Architectural Studies Students Visit New KSU Architecture Building

First- and second-year students in the UMKC Architectural Studies program got a preview of things to come at Kansas State University’s new Regnier Hall today. The new building links two historic portions of the existing architecture building (Seaton Hall) and creates new studios, workshops, an auditorium and a library. Our students will join the program in their third year.

Stephen Pociluyko, Intern @ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Stephen Pociluyko: 2017 Urban Planning Internship @U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters in Kansas City, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Stephen Pociluyko of Newport News, Va., has recently accepted a position with the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Pociluyko joins the Kansas City District from the Marine Corps. Pociluyko’s new position will be as a Student Trainee as Geographer Intern, with responsibilities for creating and updating Department of Defense maps using Arc Geographic Information Systems as well as supporting the district with site analysis and field surveys.

He is on track to graduate in 2019 from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and is seeking a degree in Urban Planning and Design and an undergraduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

The Kansas City District is a team of dedicated professionals with a strong heritage and proven results who, in collaboration with our partners, proudly serve in the Heartland providing leadership, technical excellence, and innovative solutions to the nation’s most complex problems.

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Transit Driven Thinking

from UMKC Communications 5/17/2017

Nichols Student Prize contestants inspired by streetcar extension

Kansas City’s new streetcar is already driving development activity along its route. So with an election to decide on an extension plan in the offing, it’s only natural to imagine what changes in the city’s urban environment could follow.

Students in the Urban Planning and Design Studio II course at the University of Missouri-Kansas City took on that challenge, and did more than merely imagine the possibilities. The class, taught by faculty members Michael Frisch, AICP and Ted Seligson, FAIA researched existing land uses along the extension route, selected specific intersections, designed transit-driven developments at those locations that would meet community needs, and drafted implementation plans for their concepts. The student proposals were entered in the annual J.C. Nichols Student Prize competition sponsored by the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, part of UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences. Funding for the Nichols Student Prize has been generously provided by the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation.

Each student selected a strategic node on Main Street from 30th Street to the UMKC campus.

At 31st and Main, Alex Gilbertson envisioned Warwick Ridge, an iconic building composed of stacked, cantilevered and offset layers, with luxury apartments atop first-floor retail shops.

At Linwood and Main, Rawya Alrammah called for a return to historical levels of housing density, with multiple apartment buildings over underground parking, surrounding an open central courtyard.

Billie Hufford recommended an emphasis on enhanced retail services at Armour and Main, anchored by a new Main Market food hall with dozens of micro-businesses in stalls on a first floor that could be opened to the elements in good weather; apartments would occupy the upper floors.

At that same intersection, Thomas Kimmel’s concept focused on adding a variety of housing types to an under-utilized 13-acre tract behind a school and Home Depot, tied together with a pedestrian concourse dubbed “The Circuit.”

A few blocks to the south, Sean Thomas sought to tie together the intersections of 39th and Main with Main and Westport to create a pedestrian-friendly “harmonious urbanism” that would reclaim areas sacrificed to automotive traffic and parking.

Taylor Vande Velde looked at 43rd and Main and saw an intersection physically dominated by huge nearby buildings – the American Century towers and the Marriott hotel. To counter that impression, she called for a human-scaled piece of landmark architecture built along the waterway. Mill Creek Point would include ground-level retail and community space with residences above.

The Nichols Prize jury, however, was most taken with David McCumber’s concept for the intersection of Main and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, and awarded him first place in the competition. His pedestrian-oriented concept, Plaza Connections, would reclaim large swaths of asphalt for human use, extend the Trolley Track Trail north of the Country Club Plaza, and add two pedestrian bridges across Brush Creek and three new apartment buildings. But the centerpiece of his concept borrows, as does the Plaza, from Seville, Spain: a half-circle hotel structure outlining a circular public plaza space. The hotel would be built on land owned by the city’s Parks Department, with ample first-floor space open to all, in a new take on public-private partnerships.

The jurors were Prof. Joy Swallow, the AUP+D Department Chair; Bill Bruning, a member of the department’s Advisory Board; Diane Burnette, director of MainCOR; and Gib Kerr of Cushman & Wakefield and the Regional Transit Alliance. They awarded third place to Vande Velde for Mill Creek Point, and second prize to Kimmel for The Circuit.

J. ONeil Cole student presentation

AUPD congratulates Pendulum Studio on 10 year anniversary!

Congrats to Jonathan, Devan and Pendulum Studio on 10 years well spent!

Ten years ago, architect Jonathan O’Neil Cole was kind enough to donate his time to work with our Urban Planning and Design students on a 3-day charrette exploring how to (re)connect 18th and Vine to the Crossroads (sound familiar?)…

This month his firm with Devan Case celebrates ten years in the business.

Congratulations!!!

In the spring of 2007, we worked with Jonathan and guest designer Walter Hood of Hood Studio to explore four themes that would help to bridge the gap between east and west along 18th Street: Architecture, Infrastructure, Monument and Landscape – a four part design process informed by the 4/4 time signature of Kansas City jazz. It was a blast and we all enjoyed working with Jonathan, Walter and a variety of awesome designers. You can check out the work here: http://acityatthecrossroads.umkc.edu/plan.html

Recent alumni honoree Stephen Risse and KCMO city planner Ashley Winchell were among the students that participated.

Thanks to Pendulum and all of the Kansas City firms that make our studio-based design pedagogy possible.

 

 

2017 Truman Bootstrap Awardee

Cameron Casey, has been selected as a 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootstrap awardee. Chosen in a competitive process among UMKC undergraduate applicants, he will join interns from the other University of Missouri campuses living together in condos near the Capitol in Washington DC and working in offices of Missouri representatives and senators.

Cameron Casey, is a Urban Planning and Design major. He will be assigned to governmental offices (legislative or administrative) and will work with identified mentors this summer.

Being an intern in Washington can be an exciting and rewarding experience, with an endless number of monuments and museums to visit, people from a variety of places to network with—and an amazing chance to involve oneself in the exciting and fast-paced daily life on Capitol Hill.

Speed Networking for Urban Planning + Design Students on March 10, 2017

Local planning professionals joined Urban Planning + Design (UP+D) Program’s annual speed networking on Friday, March 10th. The professionals provided feedback on resumes of sophomore and junior UP+D students and also had mock job interviews with them. This annual speed networking event has been sponsored by the Kansas City Metropolitan Section of the American Planning Association to help our UP+D students prepare their internships and professional careers.

 

UPD Student Will Present Research on Cuba on March 6 and March 8

 

Funded by a SEARCH grant from UMKC Undergraduate Research, UPD Junior Billie Hufford traveled to Havana, Cuba over winter break to study transportation and the built environment. Billie will present her research in 101 Katz Hall (5005 Rockhill Rd.) at noon on Monday, March 6, 2017 and repeat it at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Please join us to learn more about Cuba!

Center for Neighborhoods 2016 Annual Report

Center for Neighborhoods releases annual report.

The staff of the Center for Neighborhoods at UMKC, which is housed in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design (AUP+D) – is pleased to share the first annual report. The report explains our mission and activities in 2016 since the opening in late April. The report details our impact so far, with maps and data about the neighborhood organizations and leaders who participated in the first two cohorts of the neighborhood leadership program.

The Center would like to thank all of the supporters who made this first year such a great success.

To open a PDF copy of the report – please follow this link:

UMKC-Center-for-Neighborhoods-2016-Annual-Report