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URBAN EDGES developing a civic space


PROCESS


Let’s use an asset based approach...


Let’s use an asset based approach...

What is good about the park?


Let’s use an asset based approach... What is good about the park? 1

location 2 views


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location


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location

WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK MAJOR ROADS AND HIGHWAYS BUS ROUTES PROPOSED STREETCAR ROUTE BICYCLE ROUTES AND BIKE SHARES

transit connections


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location 10 3 4

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current/ongoing projects

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STREETCAR (1) MAKING GRAND GRAND (1) 20TH ST STREETSCAPE (2) BALTIMORE/WYANDOTTE STREETSCAPE (2) TRIANGLE PARK (3) UNION STATION SCIENCE CENTER (2) BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD PARKING (1) SKYWALK MEMORIAL GARDEN (3) BEACON HILL HOUSING (4) KC NEXUS (4)

Number = order of importance with 1 being the most important


The CONCEPT This diagram shows the conceptual vision for Grand Boulevard. Grand becomes a Livable, Green, and Complete Street Corridor. By removing a lane of traffic, the corridor can be transition into a tree lined corridor connects Penn Valley Park to Berkley Riverfront Park with a series of interconnected park and urban spaces while still maintaining the Average Daily Trips (ADT). Substantially more landscaping and stormwater best management practices encourage a better quality of life for residents and visitors. Meeting the objectives of the project to connect to the adjacent neighborhoods, the yellow arrows represent critical east/west connections. Movement north and south is encourage with the various complete street concepts linking connectors to the different neighborhoods and employment areas. Protected and bidirectional bike lanes promote additional transportation options, specifically designed for the most vulnerable. Wide sidewalks with cafes and other at-grade retail, shortened pedestrian crossings and enhanced crosswalks are incorporated throughout to improve the pedestrian experience. Infill areas and proposed additional park land is incorporated throughout the corridor improving the vitality of the area. Areas currently occupied with surface parking lots and areas adjacent to existing destinations zones are being recommended for early phase development. These special plaza zones are located within Crown Center, Sprint Center, 10th Street, and River Market areas. In summary, the BIG IDEAS for this plan as an extension of the 2005 Streetscape Master Plan includes • Supporting the GDAP goals - Create a Walkable Downtown, Double the Population, Increase Employment, Retain and Promote Safe, Authentic Neighborhoods and Promote Sustainability • Widen Sidewalks on the East Side (Asymmetrical Design) • Protected, Bi-directional Bikeway • Connections to Adjacent Neighborhoods • Substantially More Landscaping and Sustainable Stormwater Systems • Enhanced Amenities

The diagram show the major connections and vision for the corridor.

making grand grand

streetcar


making grand grand


streetcar


expand and connect edges


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views

viewshed studies


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views

Section 1

SECTION 2

OPTIMAL VIEWS GOOD VIEWS SUB-OPTIMAL VIEWS LIMITED VIEWS NO VIEWS

optimal viewing zones

Section 2


open lawn directed north


overall parti


Let’s develop an identity for Washington Square Park...


Let’s develop an identity for Washington Square Park... What should we use to determine this?


Let’s develop an identity for Washington Square Park... What should we use to deter determine this? 1

precedents 2 potential


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precedents

Bryant Park, New York City


Grand Park, Los Angeles


Lawn at Nelson-Atkins Museum


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potential

MARDI GRAS 5K INSPIRED BY DARRELL SUBLETT 5K BREW TO BREW RUN LUNG HILL RUN CITY OF FOUNTAINS BIKE TOUR STILETTO RUN CUPID’S UNDIE RUN THE RIVALRY RUN ROCK THE CROSSROADS HOSPITAL HILL RUN VETERAN’S DAY PARADE AMERICAN ROYALE PARADE BROADWAY BRIDGE RUN UGLY SWEATER RUN BIG 12 5K WADDELL & REED KC MARATHON

races and parades City of Fountains Bike Tour

KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE

Mardi Gras 5K

The Rivalry Run

Rock the Crossroads

Hospital Hill Run

Stiletto Run

Inspired by Darrell Sublett 5K

Ugly Sweater Run

Komen Race for the Cure


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potential

RESUL RESUL LTS TS RESULTS T TAGE STAGE

STAGE S T TAGE PAREL PAREL APPAREL MASSAGES FOOD

FINISH LINE

FOOD FOOD GAMES BBQ

SMALL TABLES T

TRUCKS PORTABLE T PORTABLE TOILETS

Kansas City Marathon

PHOTO TENT

STORAGE TRUCKS & Y VEHICLES EMERGENCY FINISH LINE PHOTOS


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existing usage

Beer Garden

Food Trucks

Beverages Portable Toilets

Vendor

Packet Pick-Up

Ugly Sweater Run


So what can we gather from this?


So what can we gather from this? Washington Square Park should serve as a central civic space within Kansas City.


DESIGN PROPOSAL


programming for a civic space

art walk

flexible open lawn transit hub RESULTING PARTI FROM ACTIVATING THE THREE EDGES. THIS CREATES A FLEXIBLE, OPEN LAWN.

plaza/event space


site plan

art walk

flexible open lawn transit hub

plaza/event space


north-south site section

art walk

flexible open lawn transit hub

plaza/event space


east-west site section

art walk

flexible open lawn transit hub

plaza/event space


east edge


enlarged plan bioswale viewing deck

art walk

flexible open lawn transit hub

plaza/event space

playscape area art walk bioswale

art walk food truck area


enlarged art walk plan playscape area bioswale art walk benches

art pedestal

Making Grand Grand streetscape


art walk section

benches

bioswale art frame


art frame details

steel box rail mounted LED lighting barn door hardware

artwork


bench details

precast concrete metal grate panel wood


playscape vignette


east-west section


bioswale/deck section

grove of trees balustrade bioswale

canopy deck

food trucks fixed seating art walk


deck plan diagram fixed seating

fixed seating food trucks

queuing area


deck details fixed seating

flexible seating

fixed metal grate deck movable metal grate panels

steel structure concrete footings metal grate railing


south edge art walk

flexible open lawn transit hub

plaza/event space


summer sun studies

art walk

flexible open lawn transit hub

plaza/event space


cafe pavilion plan public restrooms

cafe indoor seating


beer garden pavilion plan beer garden facilities

public restrooms


beer garden vignette


transit hub art walk

flexible open lawn transit hub

plaza/event space


enlarged plan

streetcar route streetcar stop memorial plaza

art walk

flexible open lawn transit hub

plaza/event space

Washington statue transit plaza parking

bus stop


memorial plaza vignette


placemaking pavement


removing the link


removing the link


CONCLUSION


Washington Square Park has the capacity to become a successful civic space by providing amenities while remaining flexible.


event scenarios


URBAN EDGES developing a civic space

Urban Edges  

KCDC Design Proposal Washington Square Park | 2013-14

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