Four finalists selected to redesign Pershing Square in Los Angeles

SWA with Morphosis (Courtesy of Pershing Square Renew)

SWA with Morphosis (Courtesy of Pershing Square Renew)

Pershing Square Renew just announced the four finalists of the Pershing Square design competition: SWA with Morphosis, James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher & Partners, Agence TER with SALT Landscape Architects, and wHY with Civitas.

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Meet The Green Line: How Perkins Eastman would remake Broadway through Manhattan into a 40-block linear park

(Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

(Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

By now, the “Bilbao Effect” is metonymy for a culture-led revitalization of a postindustrial city driven by a single institution housed in a starchitect-designed complex. The wild success of Manhattan’s High Line generates regional seismic effects—the Lowline, the QueensWay, and the Lowline: Bronx Edition all cite the high queen of linear parks as their inspiration. Upping the ante, Perkins Eastman unfurls the Green Line, a plan to convert one of New York’s busiest streets into a park.

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Orange Coast College expansion threatens designs by Neutra, Alexander, and Eckbo.

Neutra's threatened Science Building at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa (Chris/flickr)

Neutra’s threatened Science Building at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa (Chris/flickr)

The future’s looking grim for a dozen buildings on the Orange Coast College designed by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander. A November vote by college trustees approved a plan for the demolition of several structures on the 164-acre campus, including Neutra’s planetarium and a cluster of low-slung brick buildings. Read More

Designer envisions a Miami Beach that embraces the rising sea

#beachlife at this year's Design Miami/Art Basel (Courtesy joeldanielsz / Instagram)

#beachlife at this year’s Design Miami/Art Basel (Courtesy joeldanielsz / Instagram)

This year’s Art Basel/Design Miami was a wash. The tallest stilettos could not save feet from floodwaters that inundated streets and forced partygoers under small tents. Even when it’s not raining, water bubbles up through stormwater grates and sewers, a result of the city’s porous limestone bedrock.

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Pershing Square Renew wants your input on Semi-Finalist Concept Boards

Rios Clementi Hale Studios with OMA AMO (Courtesy Pershing Square Renew)

Rios Clementi Hale Studios with OMA AMO (Courtesy Pershing Square Renew)

In October, Pershing Square Renew selected 10 teams as semi-finalists for the redesign of Downtown Los Angeles’ oft-maligned urban space. The international design competition drew hundreds of entries and the two-handfuls selected represent both local and global practices. Read More

West 8 transforms a town plaza beneath an elevated highway in Belgium

RENDERING OF ENGELS PLEIN. (COURTESY WEST 8)

RENDERING OF ENGELS PLEIN. (COURTESY WEST 8)

For years, Engels Plein, an “English Square” on the perimeter of Leuven, Belgium, has been dominated by viaducts overhead, making the square poorly accessible, dark, unsafe, and, consequently, rundown. To better connect the surrounding homes and commercial spaces, West 8 transformed the industrial space into an outdoor lounge with multiple terraces that encourage people to live, shop, and work in the area. Leuven, previously an industrial city, is now a center of architectural development and renovation.

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Construction on Philly’s 40th Street Trolley Portal by Andropogon finally moves ahead

Rendering of 40th Street Trolley Terminal (Courtesy andropogon)

Rendering of 40th Street Trolley Terminal (Courtesy Andropogon Associates)

Plans are finally underway to remake Philadelphia’s 40th Street Trolley Portal. In conjunction with the city, nonprofit University City District (UDC) will transform the boring, character-free concrete SEPTA trolley terminal, adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania, into a social space for one of Philly’s most vibrant areas.  Read More

Toronto’s ambitious plan for a linear garden under the Gardiner Expressway is made of 55 “outdoor rooms”

The vision for the project includes a grand staircase at Strachan that doubles as seating for an urban theater. (Image Courtesy PUBLIC WORK)

The vision for the project includes a grand staircase at Strachan that doubles as seating for an urban theater. (Courtesy PUBLIC WORK)

Toronto’s waterfront is separated from the city by the elevated Gardiner Expressway. While access underneath is relatively easy, it isn’t a pleasant transition. Torontonians, however, can expect some changes to their waterfront corridor as 10-acres of new public space and a mile of multi-use trail are being built under the highway.

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Under budget pressures, WXY reveals new ideas for long shuttered Brooklyn War Memorial

Preliminary renderings show WXY-designed vision for a revamped Brooklyn War Memorial (Courtesy Downtown Brooklyn Partnership)

Renderings show WXY-designed vision for a revamped Brooklyn War Memorial (Courtesy Downtown Brooklyn Partnership)

The band Barenaked Ladies famously speculated on what a million dollars could buy: a little tiny fridge filled with pre-wrapped sausages, K-cars, a woman’s eternal, undying love, or fancy ketchups.  Well, this isn’t the nineties anymore, and, as community leaders in Brooklyn are learning, seven figures will not be nearly enough to renovate and preserve the Brooklyn War Memorial.

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Gehry’s Los Angeles River study awarded one million dollar grant

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Is there gold in the L.A. River? The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation just released news that it was awarded a million dollar matching grant from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in support of the Frank Gehry-led study of the 51-mile waterway. Read More

With help from a TIGER grant, the Bronx River Greenway is one mile closer to completion

Concrete Plant Park (Courtesy Majora Carter / Flickr)

Concrete Plant Park (Courtesy Majora Carter / Flickr)

As of October 27th, the Bronx River Greenway is one mile closer to completion. The United States Department of Transportation awarded a $10 million TIGER grant to the city to build three bridges and a three-quarter mile path connecting the South Bronx‘s Concrete Plant Park with nearby Starlight Park. Though modest in scale, the grant adds momentum to the decades-long movement to green one of the most industrial areas in the borough.

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Semi-finalists Announced for Pershing Square Competition

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Ten teams make the semi-finals to makeover Pershing Square (Courtesy Pershing Square Renew)

A shortlist was announced for the Pershing Square Renew competition. Ten teams were selected to have a chance at a crack at redoing Ricardo Legorreta’s scheme. The five-acre park is seen as the centerpiece of a revitalized Downtown Los Angeles and the competition, a public-private partnership backed by councilmember José Huizar, is a critical step toward that effort.

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