Moshe Safdie

Architecture
9:47 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Broken Glass At The Kauffman Center: Who's To Blame?

A view of the broken pane from inside the Kauffman Center.
Laura Spencer KCUR

It's been a year since the $413 million concrete-and-glass shell-shaped Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. opened to the public.

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Performance
11:51 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Nearly Two Decades in the Making: Kauffman Center Opens Its Doors

photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

The concrete-and-glass shell-shaped Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens tonight. And it's been almost two decades in the making.

Kansas City, Mo. – A bit of giddiness was in the air at a media preview yesterday - tempered by awareness of the work ahead.

With her bright blonde hair, and tailored pink suit, Julia Irene Kauffman, in her trademark throaty voice, describes how it all began.

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Visual Arts
9:55 am
Thu September 1, 2011

An Architectural Response to Demolition of West Edge

The unfinished West Edge project.
courtesy of Safdie Architects

There are two Moshe Safdie-designed projects in Kansas City: the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, slated to open September 16th; and West Edge, an office and hotel complex near the Country Club Plaza that's been plagued with problems. A construction dispute, bankruptcy, and changes in ownership stalled the project for nearly three years.

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Performance
11:28 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Up to Date: Tour the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will hold its grand opening in mid-September, but finishing touches are already well underway, from the installation of the 5,548-pipe Casavant Freres organ in Helzberg Hall, to the addition of decorative touches in reception suites, to the finishing of the parking garage.

Kansas City, Mo. – (Up to Date, August 5, 2011)

Listen to the broadcast here.

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