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What's Next

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Every day I look out from our 18th floor window to observe the transformations taking shape below us along the Arch grounds.  Of course, being involved with multiple CityArchRiver projects, we know what's coming, but to see it come to fruition is truly energizing.  What's even more so, is the increased traffic and pedestrian flow of tourists along 4th Street and beyond that enliven once seemingly desolate sidewalks of the City, proving even before the project is complete, that the visions of CityArchRiver are already underway.

Now I'm left to wonder what the next chapter will be for the development of St. Louis. The work that CityArchRiver has done is really quite remarkable for our community and most St. Louisians won't fully realize it until 2017 when they come back to the Arch grounds and the Arch museum, some for the first time in decades. At this moment we must not just take the time to enjoy the progress that surrounds us, we must also ask: "What is next? What is left to be done?"

Not a native St. Louisan, it took some time before I fully understood the City. Through my education and experiences, I began to quickly understand the history that resides here and see the greatness that lies within. This City has so much to offer. Like a home that has "good bones" but has been neglected for decades, there is a lot of work still to be done. Along with extensive grassroots efforts that have sprung up in all corners of the City, we need those big ideas, energetic leaders, thoughtful politicians, and of course capital. All of those ingredients are here, but need to coalesce behind an idea, just as simple as "City","Arch", and "River".

The north riverfront development (with or without the stadium), the downtown streetscape, Chouteau's Greenway, MetroLink expansion, and the extension of the Gateway Mall, are just a few that have the possibility of launching into transformative spaces. But on paper these ideas will stay if they are not met with the same drive, the same desire, the same respect for intelligently designed spaces as the CityArchRiver foundation. These philanthropic, public/privite initiatives have the ability to transform blocks of our downtown and City. Initiatives such as the Arch Grounds, CityGarden, and even the Washington Avenue Streetscapes, drove private investment along their borders. There are many ideas out there, but we must coalesce to gain momentum and not let individual agendas deviate from the end goal in order to be truly transformative. Our City has many beautiful and unique nodes, but we must find a way to unite these isolated pockets of success.

Chicago has just opened yet another transformative public space this year. The "606" opened earlier not as a Midwestern version of the High-Line, but as a federally funded alleviation to traffic congestion and a pedestrian transportation corridor. Northerly Park transformed Meigs fields into a natural oasis along Lake Michigan, giving the city with “broad shoulders” a softer connection to the Lake, a recreation of the natural dunes and marshes that once propagated preindustrial northeast Illinois. These are just two more examples of the continued development of Chicago's lakefront that has been ongoing for decades at this point. Chicagoans have recognized that they must keep improving and are looking ahead to what will continue to make their city better tomorrow.

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Our neighbors to the north, and others comparable cities nationwide have the ability to build on their momentum of successful works and is one aspect in what makes these cities so desirable to live. Our city has all the elements it needs. We just need to recognize it and capitalize on this amazing transformation happening on our riverfront and not let this moment slip away without doing what's next.

Posted by Joel Fuoss, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

The New Girl

I'm new here...

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[noo, nyoo] adjective, newer, newest.

1. of recent origin, production, purchase, etc.; having but lately come or been brought into being: a new book.
2. of a kind now existing or appearing for the first time; novel: a new concept of the universe.
3. having but lately or but now come into knowledge: a new chemical element.
4. unfamiliar or strange (often followed by to): ideas new to us; to visit new lands.
5. having but lately come to a place, position, status, etc.: a reception for our new minister.
6. unaccustomed (usually followed by to): people new to such work.
7. coming or occurring afresh; further; additional: new gains.

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Starting a new job is exciting; however, there is that awkward moment you actually walk in the door (or in my case wait in the hallway) to start fresh in a new role.  There are plenty of articles online to prepare you for change.  One of my favorites is 9 Tips for Getting Settled at Your New Job, which you can check out here.

Learning the ropes and getting to know everyone is really a reflection of your surroundings.  I really enjoy the work I do, which is just the right mix of alone thinking/doing time with a touch of interaction/feedback.

Per the company handbook: Trivers Associates strives to be a place where thoughtful, creative design occurs for the benefit of its clients.  Trivers  should be a place where individual staff can learn, grow, and contribute to the high level of excellence to which Trivers aspires.  Central to every project is a keen awareness of each client’s needs and wants, as well as the needs and wants of those that live, work or play in the architecture Trivers designs.

