Author Archives: Andrew

The Great Migration

The Great Migration is a critically important aspect of American history that must be understood if we are to make any sense whatsoever of the current state of race relations. The following map depicts a specifically delineated, defined transfer of African Americans from the South to the Northeast, the upper Midwest and West.

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St. Louis City Sustainability Plan

SUSTAINABILITY PLAN EVENTS The City has issued a Draft For Public Review of its Sustainability Plan. During the month of October, the City will conduct an outreach and awareness campaign called Sustainability Plan :: inform. There will be several opportunities to attend a free public presentation describing the process and contents of the City’s proposed Sustainability Plan. The […]

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St. Louis International Film Festival

Bob recommends seeing as many of the following six documentaries being shown this month as a part of the SLIFF (St. Louis International Film Festival) program this fall. You can download the schedule of documentaries being shown by clicking this text. • Saturday November 10, 1:15 PM, Plaza Frontenac: BETTING THE FARM • Sunday November […]

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Eames: How to work with conviction and enthusiasm

One of the most impressive scribbles to come from Charles Eames was a sort of Ven diagram which describes the intersection of a designer’s interests, a client’s desires and society’s concerns as the locus for a designer to work with conviction and enthusiasm:  

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Downtown North Tour

On Saturday September 8, 2012, both sections of Community Building embarked on a tour of Downtown St. Louis that began at the Busch Stadium Metrolink Station and meandered through the Gateway Mall, Old Post Office area, Washington Avenue, the Riverfront, the Convention Center, housing built north of the Edward Jones Dome, past Lucas Park, Reverend […]

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NYT: Admitted, but Left Out

Shannon Slade submitted this article from the New York Times for our blog: October 19, 2012 Admitted, but Left Out By JENNY ANDERSON WHEN Ayinde Alleyne arrived at the Trinity School, an elite independent school on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, he was eager to make new friends. A brainy 14-year-old, he was the […]

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Hill and Ville

NOTE: The following post was created in Fall 2011 during Community Building. Some of the text refers to specific things that occurred in class at that time, however the overall point remains apropos. Reflecting on the music and discussion we had in yesterday’s class. The drawings the students’ worked on were representations of The Ville […]

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Bartholomew’s City Plan (1947)

City Planner Harland Bartholomew developed a detailed, comprehensive plan for St. Louis which documents the existing conditions at the time and projected future development based upon increasing population density and totals. In actuality, the city’s population peaked shortly thereafter and then following a steady decline as St. Louis County became increasingly suburbanized. This chart presents […]

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Views of St. Louis (1840–1960)

Plan and perspective view of St. Louis (c. 1840) View looking north over Chouteau’s Lake (c. 1840) Aerial perspective (c. 1876) Perspective view (c. 1893) Aerial perspective emphasizing industry Aerial perspective emphasizing landscape View of the city and surrounding countryside 1894 1895 1896 1904 looking south from Lucas Early 20th century view “The City of […]

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Maps of St. Louis (1764–1960)

This drawing presents the raw landscape surrounding the Village of St. Lewis: Map shows landscape with locales indicates for early communities.   This drawing depicts the boundaries of the City of St. Louis from it’s origins beside the Mississippi River in 1764 through it’s current boundary which was established in 1876 at the time of […]

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