Where We Want To Live: A Lecture by Ryan Gravel
Oct
26
5:30pm 5:30pm

Where We Want To Live: A Lecture by Ryan Gravel

Join us for a public lecture with Ryan Gravel, the visionary architect and urban planner behind the Atlanta Beltline. A social hour will be held starting at 5:30pm, with the lecture following at 6pm; admittance is free and street parking is available.

About the Lecture:
The Atlanta Beltline was born in academia as a simple idea for a better way of life. Now, it’s a $4 billion infrastructure project in the early stages of implementation. Its original author, Ryan Gravel, will describe how this catalyst project came to life, what it means, and why it matters. Building on the title of his new book, Where We Want to Live, Gravel will expand on these ideas, sharing how similarly-transformative projects – from the Rail Park in Singapore to the concrete Los Angeles River – represent a new kind of cultural momentum that will reshape the way we build cities. He’ll conclude with current work on the Atlanta City Design, a daunting endeavor to go deeper than the Atlanta Beltline and discover the city’s civic identity. By organizing around its core values, the city will ensure that its anticipated growth will deliver the best version of Atlanta, not some other place that people don’t like or recognize anymore.

About Ryan Gravel:
Ryan Gravel is an urban planner, designer, and author working on infrastructure, concept development, and policy as the founder of Sixpitch. His master’s thesis launched the Atlanta Beltline, which through fifteen years of progress, is now changing both the physical form of his city and the decisions people make about living there. Alongside other projects at Sixpitch and research on similar “catalyst infrastructure” projects around the world, Ryan’s book, “Where We Want to Live,” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), investigates this cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities.

Website: www.ryangravel.com
Social: @ryangravel on Twitter and Instagram

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West Bottoms Reborn Public Meeting
Oct
30
5:30pm 5:30pm

West Bottoms Reborn Public Meeting

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Calling all West Bottoms stakeholders and community members!

The KCDC will be hosting a public meeting on Monday, October 30th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at The Mulberry Room in the West Bottoms,  1321 W. 13th St. If you are able to attend, we would greatly appreciate your feedback and input on ideas for the detailed design development of the three final sites. Your feedback is critical, and we are grateful for your continued support.  

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Honoring History + Place - Free Presentation by Julie Schenkelberg
Sep
14
5:30pm 5:30pm

Honoring History + Place - Free Presentation by Julie Schenkelberg

Join renowned artist Julie Schenkelberg as she discusses her installation process and unique method of building. Her site-specific installation, on view at PLUG Projects from Sept. 15 thru Oct. 28, responds to the West Bottoms' rich history. Registration is required to attend. To register, click here

Honoring History + Place is a series of public presentations to engage the general public, arts and business communities and civic agencies about creative placemaking in Kansas City.

This presentation is supported by Kansas City Design Center and is an initiative of the West Bottoms Reborn project that's supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant.

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KCDC Public Meeting
Sep
7
5:30pm 5:30pm

KCDC Public Meeting

Calling all West Bottoms stakeholders and community members!

We are entering the second phase of the West Bottoms Reborn project, with a new group of students and continuing Design Team members. The KCDC will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, September 7th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Foundation Event Space in the West Bottoms, 1221 Union Avenue. If you are able to attend, we would greatly appreciate your feedback and input on the five sites the KCDC Design Team has selected for public space design and eventual implementation. Your feedback is critical as the project moves forward into the design phase, and we are grateful for you continued support.  

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18 Details, An Exhibition Exploring KC's Design Community
Jul
18
to Aug 18

18 Details, An Exhibition Exploring KC's Design Community

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The KCDC is pleased to host 18 Details, an exhibition of 18 projects in the region from firms located in the Greater Kansas City area, curated by Kansas State University Assistant Professor Genevieve Baudoin. The purpose of the exhibition is to define what building culture in this area is or is becoming through the detail – the moment where drawing, building, place, client, and design meet. The exhibition aspires to reveal the quality fostered by the unique nexus of the design community drawn here, the clients, patrons, and other personalities that contribute to that community, the builders, and the engineers that enable the work here, as well as our climate, our history, and our future in this place. 

