Grand Intervention: In the Classroom

University of Southern California

Professor Clara Irazabal taught a gradulate course on Design Skills for Urban Planners in the School of Policy, Planning and Development. This course focused on case study analyses, fieldwork research and case design in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Particular attention was paid to the design of Grand Avenue and its metropolitan plan. Read the syllabus.

Planning Professor Martin Kreiger, who does social-science informed photographic documentation of Los Angeles, taught a course on Visual Methods in Policy, Management, Planning and Development. One of the class projects was a visual summary of the Grand Avenue Intervention.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Professor Sarah Lorenzen taught the Grand Avenue Civic Park Topic Studio in the Department of Architecture. After evaluating what is currently being proposed by the steering committee, and carefully analyzing the unique social and physical aspects of the site, each student designed an alternative strategy for the park.
View their proposals | Read the syllabus

Professors Andrew Wilcox and Jeff Juarez taught an Advanced Landscape Design Studio devoted to the Grand Avenue Park design. Senior level students in Cal Poly’s accredited Landscape Architecture program were asked to plan and design a new urban park for Los Angeles that reflects the changes that downtown L.A. is undergoing, its rich history and the city’s deep cultural and social diversity. Read the syllabus

Woodbury University, Burbank

Adjunct Professor Aaron Whelton, along with Mina Chow, David Freeland, and Robert Kerr, led an investigation into the Grand Avenue site in their second-year design studios. They broke the entire site into eight parcels so that two groups of eight students worked both individually on their parcels and communally to ensure their project meshed with the overall organization of the park. The result is a series of follies that exist between architecture and landscape as a thickened surface of activity. View their proposals | Read the syllabus


Inner-City Arts

Artistic Director and Co-Founder Bob Bates asked his students — some of them living on skid row — to imagine the best possible park along Grand Avenue. Two classes participated in the activity: Page Kendrix’s third grade class from Harrison Elementary and a group of “S.A.Y. Yes” kids of mixed ages from the Central City Community Outreach.
Harrison Elementary Design Gallery | S.A.Y. Yes Design Gallery