Gateway Arch International Design Competition

Gateway Arch - SOURCE: Flickr - rpkelly22

The National Park Service and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay recently launched an international design competition to invigorate the park and city areas surrounding of one of the world’s most iconic monuments, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

The winning design will be announced in October 2010, with the resulting work completed by October 28, 2015 – the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch.

The competition – “Framing a Modern Masterpiece: The City + The Arch + The River 2015” – is called for in the NPS’s new General Management Plan, which was developed with extensive public input over an 18 month period, and finally approved on November 23.

The competition will invite teams to create a new design for the Arch grounds and surrounding areas with 10 goals in mind:

  • Create an iconic place for the international icon, the Gateway Arch.
  • Catalyze increased vitality in the St. Louis region.
  • Honor the character-defining elements of the National Historic Landmark.
  • Weave connections and transitions from the City and the Arch grounds to the Mississippi River.
  • Embrace the Mississippi River and the east bank in Illinois as an integral part of the national park.
  • Mitigate the impact of transportation systems.
  • Reinvigorate the mission to tell the story of St. Louis as the gateway to national expansion.
  • Create attractors to promote extended visitation to the Arch, the City and the river.
  • Develop a sustainable future for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
  • Enhance the visitor experience and create a welcoming and accessible environment.

Additional information can be found at

New MLA program to be offered at Sam Fox School of Design in 2010

Record reports

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts will launch a new Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program in fall 2010, announced Bruce Lindsey, dean of the College of Architecture and the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design.

Chairing the MLA program will be Dorothee Imbert, currently associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD).

Meanwhile, the Sam Fox School will begin offering a new undergraduate minor in landscape architecture in fall 2011.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2010. Students can apply online through the Sam Fox School’s graduate admissions page. For more information, visit or call 935-6227

for more information go to the [SOURCE: Record – New master’s degree in landscape architecture to be offered in 2010 by Liam Otten]

Citygarden’s popularity boosts Gateway Mall development – reports

The public’s embrace of the Citygarden sculpture park is helping push more work on the Gateway Mall, the 16-block strip between the Old Courthouse and Union Station.

Citygarden has been open for a little more than two weeks and remains a hit with visitors drawn to the nearly three-acre park of sculptures, tree-lined paths and fountains.

Tricia Roland-Hamilton, director of the Gateway Mall Project, said Citygarden was prompting skeptics to re-evaluate their opinion of the Gateway Mall as an endeavor whose time would never come.

read more at the SOURCE: – Citygarden’s popularity boosts Gateway Mall development

Also read our previous post about Citygarden

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Citygarden opens in St.Louis

Flickr Image: Stannate

Citygarden is a new park with a twist in St.Louis, unlike other parks it’s not just a green and lush landscape, it  incorporates art with the landscape.  A landscape that features fountains and pools, a waterfall, places to sit and a café.

A garden for residents and city workers to relax during the day, take a evening stroll or have a weekend coffee with the morning newpapers.

The garden occupies the two blocks between Eighth and Tenth and Chestnut and Market Streets. The two blocks, which are owned by the City and cover 2.9 acres, are part of the Gateway Mall, a 19-square block spine of green space that stretches mostly uninterrupted for a little more than a mile from Broadway to 21st Street. The space is framed to the east by St. Louis’s world-renowned Gateway Arch and its historic Old Courthouse.

The City of St. Louis and Gateway Foundation announced in June, 2007 that they would partner in creating the garden. The City owns the garden improvements and will continue to own the land. Its only expenses will be for water and electricity. The not-for-profit Gateway Foundation is providing the funding — an estimated $25-$30 million, covering design and construction and front-end “soft costs” such as financing, anticipated expenses for security and insurance, etc. The cost of the sculpture, which is and will remain owned by the foundation, is separate. Going forward, Gateway Foundation will pay for all costs of Citygarden except water and electricity.

Warren Byrd, principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the Charlottesville, Va.-based landscape architectural firm that prepared the plan for the garden. Ten St. Louis-based firms supported Nelson Byrd Woltz in the design process, including Studio Durham Architects, which designed the cafe. BSI Constructors served as the general contractor.

Image SOURCE: Gateway Foundation

Also watch the great video at St.Louis Today with Warren Byrd who speaks about the project and the role of  Nelson Byrd Woltz in the project.


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