James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher and Partners
Recently the four finalists for the Pershing Square Renew design competition presented their proposals for re-invisioning Pershing Square. Pershing Square, the public park that covers an entire city block adjacent to LA’s Historic Core, Jewelry District, Bunker Hill and Civic Center, as well as a major transit station, has seen multiple incarnations, the most recent an overhaul dating back to the early 1990s. In September 2015, Councilmember Huizar spurred the creation of Pershing Square Renew, a public-private partnership to overhaul and re-envision the five-acre park that emerged from the Council member’s broad vision for a revitalized Downtown LA.
Continue reading Pershing Square Renew Design Competition Finalists’ proposals revealed
Pershing Square Renew has announced that four teams have made the third and final phase in the design competition to re-envisioning Pershing Square, Los Angeles’ oldest park. Phase 2 included a 10 teams that have now been shortlisted to four teams including :
The next phase kicks off on January 11, 2016 with the winner to be announced in April.
Find out more from Pershing Square Renew
Working in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles-Bureau of Engineering, Council District no. 1 (Councilmember Cedillo), and funds from Proposition 84, Proposition K, and Proposition A grants, AHBE has been transforming this vacant, blighted hillside, into a place for the Chinatown community to gather and play, exercise and heal, rest and contemplate. With nearly one-hundred feet of elevation change on this one-acre site, the goals is to bring connectivity and community within this neighborhood.
Continue reading AHBE Landscape Architects designs a place for the LA’s Chinatown community
Pounding the pavement will make these ISU students better landscape architects
It’s summertime and the learning is easy. But the work is hard for nine Iowa State University landscape architecture students who are finishing their internship project at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville. For them, pounding the pavement has taken on a whole new meaning.
What kids can teach architects about design | Maria Patsarika | Washington Post
“The architects we interviewed overwhelmingly thought that children brought fresh perspectives and uninhibited curiosity, leading them to explore alternative scenarios.”
Landscape Architects Back in Red Hot Demand | Andrew Heaton | sourceable
“In its most recent announcement, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects says that compared with May and June, the number of advertised positions on its web site was up by 50 percent in July and August.”
Rethinking the lawn in an age of environmental crises | David Quick | Post & Courier
“Some are starting to say it’s not, for both practical and environmental reasons, and are converting a part or all of their lawns to a combination of gravel, “green” ground cover and food or flower gardens.”
Could Olmsted & Bartholomew’s 100-year-old parks plan finally happen in Los Angeles | Sam Lubell | ArchPaper
The idea started in 2005, when the Amigos de Los Rios laid out a 17-mile loop of parks and greenways (often underutilized spaces owned by public agencies) along the Río Hondo and San Gabriel Rivers on the east side of Los Angeles.
Lessons for the Shore | Sasaki Associates – Blog
Coastal communities along the eastern seaboard were not always in such danger. Early settlers built their towns along protected waterways rather than directly on ocean shores to insulate themselves from threats.
Image Credit: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Rios Clementi Hale Studios has transformed a dull space into a vibrant community plaza in Los Angeles by creating the new Sunset Triangle Plaza under the auspices of Streets for People (S4P), an initiative of the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Rios Clementi Hale Studios contributed its time and talents to transform an underutilized public right of way into a safe, pleasant, and vibrant public space for pedestrians and cyclists alike. Located at Griffith Park and Sunset Boulevards in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, Sunset Triangle Plaza opens on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at 11AM, for a community celebration.
Continue reading Sunset Triangle Plaza opens in Los Angeles on March 4
“Ojama” is a Japanese word which generally means to evoke a sense of interruption or an interim pause.
The Ojama installation is about creating a hindrance or momentary interruption in our daily experience of space. This temporary art installation is an exploration of space, time, materiality, and our experience of nature in the urban environment.
Continue reading Ojama | Los Angeles USA | AHBE Landscape Architects
Critical Infrastructures: Center for Land Use Interpretation from The Architecture Foundation on Vimeo.
Matthew Coolidge, Center for Land Use Interpretation (Los Angeles), in conversation. Chaired by Owen Hatherley, writer and journalist; author, A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain.
The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) is a research and education organization based in Los Angeles, interested in understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth’s surface, and in finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that we individually and collectively create. We believe that the manmade landscape is a cultural inscription, that can be read to better understand who we are, and what we are doing. The organization was founded in 1994, and since that time it has produced dozens of exhibits on land use themes and regions, for public institutions all over the United States, as well as overseas.