In April of 2005 the Orange County Great Park Corporation in Irvine, California selected seven internationally recognized design teams to propose a new park for the 21st century that would transform the decommissioned El Toro Air Base, interface with adjacent suburban development and act as a widely accessible regional park.
Our conceptual proposal utilized the most advanced principles of sustainability and regeneration to transform 1,000 acres of flat, dusty, vacant space into a community within a park. The main concepts formed the basis of the design as an alternative to a local ‘car culture’: maximizing public space and adaptively reuse the existing runways as a resource to give form to a new pedestrian oriented community.
The design provided for diversity of culture, density, open space, housing type, public amenities, transportation opportunities, etc., all while demonstrating the sustainable principles of maximized density with reduced footprint; live where you work, work where you play.
Richard Haag Associates