Hill Street to the east, and Olive Street to the west, Pershing Square has been a popular gathering place since 1866. The effort to re-envision historic Pershing Square is led by Councilmember José Huizar, the Department of Recreation and Parks, MacFarlane Partners, and other Downtown leaders.  In Sept. 2015, an international design competition was launched. For more information, visit: www.pershingsquarenew.com

About Councilmember José Huizar

Councilmember Huizar is a staunch advocate for the DTLA community, ushering in billions of dollars of investment to the area, creating initiatives like Bringing Back Broadway and DTLA Forward, and partnering with the County to create C-3, which builds off the success of homeless outreach Huizar has led to assist homeless individuals in Skid Row. He helped bring hundreds of acres of open space, new parks and park upgrades to park-poor areas of his district and is one of the City’s leading “Complete Streets” proponents, helping usher in Mobility 2035, DTLA Bikeshare and groundbreaking pedestrian and bike-friendly policies that are seen as the model for the entire City.

PERSHING SQUARE: THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

PSR_SW-1As Designers Prepare to Present Visions, Southwest Airlines “Heart of the Community” Grant Fuels Effort to Re-Imagine Park As Downtown’s Hub of Innovation, Connection

Los Angeles (April 13, 2016) – Today, Pershing Square Renew, Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) and Project for Public Spaces announced a joint initiative that will bring community-based placemaking efforts to Pershing Square, LA’s oldest and most revered public park. Located adjacent to Downtown LA’s Historic Core, Jewelry District, Bunker Hill and Civic Center the park covers an entire city block and hosts farmer’s markets, concerts, and an ice rink. A catalytic grant, valued at $200,000 including monetary and technical support, from the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program will support Pershing Square Renew, a public-private partnership initiated by Councilmember José Huizar, in its work to revitalize this key public space in the heart of Los Angeles. The grant will help bring the new Pershing Square to life now by involving a range of community partners in planning and activation—demonstrating the power of placemaking to connect people and strengthen communities.

The grant comes just days before the four finalists selected in an international design competition will present their long term visions for Pershing Square in a public event at the Downtown Palace Theater on April 28, 2016. For more information on the event, please see http://bit.ly/psrenew.

The Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program focuses on placemaking, a movement that is revolutionizing cities around the world by boosting community participation in the creation, design, and unique programming of public spaces. Southwest Airlines believes that public spaces, whether neighborhood parks, small plazas, or downtown squares, are the true hearts of communities, as the places where people gather, connect, and enjoy each other and the cities they live in. The placemaking process highlights the capacity for underperforming spaces to achieve their greatest potential by becoming vibrant, authentic, functional, and well-loved places that will benefit the community socially, culturally, and economically for years to come.

By bringing community members and local organizations together around building a shared vision for the park, Pershing Square Renew will strengthen connections between people and the park. This is a core element of the placemaking approach — when many voices are included in the transformation of a public space it generates a greater sense of belonging and helps to create a place where everyone feels welcome and comfortable.

“Pershing Square is our city’s best opportunity to demonstrate the power of placemaking as a strategy for empowering our community,” said Eduardo Santana, Executive Director of Pershing Square Renew. “The Heart of the Community grant will help Pershing Square reclaim its rightful place as the city’s favorite gathering place.”

“One of the objectives my office has worked on in a rapidly growing Downtown Los Angeles is increased placemaking as a way to identify and promote our distinct Downtown communities and landmarks,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar. “Southwest Airlines’ support will help us achieve those goals at Pershing Square where we are reimagining and re-envisioning the City’s oldest park so that thousands upon thousands of Angelenos and visitors can rediscover this City of Los Angeles’ treasure.”

Pershing Square Renew awarded Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grant

Los Angeles is among five communities that are receiving similar grants today selected out of a highly competitive pool of more than 90 applicants, from 60 cities. Each year, Southwest brings placemaking to the cities they serve through the Heart of the Community program, highlighting the importance of “place” and encouraging communities to take part in the creation of the public places they love. For Southwest, placemaking is more than building great destinations, it is about strengthening local communities at their “heart.”

“At Southwest, we connect people to what’s important in their lives,” said Linda Rutherford, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Southwest Airlines. “That commitment extends beyond the skies and into the hearts of our communities through our investment in public spaces. We recognize the power public spaces have to transform communities and are excited to support the efforts to reimagine Pershing Square in Los Angeles, a city we’ve been serving for 33 years.”

Pershing Square has seen multiple incarnations, the most recent an overhaul dating back to the early 1990s. In September 2015, Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar spurred the creation of Pershing Square Renew, a public-private partnership to overhaul and re-envision the five-acre park that emerged from the Councilmember’s broad vision for a revitalized Downtown LA. To learn more, please see http://pershingsquarenew.com.

