The Largest Art, a Lecture by Brent Ryan
Oct
11
5:30 PM17:30

The Largest Art, a Lecture by Brent Ryan

Join us for a public lecture with Brent Ryan. A social hour will be held starting at 5:30pm, with the lecture following at 6:00 pm; admittance is free and street parking is available.

About the Lecture:
Brent D. Ryan’s The Largest Art is a new manifesto for urban design, providing a theoretical foundation for this under-theorized discipline. Ryan demonstrates that urban design is the largest of the building arts, one that is distinct from other arts like architecture, landscape, and land art. In The Largest Art, Ryan distinguishes urban design by its pluralism, which has five dimensions: plural scale, ranging from an alleyway to a region; plural time, because it is deeply enmeshed in both history and the present; plural property, with many owners; plural agents, with many makers; and plural form, with a distributed quality that allows it to coexist with diverse elements of the city. looks at well-known urban design projects through the lens of pluralism, and revisits the thought of three plural urbanists working between 1960 and 1980. Ryan tells three design stories for the future, imaginary scenarios of plural urbanism in locations around the world, and concludes with three signal considerations that all urban designers must acknowledge: eternal change, inevitable incompletion, and flexible fidelity. The city is a ceaselessly active, perpetually changing entity: the urban design of the future must be an art whose aesthetic qualities welcome the city’s pluralism instead of resisting it.

About Brent Ryan:
Brent D. Ryan is Head of the City Design and Development Group and Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research focuses on the aesthetics and policies of contemporary urban design, particularly with respect to current and pressing issues like deindustrialization and climate change. Professor Ryan’s first book Design After Decline: How America rebuilds shrinking cities, was selected by Planetizen as one of its ten best urban planning books of 2012, and his second book, a treatise on urban design as a plural art, will be published by MIT Press in 2017.

Professor Ryan’s research has been published in the Journal of Urban Design, Journal of Planning History, Urban Design International, Urban Morphology, and the Journal of the American Planning Association, which awarded his article “Reading Through A Plan” its best article of 2011. Professor Ryan has also written numerous chapters for books including The City After Abandonment; Urban Landscape; The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning; Rethinking Global Urbanism; and Urban Megaprojects: A Worldwide View.

Professor Ryan has three current research projects in China, all funded by the Sam Tak Lee Laboratory, examining coastal landmaking, the threat to urban villages, and a case study in transfer of development rights. He has also consulted for the World Bank on planning projects for emerging economies in Eastern Europe, and he will initiate a five-year study of sustainability in Siberian cities in 2017, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Prior to joining MIT, Professor Ryan taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was also Co-Director of the City Design Center. Professor Ryan holds a B.S. in biology from Yale University (1991), a M. Arch. from Columbia University (1994), and a Ph.D. in urban design and planning from MIT (2002).

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West Bottoms Reborn Project Exhibition
May
5
to May 12

West Bottoms Reborn Project Exhibition

  • 1501 West 9th Street Kansas City, MO, 64101 United States (map)
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We are at the end of our two-year public space study in the West Bottoms! In lieu of the usual KCDC end-of-year Open House, we’ve put together a week-long exhibition in the West Bottoms, featuring work by the KCDC urban design studio and West Bottoms Reborn design team artists. The exhibition will soft open on Saturday, May 5th at 5 pm and run through May 12th, with a formal reception happening on Thursday, May 10th, from 5 pm - 8 pm (light refreshments will be served).

To learn more about this project, visit www.westbottomsreborn.com


EXHIBITION HOURS:

SATURDAY, MAY 5
5 PM - 8 PM

SUNDAY, MAY 6
12 PM - 6 PM

MONDAY, MAY 7
10 AM - 6 PM

TUESDAY, MAY 8
10 AM - 8 PM

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
10 AM - 8 PM

THURSDAY, MAY 10
10 AM - 8 PM | FORMAL RECEPTION 5 PM - 8 PM

FRIDAY, MAY 11
10 AM - 4 PM

SATURDAY, MAY 12
12 PM - 4 PM


DIRECTIONS:

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The entrance to the exhibition space is in the alley between W 9th St and St. Louis Ave, behind the Hobbs Building.

Entering 1501 W. 9th St. into Google Maps will take you to the entrance of the alley, please follow this map to find the exhibition space entrance. 

