Mobility for All
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT
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In the next decade, St. Louis could spend $2 billion on an expansion of its Metrolink light rail system. The proposed Northside/Southside (NS/SS) alignment is intended to help stabilize and revitalize the most challenged neighborhoods in St. Louis while better connecting them to jobs and services. Decades of displacement and disinvestment in neighborhood resources have resulted in a city where the access gap is as stark as the nearly twenty-year gap in life expectancy, and where trust in developers and agencies is deservedly low. This multi-billion-dollar infrastructure investment has the potential to help balance that gap.
This session will feature the Mobility For All By All (MFABA) project, an interdisciplinary investigation that emerged from a desire to assure that the NS/SS expansion be designed to be inclusive, accessible, and grounded in the community. The project is premised on the idea that mono-functional infrastructure is not enough; next generation infrastructure must contribute to quality of life for all and actively improve rather than degrade environmental conditions. Our metrics for success should reflect these priorities.
The interdisciplinary team includes designers, architects, artists, scholars, and neighborhood activists in partnership with Bi-state Development (Metro) and East/West Gateway (regional planning). The project incorporates three unique methods to achieve the above goal: a metrics system that gauges equity progress utilizing opportunity mapping; artist/activist-led teams who engage residents around the most challenged proposed station locations; and incorporating the concepts of MFABA and next gen infrastructure into urban design studio and seminar coursework around the NS/SS alignment.
1. Introduce collaborative methods among academic institutions, government agencies, artists and constituents as a strategy for intervening in the process and changing the paradigm of infrastructure design and implementation
2. Get exposure to interdisciplinary collaboration through academic coursework as a tool to broaden creative speculation on a range of infrastructural challenges
3. Introduce non-traditional ways arts and humanities can form an integral element to infrastructure project engagement
4. Learn about Opportunity Mapping, equity indicators, and spatialization mapping models
5. Learn about infrastructural urbanism and next generation infrastructure criteria
Michael Zeek, email@example.com