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A Central Central Park West

[Image by Douglas Jamieson / June 23, 2010]

Having spent several years in the LA area, one of my proudest achievements was eventually being somewhat able to navigate the cluster f*ck of traffic and sprawl of its satellite cities. That's not to say I don't love LA, but the city is hard to define exactly where IT rests. After 5pm little (in LA standards) takes places minus the isolated events of Staples, small venue concerts like the Wiltern, or the Disney Concert Hall. The rest of the action is scattered about the 110, 5, and 405 in the towns of the likes of Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice, etc.

[Image via Rios Clementi Hale Studios]

A quicker then the city could handle boom after WWII sent the city in a spiraling sprawl, and with the addition of poor planning left the city with essentially no core, no public transit, and no parks.

So it is encouraging to see such a focus of urban development taking place in what might the most challenging city to do it in, but I might also add with the most opportunity. We wrote last week about the Wilmington Park under construction, and this week highlight even a grander attempt at unifying the city core, the downtown Civic Park project.

A $56-million endeavor, Rios Clementi Hale Studios were given the task to bring life into the concept, which construction crews have begun working this week on the sloping site between the Music Center and City Hall. RCHS's theme was derived from the Goode homolosine projection, a cartographer's 1923 solution for showing the curved lines of the earth's surface on a flat space.

As Rios explains them, the paths, whose curving lines recall those of a Goode map of the globe, emerged from an effort to think broadly about the remarkably diverse population the park is meant to serve. (As he likes to point out, an astonishing 92 languages are spoken by students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.) As a design gesture, the new paths turn those ideas about Los Angeles and its role as a global city into an organizing principle, at least abstractly, for the park and how visitors will move through it. Rios and other designers in the firm also studied maps and diagrams showing plane trips across the globe as well as various car and sea routes.

[Image via Rios Clementi Hale Studios]

An exciting possibility of the park is in its potential partnership with the Music Center, which would take over management of the park, bringing possibly world-renown musicians to an open downtown forum.

Naturally it wouldn't be LA without the designers having to juggle different political and economic interests along with the dizzying array of parking garages and concrete ramps, but we're excited to see local firm taking on the challenge, and look forward to its hopeful fruition.

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Reader Comments (4)

I am a landscape architecture student and graphics is something I'm always striving to become better on. I love the style and the colors of the drawing on this post! What is the technique and media used? Thanks
July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina
Doug Jamieson, who did the renderings, uses water colors.
July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Katria-

Urban planner here, but I took some landscape architecture in grad school. I got good results in my renderings by using the computer (Sketchup or Revit), printing out a line drawing version of it with very faint lines, and then doing the coloring and shading with watercolors. I don't know if this is considered "cheating" because I wasn't doing my watercolors from scratch, but the results looked good, and I always got compliments during critiques.
September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris
While the project and the sketches look and sound amazing, unless the city fixes land-uses that promote more and denser housing in downtown LA along with making it more walkable and pedestrian friendly this project will flop. The great urban parks of the world succeed because they are beautiful and the areas around them are nice.
September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaulCJr

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