Apparently, this what Kansas City would have looked like if the Light Rail had been built. KC would be very green, there would be more people walking their dogs and a lot more babies in public. So Kansas City, (or your perspective city) it’s a new year and what do you imagine for our city in 2012?
“Wish You Were Here! Postcards from our Awesome Future,” by Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings.
“Packard Jennings and Steve Lambert asked architects, city planners, and transportation engineers, “what would you do if you didn’t have to worry about budgets, bureaucracy, politics, or physics?” Ideas from these conversations were then merged, developed, and perhaps mildly exaggerated by Steve and Packard to create a series of 6 posters for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street Program.”
If you haven’t noticed, there everywhere, next time you’re at Broadway Cafe look at the gravel parking lot and you’ll see an advert for a building that will never be built. These renderings are facilitated by the real estate companies, (The old Jazz District is another prime example; the whole idea is to get investors to buy in) These images are usually photoshop’ed architectural renderings of what could be, so Walker and his crew create their own new futures for those unused spaces, like the Loitering Center pictured to the right.
I want to ask Kansas City, “If you didn’t have to worry about about budgets, bureaucracy, politics or physics” what would your Kansas City look, feel and be like?
Charles Feruzza, Food Critic and Contributor to the Walt Bodine show re-imagined the Plaza. What would be different? What would be the same? Imagine if the light rail had been built? What would have changed in KC? (Link to a 9 minute video animation of the KC Light Rail) I find myself pondering the idea of Power and Light only being occupied and operated by locally owned businesses and what that mean for this city? All thoughts aside, that is an unlikely situation. Though, I believe these questions are worth asking even if I know the impossibility that they will never exist. Why even ask these questions then? Well, for me it’s quite simple, what is exciting about these impossible dreams and visions is that it opens conversations to imagine new possibilites & ideas and those are always worth having……