Featuring Work From:
BNIM; DLR Group; DRAW Architecture + Urban Design; el dorado architects; Gould Evans Associates; Helix Architecture + Design; Hoefer Wysocki; Hollis + Miller Architects; Hufft; KEM Studio; PGAV Architects; Populous, Inc.; Rockhill & Associates; Seligson/Eggen; SFS Architecture; & Studio 804. 

Curated by Asst. Prof. Genevieve Baudoin, Architecture Dept., Kansas State University. Made possible with funding from the Professional Advisory Board to the Architecture Department, College of Architecture, Planning & Design, Kansas State University.

For more information, see Press Release.  

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End-Of-Semester Open House
May
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

End-Of-Semester Open House

Please join us next Tuesday from 5pm-8pm at the KCDC for our end-of-semester Open House, where students will be presenting results from the first phase of the 2-year long vision study for a system of public spaces in the West Bottoms. This is also a public meeting event; the public and stakeholder community are invited to provide their input to insure their ideas are integrated into the development of the next phase of the project. The feedback we receive from our public meetings is vital to a unified vision for the enhancement of the quality of the West Bottoms, and we would greatly appreciate your attendance as well as sharing this event with others.

Light refreshments will be served and street parking is available. We hope to see you there!

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An Evening with Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Apr
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

An Evening with Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Please join us for a social get together and presentation of the work of the office of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos. Fran Silvestre is a renowned Spanish architect who will be KSU Architecture Department Distinguished Victor L. Regnier Chair for the 2017/18 academic year. In addition to introducing Fran Silvestre to the Kansas City professional community, Maria Masià (who is the office Managing Director) will make an informal presentation titled ‘Work in Progress.’ 

About Maria Masià

Maria Masià is a practicing architect, with honors by the ETSA of Valencia and in the specialty of architectural projects (Honors) by the Universidad Lusiada de Oporto. She joined Fran Silvestre Arquitectos in February 2011, where she has occupied various roles such as Studio Leader and currently holds the title of Managing Director of the firm. She is Professor of projects and general coordinator of the Master’s Architecture, Design, and Innovation at the European University of Valencia.

Space for this event is limited. Please send RSVPs to info@kcdesigncenter.org

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Architecture Within Time, Beyond Image: A Lecture by Gonçalo Byrne
Apr
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Architecture Within Time, Beyond Image: A Lecture by Gonçalo Byrne

Join us on April 13th at the KC Central Library for a lecture by Kansas State University 2016/17 Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Visiting Chair Gonçalo Byrne. A reception will be held at 6pm, with the program beginning promptly at 6:30pm. The Central Library parking garage is located directly west of the Central Library building on the northwest corner of 10th & Baltimore and there will also be limited street parking available.

About the Lecture
Buildings have a life of their own, between permanence, transformation, vulnerability and the inhabitant’s appropriation. Through a series of recent works, we intend to debate some issues related to the contemporary practice of architecture, namely the different means architecture holds to build different spatial sensations that go beyond the first impact that its image may cause, but improve people’s lives and endure in time. These ideas were carefully developed in the selected works located in contexts where a careful balance between time, heritage and invention was urgent. From intimacy to the public space, architecture tries to find its own temporality.

About Gonçalo Byrne
Gonçalo Byrne is an architect graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Lisbon (ESBAL), and an Honorary Degree from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon and from the Faculty of Architecture of Alghero, in Italy. In 1975, he established his own practice, and founded his firm Gonçalo Byne Arquitectos in 1991. Along the years, he has been teaching at several universities including those in Coimbra, Viseu, Lausanne, Venice, Mendrisio, Leuven, Harvard, Pamplona, Lisbon, and currently in Milan and Kansas City (US). Among his recent works are the requalification of the headquarters of the Portuguese National Bank, in Lisbon (with João Pedro Falcão de Campos); the requalification of the Thalia Theater, in Lisbon (with Barbas Lopes architects); the expansion of the National Museum Machado de Castro, in Coimbra; the Estoi Pousada de Portugal, in Faro; the Estoril Sol Complex, in Cascais. Byrne’s work has also been awarded, among many others, with the prize A.I.C.A. / S.E.C., the Gold Medal by the French Academy of Architecture, and the Piranesi Prix de Rome 2014 for the National Museum Machado de Castro, in Coimbra. 

