Refining the Architecture of Security

Efforts to protect the largest monument in the United States---the Gateway Arch in St. Louis---from terrorist attacks are complicated by architectural criticisms and lack of opportunity for public comment.

Like other monuments and buildings across the United States, Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch in St. Louis is the subject of measures to protect it from possible terrorist attacks. Built to commemorate the nation's expansion to the west under Thomas Jefferson, the Arch had been temporarily surrounded by concrete walls since 9/11. Now, the National Park Service is dismantling the walls in favor of a permanent fence of bollards to encircle the site. However, many are unhappy with the design, including members of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, calling it "inappropriate" and objecting to the lack of public discussion on the plan. Park Service officials note that while public participation is usually invited on federal projects, matters involving national security are exempt from public comment.

Thanks to Deborah Myerson

Full Story: New barriers at Arch are met with resistance


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $16.95 a month