Pershing Square Renew announced our international Design Competition In the Summer of 2015 to Reimagine the Heart of Los Angeles. On April 28, 2016, the four finalists presented their proposals to a packed theater of over 1,000 local citizens who were invited to share their aspirations and insights.

We invite you to experience the amazing energy and creativity that our teams and citizens have brought to Reimagine the Heart of L.A.:
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Agence Ter and Team


James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher and Partners

SWA | Morphosis

wHY + Civitas


Phase 01: Request for Qualification

  • September 08, 2015
  • Release Phase 01: Request For Qualification
  • September 16, 2015:
  • Optional Pre-proposal Meeting (9-10AM, Location: Nation Builder: 520 S Grand Ave, 2nd floor)
  • September 25, 2015:
  • Deliverable: Letter of Intent
  • September 30, 2015:
  • Question and Answer Period Closed
  • October 06, 2015:
  • Deliverable: Qualifications Submittal

Phase 02: Request for Proposals

  • October 27, 2015:
  • Shortlist notified.
  • Release Phase 02: Request for Proposals
  • November 17, 2015:
  • Deliverable: Proposal Submittal
  • December 07-11, 2015:
  • Conduct Team Interviews in Los Angeles (tentatively)
  • December 11, 2015:
  • Community Exhibition (tentatively)

Phase 03: Competition

  • December 18, 2015:
  • Finalists notified.
  • Release final Phase 03: Competition Guidelines
  • January 11, 2016:
  • Mandatory Competition Kick-off Meeting
  • February 01-05, 2016:
  • One-on-one team meetings
  • April 6, 2016:
  • Teams submit their proposals for review
  • April 28, 2016:
  • Public event where the 4 finalists present their ideas
  • May 2-9, 2016:
  • Public outreach–Tell us what you think of the proposals
  • May 12, 2016:
  • Competition Winner Announced

Agence Ter and Team - Winner

With the aim of being capable of realizing the vision for Pershing Square, Agence Ter is pleased to propose a team, largely established in Downtown LA and rich in experience in designing and constructing exceptional spaces that welcome the public.

Using the landscape as a basis for designing the city represents the guiding principle driving Agence Ter. The office benefits from 30 years experience in public-space contracting as demonstrated by the current projects for major parks in Paris, including Parc de Cormailles (9 ha, French Landscape Grand Prix 2007), Parc de Boulogne (7 ha), Parc des Docks de Saint-Ouen (12 ha) and the Carrières-sous-Poissy ecological park (200 ha). Agence Ter has also completed projects in Spain (Plaça de les Gloriés in Barcelona (15 ha)), Germany (Aqua Magica park in Bad Oeynhausen, the Duisburg central square) and Ireland (Royal Canal project).

To complement the experiences of its European office, Agence Ter will partner with the local landscape architecture firm SALT Landscape Architects. We will also work with specialized partners Deborah Murphy Urban Design + Planning and Fehr and Peers, Community Arts Resources (CARS), Kelly Shannon, Leo Villareal, Pentagram, still room, Rachel Allen Architecture, KPFF, M-E Engineers, and Lighting Design Alliance.

James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher and Partners - Finalists

James Corner Field Operations is known for Santa Monica’s much-beloved Tongva Park as well as Manhattan’s High Line, arguably the greatest and most popular public park of the millennium. The award-winning firm is also working on designs for San Francisco’s Presidio Parklands, Seattle’s Central Waterfront, Miami’s Lincoln Road, and Cleveland’s Public Square. For Pershing Square, James Corner is collaborating with LA-based architect Frederick Fisher & Partners. Additional team members include Buro Happold, Fehr & Peers, Horton Lees Brogden, HR&A Advisors, Gardiner and Theobald, Tomato, James Rojas, Dan Euser, Mark Pally, Bob Perry and John Greenlee.

Together the team represents the very best of international, national and local national expertise in creating one-of-a-kind, vibrant urban parks that resonate with both people and place.

The design approach for Pershing Square is to re-create the “green garden oasis” that characterized the original square, providing generous social spaces for everyday strolling, relaxation and play, as well as for special events, markets, festivals, arts and performance. The aim is to create an iconic open space specific to Downtown Los Angeles, capturing both its historical significance as well as its future potential as an ever-evolving, cosmopolitan cultural center-piece – an iconic green platform for contemporary civic life.

SWA | Morphosis - Finalists

SWA | Morphosis is a visionary team focused on the future of dense urban spaces around the US. Based out of downtown L.A., SWA is a leading landscape architecture firm with a portfolio of public realm projects that includes the highly recognized Guthrie Green in Tulsa. Gerdo Aquino of SWA is joined by LA-based architecture firm Morphosis, led by Thom Mayne, Pritzker Prize winning architect.

Partnering with ELP Associates, BRV and TBA, experts in urban revitalization and public-private partnerships, we have created a sustainable revenue model centered on a flexible venue that supports cultural activities throughout the year. Fluidity and Buro-Happold, leading sustainability experts, have engineered a net-positive urban water harvesting system that collects and filters water for the future square and its immediate surroundings.

Sustainable design and flexible programming lie at the heart of our design approach. The square will need to be many things for many people--day and night. It will need to be a safe public space, a local spot with dining and art to meet and mingle, a place to play, a mobility hub. Together, we’ve designed a 21st century urban park that will serve our downtown for generations to come.

wHY + Civitas - Finalists

Design firms wHY and Civitas joined together to address the challenges and opportunities of Pershing Square in Los Angeles. Specializing in urban design, architecture and landscape architecture, the two firms located in Los Angeles and Denver respectively demonstrate a level of familiarity with the whole of Los Angeles, an ability to address the critical needs of communities through the design of parks and engaging programs, and generate value for cities, people and society.

Led by architect Kulapat Yantrasast and landscape architect Mark Johnson, the collective wHY + Civitas team has designed valuable and beautiful projects across the country. These projects include San Diego Convention Center’s public rooftop park, St. Patrick’s Island in Calgary, Jackson Park in Chicago, ‘Ribbon of the Thames’ in London, Ontario, the March 2016 opening of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, and temporary exhibitions for organizations like the A+D Museum, Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Skirball Cultural Center, LACMA and others.
The wHY + Civitas design approach is to connect Los Angeles with parks, healthy places for socializing, exercising, playing, learning and relaxing. For Pershing Square, we envision an exemplary model for how to transform this public piece of LA into the heart of the city.