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ALYSSA M PARSONS


St. Ann’s Warehouse DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY Fall 2009


St. Ann’s Warehouse DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY Fall 2009


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Transit Hub Manhattan, KS Fall 2008


Transit Hub Manhattan, KS Fall 2008


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Community Boathouse Cambridge, MA Spring 2009


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Community Boathouse Cambridge, MA Spring 2009


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SYSTEMS LOCAL FABRIC REC. + RIVERFRONT REGIONAL CONNECTIONS

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The KCDC Studio has been working with stakeholders in the local government and community to develop an urban vision for the West Bottoms. This area lays between to the downtowns of the two Kansas Cities, on the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. It was the original economic and industrial center for Kansas City, MO. Today it is generally experienced while overpassing it on the elevated interstates that connect the metro and the region. This separation, and the history of flooding, has left it with the perception that it is abandoned or purely industrial. But there is an inherent potential that can be found in this neighborhood of Kansas City. The riverfront access and adjacent open space, the authenticity and character of the building stock, and the energy of the community and huge seasonal events, all create a catalyst for new things to come. In designing a master plan for this area, we have built off of this significance and potential, recognizing that the development of the West Bottoms must connect to and participate in wider Kansas City. But we also seek to maintain the character and identity that is born of this place. We seek to do this through strategic interventions. This is not a blank slate master plan. Rather, it is a light, agile framework, intent on establishing critical connections with surgical precision. This will allow for industrial areas to be maintained, and will encourage further “organic growth” in this neighborhood. These actions are organized into three major ordering systems: The first (the blue) is a riverfront/recreational system that will reclaim the underutilized riverfront to provide for a natural amenity in the heart of the city. This will tie into the wider regional system of trails and parks. The second (the red)

West Bottoms Masterplan Kansas City, MO Spring 2011

capitalizes on the existing infrastructural connections and spaces that exist on this site. They are essential for access and future development of this area. Third (orange) is an emphasis on the local fabric. Through the creation of local corridors we seek to strenthen exisitng activity centers. Additionally, we are establishing standards for water managment, and site remediation that will prepare the land for future development.


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SYSTEMS LOCAL FABRIC REC. + RIVERFRONT REGIONAL CONNECTIONS

METRO SCALE

The KCDC Studio has been working with stakeholders in the local government and community to develop an urban vision for the West Bottoms. This area lays between to the downtowns of the two Kansas Cities, on the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. It was the original economic and industrial center for Kansas City, MO. Today it is generally experienced while overpassing it on the elevated interstates that connect the metro and the region. This separation, and the history of flooding, has left it with the perception that it is abandoned or purely industrial. But there is an inherent potential that can be found in this neighborhood of Kansas City. The riverfront access and adjacent open space, the authenticity and character of the building stock, and the energy of the community and huge seasonal events, all create a catalyst for new things to come. In designing a master plan for this area, we have built off of this significance and potential, recognizing that the development of the West Bottoms must connect to and participate in wider Kansas City. But we also seek to maintain the character and identity that is born of this place. We seek to do this through strategic interventions. This is not a blank slate master plan. Rather, it is a light, agile framework, intent on establishing critical connections with surgical precision. This will allow for industrial areas to be maintained, and will encourage further “organic growth” in this neighborhood. These actions are organized into three major ordering systems: The first (the blue) is a riverfront/recreational system that will reclaim the underutilized riverfront to provide for a natural amenity in the heart of the city. This will tie into the wider regional system of trails and parks. The second (the red)

West Bottoms Masterplan Kansas City, MO Spring 2011

capitalizes on the existing infrastructural connections and spaces that exist on this site. They are essential for access and future development of this area. Third (orange) is an emphasis on the local fabric. Through the creation of local corridors we seek to strenthen exisitng activity centers. Additionally, we are establishing standards for water managment, and site remediation that will prepare the land for future development.


Woodswether District Underpass Intervention


Woodswether District Underpass Intervention


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Alyssa M Parsons M. Arch, Kansas State University Kansas City Design Center parsons.alyssa@gmail.com 785 477 2135

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