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.
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.
Call for Program Proposals: PXSTL, February 18, 2014
PXSTL Competition Winner, September 5, 2013
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
Arts Note: Competition Winner will bring new life to Grand Center lot, St. Louis Beacon, February 2013
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.