design teams including morphosis and wHY re-envision downtown LA's pershing square design teams including morphosis and wHY re-envision downtown LA's pershing square
apr 28, 2016

design teams including morphosis and wHY re-envision downtown LA's pershing square

design teams including morphosis and wHY re-envision downtown LA’s pershing square
(above) proposal by agence ter and team
all images courtesy of pershing square renew

 

 

 

UPDATE: on may 12, 2016 it was announced that agence ter and team had been selected to re-imagine pershing square, winning the unanimous support of the jury. ‘the top designers in the world brought four extraordinary visions to los angeles, and one stood out above all,’ explained eduardo santana, executive director of pershing square renew. ‘agence ter and their team captivated the jury and the public with its elegant simplicity, with its connection to the surrounding streets and the city beyond them, and with the canvas it provides for programming, activity, and for the community’s own dreams and desires.’ see the winning entry and the other shortlisted proposals below.

 

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pershing square is a public park in downtown los angeles, california, one square block in size. in september 2015, pershing square renew — a non-profit collaboration between government, community, and business leaders — invited design firms from around the world to submit proposals to re-envision the space as a functional and accessible town square. according to the organizers, the aim of the contest is ‘to ensure that pershing square is an authentic reflection of downtown LA’s thriving renaissance by creating a world-class public space for those who live in, work in, visit, and love DTLA.

 

the four selected teams are as follows: agence ter and team; james corner field operations with frederick fisher & partners; SWA with morphosis; and wHY with civitas. the proposed designs have now been revealed, with the winning design set to be announced in mid-may, 2016. see each of the schemes in more detail below.

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the scheme uses the landscape as a basis for designing the city
proposal by agence ter and team

 

 

 

for its proposal, french firm agence ter has teamed up with — among others — SALT landscape architects to present a scheme which uses the landscape as a basis for designing the city. the scheme proposes to take down the walls and flatted the lifted edges of the existing park to reconnect pershing square with its immediate context. ‘we envision a radically open part that welcomes all of los angeles without hesitation, embracing residents and visitors alike,’ says the team.

 

 

video detailing the proposal by agence ter and team

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the design proposes to take down the walls and flatted the lifted edges of the existing park
proposal by agence ter and team

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the design approach seeks to recreate the ‘green garden oasis’ that characterized the original square
proposal by james corner field operations with frederick fisher & partners

 

 

 

led by james corner field operations, this design approach seeks to recreate the ‘green garden oasis’ that characterized the original square, providing generous social spaces. these areas would be used for everyday strolling, relaxation and play, as well as for special events, markets, festivals, arts and performance. the aim is to create an open space specific to downtown los angeles, capturing both its historical significance, as well as its future potential as an ever-evolving, cosmopolitan cultural centerpiece — a green platform for contemporary civic life.

 

 

video detailing the proposal by james corner field operations with frederick fisher & partners

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generous social spaces are provided
proposal by james corner field operations with frederick fisher & partners

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the scheme seeks to capture the site’s historical significance
proposal by james corner field operations with frederick fisher & partners

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an aerial view of the team’s ‘flexible’ proposal
proposal by SWA with morphosis

 

 

 

‘sustainable design and flexible programming lie at the heart of our design approach,’ says the team that includes SWA and morphosis. the proposal asserts that the square will need to be many things for many people — during both day and night hours. embracing this need for versatility, the proposal forms a safe public space, a local spot with dining and art to meet and mingle, a place to play, a mobility hub.

 

 

video detailing the proposal by SWA with morphosis

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embracing a need for versatility, the proposal serves a number of different functions
proposal by SWA with morphosis

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visitors are free to meander through the public green space
proposal by SWA with morphosis

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the approach provides a destination for socializing and exercising
proposal by wHY with civitas

 

 

 

led by architect kulapat yantrasast and landscape architect mark johnson, design firms wHY and civitas joined together to address the challenges and opportunities of pershing square. their approach is to provide a destination for socializing, exercising, playing, learning and relaxing. ‘we envision an exemplary model for how to transform this public piece of LA into the heart of the city,’ states the team.

 

 

video detailing the proposal by wHY with civitas

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the design provides 133% more tree canopy and shade than the current park
proposal by wHY with civitas

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the winning submission will be announced in mid-may, 2016
proposal by wHY with civitas

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