The city, along with private partners, began looking at how to redesign Pershing Square into a modern, functional public park earlier this year.
After reviewing initial proposals from 10 semi-finalist design teams, the partnership group Pershing Square Renew on Monday, Dec. 21, announced four finalists:
The four finalists’ proposals differ in scope and style, but all prioritize breaking up Pershing Square’s fortress-like borders to ease access, and expanding greenery or landscaping to fit multiple purposes.
“The world-class firms selected by our jury represent a huge range,” said Eduardo Santana, executive cirector of Pershing Square Renew, in a prepared statement. “They include global stars and local unknowns. They’ve built towers and landscapes and many creations in between.”
The finalists were selected after each team presented their proposals to a jury, composed of city officials, development experts, and neighborhood stakeholders, and to the public, which was given the chance to vote and comment on their favorites.
Pershing Square Renew kicked off the international design competition in September, with guidance from Council District 14 and City Councilman José Huizar.
“This design competition has allowed hundreds of the most creative architectural and design experts in the world to focus their attention on the City’s oldest park,” Huizar said in a prepared statement. “DTLA and the City of Los Angeles will be the beneficiaries of that consideration, and I cannot wait to see what our four finalists have in store for us.”
The finalists will continue to hone their proposals through the first quarter of 2016. The jury will conduct interviews before another round of public presentations in March. The public will be able to comment on the finalist proposals before the final decision is made.