Top 10 L.A. Architecture Stories of 2012
|Grand Park downtown|
1. Grand Park downtown
Back in 2008, landscape and architecture firm Rios Clementi Hale studios unveiled its plan for "L.A.'s Central Park," launching the project's 4-year-long roller coaster ride towards the realization of this 12 acre green space nestled within downtown from Grand avenue to Spring street. Detractors said it couldn't be done during the recession, it was put on hold, then funding was reduced and the design downsized. But now, in 2012, the park is mostly functional and bustling with visitors. Portions of the park are still receiving their finishing touches and tweeks, but despite some criticism for its awkward grade changes (keep in mind this is the site the team had to work with), the panopticon-esque siting between various bureaucratic agencies like the Stanley Mosk Courthouse and the District Attorney's office, and the hurdles of developer-vs-public partnerships (successfully and expertly coordinated by County Supervisor Gloria Molina), Grand Park remains a triumph in public space making for L.A.