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The Problems of Placemaking: A Moderated Panel Discussion with West Bottoms Reborn Artists
May
1
11:30 AM11:30

The Problems of Placemaking: A Moderated Panel Discussion with West Bottoms Reborn Artists

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Megan Crigger, City of Kansas City, Missouri Director of Creative Services, moderates a panel discussion with artists Miranda Clark, Carmen Moreno, and James Woodfill to discuss their experiences as embedded artists on a design team and issues related to artist agency, conflict, problem-solving, blind spots, and authenticity. Q&A immediately follows the presentation. 

Space is limited and registration is required. Tickets are available via Eventbrite ($5 which includes lunch). Free parking is available.

About Miranda Clark:
Miranda Clark is a sculptor currently residing in Kansas City, Missouri.  She received her B.F.A from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2014 and went on to complete a two-year residency with the Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Program. Miranda's work explores the physicality of personal memories through sculpture, drawing, and photography. 

About Carmen Moreno:
Carmen Moreno received her BFA in 2010 from the Kansas City Art Institute in Interdisciplinary Art and Creative Writing with a Certification in Community Arts and Service Learning. She currently works as an independent artist in Kansas City and has exhibited works and ideas in numerous places all over the world. Carmen's pieces are mainly generated by her interest in science, art, philosophy, color theory,...basically everything. She maintains a studio practice of experimentation and open-mindedness. In applying the sensibilities of science to art, Carmen attempts to create a visual language that transforms her emotional-intuitive experiences into innovative installations and performances.

About James Woodfill:
James Woodfill is a 1980 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and has lived and worked in Kansas City since. As an interdisciplinary artist, his work is focused on direct experience through the composition of objects, occurrences and site. His artworks regularly blur boundaries in their execution, often merging with functional design. His installations bridge the fields of sculpture, painting and public art, and his work in the public realm has extended into education and curatorial projects, writings and numerous urban planning projects and studies.

About Megan Crigger:
Appointed in January 2015, Megan Crigger (Kansas City, MO) serves as the Director of Creative Services for the City of Kansas City, MO, Office of Culture and Creative Services, which facilitates conversations for policy, partnerships and programs to directly support arts, culture, and creative sectors, the creative economy and neighborhood vitality. Prior to this position, Ms. Crigger was the Cultural Arts Division Manager (2010-2014), Art in Public Places Director (2003-2010) and Art in Public Places Project Manager (2000-2003) for the City of Austin, Texas, Economic Development Department. Her professional board leadership has included the United States Urban Arts Federation (current), Consensus Board of Directors (current), Texans for the Arts Executive Board of Directors, and Executive Committee for the Any Given Child initiative from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Crigger holds a Bachelor of Art in Psychology, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History, and a Master of Arts in Arts Education from the University of Texas at Austin. 

This presentation is part of Honoring History + Place, a public engagement series designed to engage the general public, arts and business communities, and civic agencies about creative placemaking in Kansas City. Honoring History + Place is an initiative of the West Bottoms Reborn project that's supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant, with special event funding support by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF) program. Project partners include the Kansas City Design Center; Kansas City, Missouri Office of Culture & Creative Services; Historic West Bottoms Association; Kansas City, Missouri Planning Department; KC Water; Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas; Artists Miranda Clark, Carmen Moreno, and James Woodfill.

For more information, contact info@kcdesigncenter.org.

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Architect Talk | Fran Silvestre and Scenarios for Life
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Architect Talk | Fran Silvestre and Scenarios for Life

Award-winning Spanish architect and current Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Visiting Professor at Kansas State University, Fran Silvestre, will talk about his studio’s creative process. According to architecture critic and journalist David Cohn, “Silvestre’s designs are not simply solutions to given design problems, though he tends to present them as such. They absorb and distill the myriad issues of program, site and context, structure, building technologies and so on, subsuming them into the play of space and form that could be understood as the true subject of his architecture.” Fran Silvestre will reveal the most important values of his architecture and the methods his studio uses to achieve such innovative projects.

