Architecture & Design


Mayor Lucas Chooses TIF Commission Nominees

Mayor Quinton Lucas has chosen six members and six alternates for the city's TIF (tax-increment finance) Commission who will decide which development projects do and don't get tax breaks over the next four years, if the nominees are approved by… more

KC Area Leads Kansas Job Growth

Kansas counties in the Kansas City metropolitan area led the rest of the state in job growth over the past year, according to the recently released Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) 2019 Kansas Economic Report. Total employment in the area,… more

KC Demand for Office, Industrial Space Remains Steady in Q3

Tenants in the office and industrial sectors of commercial real estate haven't stopped leasing space in 2019, despite a lot of chatter about a coming slowdown in the U.S. economy, according to new reports by brokerage firm JLL. On the… more

Affordable Housing Is Also Complicated Housing

By several accounts the United States has a severe affordable-housing shortage, and Kansas City mirrors that national problem.  On the surface, it seems like an easy problem to solve, simply with the construction of apartment buildings with inexpensive rents. Panelists… more

Cambria Hotels Adding Another 149 Rooms Downtown

Kansas City will add another new hotel to its inventory in 2021. The Cambria Kansas City -Downtown is going up at 205 W. 9th St., at Wyandotte Street, and total 149 rooms over six stories. A brand in the Choice… more

Hyperloop, Promising 30-Minute Trips to St. Louis, Unveils Pod at American Royal

     An example of what could one day shuttle passengers to St. Louis in 30 minutes made an appearance at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue last weekend. Virgin Hyperloop One, which is currently testing magnetic high-speed transit… more

Kansas City Design Center Names New Executive Director

The Kansas City Design Center (KCDC), a non-profit urban planning and design group, has named Terrance Clark, executive director. He comes from Thrive, a non-profit design organization based in the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta area, in Helena, Ark., where he was co-founder… more

World Cup Economic Impact On KC Would ‘Dwarf’ Super Bowl

If some of the men's 2026 FIFA World Cup games are played in Kansas City, the economic impact on the local area would likely double that of a Super Bowl, speakers said Tuesday during a panel discussion at Children's Mercy… more

National Smart-Home Design Firms Form Overland Park Business

A combination of 15 independent smart-home design firms from around the country have joined forces to form a single entity with a national reach. Based in Overland Park, Bravas LLC was recently put together with $75 million in financing by… more

The Royals Fate: From Fear to Excitement

When Matt Condon first heard a rumor earlier this week that the Kansas City Royals were being acquired, his first reaction was: Uh-oh... Then the CEO of Bardavon Health Innovations--and former chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce--heard… more