On Friday, Oct. 11, University of Kansas architecture students made a major presentation. The presentation was held at CHWC on South 14th in Kansas City, Kan.
The students are engaged in a program called public interest design. This review is intended to serve as a benchmark as they go on board with specific architectural proposals. These architectural proposals are designed to help the community. More than 75 people were at the event to see what the students came up with.
Cities are the evidence of diverse layers of communities and generations. Constant changes are evident everywhere in the city, where the new erases some of the old, the old decays, the old is transformed to support the new. This project teaches the architectural students ways to use buildings to play a major role in the community. They mainly focus on how buildings motivate public interest. The students were told to go to the community and find out what spaces were available, such as vacant areas that are open, take these areas that are dilapidated and run down, and make them into a viable entity of the community.
The proposals they came up with were original and striking, focused on improving the community in the future.
One student, Damon Baltuska, has roots in Wyandotte County. His grandmother lived here. His proposal was to create a network of saved pedestrian and bicycle paths, and grocery stores accessible from a central location, in a way that encourages a healthier, more active lifestyle and more time outdoors.