This is a free event but tickets are required: http://cart.nelson-atkins.org/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=5522

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Postindustrial Appropriation: DIY Approaches to the Reuse of Obsolete Places in the American City, a lecture by Daniel Campo
Mar
15
5:30 PM17:30

Postindustrial Appropriation: DIY Approaches to the Reuse of Obsolete Places in the American City, a lecture by Daniel Campo

Daniel Campo

This presentation documents grassroots efforts to reuse and enjoy iconic but economically obsolete industrial places in the American Rustbelt and in other U.S. Cities. Exploring a range of deindustrialized sites including former automobile factories in Detroit, a steel plant in metropolitan Pittsburgh, the Silo City campus of grain elevators in Buffalo, and former port sites in New York City, it assesses emerging forms of preservation, placemaking, and urban development practices, which operate outside traditional adaptive re-use markets and without substantial public funding. Building upon small scale, itinerant, and often guerrilla actions, these (mostly) do-it-yourself practices exploit historic sites in their “as is” condition, making the most of marginality and local cultural capital. Pursued out of a sense of passion and the desire to be a part of the physical reconstruction of their respective cities, the diverse and sometimes unusual parties that undertake these projects are redefining historic preservation as an empowering civic activity. Accordingly, their incremental, sweat-equity driven projects provide an experience of industrial heritage that is more playful, immediate, and broadly participatory than those at better capitalized sites, even as they fall short of professional preservation standards (and thus eligibility for significant federal and state tax credit support).

About Daniel Campo
Daniel Campo is a NYC/Baltimore-based urbanist. He is Associate Professor and Program Director of City Planning in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University. Campo is the author of The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned (Fordham University Press, 2013) and has published articles on a range of subjects including urban design, public space studies, placemaking, public art, downtown revitalization, history of the built environment and historic preservation. He holds a Ph.D. in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania and was previously a planner for the New York City Department of City Planning.

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West Bottoms Reborn Public Meeting
Feb
15
5:30 PM17:30

West Bottoms Reborn Public Meeting

Attention all West Bottoms community members, artists, stakeholders, visitors, and general WB enthusiasts...

The KCDC will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, February 15th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the KCDC (1018 Baltimore Ave, KCMO 64105). If you are able to attend, we would greatly appreciate your feedback and input on three sites in the West Bottoms currently undergoing public space design development. 

For more information about West Bottoms Reborn, please visit the project website: www.westbottomsreborn.com

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Poetic, Political, and Public Will in Creative Placemaking
Feb
2
11:30 AM11:30

Poetic, Political, and Public Will in Creative Placemaking

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Kansas City Art Institute Professor and artist Karen McCoy converses with City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Manager and creative placemaking thought leader Roberto Bedoya about how imagination and policy influence each other. Q&A immediately follows the presentation.

Space is limited and registration is required; please register on Eventbrite. Tickets are $5 which includes lunch. Free parking is available.


About Roberto Bedoya:
Roberto Bedoya has consistently supported art-based civic engagement projects and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging throughout his career. As executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC), he established the innovative P.L.A.C.E (People, Land, Arts, Culture and Engagement) Initiative to support artist initiatives in Tucson, Arizona. Bedoya’s tenure as executive director of the National Association of Artists’ Organizations (NAAO) from 1996 to 2001 included serving as co-plaintiff in the lawsuit Finley vs. NEA. His essays “U.S. Cultural Policy: Its Politics of Participation, Its Creative Potential” and “Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging” reframed the discussion on cultural policy to shed light on exclusionary practices in cultural policy decision making. Bedoya is also a poet, whose work has appeared in numerous publications, and an art consultant, with projects for Creative Capital Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Urban Institute. Roberto Bedoya currently works for the City of Oakland, where he was hired as the City’s first Cultural Affairs Manager in 2016.

About Karen McCoy:
Karen McCoy’s primary work has been large-scale, sited environmental sculpture based on extensive research into the geological, cultural and social histories of each site. She also works in video and photography and makes drawings and prints. She was awarded the Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship for a distinguished residency. In 2003, she was selected as lead artist for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial ArtCorps project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited around the country. McCoy has taught at KCAI since 1994, serving as chair of the department from 1994 to 2003 and as acting chair in 2010-11. She earned an M.F.A. degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978.
 

