About the Twin Creeks Linear Park Design Competition
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About the Competition:
The City of Kansas City is sponsoring a design competition to bring in new ideas, energy, and visions to the development of Twin Creeks, a 15,000 acre predominantly rural area in the Northland of Kansas City that is projected to house up to 75,000 people over the next 20+ years.
The focus of this competition is developing an inspiring vision for a potential new linear park that could stretch over 7 miles and up to 1,000 acres and serve as a backbone of the area. Individuals and multi-disciplinary design teams from across the United States and beyond with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, engineering, economic analysis, transportation, sustainability, community development, and public art, amongst other fields are invited to submit design proposals for the competition.
Entries must include an overall linear park conceptual design and illustrations of the four different design scenario conditions, as described within the competition briefing book. Up to three teams will be selected as winning teams and will present their proposals at a public event in Kansas City with the City, stakeholders and general public. The City will offer $24,000 in total prize awards, to be distributed evenly between the selected winning teams. One student submission will also be selected for Honorary Mention. Design proposals will be used to shape and inspire a new linear park and development in Twin Creeks.
Participants shall submit proposals to the City using the RFP365 portal by no later than 5 p.m. (CST) on July 8, 2016.
Winning teams will be announced in August 2016 and a public event to present the winning proposals will take place in September 2016.
Design teams are invited to submit questions through the RFP365 portal. Responses will be posted in early June through the RFP365 portal. Additional details on the question and answer process will be posted on this website as they are confirmed.
About Twin Creeks:
Twin Creeks is a predominantly rural area encompassing 15,000 acres in the Northland of Kansas City, Missouri. In 2015, the City completed over $43.5 million of infrastructure improvements in the area, enabling future development. Full build out of the area, which is expected to occur over the next 20+ years, could accommodate up to 75,000 people and 20,000 units of housing.
- Amanda Burden, Principal, Bloomberg Associates
- Amber Hackett Crosby, Commissioner, KCMO Parks Board
- Philip Enquist, Partner, Skidmore Owings and Merrill
- John Fierro, CEO, Mattie Rhodes Center
- Robin Ganser, Principal, Coen + Partners
- Mark McHenry, Director, KCMO Parks and Recreation Department
- Aaron Schmidt, Asst Gen Manager of Planning and Construction, Hunt Midwest
- Alicia Stephens, Executive Director, Platte County Economic Development Council
- Michael Vance Toombs, Director, Storytellers Inc.
The future land use and planning guidance for the Twin Creeks area is referenced in a number of significant public and private plans that the participants should consider in their response. These plans include, but are not limited to the following documents:
- Site Plan
- Twin Creek Development Task Force Final Report (adopted November 20, 2008)
A blueprint for development in Twin Creeks developed by the Twin Creeks Task Force, which consisted of local stakeholders and elected officials.
- Parkway and Boulevard Standards (adopted July 23, 2015)
Section 88-110-03-G of the City’s Development Ordinance, which creates special standards adjacent to and within 150 feet of Parks, Boulevards, and Parkways.
- Trails KC Plan (adopted November 20, 2008)
A guide for future shared-use trail development and corridor preservation the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
- Stream Setback Standards (adopted August 21, 2008)
Section 88-415 of the City’s Development Ordinance, which is intended to protect public safety protect public safety and public infrastructure investments while mitigating the adverse environmental impacts that development can have on streams and associated natural resource areas.
- Typology map (adopted October 13, 2011)
Illustrations of the typology of each of Kansas City’s major streets.
- KCI Area Plan (adopted June 18, 2009)
The City’s area plan for an area that includes portions of Twin Creeks, generally bound by the city limits of Kansas City, Missouri on the north, the city limits to Amity and then along Highway 152 on the south, on the Clay-Platte County boundary on the east, and the city limits of Kansas City on the west.
- Gashland – Nashua Area Plan (adopted Jan. 5, 2012)
The City’s area plan for an area that includes portions of Twin Creeks, generally bound by the city limits of Smithville, Missouri and portions of the unincorporated areas of Clay County, Missouri on the north, the city limits of Gladstone, Missouri on the south, Woodland Avenue/Maplewoods Parkway and Indiana Avenue on the east and the Clay-Platte County boundary on the west.
GIS Data (Zip Files)
General questions or issues about any aspect of this competition should be directed to:
City Planning and Development
City Hall, 15th Floor
Media inquiries should be directed to Petrina Parker, Public Information Officer, City Planning and Development Department, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 816-513-8829.
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