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Sources: Vladimir Krstic, 785-532-5953,;
and Wendy Ornelas, 785-532-5950,
News release prepared by: Diane Potts, 785-532-1090,

Monday, Aug. 30, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Projects and design studies by 16 Kansas State University and University of Kansas students enrolled in the Kansas City Design Center during the 2009-2010 academic year are on display in the Chang Gallery at Seaton Hall.

The exhibition, "Uncovering Potential: An Investigation into Dimensions of the City, Kansas City Design Center Urban Studio 2010," is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday, Sept. 10. It gives an abbreviated summary perspective of two semesters of study and work in the urban design studio at the Kansas City Design Center.

The studio uses Kansas City as a live-in urban laboratory for focusing and engaging critical urban design issues. The studio addressed complex physical planning and design issues relevant to change in metropolitan Kansas City. The assignment to students was "Urban Chess: Stratagems for Critical Maneuvers." Many Kansas City practitioners, communal stakeholders and fellow academics helped the students in their quest.

The 2009-2010 studio had eight graduate students majoring in architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture and product design from the K-State College of Architecture, Planning and Design, and eight architecture students from the School of Architecture and Urban Design at KU.

The mission of design center is to facilitate research, initiate informed discussion and provide topical public programs to build greater understanding of the potential of architecture, planning and urban design to improve the quality of life and development in the Kansas City metropolitan region. The center is in downtown Kansas City, Mo., at 1018 Baltimore.

Funding for the design center is provided by the William T. Kemper Foundation and the Hall Family Foundation of Kansas City, as well as DST Realty, 360 Architecture, Populous, HNTB Architecture, Commerce Banks, KU and K-State.

Vladimir Krstic, professor of architecture at K-State, was the design center's 2009-2010 studio instructor.

K-State student participants in the 2009-2010 studio, all May 2010 master's graduates in their listed discipline, were:

Paul Folger, architecture, Derby; Steven Holt, landscape architecture, Highland; Allison Gould, interior architecture and product design, Hutchinson; Shannon Williams, regional and community planning, Olathe; and Janelle Heideman, interior architecture and product design, Topeka.

From out of state: Erica Besler, regional and community planning, Evergreen, Colo.; Rachel Duncan, architecture, Dardenne Prairie, Mo.; and Amy Kinderknecht, architecture, Sheldon, Iowa.