TransformKC Celebrates Public Transit with International Exhibition

City Terrain, Midwest
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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Better Block KC

Better Block KC

TransformKC is underway in Kansas City, and the dozens of projects on display are provoking discussion on topics from public transit to energy infrastructure.

A joint effort between the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance (KCRTA) and the American Institute of Architects Kansas City (AIA KC) Young Architects Forum (YAF), TransformKC curated built and unbuilt work around the topic of “regional mobility” in an attempt to “inspire the public’s imagination.”

Explore all of the submissions here. Categories include architecture, infrastructure, planning, transit stations and urban design. The exhibition is on display in the East Hall of Kansas City, Missouri’s Union Station through October 25.

Some work is local, like BNIM’s Better Block KC. Part of the 2011 Grand Boulevard Streetscape Plan, Better Block KC “envisions a safe, livable and walkable downtown” that uses complete street concepts.

Disclosure: The Architect’s Newspaper is a media sponsor, and AN contributor Gunnar Hand served as the exhibition’s co-chair.

Here are a few of the high-profile projects from outside Kansas City:

An "industrial leisure park" in BIG's Loop City. (BIG)

An “industrial leisure park” in BIG’s Loop City. (BIG)

BIG: Loop City

Bjarke Ingels Group looks to a new light rail loop connecting 20 development zones around the 4-square-mile inner city of Copenhagen. They propose tying energy and water infrastructure into the rail line, creating “an artery of true urbanity pumping life into the heart of the suburbs.”

hudson yards' transit-oriented development element earned a nod from TransformKC (kpf)

hudson yards’ transit-oriented development element earned a nod from TransformKC (kpf)

KPF: Hudson Yards

See AN‘s coverage of Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Hudson Yards towers here.

SOM, HARGREAVES ASSOCIATES, AND KIEWIT ARE TURNING DENVER’S UNION STATION INTO A CENTERPIECE FOR THE CITY, AS WELL AS A MULTI-MODAL TANSIT HUB. (COURTESY SOM)

SOM, HARGREAVES ASSOCIATES, AND KIEWIT ARE TURNING DENVER’S UNION STATION INTO A CENTERPIECE FOR THE CITY, AS WELL AS A MULTI-MODAL TANSIT HUB. (COURTESY SOM)

SOM: Denver Union Station

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s plan calls for turning the historic Denver station into a multi-modal transportation network. John Gendall looked into the project for AN‘s feature on master planning.

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