Monthly archives for January, 2013

1515 Walnut: Sustainable Urban Living

For the past 30 years, Helix co-founder Jay Tomlinson has made a tremendous impact on the revival of Downtown Kansas City. As an architect, Jay has salvaged, restored, renovated, and reconstructed over 50 buildings in the Downtown and Crossroads neighborhoods. Many of these structures exist as cultural icons within the cityscape. Community staples like the Mainstreet Theatre, the Midland Theatre, the College Basketball Experience, and Webster House, just to name a few, have helped to rejuvenate the urban core and attract visitors as well as locals to the area.

At 1515, Jay’s first personal development seeks to infuse the area with one crucial component, the people necessary to support and sustain the existing dynamic scene that is Downtown Kansas City. The redevelopment of the historic building will include two retail office unites on the first level, six urban lofts on the second level, a third story penthouse addition for him and his wife Leslie. The project will be net zero with all electrical needs being met by a solar array installed on the rooftop.

With all that he has put into Kansas City professionally, it’s only natural that he and his wife would continue support the growth of the urban core in their personal endeavors. Living in the heart of the city supports the cultural, economic and community development that continues to revitalize the area.

For more information on the project, please follow the links below:

KC Business Journal: Pia Abatement
KC Star: Housing Redevelopment Projects

Open PhotoJay and Leslie Tomlinson “Urban Pioneers” in front of 1515 Walnut. Jay and Leslie Tomlinson “Urban Pioneers” in front of 1515 Walnut.
Open PhotoRendering of the renovated residence. Rendering of the renovated residence.

15 January, 2013 | Art

Composite Structures

Charlotte Street Foundation will be presenting Composite Structures starting this Friday. The show is made of two parts: Mending Fences and Low Accumulations. Composite Structures also features Open Plan, a library and workspace available to the public to examine the relationships between art and architecture in the environment.

la Esquina / 1000 W 25th St. KCMO 64108

Exhibition / January 18-March 2, 2013
Opening reception / January 18 from 6-9pm
Curator’s tour / January 19 at 2pm
“To Scale: Investigating Model Making” / February 23 at 2pm
“Making with Architecture” panel discussion / February 26 from 6-8pm


A full list of participating artists can be found on the Composite Structures web page here. And check out a quick interview with one of the contributing artists:


Charlotte Street Foundation’s UCP Studio Resident: Jaclyn Senne from Charlotte Street Foundation on Vimeo.

Open PhotoComposite Structures Composite Structures

15 January, 2013 | Thought Leadership

Ada Louis Huxtable: The Impact of a Pen on Architecture

Last week, the very influential Architectural critic Ada Louise Huxtable passed away at the age of 91.  As an Architecture Critic in New York City, Ms. Huxtable offered insight into the relationship between architecture and human nature. She was most notably known for “celebrating buildings that respected human dignity and civic history — and memorably scalding those that did not”.  Her impact on the world of architecture will not be forgotten.

Ada Louise Huxtable was the first person to win the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism in 1970.

Click photo for link to Ms. Huxtable's bio in the NYTimes. Click photo for link to Ms. Huxtable's bio in the NYTimes.