Daily digest: A new name and renderings for St. Louis’s MLS stadium, RIBA proposes mass retrofits, and more today

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Daily digest: A new name and renderings for St. Louis’s MLS stadium, RIBA proposes mass retrofits, and more today

The updated design for Centene Stadium in St. Louis, which will retain the naming rights for 15 years (Courtesy St. Louis CITY SC)

Good afternoon and welcome back to even more of the week’s happenings, helpfully compiled in one place.

Here’s what you need to know today:

St. Louis’s upcoming soccer stadium will be called Centene Stadium

St. Louis’s forthcoming Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium is moving along, today announcing a formal name for the complex that will anchor a 30-acre “soccer district” in Missouri’s second-largest city. Healthcare company Centene Corporation, which is headquartered in St. Louis, has signed a 15-year naming agreement for the 22,500-seat “Centene Stadium,” which was designed by HOK and is expected to open for the 2023 MLS season.

RIBA calls for retrofitting 3.3 million English homes

The Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) is calling for a retrofit of the 3.3 million English homes built between the first and second World War, claiming in new research that poor insulation and inefficient heating means interwar homes are responsible for 12 percent of the country’s building emissions.

Aside from the obvious climate savings (and helping the country hit its target of net-zero emissions by 2050), RIBA also pointed out that 17 percent of families in these homes suffered from fuel poverty in 2021. By replacing insulation, windows, and boilers, the country’s overall climate emissions could be cut by 4 percent.

H/t to the Architects’ Journal

The Hollywood Sign is getting a makeover after the Rams’ Super Bowl win

After the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, the iconic Hollywood Sign is being temporarily transformed to celebrate the team’s win. As Curbed writer Alissa Walker documented on Twitter, work is still underway even as homeowners below have mounted a campaign in recent years to make it harder to access.

A new working group will put together recommendations for enhancing Chicago’s Museum Campus

The 57-acre Museum Campus sits at the edge of Lake Michigan and contains a multitude of parks and Chicago museums (as befitting the name), but the city is hoping that it can improve the visitor experience and make the campus a year-round destination. To that end, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has organized a working group made up of architects, policymakers, and businesspeople to provide strategic recommendations for improving the property.

H/t to Chicago Construction News

To boost urban planning participation, officials across the U.S. are offering public incentives

Speaking of working groups, as any architect or urban planner will tell you, it can sometimes be hard to gather public feedback. Whether people are too busy with work or education to participate, or just feel like their voice won’t matter, the information gathered is crucial to implementing better solutions. That’s why cities are increasingly offering gift cards, childcare vouchers, transportation, and other incentives, but some public policy experts are suggesting that this monetary exchange could cause the community to see these information gathering sessions as transactional.

H/t to Smart Cities Dive