Pershing Square Rehab Advances With Four Design Finalists


The contest to transform the city’s most over-used, under-maintained, and loved-to-death public space has reached another milepost.

The number of firms competing to design a new Pershing Square has been whittled down from 54 to 10 to now just four teams.  This according to KCET television, since the Pershing Square Renewal web site hasn’t been updated in five months.

Pershing Square is Los Angeles’ oldest park, and was once known as Central Park before it was engineered into oblivion. Today there is little sign of nature in the former green space, unless you count the vagrants answering the call of nature on the stained concrete.

The visions presented by the four finalists must now be turned into firm designs so that they can be more fully evaluated by the public and the judging team.  Expect to see those designs sometime in March. Until then, enjoy the finalists’ sketches below of what may or may not be the future of Pershing Square.

SWA with Morphosis

Pershing Square proposal by SWA with Morphosis

Pershing Square proposal by SWA with Morphosis

Pershing Square proposal by SWA with Morphosis


James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher & Partners

Unfortunately, this team presented little in the way of visuals.  In fact, part of the presentation is a green box with a red question mark in it.  To see what it submitted, click the link above.


Agence Ter and Team

Pershing Square proposal from Agence Ter and Team

Pershing Square proposal from Agence Ter and Team

Pershing Square proposal from Agence Ter and Team

Pershing Square proposal from Agence Ter and Team


wHY with Civitas

Pershing Square proposal by wHY and Civitas

Pershing Square proposal by wHY and Civitas

 

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Wayne is the editor of the Los Angeles Architecture Blog. He has degrees in journalism and communication, and spent 20 years as a professional broadcaster as a reporter, anchor, producer, and news director.

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