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Curious about construction on W. U.’s Danforth Campus?

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education  XYZ Type Washington University Mary Ann Lazarus Hannah Roth Campus Next Transformation project Campus Next Newsletter Ben Kiel   In early September a neighborhood friend told me that, as a prelude to their workday,  McCarthy Bros. Construction Company workers practice yoga each morning at the east end of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. Thinking that would make for an interesting story, I drove out to the campus early on 2 consecutive mornings but was unable to locate any construction workers doing sun salutations. It’s difficult to traverse the campus these days with all the construction fencing surrounding the site, and at that hour of the day the campus was deserted and there was no one around to ask.

Instead, because I was curious about what’s going on on the east end of the campus, I decided to change the focus and share what I’ve learned about W.U.’s East End Transformation project.

Due to the limited access, the only photograph I could get of the construction site was a distant view, see photo above.

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At 6:30 a.m. there was already a long line of dump trucks waiting to turn into the construction site from Skinker Boulevard.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education  XYZ Type Washington University Mary Ann Lazarus Hannah Roth Campus Next Transformation project Campus Next Newsletter Ben Kiel

This past summer, during the peak of excavation work, there were 1,000 trucks a day hauling away dirt for a 790-car underground parking garage (which will be accessible from both Skinker and Forest Park Blvds.). At that time there were construction crews working 6 days a week 2 shifts per day. Here are some fun facts titled “The Dirt on Dirt” found on Campus Next newsletter.

Some of the dirt, which was stockpiled on what has been nicknamed Mount McKelvey, above right, will be used as backfill for the project which is scheduled to be completed by graduation of 2019. The underground garage will be completed and in use at an earlier date.

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photo courtesy of Hannah Roth

Thanks to CWEnder Hannah Roth, who is on the faculty of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, and who agreed to take photos of the construction site from an upper floor of a building overlooking the site, above and below.

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photo courtesy of  Hannah Roth

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Construction has caused a parking nightmare for faculty and students alike. Forest Park has long been a popular place to park for WU students, but now both sides of Skinker Blvd. are lined with cars almost as far south as Clayton Road as well.

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W.U. Sam Fox School lecturer Ben Kiel, above, created a clever solution to the parking problem. He drives his daughters to school, parks his car on the lot at his CWE studio where he keeps his bike, and then bikes to and from the campus (wearing a helmet of course).

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Kiel’s logo for his side business, XYZ Type, is affixed to his Ikea bike (assembly was required). Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education  XYZ Type Washington University Mary Ann Lazarus Hannah Roth Campus Next Transformation project Campus Next Newsletter Ben Kiel

The sign on construction fencing at W. U. contains a quote from CWEnder Mary Ann Lazarus who’s also on the faculty.  She describes what’s behind the East End Transformation project, above.

The following two photos were taken from the W. U. website. For more information I’m including a link to what’s ahead in the coming months.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education  XYZ Type Washington University Mary Ann Lazarus Hannah Roth Campus Next Transformation project Campus Next Newsletter Ben Kiel

Here is more information on the buildings under construction as shown on the master plan, above.

This Week: Fabulous Women, Fabulous Events

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Over the past year a group of Washington University architecture students have been organizing a  symposium titled Women in Architecture 1974/2014, in collaboration with faculty members and architects who participated in a 1974 symposium on the status of women in architecture. The event is scheduled for this weekend, November 7 to 9, at the Sam Fox School on Washington University's Danforth Campus.

Some of the students involved in this year's event are photographed above. From top: Shannon Slade, Adina Bauman, Shira Grosman, Alex Mei, Kayla Kroot, Alicia Ajayi, Michelle Hauk, bottom row: Grace Davis, and Jessica Olson.

CWEnder Hannah Roth, bottom right, Lecturer in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, was Chairwoman of the 1974 event. Forty years ago, students, scholars and practitioners from across the country came together for what were, at the time, courageous discussions about the status of women in architecture. Hannah said: "On the 40th anniversary of the 1974 symposium, there are many achievements to celebrate, questions yet to answer, and compelling reasons to continue the conversation."

