City Speaker Series: It's Complicated

APA Missouri Chapter


Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 8 p.m. CDT

St. Louis, MO, United States

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Finding a balance of economic development and basic social (and environmental) welfare is a challenge in all American cities today, and in St. Louis in particular. Why is this so hard to achieve? This discussion explores the ambitions, complexities and contradictions of contemporary urban redevelopment in St. Louis through the designer’s lens.  

Learning Points:

  1. Attendees will learn about the challenges associated with making changes to neighborhoods in a politically fragmented context.
  2. Attendees will obtain a designer’s perspective on how drawings can be used to make dynamics of redevelopment more visible, towards achieving a balance of economic, social, and environmental objectives.
  3. Attendees will gain an understanding of tradeoffs that have been made in redevelopment through local case study examples in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Patty Heyda

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Patty Heyda is Associate Professor of urban design and architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where she focuses on the politics and spaces of urban re/development in globalizing contexts. She has a Master of Architecture II (Distinction) from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture/Master of Architecture from Tulane University. She has also taught architecture at Harvard University. Her book, Rebuilding the American City (Routledge Press, 2016) with co-author D. Gamble elaborates the paradigms and strategies of American downtown redevelopment in the first decades of the new millennium. Heyda's other research and design projects explore spatial and social impacts of the political economy in areas of St. Louis, Missouri, and other sites. Some of this work focusing on Erasure Urbanism is published in Urban Infill Volume 5 (CUDC; 2012) and Conditions, among other articles and chapters. Her creative design work has been recognized through competition awards in the United States and abroad, including an award for her project Floodplan, which ... Read More

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