Santa Monica Palisades Garden Walk & Town Square Update

Santa Monica Town Square

Revised Santa Monica Town Square design ©James Corner Field Operations

Last November we published the design concept for Santa Monica Palisades Garden Walk & Town Square  by James Corner Field Operations. Recently, we learnt that the design for the Town Square has since been updated to reflect the Landmarks Commission conditions to be granted a Certificate Of Appropriateness  “the retention, rehabilitation and/or relocation of certain existing historic character defining elements of the site, in addition to reconfiguring the site topography and grade, the installation of new landscaping and hardscape materials, a central water feature, new benches and seat walls, and lighting. Pursuant to Santa Monica Municipal Code, a Certificate of Appropriateness is required for any proposed alterations in whole or in part, of or to a Landmark or Landmark Parcel”.  The design is currently waiting for final approval from the City Council.
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Landscape Mosaics

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Cal Poly Pomona
College of Environmental Design
Landscape Architecture -LA402 Winter 2011
Andy Chew, Aaron Dang, Trent Keegan, Aaron Reece

Santa Monica Palisades Garden Walk + Town Square

Palisades Walk + Town Square
The design for Palisades Garden Walk + Town Square has been shaped by an intense and collaborative community process and inspired by the California Arroyo Landscape.   The resultant design scheme, the “Arroyo Wash,” presents a park that will be the new heart of the city.  Fluid braided pathways appear to organically emerge from the entrance of City Hall extending outward and connecting neighborhoods with the Pier, the beach, and civic campus.  Linear rolling topography reinforces the softness of the circulatory system and creates a series of “bluffs” that host overlooks and framed views of the city.   Carved into the rolling topography are a series of “bays” that organize the site’s program and include space for small events and performances, an outdoor café, gardens, play spaces, and bike kiosks.

Palisades Walk + Town Square
Water elements within the park also originate in Town Square and, through a series of runnels, extend into the serpentine, flowing topography of Palisades Garden Walk with increasing turbulence that ultimately softens the sound of traffic along the Ocean Avenue, on the site’s westernmost edge.  An overhead lighting trellis also creates strong linkage between Town Square and Palisades Garden Walk and will be a feature element at the Corner of Ocean and Colorado Avenues.

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Field Operations wins Santa Monica project *UPDATE*

Christopher Hawthorne reported recently for the Los Angeles Times that Field Operations has won the project for the 7 acres around the Santa Monica City Hall beating out teams including Frank Gehry & Peter Walker. The Field Operations proposal was the only one without an architecture firm attached.

For more information about the project  read the full article at the [SOURCE: Los Angeles Times (Christopher Hawthorne) - High Line designer wins park job in Santa Monica]

*UPDATE*

Christopher Hawthorne published his follow-up piece about Field Operations (James Corner) winning the Santa Monica Project which has a $25-million budget. His article includes some comments from his interview with James Corner. Hawthorne also summarises the developments that surround the site including the new Exposition light rail, a musuem and apartment developments.

Read the follow-up article by Christopher Hawthorne at the [SOURCE: LA Times - James Corner and Santa Monica are made for each other]

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