With my midterm presentation done and five (!) weeks left to develop this project, it’s been helpful to focus in on a few key concepts and questions:
How can our understanding of St. Louis history move beyond the Arch to include other sites and narratives?
How can history be represented in a city radically transformed by processes of urban renewal and vacancy?
How can our understanding of cultural landscapes move beyond a necessity for physical structures or periods of significance?
How can vacancy and urban renewal be understood as landscape processes (not static states)?
How can these processes and alternative narratives be represented through vegetational strategies (spontaneous vegetation and planted form)?