We were thrilled to share in the recent We  DTLA event hosted by Nation Builder and Pershing Square Renew to announce the ten teams who are submitting designs for the competition to re-envision the future of one of downtown LA’s most notable public spaces.  Starting next week, Pershing Square Renew will present the finalists’ designs at four separate public events downtown.  Four finalists will be selected from this next round and announced later this month.  Stay tuned by following Pershing Square Renew to get the latest updates about the designs and find out how you can weigh in.  Thanks to the community’s ongoing support and everyone’s sustained interest in the project, we should all very soon see a new and improved kind of public space for downtown LA.

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As part of our conversations on community at Making LA last year, we talked about the re-making of Pershing Square with Brian Glodney and Sara Hernandez.  To simplify the story, what started as a Gensler-initiated community project eventually gained Councilman Jose Huizar’s offices support. Fast forward several months and several rounds of community outreach and hours of initial planning groundwork, and today the project has catapulted forward with the formation of Pershing Square Renew, a collaborative partnership between public, private, and local community leaders whose focus is transforming LA’s oldest public space.

Last month, Pershing Square Renew officially launched a design challenge to re-envision what Pershing Square could be.  Join us for a very special We ♡ DTLA event hosted by Nation Builder on the viewing deck of The Biltmore building, where Pershing Square Renew will announce the 10 finalists of the design competition.  This open-house event will showcase DTLA’s past, present, and future in a festive setting reminiscent of a world’s fair that brings together civic leaders, tech community, exciting restaurants, brewers, artists, musicians, and nonprofits. The City of LA, the Mayor’s Office, Pershing Square Renew, LA River Corp, Public School, General Assembly, Cafe Gratitude, Border Grill, Isidore Recycling are some of the great organizations already participating.

Nation Builder will also curate a pop-up gallery in celebration of the occasion, comprised of pieces that are inspired by the city and its future, and particularly DTLA.  Artists who are interested in contributing their work to this show should contact Lindsey Keener at lindsey@nationbuilder.com directly.

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Finalists will be asked to submit full proposals in November and we, the public, should be able to see the final designs by the end of the year, according to Pershing Square Renew’s schedule.  To learn more about this incredible collaborative effort and the future of Pershing Square, make sure you RSVP for this very special event.