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Imagine Kansas City

After a year-long series of public meetings, residents of Kansas City, Missouri, agreed they wanted a future that is vibrant, green and connected. But they needed a way to see what that meant for how the city would look and feel. A local company, Arnold Imaging, was commissioned to develop a visual that showed how light rail might impact the city. The result is a 3-minute animation that combined live-action video and computer-generated imagery to depict not only light rail, but also green roofs and distributed solar energy systems. (Arnold Imaging is led by Jonathan Arnold, co-director of The Future We Want.)

See it here.

 

 

  1. dwoollcombe

    1) Does it help
    people understand that we can “get there from here”?  Yes – in a good way: 8/10

    2) Does it offer
    a holistic vision?  Yes – though we don’t see all of it. 7/10

    3) Does it help
    create an emotional as well as intellectual understanding of sustainable
    development? Very well. 9/10

  2. The youth vote goes to “Imagine Kansas City” because showed a very real result for a city that can be majorly impacted by
    adding a few more sustainable transportation options and help to grow
    the city in a more sustainable fashion. The concepts seemed realistic  and something the city can all get on-board with to help them become
    more sustainable and less dependent on personal vehicles. 9/10

  3. The visuals in this video were pretty impressive.  I thought it could have done a better job of tying mass transit to sustainability — the main incentive that the video gives was to save time for people (which is an important incentive).  Personally, I would like to see a blend of digital graphics and real life images interspersed in videos to give it a stronger emotional feel (conversely, you have digital graphic videos like Wall-E which can convey a lot of emotion through story).  I liked that it ended on connecting neighborhoods together to create a whole community.  Impact is 8 out of 10.

  4. Vanessa Timmer

    This one works on a number of levels.  It provides a compelling case for why transportation and land use planning can help shape more sustainable communities.  I like the mix of animation, real people, building roof top fly-overs and text.  I’m personally a big fan of the text in this video and the music.  It is good to see particular elements being ‘tagged’ as solutions such as solar roofs.  It will be more holistic to tag the less obvious and non-technical aspects such as ‘four day work weeks’ or other sustainability initiatives.  There is also an edge that’s missing in the final city – it would be great to see some edgy neighbourhoods.  Another possibility for future versions is to show what people are doing in this city for work (other than those that work at the gym, cafe, restaurants) – perhaps an industrial zone or agriculture or hospital etc..  Great use of transitioning visualizations which show how a building / infrastructure emerges from the ground up.  Also I like the emphasis on the structures that shape our lifestyles.

    8.5/10

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