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Framing a Modern Masterpiece: The City + The Arch + The River

When one thinks of architectural icons that define their city and are known throughout the world, a handful jump to mind: the Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, and St. Louis Arch.

That’s one of the reasons it’s been so exciting for me to serve on the jury for the National Park Service and City of St Louis’ “Framing a Modern Masterpiece” process. Our job has been to select the best proposal—from among scores submitted from around the world—for the grounds surrounding the St. Louis Arch. The objectives are to tie together two cities (St. Louis, Missouri and East St. Louis, Illinois), the Jefferson Memorial Westward Expansion Arch and Grounds, and the Mississippi River. It’s a big canvas and an exciting challenge. This week I am back with the jury in St. Louis to review teams’ proposals and selection the final design team.

You can follow the process here. Please stay tuned!

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