Renewing Pershing Square

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Pershing Square is a block in Downtown LA where you’ll see an ice skating rink every winter season and farmer’s market every week. It’s a promising public space that is in need of overall design improvement.

That’s where Pershing Square Renew, Inc comes in. PSR is a non-profit collaboration among government and local community, who support the revitalization of Pershing Square. Their mission is to shape Pershing Square as a world-class reflection of Downtown LA.

They hosted a competition that started last summer, and announced the winner this Spring 2016. Among the finalists were Agence Tear and Team, James Corner Field Operations with Fisher and Partners, SWA | Morphosis, and wHY + Civitas.

The Winner: Agence Ter and Team

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From Pershing Square Renew:

With the aim of being capable of realizing the vision for Pershing Square, Agence Ter is pleased to propose a team, largely established in Downtown LA and rich in experience in designing and constructing exceptional spaces that welcome the public.

Using the landscape as a basis for designing the city represents the guiding principle driving Agence Ter. The office benefits from 30 years experience in public-space contracting as demonstrated by the current projects for major parks in Paris, including Parc de Cormailles (9 ha, French Landscape Grand Prix 2007), Parc de Boulogne (7 ha), Parc des Docks de Saint-Ouen (12 ha) and the Carrières-sous-Poissy ecological park (200 ha). Agence Ter has also completed projects in Spain (Plaça de les Gloriés in Barcelona (15 ha)), Germany (Aqua Magica park in Bad Oeynhausen, the Duisburg central square) and Ireland (Royal Canal project).

To complement the experiences of its European office, Agence Ter will partner with the local landscape architecture firm SALT Landscape Architects. We will also work with specialized partners Deborah Murphy Urban Design + Planning and Fehr and Peers, Community Art Resources (CARS), Kelly Shannon, Leo Villareal, Pentagram, still room, Rachel Allen Architecture, KPFF, M-E Engineers, and Lighting Design Alliance.

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What will the revitalization of Pershing Square do for Downtown LA?

It’ll be inviting for locals and visitors, attracting a community to creating a lively atmosphere that will foster being connected to Downtown LA. A thriving space for the public can offer easy access to entertainment, outdoor hangout space, where local businesses can flourish, which can lead to a boost in jobs and fuel local economy.

Images by Agence Ter and Team

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