In September, Josh will speak at The Facades+ Conference hosted by New York based Architect's Newspaper here in Kansas City. The two-day conference is intended to “cover issues unique to the region including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the future face of Kansas City.” The event covers three main topics: Materials + Surfaces: Crafting a Façade; (Re)Designing Downtown; and Parametric Facade Optimization at All Scales. Josh will be speaking in the Materials + Surfaces symposium along with Bill Zahner of A.Zahner Company and Paul Neidlein of JE Dunn Construction. (more...)
We are thrilled to share the news that the Girl Scouts Camp Prairie Schooner was named a 2016 national AIA Small Projects award winner. This year’s theme was “Small Gesture, Big Impact,” and intended to recognize projects that make a noticeable impact with measured and thoughtful gestures through architecture. (more...)
In the spring of this year, a multidisciplinary consultant team led by art practice Sans façon was selected to collaborate with The City of Calgary Utilities and Environmental Protection Department (UEP) to create phase II of their public art plan. Luckily for el dorado, we were part of this team! We’ve been inspired by the vision of phase I — one of the programs that resulted was WATERSHED+, a visionary arts initiative created by Sans façon with the Water Resources & Water Services division that, through embedding artists and their creative processes within the core activities of the UEP, provides Calgarians opportunities to build an emotional connection to their precious watershed ecosystem. With Phase II gearing up, el dorado is excited to fully immerse itself in Calgarian culture, to perfect the western Canadian accent, and to learn the rules of hockey once and for all. (more...)
Last weekend, our trusted photographer Mike Sinclair paid a final visit to the Shelton Residence to capture a robust late May landscape and to document the interior of the house. These spring photographs provide a perfect seasonal counterpoint to the ones he took last fall.
During the shoot, Mike and Josh survived a benevolent spring shower and were there to capture the penstemons and the coreopsis in full bloom during the final drops of rain. As the months pass, these flowers will give way to wildflowers including echinacea, spiderwort and columbine. As summer transitions to fall, little bluestem will emerge as the prominent rooftop landscape, turning amber in early October. Terraced gardens leading down to the sunken entry courtyard offer a healthy blend of herbs and perennial flowers and are on full display from most of the house’s interior spaces. (more...)
Since el dorado opened it’s doors in 1996, we have been exploring the relationship between designing and making as a studio. For us, the shop continues to play an important role in the creation of well-crafted architectural spaces and is critical as a tool to prototype ideas and explore materials and connections. Designing and making are truly linked.
This is the fifth year of the Design+Make studio at Kansas State University, an academic partnership between the college's 5th year capstone architecture design studios and el dorado. Students follow a four step process, experiencing the challenges of seeing their projects come to fruition in a real-world setting: understanding, envisioning, documenting and making. Design+Make provides students with a lens into the entire process of a project becoming a reality, from concept to construction to finished product. (more...)