Through its multi-year partnership with Project for Public Spaces, the nation’s pioneering placemaking organization, Southwest Airlines is leveraging the power of placemaking to spur social, economic, and wellness benefits in communities across the U.S. and abroad. With the addition of the five newly announced grant recipients, the program has supported 18 innovative and transformative projects.

Southwest Airlines logo

Project for Public Spaces logo

More at:

http://www.pps.org/heart-of-the-community/

http://www.blogsouthwest.com/our-five-new-heart-of-the-community-public-spaces/

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About Pershing Square Renew
Pershing Square Renew, Inc. is a non-profit public benefit corporation created to drive the re-design of Pershing Square, a five-acre urban park in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Bounded by 5th Street to the north, 6th Street to the south, Hill Street to the east, and Olive Street to the west, Pershing Square has been a popular gathering place since 1866. The effort to re-envision historic Pershing Square is led by Councilmember José Huizar, the Department of Recreation and Parks, MacFarlane Partners, and other Downtown leaders. In Sept. 2015, an international design competition was launched. For more information, visit: www.pershingsquarenew.com

About Councilmember José Huizar
Councilmember Huizar is a staunch advocate for the DTLA community, ushering in billions of dollars of investment to the area, creating initiatives like Bringing Back Broadway and DTLA Forward, and partnering with the County to create C-3, which builds off the success of homeless outreach Huizar has led to assist homeless individuals in Skid Row. He helped bring hundreds of acres of open space, new parks and park upgrades to park-poor areas of his district and is one of the City’s leading “Complete Streets” proponents, helping usher in Mobility 2035, DTLA Bikeshare and groundbreaking pedestrian and bike-friendly policies that are seen as the model for the entire City.

About Southwest Airlines Co.
In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 49,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest proudly operates a network of 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season.
Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent data, Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. The Company operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world, the majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi providing gate-to-gate connectivity. That connectivity enables Customers to use their personal devices to view video on-demand movies and television shows, as well as more than 20 channels of free, live TV compliments of our valued Partners. Southwest created Transfarency℠, a philosophy which treats Customers honestly and fairly, and in which low fares actually stay low. Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free® to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply, some airlines may allow free checked bags on select routes or for qualified circumstances), and there are no change fees, though fare differences might apply. In 2014, the airline proudly unveiled a bold new look: Heart. The new aircraft livery, airport experience, and logo, showcase the dedication of Southwest Employees to connect Customers with what’s important in their lives.

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic whenever the carrier enters new markets. With 43 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2014 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at SouthwestOneReport.com.

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About Project for Public Spaces
Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Its pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. PPS was founded in 1975 to apply and expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, the author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Since then, the organization has completed projects in over 3000 communities in 43 countries and all 50 US states and are the premier center for best practices, information and resources on Placemaking.

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Pershing Square Renew Announces Final Four Design Finalists

With reputations built around the corner and around the globe, four firms offer competing, compelling visions for a revitalized heart of Downtown LA

The international competition to re-imagine a 150-year-old public park in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles moved a step closer to reality with the announcement of the four final design teams.

“The world-class firm selected by our jury represent a huge range,” said Eduardo Santana, Executive Director of Pershing Square Renew. “They include global stars and local unknowns. They’ve built towers and landscapes and many creations in between. But they all had one thing in common—they didn’t just make us want to see more from them, they inspired us to imagine more for Pershing Square.”

“As our exceptionally talented design teams are narrowed down to these four, Pershing Square is one step closer to once again becoming the focal point of life, commerce and civic engagement in Downtown Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar, whose 14th District includes the park, and who spearheaded the formation of Pershing Square Renew and the design competition. “This design competition has allowed hundreds of the most creative architectural and design experts in the world to focus their attention on the City’s oldest park. DTLA and the City of Los Angeles will be the beneficiaries of that consideration, and I cannot wait to see what our four finalists have in store for us.”

The four finalists are:

The “Local Force”: SWA with Morphosis. Both of these firms are based in Downtown LA and well represented throughout Southern California, as well as nationally and internationally. See their proposal.

The “Landscape Starchitect”: James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher & Partners. New York’s James Corner is responsible for Manhattan’s High Line, arguably the greatest new public park of the millennium, as well as Santa Monica’s Tongva Park. See their proposal.

The “Globetrotters”: Agence TER with SALT Landscape Architects. Paris-based Agence TER’s landscapes dot Europe and have reached the Middle East and French Guyana. See their proposal.

The “Wild Card”: wHY with Civitas. Located in Culver City, relative newcomers wHY, partnered with Denver’s well-known Civitas Landscape Architecture group, offered a creative approach that intrigued the jury at every level of the competition. See their proposal.