The culture of thoughtfulness has welcomed me and made me feel at ease in my new role.  I have deadlines and things I don’t particularly enjoy doing (filing), but to feel at home in a new place while feeling appreciated is priceless.

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We have monthly company meetings where we learn/discuss what is going on around the firm.  We also have monthly company fun events – so far I have golfed & bowled, plus we field a softball team.  It is those casual encounters and random conversations over a brew that lead to a sense of community.  Discussions at lunch on the local restaurant scene or the changes right outside our window on the Gateway Arch grounds aid in getting to know folks.  I think working in a well-designed space with all the tools and technology I need to complete my tasks, plus feeling like a part of a great group of people has made being the new girl not bad at all.

Posted by Ali Dougherty, Operations Administrator

Favorite Color

If you were to ask me what my favorite color is, I would reply:

Green. Blue. Well, maybe indigo. Oooo, a deep teal, or emerald, or a nice blueish-green?

Basically, I would be thrown from the bridge in Monty Python’s Holy Grail. I’m not always this indecisive [insert husband laughing here]. But it’s too hard to pick just ONE color. There’s one slice of the color wheel that always catches my eye. I try to be open-minded towards the oranges and reds, but with all of the tints, shades, and variety to choose from just between the analogous blues and greens, it is challenge.

side note: black, grey, and white are nice, too.

Looking through my pictures of my recent trip to Ireland, I noticed all the beautiful blues/greens in the pictures. Even though I saw/experienced them when I was physically in Ireland, it was wonderful to see the colors again, in my photos. Ireland, being the Emerald Isle, makes it really easy to have a million pictures full of blues and greens. Really, really easy. Here is a quick photo recap of my trip.

Day 1: Galway 

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Top Left: The Browne doorway, Eyre Square, Galway. Top Right: View from the bridge by Galway Cathedral. Bottom: Enjoying live music and stained glass at The Quays, Galway

Day 2: Inish Mór [Inishmore], Aran Islands

The largest of the Aran Islands, in Galway Bay, is rich with Irish culture, the Gaelic language, and natural beauty.

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Top Left: Teampall Bheanain, Bottom Left: Dun Aonghasa, Right: off the beaten path

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Kilronan, Inish Mór harbour

Day 3: Galway + Cliffs of Moher

Never heard of the Cliffs of Moher? Click HERE to get your learn on.

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Top: Looking south. Bottom: Looking north, Aran Islands in the distance.

Day 4: Ennis + Dingle Peninsula

Leaving Ennis and traveling south to the most western part of Ireland/Europe, the Dingle Peninsula.

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Top Left: Field of grazing sheep, looking north, Tralee Bay beyond. Top Right: Cutting south through the lowest point in Slieve Mish mountain range. Bottom: Looking west, Tralee Bay, north side of peninsula. Mount Brandon in distance disappearing into the clouds.

Days 5+6: Dingle Bay + Peninsula

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Top: Dingle Peninsula, looking west. Next town over, Boston! Bottom: The Dingle Harbor dolphin, Fungie. [he is jumping out of water on the right]

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Top: Dingle bay, looking east. Bottom: Dingle Harbor

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Above: Dingle town, oh so many greens!

Day 7: Dublin

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Above: Making our way east to Dublin, driving along the south side of the Slieve Mish mountain range.

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Left: Our room at Trinity College, overlooking grass tennis courts. Right: Nighttime, Trinity College

Days 8+9: Dublin Day

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Top Left: Artifact from the National Museum of Ireland. Top Right: Illuminated book on display, The Old Library, Trinity College. Bottom Left: Stairs, The Old Library, Trinity College. Bottom Right: Corleck head, three-faced stone idol, National Museum of Ireland [yes, I know, there isn’t a single blue or green in the bottom images]

The Book of Kells was a beautiful sight, but alas, no pictures were allowed.

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Above: Lounging in the sun at St. Stephens Green.

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Also, we drank a whiskey or two, which was neither a shade of blue nor green, but I still enjoyed it.

How’s that for expanding my color palette preferences?

Posted by Sarah Rogers, Architectural Designer