Six Visions for Los Angeles’s Union Station in 2050
A public forum today at Union Station provided the public with their first look at conceptual visions for Union Station and the surrounding area by six architectural firms bidding to prepare a master plan for the facility.
Metro Executive Planning Director Martha Welborne told the several hundred people in attendance that the point of the vision boards was to energize the teams submitting bids to prepare the master plan, as well as energize the public that uses — or will someday use Union Station.
Listing the new Metro projects about to open or soon begin construction, Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa said that the transit projects are opportunities to transform how the region looks and functions.
“And with high-speed rail coming down the pipeline, Union Station will truly be a hub not just for the region, but for the state,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa. “This is about preparing for the future.”
Los Angeles Councilman and Metro Board Member Jose Huizar made a similar point: “This is a place” — Union Station — “that will have a lot more eyes on it,” he said.
Metro officials said that the Vision Boards are not part of the formal evaluation process of the six firms. Rather, they’re a means to begin the public engagement process and ignite inspiration about Union Station as a multi-modal regional transportation hub.
Metro staff will make their recommendation to the Metro Board on June 28. Upon approval by the Board, the Master Planning process could be completed in 24 months.
(via The Source)
I am absolutely fascinated by Union Station. I love that place, and this is very interesting in terms of Future/Master Planning, with a necessary dose of Historic Preservation!
(Click through to download the InDesign poster boards from each firm for easier reading)
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