The revised design for updating the Gateway Arch grounds will be revealed to the public at America’s Center tonight, Jan. 26. The event is free and open to the public, and RSPVs are preferred—but not required.
The event will take place at 6pm in the Ferrara Theatre in the America’s Center.
This design will be the closer to the actual finished plan—the drawings shown earlier in 2010 were concepts that competing design firms used to win the Arch contest. The winning designs was tweaked to included suggestions from other concepts entered in the contest.
CityArchRiver2015 wants to complete the work by Oct. 28, 2015, the 50th anniversary of topping the Arch.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that aerial gondolas will be added to the winning design to transport visitors across the river to Illinois. The notion of gondolas was brought up by another designer (Behnisch Architekten of Stuttgart, Germany), and is said to be cheaper than building a pedestrian bridge. The design by New York Valkenburgh did not include a way to get visitors across the river to visit East Side riverfront parks, like the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park where the Arch viewing platform is located.
Lead designer Michael Van Valkenburgh, members of his design team and others, will update the community on the design concept and discuss next steps for invigorating the Arch grounds and making connections to downtown St. Louis, the Mississippi River and the Illinois riverbank area, and next steps for community comments. ~ArchCityRiver2015
Julie Buck will MC the event.
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