Efforts to reconnect the Arch, the Riverfront and Downtown St. Louis begin today. The chosen method begins with an international design competition. The design competition program will lead to a plan for repositioning the way the Arch connects to the region. That plan comes with the possibility of substantial federal funding to make the project reality.
Among the world's most famous landmarks, the Arch is on par with the best. Unfortunately, it is located in a horrible setting, walled off from the community it represents. The setting is not appropriate for such a world class monument. As the design competition begins, consider how these other iconic landmarks relate to their surroundings:
The Sydney Opera House:
The US Capitol and Washington Monument:
The Eiffel Tower:
What do these landmarks have in common with the Gateway Arch? Do they suggest possibilities we might pursue?
Some say creativity is not really about originality but rather the combining and reworking of good ideas already learned.
Will our efforts result in experiences on par with visits to the world's other top landmarks? What would such an outcome mean for St. Louis?