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West Bottoms Community Charrette
Mar
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

West Bottoms Community Charrette

We need your feedback!! Please join us for a community charrette to help select three public spaces in the West Bottoms for design development. To learn more about this project, please visit our project page

Parking at The Muberry Room: Parking is available in the back of the building as well along 13th St and Mulberry St.

*For those unable to attend the public meeting, please fill out our site selection survey online

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Dec
8
5:00pm 5:00pm

KCDC Open House

Please join us for an Open House at KCDC where students will be presenting results from the Scarritt Renaissance Vision Study. All are welcome and students will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their work. Light refreshments will be served and street parking is available. 

 

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Nov
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

Bowling: A Lecture by Martin Felsen of UrbanLab

Join us Wednesday, November 16th at the KCDC for a lecture by Martin Felsen of UrbanLab. A social hour will be held starting at 5:30pm, with the lecture following at 6pm; admittance is free and street parking is available. 

About the Lecture:

Martin will present UrbanLab's new book titled "Bowling," which explores relationships between architecture and infrastructure. Bowling is a design approach that makes physical "bowls" in the urban landscape to align shared resources with city life. Some bowls are made from scratch, while others are assembled from repurposed geological formations and urban infrastructures. UrbanLab's bowls span scales, from small buildings and spaces, to industrial districts and wide-ranging regions.  

About Martin Felsen: 

Plying the boundaries between practice and education, Martin Felsen blends design and data to produce uniquely progressive, site-specific built works and research, resulting in a new aesthetic for environmentally resilient architecture, landscapes, and public space. Martin founded UrbanLab as an alternative practice aiming to synthesize diverse methodologies, technical innovation, and hybrid vocabularies drawn equally from architecture and its complex urban and natural contexts.

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American Curves: Nature, Race and the Origins of the Modern Highway | A Lecture by Tom Campanella
Oct
11
5:30pm 5:30pm

American Curves: Nature, Race and the Origins of the Modern Highway | A Lecture by Tom Campanella

Join us Tuesday, October 11th at the KCDC for a lecture by Tom Campanella. A social hour will be held starting at 5:30pm, with the lecture following at 6pm; admittance is free and street parking is available. 

About the lecture:

We tend to associate the emergence of the American expressway with the Eisenhower era and the Interstate highway program.  But the origins of the modern motor road date back much further, to a series of parkways built in Westchester County, New York in the 1920s.  The first of these, the Bronx River Parkway, was begun not as a road but as an effort to restore a terribly polluted waterway, led by one of the most problematic figures in American environmental history, Madison Grant.  This talk will explore the roots of the modern American highway, examine the individuals who brought it into being and unpack the design ideals that helped shape an infrastructure that would change the world.

About Tom Campanella: 

Campanella is an historian of city planning and the urban built environment. He teaches at Cornell University and writes about the culture-space nexus in a variety of contexts, seeking to explain the manifold agents, actors, and forces that have shaped urban landscapes around the world. Though primarily an Americanist, he has also studied and written about the extraordinary growth of Chinese cities in the post-Mao era. 

Campanella has received Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the James Marston Fitch Foundation. His books include The Concrete Dragon: China's Urban Revolution and What It Means for the World (2008), and Republic of Shade: New England and the American Elm (2003), winner of the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. He has held visiting appointments at Columbia, Harvard GSD, Nanjing University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Campanella holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1999), a M.L.A. from Cornell (1991), and a B.S. from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (1986). 

