Come Here, Build ____. began by considering how citizens feel disconnected to the democratic process, and specifically, to the development of projects created in their city space. By building off of a fun and accessible platform in the coloring page, I want to engage with people’s senses of creativity and foster attention to the areas in which they interact and inhabit.
@ The Bauer (115 W 18th St, KCMO) on September 2nd 2016 5:00-9pm
In response to a prompt asking to rethink and explore the possibilities of the West Bottoms district in Kansas City, Missouri, Come Here, Build ____. asks citizens to participate in reimagining the potential of one underutilized area of a unique icon.
The 12th Street Trafficway Viaduct is a historical landmark, one that was built over 100 years ago. The unique geography of the downtown area was the driving force for it’s initial concept. As the greater downtown sits on top of several bluffs, both the East and West Bottoms were separated by this vertical space. The West Bottoms have historically been an industrial area, and in many ways remains one. It’s unique geography in being sandwiched between the downtown area and the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers helped shape it’s industrial heritage. However, as many industries have evolved and changed and the nature in which we use our urban spaces has also changed, so has this area of Kansas City. With the first development of (legal) living spaces in the area in quite sometime this area is destined for transformation.
This project focuses particularly on the area underneath the bridge, a space that has often interested me with it’s potential, and one that seems most bridges have yet to take advantage of. By offering a blank outline, inspired in part by the resurgence of coloring books, I'm working to offer people a fun and creative way to participate in creative ownership of their city.
Drawings will be documented and shown here as they are completed, those who are unable to attend the opening on September 2nd are encouraged to click the download link below to get their own drawing page. Finished copies can be emailed to email@example.com.
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