Archinect - News 2017-06-24T08:22:36-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149999167/st-louis-segregation-and-how-history-shapes-the-urban-landscape St. Louis, segregation and how history shapes the urban landscape Liam Otten 2017-03-24T20:32:00-04:00 >2017-04-03T11:54:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j9/j904o3pabmxd22e8.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Segregation is no accident.</p><p>Nearly five decades after the Fair Housing Act of 1968, American cities remain racially, culturally, spatially and economically divided. Entrenched conditions and persistent biases undermine the policies and priorities that would heal lingering wounds.</p><p>So argues&nbsp;<a href="http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/portfolios/faculty/catalina_freixas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catalina Freixas</a>, assistant professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts. Last semester, Freixas and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hssu.edu/profiles_full.cfm?prflID=114" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Abbott</a>, professor of history and director of the Center for Neighborhood Development at Harris-Stowe State University, launched &ldquo;Segregation by Design.&rdquo;&nbsp; Developed as part of&nbsp;<a href="http://cenhum.artsci.wustl.edu/Divided-City-Initiative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Divided City</a>&nbsp;initiative, their class &mdash; which will be offered again next fall &mdash; explores both the historic roots and present-day reality of urban separation.</p><p>In this Q&amp;A, Freixas discusses St. Louis, segregation and the hidden histories that shape our urban landscape.</p><p><strong>You&rsquo;re from Argentina but joined the Sam Fox School faculty in 2004. What drew you to the topic of American segregation?</strong></p><p>My researc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982755/one-of-the-best-long-reads-of-2016-explores-the-demise-of-a-medieval-u-s-city One of the best long reads of 2016 explores the demise of a medieval U.S. city Julia Ingalls 2016-12-14T18:20:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T22:02:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z4/z4v8tkrehtf89ucs.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Each generation likes to think it is unique, or at least living on the cutting-edge; but archaeologists have long known that history has a way of repeating itself. Although North America is often considered to be part of the "New World," inhabitations on this continent date back millennia. In this fascinating piece by Annalee Newitz for <a href="http://arstechnica.com/features/2016/12/theres-a-1000-year-old-lost-city-beneath-the-st-louis-suburbs/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ars Technica</a> (whose length is perfect for plane reading) archaeologists uncover new sections of the lost city of Cahokia, which flourished between 1100 and 1400 A.D. in an area that is currently known as East St. Louis. A city of 30,000 that was more populous than Paris at the time, the pyramid and earthern-mound laden city went through all the statutte-endowed stages of societal refinement before taking the low road into ritual sacrifice and random trash fires. Sound familiar?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s9/s92an4r17le1qne7.jpg"></p><p>For more on the ancient world:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951237/archaeologists-discover-hidden-ancient-cities-in-cambodia-some-as-big-as-phnom-penh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archaeologists discover hidden ancient cities in Cambodia, some as big as Phnom Penh</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72198848/ideas-and-inspiration-from-ancient-rome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ideas and Inspiration from Ancient Rome</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934108/architect-behind-matrera-castle-restoration-argues-criticism-is-prejudiced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect behind Matre...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941413/washington-university-in-st-louis-to-phase-out-styrene-next-fall-students-express-mixed-reactions Washington University in St. Louis to phase out styrene next fall, students express mixed reactions Justine Testado 2016-04-19T13:10:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T15:26:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qo/qo75k1iejx1ts9ke.jpg" width="650" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many current architecture students are excited about the removal of styrene mainly because of the various health hazards...[However,] others are worried that it will negatively impact their work and productivity. Sophomore Sam Landay explained that it&rsquo;s not uncommon for architecture students to put their projects before their health. Even outspoken opponents of styrene admit the necessity of utilizing the material.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126714152/when-the-pressure-is-on-dedicated-architecture-students-show-how-to-power-nap-like-a-pro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When the pressure is on, dedicated architecture students show how to power nap like a pro</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141279707/one-night-s-bad-sleep-equivalent-to-six-months-on-a-high-fat-diet-new-study-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One night's bad sleep equivalent to six months on a high-fat diet, new study finds</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147210156/another-study-warns-that-3d-printers-pose-potential-health-risks-for-users" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another study warns that 3D-printers pose potential health risks for users</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125895927/heart-of-the-community-program-selects-six-new-cities-to-receive-placemaking-grants Heart of the Community program selects six new cities to receive placemaking grants Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:36:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/24/24eaf1c2f814fa7f1e8a240f4266b125.