Exhibition at Union Station
TransformKC hosted its inaugural exhibition in the East Hall of Kansas City, Missouri’s historic Union Station. As part of the month long festivities that coincided with the exhibit, opening night was supported by the Better Block KC annual celebration, which developed a temporary streetcar stop during the Crossroads Arts District’s First Fridays events. The first full week of the exhibit, Union Station hosted Kansas City Fashion Week in the adjoining Grand Hall. The Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance (KCRTA) also hosted its annual meeting at Union Station, and many of the City’s elected officials, business leaders, architects, designers and policy makers were in attendance to see and experience the innovation and ideas transformKC presented. Finally, the exhibition closed with Union Station’s infamous Halloween celebration. All of these events, coupled with the general traffic of Union Station provided transformKC numerous opportunities to interact and inspire the public.
All of the submissions within the exhibition are meant to inspire and elevate the public discourse around the transformative power of smart, sustainable transportation investments. With the exposure and events over the multi-year traveling exhibit, many of the ideas presented represent an opportunity to change the public’s perception of the future of the City and show the benefits of public transit.
The exhibition at Union Station is the culmination of TransformKC’s International Call for Ideas that gathered some of the greatest urban design and transit projects from around the world. TransformKC intends to inspire the public imagination about regional mobility by showcasing built and unbuilt work that links rail-based transit to the design of our cities.