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

In March 2013, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis launched PXSTL, an acronym that stands for the Pulitzer, Sam Fox School, and St. Louis. The urban design-build competition invited artists, architects, and designers from across the United States to submit concepts to reimagine a vacant lot in St. Louis' Grand Center cultural district with the goal of demonstrating how small-scale interventions can spur large-scale urban transformation.

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.

Lots, the inaugural PXSTL installation

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

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 and accompanied by a series of curated public programs, including those supported by Community Program Grants awarded by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

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

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.

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.