Park Wins Top Prize, Richard Guzman, L.A. Downtown News, February 21, 2013
Grand Park Happenings: View the Calendar
Grand Park Holds Grand Potential for Music Center, by Mike Boehm, LA Times, December 29, 2012
Simple Start of a Bold Vision for Downtown Los Angeles, by Peter Slatin, NY Times, November 27, 2012
Grand Park Stakes Claim as LA's Great Public Gathering Place, by Neal Broverman, LA Curbed, November 7, 2012
LA's beautiful new civic park, a mere four-and-a-half months old, is proving to be wildly popular and has already become a favorite gathering spot downtown. From crowds watching election returns on huge screens in the park, to the ongoing public programming by the Music Center (calendar here), Grand Park has taken its place as one of the city's cultural landmarks.
The Grand Intervention project launched in July 2005, when the Lear Center, in partnership with the Los Angeles Times, conducted an unauthorized design competition for a new 16-acre civic park on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, in order to encourage more public input and competitive ideas in the development of this public park.
Marty Kaplan on Moyers & Company: The Birth of Grand Intervention
Download a one-sheet primer on how to use Grand Intervention lessons in your community.
Visit the Grand Park Website for Construction Photos & FAQs
GROUNDBREAKING: July 15, 2010
Effective urban planning requires direct civic engagement by citizens from all communities. And new technology can extend the outreach process beyond the conventional Vermont town meeting model.
Since its inception, Grand Intervention attempted to maximize public input into the design of the park through live Webcasts of community workshops, online bulletin boards, an architectural visualization tool developed for the project, course charettes, and an information-rich Web site.
Watch a brief interview with park designer Mark Rios in July 2010.
Try our interactive Grand Intervention Timeline! Zoom in/out with your trackwheel; use arrows to advance/reverse; click anywhere to manually move through the timeline.
The goal of Grand Intervention was to maximize public input into the design of the new 12-acre park in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Here's what we did:
- Webcasts: The Lear Center provided live Webcasts of all three Community Workshops.
- Discussion Boards: Online attendees could post their questions and comments on a discussion board, which was relayed to moderators at the event.
- Video & Transcripts: of the meetings are available online for viewing anytime, as well as searchable transcripts.
- Digital Files: All materials distributed and displayed at the meetings, including renderings and model photos, are posted online.
- Surveys: We conducted a survey of Community Workshop participants, both online and off, to see whether they felt their voices were heard.
Grand Avenue Lear Center Publications Page