St. Louis, MO
Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis have selected architect Amanda Williams and artist/educator Andres L. Hernandez for the second iteration of PXSTL, a design-build commission to develop a temporary structure for community-based programs and events.
The PXSTL project activates a vacant lot located across from the Pulitzer in the Grand Center neighborhood of St. Louis. As a part of the commission, Williams and Hernandez will participate in a teaching residency in fall 2016, leading a team of students from the Sam Fox School's Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design. Under the direction of Williams and Hernandez, these students will contribute to the development of the concept and design of the structure, enhancing their educational experience through both the innovative application of design concepts and the integration of community-oriented practices. PXSTL will open to the public in May 2017, becoming a site for arts programming created for and by St. Louis's diverse population, including site-specific performances, installations, and other participatory projects over a six-month period. Local and national artists, designers, and community members will be invited to develop and implement programming.
PXSTL—an acronym that stands for the Pulitzer, Sam Fox School, and St. Louis—was created through the collaborative efforts of the two institutions, and was founded on the belief that creative interventions have the power to serve as meaningful catalysts for urban transformation. The first PXSTL structure, designed by Freecell Architecture in summer 2014, became the site for performances, readings, symposia, picnics, and art installations.
Exhibition overview from museum website