March 13, 2006
by Canadian Architect
The California State Parks Foundation and the California State Department of Parks is searching for an innovative and talented multi-disciplinary team to combine landscape and urban design, art, architecture and historical/cultural interpretation to design a concept for Los Angeles’ newest, precedent-setting urban park. The 32 acres of Los Angeles State Historic Park represent the cornerstone of the City of Los Angeles’ plan to revitalize the Los Angeles River corridor and transform this area into a hub, where all social, economic and cultural strata can meet and interact while celebrating the ethnic diversity and cultural heritage of Los Angeles. Visitors to this park should experience the environment through interpretive media and landscape features that recall the historic events of the region while being given various opportunities for educational/interpretive programming for individual visitors as well as larger groups.
A selection committee comprised of well-known and respected professional and community representatives will review the submitted qualifications and select three finalists. Each team will receive a stipend of $25,000 to enable them to create their conceptual proposals. Public meetings will be held to gather information, ideas and feedback on the proposals from the community. The committee will then rank the three teams and make recommendations to the Director of State Parks, who will select the final team. This team will then contract with State Parks to create a fully realized conceptual plan for Los Angeles State Historic Park.
The submission deadline for RFQs is April 17, 2006, and there is no fee to enter. For more information, please visit www.cscr.dgs.ca.gov/cscr.