Los Angeles Downtown News ranks SCI-Arc #15 on its list of 21 most important projects of the decade. No. 1 is the Old Bank District restored by developer Tom Gilmore, while Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall claims second place. Gilmore and Gehry are members of SCI-Arc's board of directors.
Gilmore's Old Bank District (left); Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall (right)
"Downtown Los Angeles has never had a decade like the one that comes to an end on Dec. 31, 2009. Not even close," writes Downtown News editor Jon Regardie. "… Whereas Downtown in 2000 was a community with a massive office population, a handful of inhabitants and little to do after dark, today the area holds approximately 40,000 residents, extensive nightlife and weekend entertainment options, and some of the most architecturally significant new buildings in the country."
SCI-Arc's building in downtown Los Angeles
Regardie writes about the impact of SCI-Arc in the community, "SCI-Arc was an early adopter in the Arts District, and the activation of the 89,000-square-foot space was by far the most important project in the community in decades."
"The $15 million development injected new residential and economic life into the area. The array of restaurants, retail establishments and housing projects that have blossomed in the district this decade all follow from the opening of SCI-Arc."
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