In March 2013, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis launched PXSTL, based on the belief that creative interventions have the power to serve as meaningful catalysts for urban transformation.
PXSTL, an acronym that stands for the Pulitzer, Sam Fox School, and St. Louis, begins with a national competition to design and build a temporary architectural structure that functions as a venue for community-based and site-specific programming, while activating a vacant lot in the Grand Center neighborhood of St. Louis.
The Pulitzer and Sam Fox School recently launched the second iteration of PXSTL, soliciting nominations from deans of architecture, art, and design programs; editors of art, architecture, and design publications; distinguished practitioners; and directors and curators of arts institutions. One individual or collaborative team will be selected to design and build an innovative, site-specific structure, and to teach a studio as visiting faculty in the Sam Fox School's Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design that focuses on exploring and developing their concept for this project. Upon completion in spring 2017, the structure will be activated by arts programming created for and by St. Louis' diverse population, including site-specific performances, installations, and other participatory projects.
Finalists for Second Iteration of PXSTL
The Sam Fox School and Pulitzer Arts Foundation have announced the finalists in the second iteration of PXSTL:
- Architects Merve Bedir and Jason Hilgefort of Randstad, Netherlands, and Istanbul
- Artist Mary Ellen Carroll of New York and Houston
- Architect Amanda Williams and artist/educator Andres L. Hernandez of Chicago
The three finalists were selected from a group of more than 35 international practitioners for their vision, their proven commitment to community engagement, and their record of cross-disciplinary collaboration. Read the full news release>>
Each of the finalists will travel to St. Louis on February 15, 2016, to conduct an initial site visit and give a public presentation of their past work and interest in the PXSTL project.
PXSTL is among several projects funded by an endowment created by Emily Rauh Pulitzer to support collaboration between the Pulitzer and the Sam Fox School.