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Urban Vitality & Ecology: Nature as an Economic Developer

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 5:00 PM-7:30 PM

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Wine – Cheese – Insights – Inspiration

The Wild Ideas Worth Sharing speaker series offers opportunities to network, learn, and envision a more biodiverse St. Louis region. Local practitioners share stories and insights from real-world projects happening in the region, and challenge us all to wildly rethink where we live, work, play, and prosper.

Free wine/cheese and networking starts at 5 p.m. Program starts at 5:30 p.m.

Convened by BiodiverseCity St. Louis and the 100+ network organizations it represents, the Wild Ideas Worth Sharing speaker series returns this November with a spotlight on three major St. Louis plans to invigorate intensely urban districts.

So what’s new about this idea? These designs leverage nature’s brilliance to boost the conventional value of buildings, roadways, and our human use and enjoyment of civic investments. Biodiversity is the strong, unifying theme connecting an arts district, a much publicized new professional/commercial development, and the traveling space between them.

unnamed (1)ART WALK: Transformation of Urban Environments 

Sung Ho Kim, Associate Professor of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis; Design Director, Axi:Ome llc
Heather Woofter, Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate School of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis; Design Director and Owner, Axi:Ome llc

The Art Walk project is a stitched landscape that joins several art and media institutions in Grand Center by addressing the question, ‘what is art?’ and designing space where art surrounds us in both natural and built environments. Art Walk encourages us to observe and interface with the uniqueness of each “room” along the walk by transforming the urban experience into a powerful social and cultural event.

unnamed (2)CORTEX: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Paul Toenjes, MLA, ASLA, Landscape Designer, SWT Design

Innovation meets working landscape at CORTEX, serving as the framework for the developing science and technology district. The project revitalizes a key corridor of Midtown Saint Louis and takes cues from nature to inspire the people and businesses that are investing in the present and future of our city.

unnamed (3)Chouteau Greenway’s Midtown Loop

Mark Vogl, RLA, AICP, Project Manager, Great Rivers Greenway

The City’s central corridor from Downtown to the Central West End is buzzing with activity and new construction for CORTEX, IKEA, and the new MetroLink station. Building alongside this economic development momentum are connective plans for the “Midtown Loop” portion of Chouteau Greenway, Great Rivers Greenway’s vision to link Forest Park, Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Gateway Arch with a network of public open space, native landscapes, and bicycle/pedestrian trails.





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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
5:00 PM-7:30 PM
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4500 Shaw Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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