Old Man River's City Project.

Comprehensive Design + Science in St. Louis Symposium

July 31, 2014
Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall

Join the Buckminster Fuller Institute and the Sam Fox School for Comprehensive Design + Science: Visions for St. Louis and the Great Lakes Region, a symposium examining the challenges and opportunities facing St. Louis and the Great Lakes region as they seek resilient solutions to the effects of climate change.

This half-day program, presented as part of Marfa Dialogues / STL, will present visionary and practical ideas at the intersection of architecture, design, technology, and activism. From community renewal to watershed management, each project represents a systemic approach to addressing critical urban issues.

Together we will revisit Fuller's Old Man River's City vision for East St. Louis, an urban redevelopment program designed in partnership with legendary Washington University professor and architect James Fitzgibbon. We will then look at the broad context of the Great Lakes watershed, an issue of increasing concern that is at the root of any comprehensive planning in the age of climate change. Lastly, we will explore two contemporary, replicable initiatives that present models of resiliency appropriate to the rapidly growing urban centers of America's Midwest.

The symposium program will be followed by a reception. If you are interested in attending, please contact Susan Skenazy at


Old Man River's City Project
Jonathan Marvel
Principal and Founder, Marvel Architects
Board of Directors, BFI

Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin
Philip Enquist
Partner in Charge of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Plant Chicago
Blayne Greiner
Program Cultivator

Public Laboratory for Open Science and Technology
Shannon Dosemagen
President and Executive Director

Derek Hoeferlin, assistant professor of architecture at Washington University, will moderate a closing panel.

To RSVP for this free event, click here.