“This jury was blown away by the amount of talent and insight that all ten competitors brought to the table,” said Janet Marie Smith, Senior Vice President for Planning and Development of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the chair of the Pershing Square Renew design competition’s jury. “In the end, there was a strong consensus that these four competitors were going to take Pershing Square — the heart of Downtown LA — in exciting directions we hadn’t anticipated.”

Pershing Square, the public park that covers an entire city block adjacent to LA’s Historic Core, Jewelry District, Bunker Hill and Civic Center, as well as a major transit station, has seen multiple incarnations, the most recent an overhaul dating back to the early 1990’s. In September of this year, Councilmember Huizar spurred the creation of Pershing Square Renew, a public-private partnership to overhaul and re-envision the five-acre park that emerged from the Councilmember’s broad vision for a revitalized Downtown LA.

The four finalists will develop their proposals over the first quarter of 2016, leading to another round of jury interviews and a public presentation in March. The final selection process will invite public comment on each of the proposals and will weigh public opinion in the final decision.

The Pershing Square Renew jury consists of:

  • Janet Marie Smith (Jury Chair), SVP, Planning and Development, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • José Huizar, Councilmember, 14th District, City of Los Angeles
  • Donna Bojarsky, Founder and President, Future of Cities: Leading in LA
  • Simon Ha, Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and Downtown LA Resident
  • Mary McCue, Founder, MJM Management Group
  • Rick Poulos, Principal, NBBJ
  • Janet Rosenberg, Founding Principal, Janet Rosenberg & Studio
  • Michael Shull, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks,
  • Michael Woo, Dean, Cal Poly Pomona, School of Environmental Design

“Pershing Square Renew has been so lucky to draw on the creativity and care of its partners and jury members,” said Jeff Berris, Board President for Pershing Square Renew and development executive for MacFarlane Partners. “The stakeholders who have been part of this effort include Downtown residents, business and property owners, design and architectural experts, and government representatives. And everyone of them is excited by what a renewed Pershing Square could be.”

Articles about Pershing Square Renew:

Los Angeles Times,
Newsletter: Essential California: SpaceX and the future of space travel (includes blurb on Pershing Square & link to Curbed),
by Alice Walton, Dec. 23

KCRW (DNA),
The Metropolis Considered”,
by Frances Anderton, Dec. 22

Dezeen,
Four finalists announced for revamp of Pershing Square in Downtown LA,”
by Jenna McKnight, Dec. 22

KCET,
Finalists Announced in Pershing Square ‘Vision’ Competition,”
by D.J. Waldie, Dec. 22

KPCC,
4 Finalists Selected for Pershing Square Redesign,”
by KPCC staff, Dec. 22

Los Angeles Business Journal,
Four Finalists Named for Pershing Square Facelift,”
by Howard Fine, Dec. 22

Los Angeles Magazine,
Slide Show: Four Finalists Selected for the Redesign of Pershing Square,”
by Chris Nichols, Dec. 22

Planetizen,
Los Angeles to Redesign Its ‘Worst Public Space’,”
by Philip Rojc, Dec. 22

Streetsblog LA,
Today’s Headlines,” (includes blurb & link to Curbed & KPCC stories)
by Joe Linton, Dec. 22

Archinect,
Pershing Square Renew competition narrows down to four finalist teams,”
by Justine Testado, Dec. 21

Architects Newspaper,
Four Finalists Selected to Redesign Pershing Square in Los Angeles,”
by Mimi Zeiger, Dec. 21

Curbed LA,
Here Are the Four Teams That Will Compete to Redesign Downtown LA’s Hated Pershing Square,”
by Bianca Barragan, Dec. 21

Downtown News,
Four Finalists in Pershing Square Redesign Competition
by Jon Regardie, Dec. 21

LAist,
One Of These Four Teams Will Revamp Pershing Square,”
by Juliet Bennett Ryah, Dec. 21

LAObserved.com,
Finalists named for Pershing Square makeover,”
by Kevin Roderick, Dec. 21

LAObserved on KCRW,
Finalists Announced for Pershing Square Redesign,”
by Kevin Roderick
(audio), Dec. 21

Los Angeles Times,
Arts & Culture Roundup: Obama chooses short list of library architects, U.S. releases art to Iran, Jeff Koons sued (includes blurb on Pershing Square),
by Carolina Miranda, Dec. 21

MyNewsLA.com,
Field narrows to 4 competing to redesign DTLA’s Pershing Square,”
by Debbie Sklar, Dec. 21

CityLab,
Rethinking DTLA by Revising Pershing Square

by Kriston Capps Jan. 7

– LA Times,
Two Downtown L.A. Parks and the tricky task of designing them to best serve the city

by Christopher Hawthorne, Feb. 25