The urban furniture can be stacked to create an array of seating arrangements to enhance the user experience for concerts/performances. The plastic used in constructing the furniture creates a glowing effect by internal lights powered by solar energy.
A Public Space study while at Kansas City Design Center (KCDC) in the Historic West Bottoms district. Through creative place-making/keeping design strategy our class was able to create visions that help promote and enhance the characteristics of key public space sites in the historic district. The site my team chose to study is on the Kansas side of the West Bottoms, underneath Central St. Viaduct. (directly behind Hickory Union Moto). What was unique about this site is the duality of different spaces. The above rendering shows the space under the Central viaduct, which provides more of an intimate user experience. But directly adjacent is a wide open paved lot which creates a complete inverse experience. See next rendering for more info.
The rendering above shows the paved open lot allowing for performances with adaptable elements such as rolling stages and recycled-plastic furniture. In the background you’ll notice the highway viaduct where these rolling stages and furniture can also be arranged for other uses but stored when not in use. Our team also solved the viaduct water runoff and pooling issue by designing a bioswale system that filters and re-locates the water drainage off site to a lower elevation.
As a team, we agreed by adding a bus stop to the mouth of our site would help improve and enhance connectivity as well as provide a better opportunity for the community to discover this hidden gem.
Kansas City Design Center proposal for Benton/Independence Ave. in Kansas City, MO. Cultural Residential Hub for the Historic Northeast.
An idea to repurpose and giving new life to the old Perky Bro's storage building along Independence Ave.
A designed public space for Ride KC apartments directly linked to the transit hub, retail shops, and residential spaces.
A vignette of how the studio lofts would look and function in the lower residential bar.
A vignette of the Penthouse lofts in the residential tower and how it would provide captivating views of downtown KC and the surrounding historic district.
Early vignette of the building form and how including a transit hub in the program could promote and influence the city to bring the streetcar back down Independence Ave. again.