To the question, what is the purpose of architecture, I would answer:
To shelter and enhance man’s life on earth, and to fulfill his belief in the nobility of his existence.
– Eero Saarinen, architect, the Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
We have hopped the Atlantic for the summer, and are now exploring our home continent via a grand North American road trip – thus my sporadic postings. Our American and Canadian adventures began in St. Louis, Missouri, in mid-June, where we stood under the imposing shadow of the Gateway Arch for a few moments.
It was fun to see the arch again, which was constructed in the 1960s. The last time I was there was during a family trip taken with our French exchange student, Pierre, and his dear mother, Claude, in 1993. Though we were able to ascend the shimmering structure then, during this summer’s visit, lengthy lines, the promise of jet lag, and the long drive awaiting us nudged us back onto the wide, American roadways. Regardless, it was relaxing strolling the shady lanes leading to the arch, and then enjoying a taste of Americana at an eatery at nearby Laclede’s Landing prior to road-tripping diagonally across Illinois to Wisconsin.