PXSTL

Lots, 2014. Photo by David Johnson. Full credit below.

Check out the website archiving the PXSTL project In the Midwest with Objects>>

Lots, the inaugural PXSTL installation, on view May 9-October 5, 2014

Lots, the site-specific installation developed by Freecell Architecture for PXSTL, was on view at 3713 and 3719 Washington Blvd. May 9-October 5, 2014.

Numerous community programs were developed to engage Lots; for a list of programs, click here>>

PXSTL was initiated to explore how small-scale interventions can spur long-term revitalization, and to provide the public with an outdoor space for cultural activity in the heart of the Grand Center neighborhood. The project is supported by an endowment established by Emily Rauh Pulitzer for the Sam Fox School to fund joint projects between the School and the Pulitzer Foundation.

About Lots

Lots encouraged active audience engagement through a temporary construction composed of a platform, canopy, and fabric. It served as a space for outdoor performances, social gatherings, and public and education programs in the Grand Center neighborhood of St. Louis.

Located across the street from the Pulitzer building, the Lots structure was open to the public from May 9 through October 5, 2014, and was accompanied by a series of curated public programs, including those developed from community proposals.

About Freecell Architecture

Founded by Lauren Crahan and John Hartmann, Freecell Architecture creates site-specific, three-dimensional constructs that transform and question the use and perception of space. Their drawings, installations, and furniture address issues of scale, movement, and environment. The team works to find a balance between the functional and experimental—providing both a solution to a need, as well as an opportunity to expand understanding of objects and space.

Community Program Grants

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts has announced thirteen the thirteen recipients of its grants for public programs taking place at the site of the inaugural PXSTL installation. Full news story>>

For up-to-date information on all current PXSTL programs, click here>>

News Releases

Call for Program Proposals: PXSTL, February 18, 2014

PXSTL Competition Winner, September 5, 2013

Media Coverage

PXSTL Opening, produced by Ruth Ezell, Living St. Louis

Lots / PXSTL, ArchDaily, May 21, 2014

New Freecell Architecture Installation in St. Louis, Sara Johnson, Architect magazine, May 12, 2014

PXSTL Launches In Grand Center, Dickson Beall, West End Word, May 8, 2014

Call for Proposals: PXSTL Community Program Grants, Sebastian Jordana, ArchDaily

No Vacancy, Christopher Reilly, Alive Magazine

Video: Design Competition Winner, produced by Ruth Ezell, Living St. Louis, September 18, 2013

A Public Plaza Near an Ando Gem, Asad Syrkett, Architectural Record, September 16, 2013

Canopy Tactics: Freecell Architecture wins competition to activate an empty lot across from the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis, Nicole Anderson, The Architect's Newspaper, September 5, 2013

Freecell Wins Competition to Transform St. Louis Vacant Lot into Cultural Destination, Karissa Rosenfield, ArchDaily, September 5, 2013

Theater, farming, play could fill blank canvas of vacant Grand Center lot, Nancy Fowler, St. Louis Beacon, July 31, 2013

LOTS OF OPPORTUNITY: Three finalists announced for temporary structure at the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis., The Architect's Newspaper, June 13, 2013

Finalists chosen, public to have say in contest to invigorate Grand Center lot, St. Louis Beacon, June 14, 2013

Three Finalists Selected for PXSTL Competition, ArchDaily, June 22, 2013

Public Launch July 30 for PXSTL Project in Grand Center, West End Word, July 18, 2013

Arts Note: Competition Winner will bring new life to Grand Center lot, St. Louis Beacon, February 2013

Image Credit

Lots, 2014. Designed by Freecell Architecture for the PXSTL Competition. Organized by The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Photograph by David Johnson.