Gallery: Kansas City Design Week Delivers Thought-Provoking Events

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.

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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