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Kansas City Makes It Right

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Kansas City, Missouri, is the home of Make It Right's latest community revitalization project. Though the neighborhood of Manheim Park hasn't been affected by a natural disaster, it's been afflicted with decades worth of decline. Bancroft Elementary, a formerly abandoned school dating from 1904, is the projects locus. Make It Right and local firm BNIM transformed the vacant building into low-income housing for families, veterans, senior citizens, and youths transitioning out of foster care. Architect Tim Duggan, director of Make It Right's Innovations department, spearheaded the effort. We chatted with him about the project, "urban acupuncture," and how this redevelopment plan serves as a model for other cities. "We see this as a model both locally and nationally to identify a catalytic project and revitalize it," Duggan says. "So often conventional development says, it won't pencil out or it won't work unless there are inferior quality materials, or it'll pencil out with less community space or less attention to quality. We didn't want to do that." See what else he has to say in the following slideshow.

How did you come to work with Make It Right? About six years ago I was at a firm in Kansas City called BNIM and we...
Can you tell us a little about what the "Green Impact Zone" is? We use a phrase called "urban acupuncture." So many...
Can you tell us about the area around the project? How did it fall into decline? What's the make-up of the community...
The project's core is near a school that was empty for the past 13 years.
Can you walk us through how you designed the structures? Here at Dwell we're very friendly toward modern buildings but...
How do you envision the area in ten years and how will you be able to tell if it's successful? How I envision the...
Are you hoping that this is something that would be applied to other downtowns? Have you thought of other areas where...
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