Category Archives: arch

village and common fields

I have devoted a lot of research toward understanding the JNEM and Pruitt-Igoe sites individually – but what is the relationship between them? In its early history, St. Louis was laid out as a village surrounded by commons and common … Continue reading

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project statement: new, improved, and revised

Several narratives distinguish the city of Saint Louis.  Historically, it has historically served as a frontier trading village; both a stop and a destination for Exodusters following Emancipation and African Americans seeking work during the Great Migration; and an inland … Continue reading

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st louis urban flora

The Arch Grounds and Pruitt-Igoe could both be said to be representative of a St. Louis forest.  The Arch grounds, as designed by Kiley, were intended to be a modernist abstraction of the local forests.  (It is important to note … Continue reading

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St. Louis Physical Model

This physical model of St. Louis shows the JNEM and Pruitt-Igoe sites in relation to one another.  The topography is distorted to emphasize the filled Mill Creek valley – another aspect of St. Louis urban renewal that transformed the urban … Continue reading

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Arch Grounds Update

Below are a few links to information about the January 26 JNEM design update public presentation.  A few notes: -budget estimate is now $578M, approaching double the 2009 NPS estimate ($305M). -Gondolas across the Mississippi River (from the Behnisch concept) … Continue reading

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JNEM and P-I

This set of diagrams compares the JNEM and Pruitt-Igoe sites.   The largest building footprint at JNEM is a parking garage.  Pruitt-Igoe is dominated by two schools.     Barriers define the edges of each site.  JNEM much more porous … Continue reading

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Historic Sites Act of 1935

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (JNEM) was the first “historic site” designated by the Historic Sites Act of 1935.  After it was declared a historic site in 1935, 40 blocks were cleared between 1939 and 1942.  Further action was delayed … Continue reading

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