May 9, 2014 7:00-9:00pm
Celebrate the opening of Lots, a temporary structure designed by Freecell Architecture as part of the PXSTL design-build competition. Collaboratively organized by the Pulitzer and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University, PXSTL challenged designers to transform a vacant lot across the street from the Pulitzer building into a destination for activity. The opening celebration will include a dance performance by students from Grand Center Arts Academy’s top dance ensemble, representing a unique collaboration between GCAA’s Makerspace lab and the dance department. A conversation with grant recipients for community programs will also be held at the PXSTL site.
PXSTL: Lots by Freecell Architecture
May 9 - October 5
Launched in 2013 as a design-build competition aimed at activating a vacant lot in Grand Center, PXSTL is collaboratively organized by the Pulitzer and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. The winning design, Lots, by design collaborative Freecell Architecture, is a temporary construction that will be installed across the street from the Pulitzer building. Freecell’s design is composed of a metal grid superstructure from which fabric funnels will be suspended. The firm was selected for its innovative approach to architectural design, its focus on community engagement, and its dynamic vision of Grand Center as a hub for social and cultural activity.
As part of our Design Initiative, the Pulitzer will award a number of grants of up to $1,500 to local individuals, community groups, and organizations to fund programs that respond to Lots and activate the PXSTL site using the concept of exchange as a guiding theme. PXSTL programs will make community interactions visible, whether through the exchange of ideas, goods, or services. On May 9, the Pulitzer will celebrate the opening of Lots with a public reception, including a performance by Grand Center Arts Academy’s top dance ensemble and a conversation with grant recipients. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will be providing a free shuttle service between all three locations on this evening. Visitors will have the option to ride the shuttle to each of the opening receptions.