Grand Avenue Intervention: A 26-Acre Park?
Read the April 8th LA Times story
The park may get a whole lot bigger. On January 10, 2006, The LA Daily News reported that the LA County supervisors are considering relocating two large buildings bordering the Grand Avenue park site. Since the 1994 Northridge earthquake, county officials knew they had to either retrofit or tear down the Stanley Mosk Courthouse and the county Hall of Administration. Now that the County has provided money for a relocation study, and since retrofitting is the more expensive alternative, it looks increasingly likely that our 16-acre park will be 26 acres, with magnificent new sight lines to Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall and Rafael Moneo’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
See what a 26-acre park might look like! Fortunately for us, some of the park proposals we received assumed that these buildings would be demolished. Here's a selection (more will be posted shortly):
La Alameda, by Jason Evers, Daniel Lopez, Anthony Sponzilli & Andy Wilcox
The concept of the Alameda is designed to be flexible and to grow and evolve with the city itself.
Angel City Park, by A. Andrews, C. Cheng, M. Hissom, J. Jackson, D. Kahen, J. Rohmer & A. Siemers
We've designed a public space that is a catalyst for urban synergy, where the elements of Los Angeles interact and create a vibrant urban rhythm.
Civic Link, by Michelle Landis & Maria Landoni de Rose
Imagine a physical connection between the civic heart of the city and its original life source: the L.A. River.
Grand Avenue Civic Park, by Jennifer Birkeland, Corey Fox, Lauren McCullough, Daniel Miller & Samantha Moran
This proposal features formal gardens, an urban orchard and a reflecting pool in front of City Hall.
Los Angeles Civic Center, by Michael Aguirre, Ed Bailey, Matthew Lockwood, Jason
McHugh & Edward Velasquez
Rejuvenating connections to surrounding districts will unify and revitalize the entire area.
Transitory Los Angeles, by Mary Ann Bennett, Jennifer Keevil, Julia Ledbetter & Rosanna Salvador
A moveable movie screen, a graffitti wall and a seasonal grove contribute to a flexible park design that changes with the seasons.