Councilmember Jose Huizar: Rick Coca, (213) 200-9974, firstname.lastname@example.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.
WHO: Councilmember Jose Huizar (invited)
Four finalists of the Pershing Square Renew global design competition:
SWA | MorphosisJames Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher & PartnersAgence TER and TeamwHY + Civitas
“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.
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 DodgersJosé Huizar, Councilmember, 14th District, City of Los AngelesDonna Bojarsky, Founder and President, Future of Cities: Leading in LASimon Ha, Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and Downtown LA ResidentMary McCue, Founder, MJM Management GroupRick Poulos, Principal, NBBJJanet Rosenberg, Founding Principal, Janet Rosenberg & StudioMichael Shull, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks,Michael Woo, Dean, Cal Poly Pomona, School of Environmental Design
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.