Friday, December 02, 2005

grand ave deadline approaching

received this email today from the norman lear center's grand intervention, somewhat redacted for length:

As we close in on the December 9th deadline for submissions, our effort to invigorate the process that will lead to a new 16-acre civic park in downtown Los Angeles continues to build steam.

Advisory board member Doug Suisman suggested we contact designers, architects, planners and academics to find out what they think about 21st century park design. We asked for ideas about parks that might serve as inspiration for imagining the Grand Avenue park, in terms of design and use, and we asked for thoughts about the design process itself. On the Grand Intervention Web site, you can see some of the terrific suggestions that have come in so far, including remarks from James Corner, Mia Lehrer, Eric Owen Moss, Elizabeth Moule, Stefanos Polyzoides, Mark Rios and many more. We're aiming to incorporate as much of this material as we can in the Los Angeles Times spread we're planning for later in December.

We are delighted to report that the Annenberg Center for Communication has provided a grant to fund the development of 3D tools that will allow people to explore the Grand Avenue park site virtually. USC's Integrated Media Systems Center will develop these applications using their own GeoDec (Geospatial Decision Making) technology, whose development has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This month, we will launch a Web-accessible interface for public users to interact with a 3D model of the proposed park area. In February 2006, we will showcase a more enhanced and graphically accurate 3D model of the area at the Entertainment Gathering in Los Angeles.

read the entire update here.


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