*Please Note: AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this event. More information about AICP's CM program can be found at http://www.planning.org/cm

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KCDC Open House
May
12
5:00pm 5:00pm

KCDC Open House

Please join us for an Open House at KCDC where students will be presenting results from the Downtown Recycling System Vision Study, the Art in the Loop Vision Study, and the Connecting the Dottes Study in Kansas City, Kansas . All are welcome and students will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their work. Light refreshments will be served and street parking is available. 

 

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Performative Poetics: A Lecture by Jay Siebenmorgen
Mar
29
5:30pm 5:30pm

Performative Poetics: A Lecture by Jay Siebenmorgen

Performative Poetics

 

The complexity of architecture shifts according to cultural, regional and performance demands.  “Performative Poetics” will share Jay Siebenmorgen’s analytical process of design by comparing 6 projects of varying scale, program and locations around the world, where constraints and regional influence are used as opportunity to define architecture in a different light.

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Public Meeting
Mar
24
to Mar 25

Public Meeting

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Join us at the KCDC on Thursday, March 24th, for a public meeting where the KCDC studio will be presenting the progress of their work this semester on the Art in the Loop Vision Study and the Downtown Recycling System Vision Study and asking stakeholders to provide their input. The feedback the studio receives is critical to the success of KCDC projects, so please attend and bring a friend!

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4D Planning in the Century of Complexity: A Lecture by Matt Wetli
Mar
22
5:30pm 5:30pm

4D Planning in the Century of Complexity: A Lecture by Matt Wetli

About the Lecture: 

In 2000, Steven Hawking stated that we are entering the “Century of Complexity”—acknowledging the opportunities of continued human achievement and the increasing threats to stability that are brought about by rapid change.  That these problems are likely to be addressed by people living and working in cities—in places that foster interaction among a variety of thinkers and problem-solvers—will heighten the importance of planning as the profession that can establish the necessary systems, networks, and places needed to foster human advancement.

About Matt Wetli: 

Matt has a passion for identifying, visualizing, and helping communities act on opportunities to create great places, with an emphasis on urban redevelopment and new town centers. His focus has been in understanding the economic conditions (i.e., market and financial) and urban design qualities (such as public space and walkability) that result in vibrant, mixed-use communities. Increasingly, he has been involved in devising economic and community development strategies that complement real estate-based revitalization efforts. Matt has managed numerous projects, taking an approach that first emphasizes marketable ideas and concepts and then tests and supports those ideas with market and financial analysis. He is eager to understand ways in which the changing demographic landscape is shaping future opportunities, and how investments in people, places, and buildings can enable communities to evolve and achieve their potential as economically thriving and livable places

 

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The Least Design Possible, a lecture by Lola Sheppard
Mar
1
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Least Design Possible, a lecture by Lola Sheppard

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Join us Tuesday, March 1st for a lecture by Lateral Office founding Partner Lola Sheppard. A social hour will be held starting at 5:30pm, with the lecture following at 6pm; admittance is free and street parking is available.

About the lecture: 

The last decade of global architecture seemed to imply that more was better: larger, more ornate, more extravagant. "The Least Design Possible" argues that the real test of design is how much effect can one leverage with the greatest restraint. Rather than relying on form, architecture might uncover cultural, social and spatial practices, to inform design action. How does architecture engage ideas of temporality, seasonality, environment and local vernaculars?

About Lola Sheppard:

Sheppard is a Registered Architect and founding Partner at Lateral Office. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is an Associate Professor and is currently the Interim Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo where she also serves as Undergraduate Officer. She has taught at the University of Toronto, Ohio State University, and California College of the Arts. Sheppard previously worked in the offices of Jean Nouvel (Paris), Peter Rose (Cambridge), and Allies and Morrison (London) before forming Lateral Office. She is committed to architecture's new relationship to social and ecological possibilities - not just solutions. Sheppard is the recipient of the 2012 RAIC Young Architect Award.

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KCDC Fall Open House
Dec
17
5:00pm 5:00pm

KCDC Fall Open House

You are invited to join us Thursday, December 17th for our Fall Open House. Please stop by anytime between 5:00pm and 8:00pm to view the current in-progress Downtown Recycling System Vision Study. There will be light refreshments served and on-street parking available in front. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend. We hope to see you then!

