Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

Andrew Raimist

St. Louis, Missouri


Andrew Raimist teaches architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. He’s a St. Louis based architect, writer and photographer.

His community arts practice combines the communicative power of photography with its expressive potential for understanding and transforming neighborhoods and lives. His recent book (en)visioning Hyde Park documents his collaboration with Rebuild Foundation in the Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis.

His architectural work is focused on historic preservation and mid-century modern architecture. His research investigates the development on 20th century modernism in art and architecture. His award-winning photography has been widely published.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) and a Master’s degree from Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri). He is a graduate of the CAT (Community Arts Training) Institute. His honors include commendations and grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the American Institute of Architects.


Meditations on gHOSTructures

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 10:30 am
Lower Level : Room A

As an introduction to the Open/Close panel, Meditations on gHOSTructures is a mixed media performance piece combining visual media, spoken word, and vocal music performance.  It focuses on: the parallels between decaying or “ghost” structures, in a variety of settings around the world and in the metropolitan St. Louis community; implications implicit in the process of neighborhood decay; and community revitalization and neighborhood renewal.  A series of visual images depicting abandoned, decaying, “ghost” buildings and landscapes will create a setting which evokes the memory of lives lived in such spaces.  A poetic spoken word narrative infused with smooth harmonies and ethereal vocals provide a powerful look at the process of decay; the dissolution of a community and finally offers a glimpse at the potential for the rebirth of urban spaces.