Reimagining La Brea Tar Pits

Art for La Brea Tar Pits Master Planning (Mammoth against blue background)

La Brea Tar Pits

Join us in Reimagining La Brea Tar Pits

On Monday, August 26, from 7 to 9 pm, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County will host a public presentation of the preliminary conceptual approaches to a future master plan for La Brea Tar Pits.

Three architectural team finalists—Dorte Mandrup (Copenhagen), Weiss Manfredi (New York) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York)—were charged with reimagining 12-acres of Hancock Park, La Brea Tar Pits, and the museum. As part of our selection process the principals of all three teams will present their approaches, and we want the community to weigh in. 

Swing by the El Rey Theatre on mid-Wilshire the evening of August 26 to see the presentations and give us your feedback. Surveys will be available by text and online.

Community Presentation

When: Monday, August 26, 2019, 7–9 pm
Where: El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Space is limited. Please let us know if you can make it!

Competition Exhibit

If you are unable to attend this presentation, please stop by the museum at La Brea Tar Pits, where the renderings, drawings, and models from each of the three teams will be displayed from August 27 through September 15.

Surveys will be available onsite and online.

When: August 27–September 15
Where: La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 

We will also make all materials available on this webpage.

La Brea Tar Pits is the only facility of its kind in the world—an active, internationally renowned site of paleontological research in the heart of a great city, and a museum that both supports scientists’ work and shares their discoveries with more than 400,000 visitors each year.

About the Architects

Portrait of Dorte Mandrup

Dorte Mandrup
From Copenhagen, Denmark, founder and creative director Dorte Mandrup and her team are known for their sensitive yet dynamic approach to culturally significant sites. Their work includes five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ranging from a museum and visitor center by the Icefjord in Greenland, to three visitor centers by the Wadden Sea coast in Denmark, Germany and Netherlands and a library in the UNESCO protected Swedish baroque city, Karlskrona. Their team includes landscape architect Martha Schwartz Partners, visual designers Kontrapunkt, L.A.-based executive architects Gruen Associates and engineering firm Arup.

Portrait of Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi of Weiss/Manfredi

WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, founders and principals of New York-based firm, have seamlessly married architecture and landscape in a series of landmark projects that among others includes the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Museum of the Earth, and the renowned Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. Their team includes brand and graphics designer Michael Beirut, paleobotanist Dr. Carol Gee, artist Mark Dion and Los Angeles-based Emmy Award-winning designer Karin Fong of Imaginary Forces. Their team includes brand and graphics designer Michael Beirut, paleobotanist Dr. Carol Gee, artist Mark Dion and Los Angeles-based Emmy Award-winning designer Karin Fong of Imaginary Forces.

Portrait of Diller Scofidio + Renfro firm

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R)
DS+R is well known in Los Angeles for their design of The Broad museum on Grand Avenue, which opened in 2015. Other high-profile DS+R projects include New York City’s High Line which repurposed a 1.5 mile-long elevated train track into a vibrant park; the recently opened Shed, also in New York City; and the 35-acre Zaryadye Park, Moscow’s first major public park in over 50 years. Their creative team includes California-based landscape architects Rana Creek and landscape architect and urban theorist Walter Hood.

Exterior shot of La Brea Tar Pits and Lake Pit

About La Brea Tar Pits

La Brea Tar Pits is the best and most complete record of life during the Ice Age, a living laboratory for scientists and the global community to engage in and learn from groundbreaking research, and discover plants and animals trapped in the tar pits over the last 50,000 years. Outside, you can watch excavators carve fossils out of asphalt. Inside the museum, our staff prepares these discoveries in the see-through Fossil Lab. The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County oversees 12-acres of Hancock Park, La Brea Tar Pits and the museum (established in 1977 as the George C. Page Museum).