Educational Institutions

Kansas City Design Center

  • Kansas City, MO
  • www.kcdesigncenter.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the KCDC is to facilitate deeper understanding and foster improved quality of life, economic development and environmental stewardship in the Kansas City area through design, planning, research and education about the built environment. The Kansas City Design Center is jointly operated by the Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design and the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning. The KCDC provides urban design assistance to community groups and non-profit organizations especially those representing underserved areas and underfunded initiatives, while providing an independent forum for discussion of the future of Kansas City. The activities and publications of the Kansas City Design Center are intended to instigate positive change, promote investment, and foster good-will and community engagement with the sponsoring institutions and organizations.

Main Programs

  1. Urban Design Studio
  2. Leadership Initiatives
  3. Applied Research
  4. Public Lectures & Design Forums
  5. Public Outreach
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Vladimir Krstic

Keywords

Self-reported

Urban design, Architecture, city planning,built, environment, landscape

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EIN

11-3693623

 Number

6172335307

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

University or Technological (B43)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (S05)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Urban Design Studio The year-long project for the planning and vision study of Washington Square Park was successfully completed at the end of the 2014 spring semester. The project represents two significant accomplishments in reaffirming and extending KCDC's service learning mission. First it is the demonstration of the program's staying capacity to engage on the projects from preliminary vision studies to subsequent planning and design iterations where the work of the KCDC urban studio is used as a catalytic instrument to focus public interest, funding pursuits, and professional engagement towards eventual urban development implementation. Second the project has set a new precedent for the collaborative operational capacity of the KCDC urban design studio centered on the joint work with the professional design firm, Coen + Partners from Minneapolis who were hired to provide professional design service. Collaboration The most significant accomplishment in developing a long-term KCDC urban design studio agenda and formalizing its service-learning role in Kansas City community is the finalization of the collaborative agreement with KCMO City Manager's office and Planning Department. In early May, the KCDC met with the City Manager Troy Schulte, and the lead representatives of the KCMO Planning Department and Downtown Council to reach a closure on a long-term collaborative agreement with the City as a visioning agency for the GDAP Implementation Plan and other related planning and urban design initiatives for the next 5 years. Funding The KCDC is seeking funding and support from a broader business and civic base to begin implementing a 3-5 year strategy for growth in scope, visibility, and impact of KCDC. Mid-America Regional Council, the William T. Kemper Foundation, and the Hall Family Foundation have already established a solid base of support for both continual funding and sources of projects. Additional partners will help in sponsoring specific projects, community engagement issues, mentoring, and building the KCDC into a hands-on program for solving long-range urban challenges. KCDC also is exploring the establishment of members groups or ""Friends of KCDC"" to provide a base of smaller donors and advocates for the implementation of completed projects and capture a much larger audience for a community design dialogue.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Urban Design Studio

The KCDC's primary activities are focused on a hands-on, inter-disciplinary studio of graduate planning and design students. The studio is located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, in a highly visible and accessible ""store-front"" space that encourages public awareness of its activities and invites participation in its periodic reviews. The studio operates in the time-tested mode of architectural schools throughout the U.S. in which students develop concepts in response to stated programs and objectives, their schemes subject to faculty and peer criticism in constant development toward solutions that are formally presented and discussed. The students are competitively selected by faculty committees on each campus, and represent the disciplines of architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and interior design. Projects are determined in consultation with agencies and individuals in Kansas City, including political and professional leaders.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Leadership Initiatives

Our leadership initiatives bring the intellectual energy of our regional public universities to bear in evaluating the future development of Kansas City's built environment. In each of our leadership initiatives, the KCDC works to ensure that the public interest is thoroughly considered in decisions relating to urban design and the quality of the public realm. By providing perspective and expertise on urban design, the KCDC contributes to more effective planning processes and public policies aimed at strengthening the physical fabric of Kansas City.

Category

Public, Society Benefit, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 3

Applied Research

Our research initiatives focus on the history, present, and future of Kansas City's built environment. Projects are evaluated in terms of their potential to make a contribution to public understanding of issues confronting the built and natural environments, with an emphasis on issues facing the urban core. Research products are disseminated in print form and via our website to an audience of public officials, developers, civic leaders, and design professionals.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 4

Public Lectures & Design Forums

The KCDC hosts lectures to build public awareness of leading ideas and issues in urban design. Each lecture features nationally-distinguished speakers with unique insights on how to improve the quality and vitality of the physical fabric of cities and regions. All presentations are free and open to the public, and provide a unique opportunity for initiating community dialogues about critical issues facing the region. Along with public lectures, the KCDC hosts public forums that enable the public to engage with key community leaders and local and national experts to address specific planning and urban design challenges facing Kansas City's future development.

Category

Public, Society Benefit, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

Public Outreach

The profile of the KCDC continues to rise locally, regionally and in the professional media and with that comes a sense of responsibility and obligation to maintain it. KCDC continues to serve as a recognized venue for the promotion of dialogue on the related issues of the quality of built environment.

Category

Public, Society Benefit, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Funding Needs

To establish a sustainable funding base to ensure continuity and impact. To increase faculty and student engagement with our teaching and outreach initiatives. To produce, publish and disseminate to both a regional and national audience the work of our studio and public programs, including our renowned lecture series. To increase community awareness of KCDC's potential for leading discourse on urban issues.

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Kansas City Design Center
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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Kansas City Design Center

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Vladimir Krstic

BIO

Vladimir Krstic has taught at KCDC since 2009 and was served as interim director from 2010-2012. He has been teaching in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design since 1988. Krstic has taught and lectured nationally and internationally and his teaching and research are focused on urban and architectural design and design theory. Krstic is also is one of the leading experts on Japanese Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism and has extensively published on the subject. John Gaunt, dean of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Kansas said, ""He (Krstic) is a deeply committed and experienced educator dedicated to exploring urban potentials in Kansas City and to furthering the education of students from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University through this 'urban laboratory' of the Kansas City Design Center.""

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The 2010/2011 academic year marks the fourth year of the KCDC in its current organization. The administrations of the participating programs at K-State and KU are working to engage greater numbers of students and faculty in the center while simultaneously leading an internal study to evaluate our efforts and plans for a sustained, viable future."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Tim de Noble

Kansas State University

Term: Jan 2014 - Jan 2016

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