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Grassroots design organization the Citizens’ Brigade to Save LACMA has announced the winners of its “LACMA Not LackMA” ideas competition, narrowing the field to six alternative concepts for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art resdesign. The initial plans for the museum, which were unveiled in 2013 by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, involved a $750 million project to tear down the existing museum’s 1970s and 1980s buildings and replace them with a smaller, concrete, biomorphic structure. The design caused much controversy, and spurred design professionals Greg Goldin, Joseph Giovannini, Evelyn Kalka, and Emma Gardner to form the Citizens’ Brigade to Save LACMA to protest the plans. In 2019, the group wrote a petition calling on LACMA to shelve Zumthor’s design and begin from scratch, accumulating nearly 12,000 signatures since its publication.

Aiming to create a more public design process, the Citizens’ Brigade to Save LACMA launched a “pop-up architecture competition,” which was open for submissions until April. The jury ultimately selected the designs from Barkow Leibinger in Berlin; Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna; Kaya Design in London; Paul Murdoch Architects in Los Angeles; Reiser + Umemoto in New York; and TheeAe (The Evolved Architectural Eclectic) in Hong Kong as the leading submissions, all of which will receive a prize of $1,500. The jury also recognized entries from nine other firms as entries of merit, each of which will receive a $500 prize. The Citizen’s Brigade to Save LACMA will display all 15 designs on its website, inviting the public to vote and comment on their preferred design from the leading six.

The Citizens’ Brigade to Save LACMA’s leading designs for "LACMA Not LackMA" are:

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Barkow Leibinger in Berlin

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Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna

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Kaya Design in London

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Paul Murdoch Architects in Los Angeles

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Reiser + Umemoto in New York

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TheeAe (The Evolved Architectural Eclectic) in Hong Kong

To read more about the winning projects, visit the Citizens' Brigade to Save LACMA's website.