This presentation is part of Honoring History + Place, a public engagement series designed to engage the general public, arts and business communities, and civic agencies about creative placemaking in Kansas City. Honoring History + Place is an initiative of the West Bottoms Reborn project that's supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant, with special event funding support by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF) program. Project partners include the Kansas City Design Center; Kansas City, Missouri Office of Culture & Creative Services; Historic West Bottoms Association; Kansas City, Missouri Planning Department; KC Water; Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas; Artists Miranda Clark, Carmen Moreno, and James Woodfill.

For more information, please visit www.kcdesigncenter.org or contact info@kcdesigncenter.org.

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KCDC End-of-Semester Open House
Dec
14
5:00 PM17:00

KCDC End-of-Semester Open House

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Please join us on Thursday, December 14th from 5pm-8pm at the KCDC for our end-of-semester Open House. KCDC students will be presenting work from the second phase of the West Bottoms Reborn project, and the KU Architecture 608 Sports and Entertainment Studio will also be presenting work from the semester.  

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

About the KCDC West Bottoms Reborn Project
The 2-year long vision study for a system of public spaces in the West Bottoms, titled West Bottoms Reborn, is nearing the end of its second phase. Students will be presenting their preliminary public space designs for 12th St. Alley, Liberty Courtyard, and Central Ave. Viaduct.  The public and stakeholder community are invited to provide their input and feedback on students’ design to ensure their ideas are integrated into the development of the final public space designs.
 
For more information on this project, please visit www.westbottomsreborn.com

About KU Architecture 608 Sports and Entertainment Studio
This semester-long studio focuses on imagining a new cultural precinct in Kansas City, physically linking the arts and entertainment districts of Kansas City’s crossroads and inner loop. Anchored by a 5000-seat multipurpose competition and performance venue, projects seek to mend the urban environment divided by Interstate 670.  Projects explore the need for urban, multipurpose facilities – and are designed to accommodate, but not limited to: performing arts, e-gaming, competition tennis/futsal court.
 

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Neighborhood Prospects - Public Meeting #2
Dec
4
5:30 PM17:30

Neighborhood Prospects - Public Meeting #2

  • Lucile H. Bluford Branch, KCMO Public Library (map)
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Neighborhood Prospects is an urban design student and student / community service learning project that seeks to build momentum in revitalization efforts in historic neighborhoods along Prospect Avenue. Conducted by the Kansas City Design Center in collaboration with the Santa Fe Area Council and Key Coalition Neighborhood Association, the study focuses on creation of scenarios for a variety of infill development types that support community vitality and social, environmental and economic sustainability. 

Please join us for our second public meeting, where KCDC students led by Professor Joe Colistra will present work in progress and solicit community feedback. The presentation will include discussion of investment corridors, lot prioritization strategies, pedestrian linkages, infill scenarios, and development incentives. Community participation and feedback will support ongoing development of Neighborhood Prospects, with the hope that ideas generated in the project can contribute to a shared dialogue addressing ways to harness emerging public and private development activity along the Prospect Ave. corridor to support revitalization in surrounding neighborhoods.

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What if? Architecture, Ecology, and the West Bottoms | A lecture by Jeff Stein
Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

What if? Architecture, Ecology, and the West Bottoms | A lecture by Jeff Stein

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Join us for a public lecture with Arcosanti architect and urban designer Jeff Stein. 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: 

In this illustrated lecture, Jeff Stein AIA, CoPresident of the late Paolo Soleri's urban research institute, the Cosanti Foundation explains Soleri's lifetime of work investigating the role of complexity, compactness, and beauty in the organic life of cities and describes how the continuing work at Arcosanti in Arizona could help guide development as Kansas City's West Bottoms precinct becomes Reborn.

https://arcosanti.org/

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West Bottoms Reborn Public Meeting
Oct
30
5:30 PM17:30

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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Where We Want To Live: A Lecture by Ryan Gravel
Oct
26
5:30 PM17:30

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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Honoring History + Place - Free Presentation by Julie Schenkelberg
Sep
14
5:30 PM17:30

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
5:30 PM17:30

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
5:00 PM17:00

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
5:30 PM17:30

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
6:00 PM18:00

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
5:30 PM17:30

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
5:00 PM17:00

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
5:30 PM17:30

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
5:30 PM17:30

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
5:00 PM17:00

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
5:30 PM17:30

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
5:30 PM17:30

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
5:30 PM17:30

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
5:00 PM17:00

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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