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Plans For The L.A. Convention Center Look Super Futuristic

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These futuristic renderings of what the L.A. Convention Center could look like are just a reminder than the 44-year old complex is in need of a serious overhaul.

Earlier this week a city panel chose the airy and spacious design by Populous and HMC Architects over two other competing proposals. According to Downtown News, the main features of the design include a structure that goes over Pico Boulevard connecting the South and West Halls, a huge open-air "courtyard," and ballrooms and terraces featuring views of the downtown skyline. The "courtyard" space would include traffic lanes for vehicles along with pedestrian sidewalks.

Our favorite element of the mockup is the abundance of plants throughout the complex. The view from the 110 freeway shows green walls facing the roadway. Hopefully they do something cool with that!

According to Curbed, the LACC was expected to be overhauled as a part of the NFL stadium project that fell through and left the city scrambling for alternatives. Each of the competing designs had a budget of $350 million or less, and the Populous/HMC design will now be passed on to the City Council for approval.