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Friday 20 Aug 2010

City + Arch + River = 5 final designs

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24/08/10 Hervin Romney AIA, Miami
For a so-called "intenational competition" it did not come out in any sort of far-reaching widespread announcement....keeping the cards close to their vests makes organizers' motives suspect ! like Mississippi gamblers playing with marked cards...

the published preliminaries are formalistic, not visionary; rhetorical rather than substantial. Next time call a spade a spade
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24/08/10 RB, Chicago
Behnisch is the only one even remotely dealing with the river edge (but at the wrong scale... the Missisippi is no small tame river). Come on people, the power of the beautiful and clever arch is small compared to the beauty and strength of the Mississippi. You can create a beaux arts park anyplace. Move the river boat casino, build over the east bank railroad tracks and bring the park down to the river. What about the kids: you could create an outdoor science park on the power and possibilities as well as the risks inherent in this awesome ecosystem. The arch is nice, the Mississippi is awesome. Connect St. Louis back to this nature and let the residents feel pride in this place. Change the arch from a tourist destination to a playground for the city. St. Louis needs a Burnham Plan for its riverfront. (Maybe better/convenient parking should be planned for and provided as well...)
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Finalists on show for Gateway Arch international design competition 

Constructed in the early 1960s, the Gateway Arch rises as a shimmering beacon across the St. Louis skyline as part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Concocted by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947, the tallest habitable structure in Missouri was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States and has become a figure of sentimental value with both domestic and international visitors.

Now, the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation and the National Park Service have organised The City + The Arch + The River 2010 International Design Competition to invigorate the park and areas surrounding the Gateway Arch, including the Missouri and Illinois banks of the Mississippi River. Five shortlisted finalists are currently displaying their work in the Arch Lobby, open free of charge to the public until 24th September. On 26th August, each team will present their concept to the competition jury in the Tucker Theater at the Arch, from 8am-6pm, with the announcement of the winner scheduled for 24th September. The chosen project is slated for completion on 28th October 2015 in order to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch.

Site plans for the five finalists are displayed to the left of this text and summaries of the concept designs can be viewed here .

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