Category Archives: plants

proposals for pruitt-igoe

Over the past few weeks, I have focused on developing an approach to the Pruitt-Igoe site that deals not only with program – but that reveals site history: Pruitt-Igoe, demolition, revegetation.  In this post I will describe the four strategies … Continue reading

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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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soil testing – pH

During my site visits on Sunday, I collected soil samples from the JNEM and Pruitt-Igoe areas. I am testing all of the samples for pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium levels.  (Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, aka N-P-K, are key to plant … 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 Urban Flora

In preparation for my site visit in a few days, I have been researching St Louis’ urban flora.  Inspired by Del Tredici’s Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast, here are some facts, history, and positive attributes of some of the … Continue reading

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