Our studio project this semester is to design a new master plan for Exposition Park (which is just south of USC), and redesign the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for USC football. The studio is run by Dan Meis (Senior Principal at Populus) and Greg Otto (Director Buro Happold).
My proposal is an attempted to keep the historic museums and rose garden, but reorganize the park into a cohesive place that attracts both students and members of the residential community. A new aerospace museum which is needed to house the space shuttle will be added to the collage of existing museums. Along with the redesigned Coliseum a new soccer stadium for Chivas USA, and aquatics center are planned.
The major hurdle to designing the stadium is its historic nature. To upgrade the coliseum to the level of other top national football programs the seating bowl will need to be replaced, and suites and club seating will need to be added. This is in direct conflict with the historic building because the bowl is the experiential part of the building. Since we were tasked with removing the bowl, some of the historic building would have to be removed, so what else do we remove or not remove. I have chosen remove most of exterior but keep the peristyle entrance. Then by designing my project around the entrance I have made it more prominent and important to the site than it currently is. This way I can respect the sites past and remind visitors of the historic events while still creating a modern stadium.