The University of Southern California took home the prize in the first annual Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Design Charette. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Business Council and hosted in Gensler’s Los Angeles’ office, eight Southern California Architecture Schools were asked to handpick teams of students for an intense 3-day design Charette that included a $5,000 award for the winning team. The teams each created a vision for the 40-acre Ports O’Call complex at the Port of Los Angeles.
Each of the projects submitted by the students required the integration of a grandiose waterfront promenade and bike path, a minimum three acre park—dubbed the Fisherman’s Park—with integrated water features and amphitheater, and a connection with the Red Car Trolley system that currently provides public transportation to the area. The redevelopment is a real-life project in the making, and the Port of LA has set aside more than $1 billion to re-envision and complete a master plan for the area. An official Request for Proposals is set to be released before summer’s end.
Juror, Henry N. Cobb, FAIA, (founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners) notes that the winning design was “…conceptual, imaginative and exceptionally well-resolved for a three day design charette. The rest… are brilliant in their own way.” We hope that inspiration can be taken from the students projects to create a green sustainable redevelopment of the Port of Los Angeles and Ports O’Call!