We present “Art Walk / Bridging Urban Spaces,” a TPJ reflective practice article in which authors Heather Woofter and Sung Ho Kim describe a project in Grand Center, St. Louis. “The project is divided into four multi-cultured zones that are currently separated by parking lots, pedestrian inaccessible easements, and gated buildings. The urban strategies are part architecture, art, and industrial design elements. They interface with landscape planning to engage the public in multiple scales of activity in order to bridge between discreet urban spaces.”
Finally, we share interesting information about an inspirational book entitled Walking Art Practice: Reflections on Socially Engaged Paths (2018).
In the TPJ article “Art Walk / Bridging Urban Spaces”, the authors Heather Woofter and Sung Ho Kim ask the question: “What is art?”, and take the stance that art is around us everywhere and all of the time. Art may be natural or man-made. Art may be the speleothems sprinkled throughout a cave. Or, art may be a weathered historic building façade. With this stance, The Art Walk project creates a connective enlivened experience for the participants that “transforms surface lots into sensitive components of exterior space.”
Detail model, ¼”:1” (1:48) scale, of floating platforms and raised paths. Photos by © the Authors.
Architect: Axi:Ome llc - www.axi-ome.net
Principals in Charge: Heather Woofter and Sung Ho Kim
Design Principal: Catty Dan Zhang
Project Manager and Coordinator: Jaymon Diaz
Project Designers: Evan Barrett and Elisa Kim
Design Team: Uros Stanojevic, Xuanchen Zhang, Zhengyang Wang, Young Il Pyun, Hannah Novack, David Poeyamidjaya, Chenglong Zhao, Haosheng Yu, Alex Kim and Anthony Haun
Landscape Design Consultant: Irene Compadre
Landscape Technical Consultant: Rich Kacenski of DTLS Landscape Architects
Cost Estimating: Cooper Construction
Heather Woofter is Director of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design as well as a Sam and Marilyn Fox Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Sung Ho Kim is a tenured Full Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. Woofter and Kim are founding directors of Axi:Ome llc of St. Louis (USA).
The book Walking Art Practice: Reflections on Socially Engaged Paths (2018) by Ernesto Pujol is a guide written from Pujol’s perspective and experiences as a monk. He suggests that walking is a cultural act that can serve many purposes– meditative, relational, recreational etc. Pujol encourages us to consider the movement of walking given whatever purpose we choose and to practice with mindfulness while not only enjoying the unique elements of each path, but also the people we encounter.
March 30, 2018
Triarchy Press Ltd
6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
To learn more, check out: Walking Art Practice: Reflections on Socially Engaged Paths
Woofter and Kim’s article in THE PLAN Journal and Pujol’s book are pivotal reads for those seeking to learn more about the current state of the design field and the many ways in which innovative landscape planning can make a meaningful impact.
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