The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design (AUP+D) announces the 2012 JC Nichols Student Prize. The award has been made possible by a generous donation from the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation. “J.C. Nichols legacy as a pioneer and innovator in urban planning is recognized internationally, and we in Kansas City continue to benefit daily from his vision, said Joy D. Swallow, FAIA, associate professor, chair of AUP+D.
The J.C. Nichols Prize is open to junior-level UMKC students in a Urban Planning studio. The students are currently focused on the Trolley Track Trail which is a former trolley line right-of-way owned and operated by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority bus system. The trail was converted to a walking-biking-jogging path and extends from the UMKC Volker campus adjacent to the Country Club Plaza, to the intersection of 85th Street and Prospect Avenue. For the compeition, students will design and present a vision of development along a specific section of the trail. “We are a catalyst. We set up projects that professional firms can then pick up and run with,” said Michael Frisch, AICP, associate professor. “We view our part in UMKC’s urban mission as a two-way exchange. “We are helping the community, and we are learning from the community at the same time”, Frisch said.
The jury will take place on Friday, April 27th, 2-5pm, Katz Hall, rm. 101 on the UMKC Volker campus. Free and open to the public!