Los Angeles Civic Center
Submitted by Michael Aguirre, Ed Bailey, Matthew Lockwood, Jason McHugh & Edward Velasquez
Grand Avenue Entry
This entrance to the park allows a view through the park all the way down to City Hall. This area offers a grand stairway (pictured below) down to an open plaza for large gatherings. There is then an option of different directions to go: To the north, the grand amphitheater for large shows. To the east, the large meadow that can be mowed down to offer space for large gatherings. To the south, the entertainment area of the park with the new buildings.
The entertainment plaza is the main area of activity. It offers buildings filled with retail, restaurants, art galleries and other types of entertainment. The plaza offers activities that will last throughout the day and into the evening. There is a large pedestrian walkway that gives a connection from the amphitheater, by the entertainment plaza and down to the civic plaza.
This is an open venue, which can hold formal events, and it refocuses City Hall onto the civic center. The main entrance is brought around from the rear of the building back to the front as per the original intention. It is a large formal plaza that can hold large crowds and offers enough space for people to be comfortable and feel like they have privacy.
To offer a solution for the water runoff in L.A., a detention basin (pictured right) will be constructed on the south side of City Hall. This basin will catch the water from throughout the park. This also acts as a connection to another detention basin in the arts district to filter out the water before it runs into the L.A. River. Water will run though a series of catch basins and pipes but there are depressions throughout the park to give visual reference to how the system works.
From Vision to Integration
Connection of surrounding districts to the center of Los Angeles provides a sense of unification to residents and workers within the area. By establishing rejuvenated connections to this area, new urbanization is likely achieved. Changes in the arrangement of the hub within the districts address the long-term vitality of this urban area’s success rather than short-term, unsustainable attempts for immediate results. By creating a contemporary environment that invites the migration into the city and provides amenities for the needs of the residents, a self-reliant community can be achieved.