AIA Los Angeles Encourages Los Angeles to Design a World-Class Civic Space at the City Hall lawn

Last Updated: January 19, 2012

AIA Los Angeles Encourages Los Angeles to Design a World-Class Civic Space at the City Hall lawn

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AIA Los Angeles Encourages Los Angeles to Design a World-Class Civic Space at the City Hall lawn

AIA Los Angeles serves as an advocate for initiatives that will improve the built environment of our city. The recent damage to the Los Angeles City Hall lawn presents a unique opportunity to create a world-class public space that utilizes drought-tolerant and native plants, and integrates Low Impact Development (LID) principals.

As an iconic building, City Hall deserves an equally compelling public plaza. Just as the City is urging property owners to replace turf lawns with sustainable alternatives and to implement LID best-management practices, we feel it is imperative that the City lead by example. In addition to promoting water-conservation and storm-water infiltration, permeable hardscape and indigenous plants help protect our watershed from pollutants and unnecessary fertilizers. Since the Los Angeles City Hall is our most visible public building, indigenous, drought-tolerant landscaping and LID implementation will serve to promote environmental awareness and inspire forward looking landscaping citywide.

It is equally important that the new public space around the City Hall be a true commons, one that welcomes the public. The built form of our City buildings communicate to the public; as the space is re-conceived, it is important that design evokes openness and encourages public use.

AIA|LA encourages its membership to contact your local Council Member and Jon Kirk Mukri, the General Manager of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to share the leadership perspective of the architecture and design community.

Last updated: 09-Jan-2013 11:53 PM
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