Tianna Morton wins First Prize in the 2022 Nichols Student Prize competition for Urban Planning + Design students.
Tianna Morton’s project reimagined the area adjacent to Main and Linwood as “The Garden District.” Her project starts with a examination of whether big-box retail will still be viable in the future. Taking the site of Midtown Marketplace, she redevelops Linwood Boulevard as the site for apartments with an adjacent community of a mix of housing types. The Garden District will expand housing opportunity in Kansas City while providing a new park.
Two other projects received prizes in the competition. Jazmin Bustos received a Second Prize for her project Imagine the Possibilities. The jury was impressed with the attention to community institutions as part of her program for the site at Main and Linwood.
Jazmin Bustos’ project included a child care facility, a library, and a community center with the aim of providing the services that could bring families back into this portion of Midtown Kansas City. Finally, the jury awarded a Second Prize to Luke Bertram’s project Baltimore Square.
Baltimore Square proposes the extension of Baltimore Avenue north across Linwood Boulevard up to 31st Street. Around the area of 32nd Street, Baltimore Avenue would intersect a public square providing a quiet respite from the bustle of Main St, Linwood Boulevard and 31st Street. The jury thought this design reflected an appealing sense of urbanism.
The Nichols Student Prize is awarded to students in competing to develop innovative urban designs and developments as a part of their education in UMKC Urban Planning + Design program. Support for the Nichols Student prize has been generously endowed by the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation.