Citing serious concerns, a group of high-profile architects advising Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the downtown football stadium is recommending a redesign of the Los Angeles Convention Center hall that is part of the project.
Several members of the "Vision Team," a group of eight architects assembled by Villaraigosa to consult, believe the plan has major flaws, including having visitors enter the new hall through a dark, unsafe space created by stretching the building over Pico Boulevard. — dailynews.com
An architecture buff himself with an interest in skyscraper designs, Villaraigosa formed the eight-member Vision Team, which includes Hitoshi Abe, chairman of the Department of Architecture & Urban Design School at UCLA, architect Scott Johnson of Los Angeles firm Johnson Fain, and Paul Danna, principal at international firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The group met at least three times, and walked the site near Staples Center.
Overall, the members were enthusiastic about the prospect of a stadium proposal in downtown, which could bring a "futuristic vision" to the area, Millar said.
But Villaraigosa's goal of asking top-notch architects to weigh in on a commercially focused project may have backfired. In their report, the group detailed major issues with the project, including complaints about the new hall.