A City at the Crossroads: 18th Street

In the spring semester 2007, the Department was able to receive funding from the NEH and the Graham Foundation to bring in Walter Hood to conduct a charrette focused on the 18th Street corridor from 18th and Vine to the Crossroads. 360 Architecture hosted the 2 day charrette and professionals from the city joined students in four teams that set out to generate new ideas for the 18th Street corridor focused on Landscape, Infrastructure, Architecture and Landmarks. Hood employed a charrette framework based on the 4/4 beat of Kansas City jazz, inspiring each team to generate at least 48 ideas for the corridor.

First Ring Suburbs – KC Region

First Ring Suburbs, Kansas City Region, Kansas City Region, Senior Urban Planning +
Design Studio. Studied and proposed plans for obsolete retail corridors around the
metro region. Facilitated and sponsored by MARC (Mid‐America Regional Council),
Gladstone, Missouri, Grandview, Missouri, Independence, Missouri, Raytown, Missouri,
Mission, Kansas, Overland Park, Kansas. Spring 2009. (Frisch, Spartan)

Planning for Urban Agriculture

Environmental Sustainability: Planning for Urban Agriculture, lecture course. This course was a general elective and involved students from across the university (i.e. pharmacy, communication studies, environmental studies, etc.) A ‘studio’ approach was employed as students worked in collaborative groups in multiple sites in the region to imagine how urban agriculture could be implemented, Spring 2010. Daniel Dermitzel, co-founder of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture (KCCUA – now Cultivate KC), designed the course with Jacob Wagner.

27th and Prospect UPD Studio IV

Students in the UPD IV senior studio worked with the four neighborhood organizations surrounding 27th and Prospect, including Santa Fe (a National Historic District), Key Coalition, Wendell-Philips and the Washington-Wheatley Neighborhood. Students survey each neighborhood for housing conditions, historic landmarks, vacant and foreclosed homes, analyzed demographic data and trends and proposed a series of action plans for each neighborhood.

Troost Corridor Plan

Students in the senior Urban Planning and Design Studio IV worked as part of the Creating Sustainable Places (CSP) project of Mid America Regional Council in the spring semester 2012. The team analyzed the Troost Avenue corridor from 5th to 95th Street, looking at a variety of issues and opportunities for increasing transit-oriented development and sustainable urbanism along the corridor. The process was highly participatory and it helped jump start the MARC planning process. Students selected three key locations (nodes) for further analysis: 18th and Troost, Armour Boulevard at Troost and 63rd and Troost.