On his 21st Ward website, Alderman Antonio French is asking whether or not the ecologically-friendly home shown below would be welcome in his ward.
Here is the picture of the home he referenced, which is located in Philadelphia:
What do you think?
I believe several things need editing with this particular design. There needs to be some sort of semi-public space--like the stoop on the neighboring historic home. Landscaping would definitely soften what is certainly a very harsh industrial look. I'd like a different door, no utilities showing, etc.
But I am completely in support of new design ideas for St. Louis architecture. As I contributed on French's website, St. Louis needs to be having the discussion of what identity we wish to project as a city with our 21st Century construction. Do we want to be producing a second rate version of our storied history and heritage or trying to author something new entirely? Yes, this example is pulled from another city, but, with tweaking, it could be made "ours".
I support the effort to bring bold architecture to St. Louis and also laud Alderman French for publicly airing these ideas and attempting to engage his constituents on urban design.
Thanks go out to Joe D. for sending this link to me.
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