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This morning, Southwest Airlines announced that non-profit organizations in six U.S. cities will receive Placemaking grants to help them reimagine and reactivate important but underutilized public spaces in their city. [...] Albuquerque, New Mexico: Civic Plaza Ft. Myers, Florida: Lee County Regional Library Jacksonville, Florida: Hemming Park Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 4th &amp; Wisconsin Area Portland, Maine: Congress Square Park St. Louis, Missouri: Strauss Park</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107407617/a-failed-public-housing-project-could-be-a-key-to-st-louis-future A Failed Public-Housing Project Could Be a Key to St. Louis' Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T14:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T11:03:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55fb00a924984901898453be5a57a3e8.jpg" width="620" height="490" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the Pruitt-Igoe site is once again in the spotlight, but this time because of a new bid to &ldquo;get the economic flywheel going in the right direction again,&rdquo; in the words of private developer Paul McKee, the force behind the proposed NorthSide Regeneration project. [...] The lynchpin of it all would be to get the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency&mdash;the high-tech eyes and ears of the Defense Department&mdash;to relocate to where the towers of Pruitt-Igoe once stood.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106337230/drawing-ambience-alvin-boyarsky-and-the-architectural-association ‘Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association’ Liam Otten 2014-08-12T13:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:46:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zj/zjb5wewi7i86m78b.jpg" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is architecture a trade or an art?</p><p>For Alvin Boyarsky, the answer was clear. As longtime chair of the <a href="http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Association</a> (AA) in London, and one of the most influential figures in 20th-century design education, Boyarsky argued that architecture was not only a profession but also an artistic venture &mdash; an open, wide-ranging practice that comprises drawing and publication as much as it engages design and construction.</p><p>This fall, the <a href="http://www.kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum</a> at Washington University in St. Louis will present <a href="http://www.kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu/exhibitions/9926" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association,&rdquo;</a> the first public museum exhibition of drawings from Boyarsky&rsquo;s private collection.</p><p>Featuring early formative works on paper by a generation of prominent architects &mdash; including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi &mdash; &ldquo;Drawing Ambience&rdquo; explores Boyarsky&rsquo;s role as a collector of drawings and also, metaphorically speaking, of the ideas and people that have come to defin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103941905/michael-jantzen-shows-m-velope-in-st-louis Michael Jantzen shows M-velope in St. Louis Archinect 2014-07-11T17:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:56:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mm/mm0kqorubf0r3sy7.jpg" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The exploration of new ways of thinking about the built environment is at the heart of a new exhibition at St. Louis', MO <a href="http://brunodavidgallery.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruno David Gallery</a> which opened June 27.</p><p>Key piece of the show is <em>M-velope</em> by artist <a href="http://archinect.com/michael-jantzen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Jantzen</a> (read Archinect's 2009 interview with Jantzen <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/91718/captain-concept-archinect-interviews-michael-jantzen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>), an art retreat structure designed to provide shelter when trying to "escape from the norm."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kkv3ssgxbur2a8e7.jpg"></p><p>The sculpture, 12 feet high by 12 feet wide and 20 feet long, takes up the center of the main gallery space and is Michael Jantzen's latest sculpture from his &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/michael-jantzen/project/the-m-velope" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M-velope</a>&rdquo; series.</p><p>The exhibition still runs until Saturday, August 23, 2014.</p><p>Scroll down for more details.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9shgbym2vuu21lx.jpg"></p><p>"Michael Jantzen has always approached his art and design as an inventor, rather than a stylist. By creating architectural art, he is reinventing the built environment so that it can continually be altered to meet the changing needs and desires of its occupants. At times, he attempts to invent systems and components that can be assembled and reassembled in various...