The Keynote Speaker for the event is Nasrine Seraji, founding partner of Atelier Seraji, Architects and Partners, and dean of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais. Seraji's lecture, scheduled for Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. is titled, As a woman I have no country, as a woman my country is the world of architecture.

Panel discussions include: Feminisms: Now and Then; Women in Architectural Education; Crossing Boundaries; and Women in Design Practice. Visit the website for a complete list of events and lecturers.

Events are free and open to the public, however, registration is required.

Women in Architecture 1974/2014 is supported by a Diversity and Inclusion Grant from the Office of the Provost.

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Watercolorist Muriel Eulich, above, whose art studio is located in the CWE, has an exhibition opening Wednesday, November 5, at 10denza, 44 Maryland Plaza. The exhibition highlights Muriel's newest work, including her "Dancing Pearl Girls" and paintings from recent travels throughout Morocco and India. In Muriel's words, "The Dancing Pearl Girls' series reflect the 'proper' lady, gone wild and free! Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Services  Women in Architecture 1974/2014 Rocio Romero Nasrine Seraji Muriel Eulich Lyda Krewson Hannah Roth CEL Center for Architecture & Design Carrie Houk Boo Cat Club

Muriel is extending an invitation to all to "Come share in these joyful and colorful works of art!" If you haven't met Muriel you'll be charmed…by her as well as her work.

Wednesday, November 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., Muriel Eulich @10denza, 44 Maryland Plaza. More details can be found here.

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28th Ward Alderman Lyda Krewson is being feted with an event Wednesday, November 5, at the Probstein Clubhouse in Forest Park. Many "Friends of Lyda," including yours truly, are on the host committee. Hope to see you there in support of Lyda's re-election campaign.

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Another remarkable CWEnder is architectural designer Rocio Romero, above. You may have met her on this blog in an earlier post (here). In addition to her successful business designing prefab houses, Rocio is introducing a line of home furnishings to the public at a cocktail reception on Thursday, November 6, at CEL, Center for Architecture & Design, 3307 Washington in Grand Center. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Services  Women in Architecture 1974/2014 Rocio Romero Nasrine Seraji Muriel Eulich Lyda Krewson Hannah Roth CEL Center for Architecture & Design Carrie Houk Boo Cat Club

Designing her own product line has always been on Rocio's back burner, but with two small children and a business to run, she hasn't had time until now. She explained that "the geometry of the corten steel fire pit (also available in black), shown above & left, with a hole for air circulation lends itself to a great fire."

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The new line also includes a "firewood" end table which can be used outside in conjunction with the firepit, or  inside for display or storage, see above. It's available in the same finish as the fire pit or in chocolate brown. Rocio has also designed an industrial-look candlestick, above.

To maintain product control and keep production local, everything is "Made in Missouri." There are more Rocio Romero designs on the front burner.

For more information about Thursday's reception contact: Jasmin Aber, Executive Director, CEL/ja@creativeexchangelab.com

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Photo courtesy of Carrie Houk's Facebook page
 
And finally, casting director Carrie Houk's Sudden View Productions is staging Tennessee Williams' Stairs to the Roof at the newly-opened Boo Cat Club at 812 N. Union (just north of Delmar) starting this weekend. Carrie, the artistic director, is photographed with set designer Marcel Meyer, left, and director Fred Abrahmase, right.
 
Here are Carrie's remarks describing Tennessee Williams' connection to the Boo Cat Club: "It’s true that Tennessee Williams performed on our very own stage (when it was the St. Louis Artist Guild), and produced his own plays in our theater. We’re thrilled to have him back with Sudden View Productions’ presentation of his rarely produced gem, 'Stairs to the Roof.'"
 
The play opens Thursday, November 7 and runs thru November 23. Ticket information can be found here.
 
I'll be posting a story about the Boo Cat Club soon. In the meantime, learn more about the renovation of this beautiful building on the West End Word's website here.