Five Plans for Reviving the St. Louis Gateway Arch Park

Five finalists have been announced in a design competition to rethink the park near St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch. Fast Co. Design takes a look at the contenders.

The Gateway Arch has been limited by physical barriers that have prevented it from being a successful urban amenity, according to organizers of the design competition.

"[O]n either sides, massive physical barriers that completely sever this prized public space from the rest of the city: To the west, I-70, a rumbling interstate offering limited and unsightly pedestrian access, and to the east, the Mississippi River, prone to flooding, and dividing downtown from blighted East St. Louis. In other words, the Arch, which was mean to symbolize unity and free passage, prevents both from taking place, while draining the downtown area of liveliness."

This post includes sketches, renderings and videos of proposed redesigns.

Full Story: Can St. Louis's Arch Become a True Gateway, Rather Than a Black Hole? [Updated with VIDEO]


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