Design firms wHY and Civitas joined together to address the challenges and opportunities of Pershing Square in Los Angeles. Specializing in urban design, architecture and landscape architecture, the two firms located in Los Angeles and Denver respectively demonstrate a level of familiarity with the whole of Los Angeles, an ability to address the critical needs of communities through the design of parks and engaging programs, and generate value for cities, people and society.
Led by architect Kulapat Yantrasast and landscape architect Mark Johnson, the collective wHY + Civitas team has designed valuable and beautiful projects across the country. These projects include San Diego Convention Centers public rooftop park, St. Patricks Island in Calgary, Jackson Park in Chicago, Ribbon of the Thamesin London, Ontario, the March 2016 opening of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, and temporary exhibitions for organizations like the A+D Museum, Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Skirball Cultural Center, LACMA and others.
The wHY + Civitas design approach is to connect Los Angeles with parks, healthy places for socializing, exercising, playing, learning and relaxing. For Pershing Square, we envision an exemplary model for how to transform this public piece of LA into the heart of the city.
Watch the wHY + Civitas presentation from the April 28, 2016 Reimagine the Heart of L.A. event: