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Weiss/Manfredi's redesign of La Brea Tar Pits featured in The New York Times

On Thursday, October 20, 2022, The New York Times published an article on the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum featuring Weiss/Manfredi’s redesign and expansion of the site. The article examines the La Brea Tar Pits’, a 13-acre living lab home to nearly 4 million Ice Age fossils, increasing relevance to modern-day environmental challenges. Conversations with La Brea’s Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, Dr. Emily Lindsey, and Dr. Regan Dunn shed light on the ways in which studying the rich history of archaeological findings on the site can allow us to better understand the implications of our current climate trends.

“If Ice Age humans were already modifying their landscapes and causing fires, then the way modern humans are modifying landscapes is concerning. The hope is to start a conversation that spurs civic and legislative action about climate plans today and gives this venue added relevance.”

The New York Times article acknowledges Weiss/Manfredi as leading the redesign and reimagination of the historic landmark. The new La Brea Tar Pits & Museum will feature a 1-kilometer pedestrian path crossing over the Lake Pit, a vibrant public park, an addition of a large exhibition wing, and active excavation sites for visitor viewing and engagement. Weiss/Manfredi’s design reveals a commitment to the preservation and amplification of the site.

Read the article here.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum Master Plan
The renovation and expansion is conceived as a contemporary Wunderkammer, a treasure chest of stunning fossils and artifacts, from large to microscopic.