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South Group's Streetscape Continues Getting Kudos

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, June 23, 2008, at 05:09PM
South Group Streetscape Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Streetscape on Hope street, next to Luma. The metal cage is designed to enclose news racks and hide them from street view.

The streetscape design around the South Group's trio of projects in South Park just keeps getting recognized. Last week the Los Angeles Business Council honored the project in its 38th Los Angeles Architectural Awards. While Luma was awarded for best built green building, the streetscape got its win in the category of Residential Landscape Architecture.

The South Group's designs for plantings and wide sidewalks took council action to come into being. City rules would have required street widening around new construction, even in Downtown. Councilwoman Jan Perry passed a motion in July of 2005 asking that those rules be re-examined.

It took another in March of 2006 to allow South Group to put widening funds in an account while the city wheels slowly turned on deciding whether they could go toward pedestrian improvements instead of widening. Today the built out streetscape is a favorite model for the Urban Design Studio's Downtown Design Guidelines.

Also winning for Downtown were AEG with the LA Live Hotel and Residences (Mixed Use Award Design Concept) and Biscuit Company Lofts (Residential Renovated Buildings Award).

SEE: Bustler: Winners of 38th Annual Architectural Awards

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