Derek Hoeferlin, assistant professor of architecture at Washington University, moderated a closing panel for Comprehensive Design + Science: Visions for St. Louis and the Great Lakes Region. Presented by the Buckminster Fuller Institute and the Sam Fox School, the symposium examined the challenges and opportunities facing St. Louis and the Great Lakes region as they seek resilient solutions to the effects of climate change.
The half-day program, presented as part of Marfa Dialogues / STL, presented visionary and practical ideas at the intersection of architecture, design, technology, and activism. From community renewal to watershed management, each project represents a systemic approach to addressing critical urban issues. Presentations included: Old Man River's City Project by Jonathan Marvel, principal and founder of Marvel Architects and member of the BFI board of directors; Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin of Philip Enquist, partner in charge of Urban Design and Planning at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Plant Chicago by Blayne Greiner of program cultivator; and Public Laboratory for Open Science and Technology by Shannon Dosemagen, president and executive director.