Many Connections. One U.

View Arch Designs at Maryville

on August 26, 2010 by Janet Edwards

Maryville University will host the traveling exhibit of design concepts submitted by the five finalist teams in the competition to invigorate the area around the Gateway Arch and connect it to downtown St. Louis, the Mississippi River and the Illinois bank. The exhibit may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Library’s Monsanto Room from Sept. 4-6. This traveling exhibit, sponsored by the tyArchRiver 2015 Foundation and supported by Civic Progress member companies, is identical to the competition display at the Arch through Sept. 24, the date that the competition winner will be announced.

About the Competition
The goal of The City+The Arch+The River 2015 international design competition is to create an iconic setting for the international icon, the Gateway Arch, honoring its immediate surroundings and weaving connections and transitions from the city and the Arch grounds to the Mississippi River, including the east bank in Illinois.

The competition, launched Dec. 8, 2009, has three stages. Portfolio submissions in Stage I included a description of the lead designer, a statement of design intent and philosophy of the lead designer, a profile of the design team and examples of their work.

Stage II involved the formation of the complete teams capable of executing the project, submission of required qualifications and a jury interview. This phase culminated with the narrowing of the field to five teams.

Leaders of the design teams:
• Behnisch Team led by Behnisch Architekten – Stuttgart, Germany, Los Angeles
• MVVA Team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates – New York City
• PWP Landscape Architecture, Foster + Partners, Civitas – Berkeley, Calif.
• SOM, Hargreaves, BIG – Chicago
• Weiss/Manfredi, Architecture/Site Design/Urbanism – New York

Stage III, which started in April, includes a three month design concept competition to explore the finalists’ design approach and test their working methodology.

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