At a just-completed meeting of the city's Ad Hoc Committee on the Proposed Downtown Stadium and Events Center, architecture firm Populous presented its designs for the less-discussed part of the South Park NFL stadium plan--the new Convention Center wing. Since AEG will need to tear down the Convention Center's West Hall (roughly between Staples Center and the 110 Freeway) to build their Farmers Field, their agreement with the city requires them to build a replacement (here are Gensler's latest renderings for the accompanying football field). According to the LA Daily News, Populous's design "dramatically reshapes the existing site" by spanning the space between the proposed stadium and the existing South Hall--that'll make for a more connected Convention Center that can handle bigger events. LA Planning Director Michael LoGrande tells the LADN that "While elements of the design are likely to change, renderings include restaurants and patios outside the base of the hall, all intended to create gathering spaces...Additionally, there are references to L.A.'s film history, as well as exterior light columns similar to ones outside Los Angeles International Airport." Plans also call for 41 billboards.
· AEG to unveil plans for new convention center [LADN]
· Architect for Convention Center Also Did That Other Stadium [Curbed LA]