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Lecture by Lynn Benson + Panel Discussion
Nov
5
5:30pm 5:30pm

Lecture by Lynn Benson + Panel Discussion

Mekong Delta (detail) 2014, pencil & ink on vellum

Mekong Delta (detail) 2014, pencil & ink on vellum

In conjunction with Lynn Benson's exhibit at the KCDC, please join us for a lecture by the artist followed by a panel discussion with local artists and area professionals in fields related to water management and sustainability; admittance is free and street parking is available.

About the Exhibition:

The amazing meandering lines created by rivers and shorelines, as seen in historic maps and satellite imagery, provide inspiration for many of my works about our world waters, and I play upon the botanical and anatomical similarities in paths of fluids and patterns of growth. Whether oceans, river deltas, and aquifers, or atmosphere, drought, and water cycles, my longtime attraction and interest in water was fed by proximity to the ocean as a toddler, and by awareness of the burning Cuyahoga River in the late 60s, in part leading to the federal Clean Water Act in 1972.
— Lynn Benson

A part of the academic mission of the KCDC is to promote dialogue and action on sustainable redevelopment of urban realm in Kansas City. In that regard Lynn Benson’s work, in addition to its own artistic merit, touches upon important issue of urban water and makes it immediate through its own means. The staging of the exhibition of her work was in part motivated by the desire to complement and expand the urgency of environmental awareness that underlies ongoing KCDC projects.

WATERPLACES will be on exhibit at the KCDC from October 8th - November 20th.
Gallery Hours: M-F 9am-5pm or by appointment.

Events sponsored by the Kansas City Design Center and MARC Regional Water Quality Education Committee, with funding support awarded by ArtsKC Regional Arts Council

About the Artist:

Lynn Benson was born not far from the Atlantic Ocean in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and raised in the US heartland. She’s always felt a tug to explore and to be near water...a primary focus in current works. She left the corporate world in 2010 in order to work full-time as an artist in the Kansas City region, establishing her studio near the confluence of Kansas City’s major rivers. Benson recently had a solo exhibition, “Acid Wash: Playing with Consequences” at the Leedy- Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, as well as a solo show, “Sidetrip,” at Kiosk Gallery.

Her work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the country.

www.lynnbenson.com

 

 

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STAY: A Lecture by Peregrine Honig
Sep
24
5:30pm 5:30pm

STAY: A Lecture by Peregrine Honig

Join us for a lecture by artist Peregrine Honig in conjunction with a related body of work on exhibit at Belger Crane Yard Studios this fall. Honig will be lecturing on the idea of public vs. private space and how it relates to both art and architecture. A social hour will be held starting at 5:30pm, with the lecture following at around 6pm; admittance is free and street parking is available. Lecture attendees are encouraged to visit Honig’s exhibition at Belger Crane Yard Studios prior to the lecture, which will run from September 18th through December 19th.  

About the exhibition:

Suites is a multi-disciplinary artistic collaboration, a visually narrated response to the residual energy left behind in hotel rooms. Playing on the facade of private commercial space and exploring the sentimentality of who we are in relationship to our sexual partners and desires, Suites pulls the curtains and tips the blinds so the light doesn’t spill in. A hotel door opens gently and we witness anonymous solos, duets and threesomes. What is it to be vulnerable and expectant, willing and ready to perform, aroused and ashamed, dismissed and praised, exhausted and embarrassed, loved invisibly?

Peregrine Honig- director
Jane Gotch - choreographer
Johanna Brooks- videographer

About the artist:

Peregrine Honig was born in San Francisco, CA, and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute. Although based in Kansas City, MO, Honig travels extensively, participating in residencies around the world, most recently in China in spring 2015.

Honig’s work is included in a number of permanent collections including the Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. In 2010, Honig appeared on season one of Bravo’s artist reality television show, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. That same year, in collaboration with Landfall Press, she produced Widow, a magazine that explores the relationship between fashion and art. Her work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions and included in group exhibitions across the country. 

www.peregrinehonig.com

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