Waldo is a diverse neighborhood in southern Kansas City that doesn’t play by the rules of traditional urbanism, but has flourished nonetheless. The major commercial and industrial corridor along Wornall Road is immediately flanked by established neighborhoods of single-family bungalows and shotgun homes. Here, opportunities are found for typological experimentation and architectural innovation.
The Waldo Duplex was designed and built by the architect to be a solution to a significant problem in Metropolitan Kansas City. Rent is rising at a rate higher than the national average, negatively impacting lower-income neighborhoods like Waldo.
Targeting only households making less than 80% of area median income and implementing rent controls, this project will be home for two families that want to live and work in Waldo, but otherwise could not afford to. More importantly, this project suggests that a maligned architectural typology – the duplex - can be built affordably without sacrificing architectural integrity.