We’re excited to announce the winners of the NELA RC Placemaking Design Competition! It was difficult selecting a handful of winners out of the 37 amazing design project ideas that we received. Thank you again to all the community members, designers, and artists who submitted designs. We also want to thank our jury of NELA RC partners who scored all the designs.
The designs for each of the geographic categories were judged according to the six placemaking evaluation criteria used for the competition; placemaking potential, social impact, implementation feasibility, sustainable physical design, design creativity, and health outcomes. The winners below represent projects that scored the highest across all criteria when added up, and these 6 winning projects will each win $2,000.
There were also some outstanding projects that we want to recognize below as honorable mentions for each of the geographic categories.
Griffith Park Eastside Park
[The City Project]
This park design proposes much needed green space for the eastside of the Riverfront in Atwater Village–while recognizing the need to include active spaces for families, horse riders, and sports.
The Griffith Park Eastside Park Project will green the L.A. River for all, especially park poor, income poor communities. Many people and groups have contributed to the conceptual plan, including The City Project, landscape architect Ulises Diaz and Studio Dos ó Tres, GreenInfo Network, Anahuak Youth Sports Association, Griffith Park Draft Master Plan Working Group, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, FOLAR, community and city leaders, and others. In summer 2012, Tom LaBonge and Ed Reyes introduced a motion to have the city Recreation and Parks Department, Bureau of Sanitation and Bureau of Engineering do a study to determine “what land . . . might be available along the eastern bank of the Los Angeles River to create open space.” Learn more here . . .