With the Museum of Contemporary Art and Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall with Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s Broad Museum soon to follow, downtown L.A.’s Grand Avenue is on its way to becoming the cultural center the city has long been trying to establish in Bunker Hill. To push the transformation further along, Gehry may return to the burgeoning strip to master plan Parcel Q, a mixed-use residential, retail, and hotel complex across from Disney Hall.
Should Gehry’s claim hold true — and L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne believes that it does — he will replace Gensler as the development’s design director. A joint city and county commission unanimously rejected Gensler’s $650-million Parcel Q plan on Monday, castigating the architects and developer Related Companies for featuring only a luxury hotel, expensive shops, and upscale restaurants in their vision. Related received an extension through January to completely reimagine their project, so Gehry will have to work fast. For Grand Avenue, however, Hawthorne notes that “uncertainty can be a good thing.” Though it’s unclear what kind of street Gehry will envision, we can only hope that his iteration will actually account for pedestrians (and, you know, the middle class, wherever it’s hiding). [Los Angeles Times]
— Anna Kats
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