Gerald Early, a professor and director of Afro-American studies at Washington University.HUH, what in the heck does he have to offer in regards to design, architecture, etc. I just don't understand why a professor of Afro_American studies is included, except to be politically correct, maybe.Thus provoking the question: who picked these jurors? According to the Foundation, all kinds of folks on the "governance board," including Mayor Slay, Tom Bradley (superintendent of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial) and Bruce Lindsey (dean of Wash U's architecture school).
...the jury would not do well for St. Louis if it were fraught with the politics of representing local talent or special interests. The jury must be able to independently evaluate the submissions free from the wires of local politics. That goal has been accomplished...
The jury's composition, however, should not consign local critics to passivity. In fact, having St. Louis' leading critics and designers outside of the official process allows them the free reign of critical engagement that only those with deep local understanding can offer. All of us ...should step up to demand excellence, praise good decisions, call out bad decisions and work to guarantee that the design competition is truly a great moment for our city.
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