Gallery: Kansas City Design Week Delivers Thought-Provoking Events

The West Bottoms, an early trading post between French trappers and Kansas Indians, and later a railroad hub for the stockyards, held over 90 percent of Kansas City's value before its economic collapse - largely due to the floods of 1903 and 1951, and the end of WWII. However, the area has recently been going through somewhat of a renaissance. With help of the PIEA (Planned Industrial Expansion Authority) through generous tax breaks for private investors, brownfield funds to clean up environmental problems, federal grants for a new sewer system, and studies by urban design experts and students, the area has begun to attract businesses (like Good Ju Ju and Re-Runs) and artistic tenants, helping to revive and reestablish the historic West Bottoms district of Kansas City.

The kick-off event was a Cu t& Paste battle – a fast-paced design competition that tests the skill, speed and stage presence of contestants as they create original designs in timed rounds. Since 2009, Cut & Paste has become a global movement of artists, firms, and media working to strengthen creative networks through events and local support. Their mission is to “help designers be better understood for better opportunity.”

Some of Kansas City’s best artists, architects, and designers competed to impress a panel of judges as they demonstrated mastery in their respective fields. Audience members watched the creative process in real time via large-scale projections, while a local DJ provided the beats. Kansas City’s Cut&Paste 2D and 3D champions were Garrett Fuselier of T2 + Back Alley Films and Chad McClure of Burly Studios.

Hatch Show Print is an American institution for preserving a nearly extinct art form – the letterpress. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Hatch Show Print was started in 1879 by the Hatch Brothers who created advertising posters to promote vaudeville, circus, and minstrel shows across the country.


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