Three Winning Design Teams Envision the Future of Twin Creeks and Will Present Concepts for a Linear Park on October 19th
Last week, Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte and the Department Directors of City Planning and Development, Parks and Recreation, Water Services and Public Works announced the three winning design teams of the Twin Creeks Linear Park Design Competition: Apliz Architecture of Borba, Portugal, Cadaster of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Small Wonders from Seattle and New York City. The Mayor will present each winning team with $8,000 in prize money when they present their proposals at the Twin Creeks Design Competition Exhibition on October 19, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Platte County Resource Center at 11724 NW Plaza Circle, Kansas City, Mo., 64153.
In April 2016, the City launched a design competition that called for design teams to submit ideas for a potential new 7-mile long linear park in Kansas City’s Twin Creeks area, which could serve as a high quality amenity for residents and visitors. The competition contributes to ongoing efforts to set a vision for sustainable development for the 15,000 acre area. The City completed $43.5 million in infrastructure improvements in the area in 2015 to encourage new and sustainable development.
“This competition is further proof that Kansas City is committed to economic development in the Northland with the creation of a linear park that adds to the vibrancy and livability of the area,” said Mayor James. “We were delighted to receive submissions from design teams in seven countries and across the United States and we were impressed by the high quality of all of the submissions.”
Twenty diverse design and architecture firms sent in submissions. These submissions will support the planning of walkable, vibrant public spaces and developments in Twin Creeks.
“We wanted to reach out to the national and international design community to get a good mix of concepts for the area,” said Jeff Williams, Director of City Planning and Development. “These design teams were able to identify some new ideas that have never been used in the Kansas City area.”
The City Planning and Development Department led the competition process along with input from the Water Department, Parks and Recreation, the Public Works Department, local stakeholders, the Platte County Economic Development Council and the international philanthropic consultancy, Bloomberg Associates. A Technical Advisory Committee representing local stakeholders and professional organizations advised on the competition process and provided feedback on the submissions.
“Partnerships across City agencies, local working groups and key stakeholders were extremely important in setting the goals for design submissions from the potential participants,” said Williams. “The input from Bloomberg Associates was vital in accessing the global design community.”
“The variety and quality of the visions submitted through the Design Competition reflect the tremendous opportunity that a linear park presents for Twin Creeks, including the preservation of natural areas, new recreation amenities, and enhanced mobility,” said Adam Freed, Principal, Bloomberg Associates. “The enthusiastic response that the competition received from the global design community – as illustrated by submissions from seven countries – also reflects the energy and momentum occurring throughout Kansas City.”
A nine member jury of leading local and national design professionals, artists, developers and community leaders, chaired by Mark McHenry, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, selected the three winning design teams and a student honorable mention: Veronica Chan, of San Francisco, California. The jury met in Kansas City on August 3, 2016 and reviewed the competition submissions. Winning proposals were selected based on many factors, including the quality of their design and overall vision, environmental sustainability, and feasibility for implementation.
“This Linear Park Design Competition is a critical milestone in the planning of the Twin Creeks area,” said McHenry. “High quality and comprehensive park planning is at the root of Kansas City’s extensive park system, first laid out by George Kessler 123 years ago and now, with this new endeavor, again we have the opportunity to shape the future of our City.”
The City created a new webpage to showcase the winners with visuals and details of the submissions at kcmo.gov/design-twin-creeks.