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96429709/the-national-park-project-aiming-to-change-the-landscape-of-st-louis The National Park Project Aiming to Change the Landscape of St. Louis Alexander Walter 2014-03-24T20:24:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:25:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9a/9a3504d7af2fa57737fb2a80a1d8c842.jpg" width="650" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During a lecture given at Kansas City Design Week earlier in the year, Gullivar Shepard of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) called the St. Louis Arch Ground project, known as CityArchRiver 2015, one of the most challenging projects he has been involved in.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79396202/the-park-over-the-highway-is-now-underway" target="_blank">The "Park Over the Highway" is now underway</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79396202/the-park-over-the-highway-is-now-underway The "Park Over the Highway" is now underway Justine Testado 2013-08-14T09:55:00-04:00 >2013-08-22T10:03:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yg/yg92rvqourhtqh35.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the start of the aptly named&#8203; &#8203;"&#8203;Park O&#8203;ver the Highway" plan in St. Louis, Missouri earlier this month. The plan's objective is to connect the iconic Gateway Arch grounds and Downtown St. Louis by building a park over the Interstate-70, which has divided the city from the Mississippi waterfront for the past 50 years. Last month, the <a href="http://modot.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Missouri Department of Transportation </a>(MoDOT) awarded <a href="http://kciconstruction.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KCI Construction Company</a> $26.4 million to begin construction. The project is expected to be done by Fall 2015.</p> <p> As depicted in the rendering above, the extensive renovation project also involves re-routing roads, laying groundwork pedestrian and bike paths, and general enhancement of the landscape&#8203;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r82nj3j9f2h5pxur.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Funds for the entire $380 million plan came from public sources like federal grants and a voter-approved local sales tax as well as private contributions from major supporters like the <a href="http://www.cityarchriver.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CityArchRiver</a> foundation.</p> <p> <br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8v9ruq4ubroskgh0.jpg" title=""><br><br> U.S. Transportation ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74109269/gateway-arch-biography-reveals-complex-history-of-an-american-icon Gateway Arch 'Biography' Reveals Complex History Of An American Icon Archinect 2013-05-28T15:04:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:16:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/90/9054adc231f6f7e75eca3f3fec1b2240.jpg" width="650" height="952" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than decade after Abbott's imaginative drawing, Eero Saarinen submitted a design for a gleaming metal curve to a competition, and the saga of the Arch began. Campbell, a history professor and the co-director of the Wendell Ford Public Policy Research Center at the University of Kentucky, joins Scott Simon to talk about the controversy around the design, the African-American residents who were displaced to build the Arch and whether the monument really symbolizes the opening of the West.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/72186785/sunflowers-pocket-parks-and-other-ideas-aim-to-beautify-vacant-lots Sunflowers, pocket parks and other ideas aim to beautify vacant lots Alexander Walter 2013-04-29T14:44:00-04:00 >2013-06-17T07:41:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ac/aca6336c51ca23bddbfe4bc8796505b7.jpg" width="610" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you live in any large &lsquo;rustbelt&rsquo; city in the Midwest, and St. Louis in particular, you&rsquo;re probably all too familiar with the site of vacant lots. Empty land where homes and businesses used to be present a tough challenge for cities. This weekend, ground will be broken on several projects which aim to change the way neighborhoods and cities deal with vacant property. The Washington University Sustainable Land Lab Competition chose five winning designs from 48 design submissions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/58896584/starbucks-saves-st-louis-flying-saucer-preservationists-celebrate Starbucks saves St. Louis "Flying Saucer"; Preservationists celebrate Archinect 2012-10-08T17:11:00-04:00 >2012-10-09T13:05:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gv/gvxhnu5h9wrzz0uk.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>a Starbucks coffee shop opened its doors inside a renovated space-age concrete gas station at Grand and Forest Park boulevards, the subject to an intense demolition threat just one year prior. By the end of the day, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch broke the news that another chain, drug store CVS, was backing off its plans to demolish the elliptical mid-century modern AAA Building in Midtown. Within a few hours, months of protest ended in celebration.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/35208101/imploding-the-pruitt-igoe-myth Imploding the Pruitt-Igoe Myth eric jonathan martin 2012-01-20T21:22:00-05:00 >2012-01-26T14:53:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ty/tyvndv8ffq93d9um.jpg" width="630" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nearly 40 years after its destruction, the people interviewed for the film continue to wrestle with Pruitt-Igoe's legacy and its place in their lives. They love it and hate it, but don't resent it. Despite the piles of trash, mountains of drugs, and preponderance of crime, this was their home. For some, it was their first proper dwelling.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>