I. Emptiness is Form (PXSTL to Pevely)

Sunday May 7 2017
3721 Washington Avenue (across the street from the Pulitzer Arts Foundation)

The Pevely Dairy sign structure.

The Department of Walking offers its inaugural walk as a survey of conditions between two vanishing buildings: a former art gallery being demolished by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Pevely Dairy being demolished by St. Louis University. Between these two posts of erasure is a cross-section of the city bearing the marks of spatial exercise across time, from commercial capitalism to institutional land-banking. What landscape are the institutions making in the center of the city today? Bring open eyes and minds. This walk is a participatory analysis of land use (and abuse) led by historian and geographer Michael Allen. Participants will shape the itinerary and activity. Feel free to catch the drift.