An international competition has been announced for a new 11-kilometre urban greenway in St. Louis, United States
Open to ‘talented and innovative’ multidisciplinary teams – the contest will select a ‘dynamic, unique and vibrant’ proposal for the new route linking Washington University and Forest Park to Downtown, the Eero Saarinen-designed Gateway Arch and the Mississippi Riverfront.
The Chouteau Greenway project, backed by Great Rivers Greenway, will link together existing neighbourhoods, employment areas, parks, transport hubs and educational and cultural institutions. The new linear route, featuring spurs north and south, will connect into an emerging city-wide network of green corridors.
Architect and competition manager Donald Stastny said: ‘The Chouteau Greenway is envisioned to be a vibrant corridor, dense with experiential opportunities, that leverages community, institutional, and private assets in creating a unique piece of urban infrastructure.
‘As the “backbone” of the central city, it will provide junctures for connections to communities, institutions, and natural resources in and around the core of St. Louis.’
Located on the western bank of the Mississippi River close to the border with Illinois, St. Louis is the largest metropolitan area in the state of Missouri. The city is well known for its landmark Gateway Arch created by Eero Saarinen in 1965.
The arch was designed as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, and forms the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial park.
Great Rivers Greenway was founded as a public agency in 2000 to promote the delivery of a major greenway network connecting together existing amenities within the city. So far around 180 kilometres of the planned 960 kilometre network have been constructed.
Van Valkenburgh Associates defeated Foster + Partners and others in a contest to regenerate downtown area of St. Louis, the Gateway Arch grounds, and the Mississippi riverfront seven years ago. The studio’s dramatic ‘CityArchRiver’ scheme will be connected to the city’s emerging green corridor network via the Chouteau Greenway.
The latest project will connect St. Louis’ Forest Park to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial along with various neighbourhoods and cultural institutions along the way. A small segment of the route between Boyle and Sarah Avenues has already commenced as part of plans to deliver a new MetroLink light rail station serving the Cortex Innovation Community.
Five shortlisted teams will receive £56,000 each to participate in the competition’s design phase following an open prequalification round.
Judges include landscape architect Mark Johnson; MIT professor of architecture Adèle Naudé Santos; architect and urban designer Allison Williams; and Ed Hassinger chief engineer of the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The deadline for applications is 21 November.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
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