FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2015
Kansas City selected to participate in Sustainable Cities Design Academy
Kansas City’s Municipal Farm Sustainable Reuse Site was recently selected by the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) to participate in the 2015 Sustainable Cities Design Academy from June 10 – 12 in Washington, D.C. The event will unite civic leaders from both the public and private sectors from Chicago, IL, Kansas City, MO, New Brunswick, NJ and Pittsburgh, PA with 12 architects, designers, and urban planning experts from across the country to participate in an intensive two-and-a-half day collaborative charrette. During the charrette, each team works collaboratively with their assigned resource team of designers to consider innovative solutions for a wide ranging array of projects including industrial redevelopments, storm water management plans, transit-oriented developments, community engagement, and district energy plans. The goal of the charrette is to incorporate a design thinking framework for the Municipal Farm to advance its goals.
Municipal Farm is a 441 acre site located southwest of the Jackson County Sports Complex and divided by Interstate 435. It has diverse ecosystems and a long history of institutional uses, including a working farm, old city jail, and a tuberculosis hospital. However, it also has the potential to become a 21st century sustainable multi-use campus. Land has already been repurposed to become viable community gardens, and more redevelopment is currently in the works. Preliminary plans call for many sustainable possibilities, including a food hub; walking trails and regional transit links; renewable energy projects; green infrastructure; and outdoor classrooms and interpretive centers. Through the Sustainable Cities Design Academy, the next phases of planning and design will guide the sustainable development of several priority areas in Municipal Farm, the restoration of its varied habitats, and the development of green and traditional infrastructure to support and enhance the entire site.
AAF has a long history of providing design support to civic leaders as a tool to create social, economic, and environmental solutions for the growing challenges of metropolitan areas. Funded by a generous grant from United Technologies Corporation, SCDA was created in 2009 to educate, inspire and support local community leaders who work to advance sustainable building projects in their cities.
Media inquiries should be directed to Kimiko Gilmore, Assistant City Manager, at (816) 513-6558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.