Nathaniel Ross

Kansas City Design Week Delivers Thought-Provoking Events

by , 03/08/12

Kansas City Design Week, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Architecture, Urban Planning, Graphic Design, Letterpress, Toy Design, Industrial Design, Pech Kucha, Urban Development

Over the last 133 years, the iconic Hatch Show Print has made posters for the entertainment industry, including stage, film, and music, as well as posters for political campaigns and sporting events – all by reusing the same letters and hand-carved images to communicate unique and powerful messages.

Kansas City Design Week, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Architecture, Urban Planning, Graphic Design, Letterpress, Toy Design, Industrial Design, Pech Kucha, Urban Development

Manager, curator, and chief designer, Jim Sherraden, gave an informative and entertaining presentation on the history of Hatch Show Print, where he explained the business’ mantra, preservation through production. “You achieve this,” he explained, “by keeping the dust off the back of the woodblocks and ink on the front.” Hatch Show Print is currently in the planning stages of recreating the original workshop using architectural blueprints from 1923 .

Kansas City Design Week, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Architecture, Urban Planning, Graphic Design, Letterpress, Toy Design, Industrial Design, Pech Kucha, Urban Development

Kansas City Design Week 2012 hosted the area’s 15th Pecha Kucha night at the Atkins Auditorium. Among the presenters were three of the Nelson-Atkins Pavilion finalists, including winners Tom Proebstle and Mike Kress (pictured) of Kansas City-based Generator Studio. The jury, lead by the Nelson-Atkins Bloch Building architect Steven Holl, chose the eco-friendliest of temporary structures to sit in the Kansas City Sculpture Park during their forthcoming design exhibition, “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939.” Generator Studio’s “Sun Pavilion” is not only made of old shipping containers which can be broken down and repurposed – its most interesting feature is its fragmented canopy of solar panels conceived with the help of LA-based artist Tm Gratkowski.

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