BNIM has worked with Thunder Valley CDC on a Regenerative Community Plan to create a sustainable and interconnected community. On June 22, 2015, Thunder Valley CDC held a groundbreaking on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to signify the change that is about to take place. Federal partners have already stated their support and, in many cases, major funding for the project, which aims to eliminate poverty through better housing, places for businesses to thrive, and a supportive environment for youth, elderly and families. Each of the 300 attendees lifted a shovel of earth in celebration of the community’s future.
This project originated as a grass root effort to re-imagine Grand Boulevard in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri as a game changing catalyst sustainable project, connecting the Missouri River, Downtown, Crossroads and Crown Center districts together through an iconic streetscape project. BNIM, in collaboration with Crandall Arambula and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, engaged Downtown stakeholders to create a vision for a complete, green, and livable Grand Boulevard. The team’s conceptual design for the plan creates a sustainable “complete street” that will improve vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, and multi-modal transportation, increase economic viability, efficiently manage stormwater and runoff, find “green” solutions, and create inviting places for pedestrians.
On March 24, BNIM announced that Gunnar Hand, AICP had been named to the 2015 Vanguard. This group, named by the international nonprofit media organization Next City, recognizes the top urban innovators under the age of 40 who are working to make change in cities.
At the Next City Vanguard conference I had the pleasure of becoming
The world lost a great man when Teng-Kee Tan, former dean of the Bloch School of Management, passed away on May 12. He was a great family man, friend and teacher. Tan was a firm believer in design thinking, which influenced the innovative design of the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He will be greatly missed.
Monsters are among us…
As part of 2015 Kansas City Design Week, and in association with AIA Kansas City, the 2015 Monsters of Design winners were announced during the closing ceremonies held in the lower east bottoms Saturday, April 4th. We’re proud to announce that BNIM was well represented, taking home four distinct awards, including the People’s Choice award for which the public voted on the night of the event. Please join us in congratulating the following projects and teams: