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.