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Planning Art and Infrastructure in Calgary

June 21, 2016

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...)

Shelton Residence: final photography

June 10, 2016

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...)

Designing and Making

June 3, 2016

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...)

City of Lawrence receives East Ninth Plan

May 27, 2016

On Tuesday of this week, the City of Lawrence Commissioners voted to officially receive our proposed plan for the redevelopment of East 9th Street, connecting Massachusetts Street to East Lawrence and the Warehouse Arts District. The plan represents an innovative urban design model, embedding artists in the city planning phases of street design and sustainable infrastructure implementation. Calgary based art practice Sans façon and Minneapolis based landscape architect Coen+Partners joined local civil engineer Bartlett & West and Lawrence historian Dennis Domer to engage Lawrence citizens, stakeholders and city staff to collaboratively develop a street design that is highly responsive to the historical urban and ecological fabric of East Lawrence while introducing new infrastructure that supports multi-modal transportation, communal gathering and responsible stormwater management. The project, catalyzed in part by a national ArtPlace America grant, benefited a great deal from artist participation. Along the way, East Ninth invited eleven artists to join its team, eight of which are Lawrence-based art practices. (more...)

31 Levy

May 10, 2016

Two weeks ago we held a successful community meeting at one of our midtown Kansas City projects, 31 Levy, in the old Velvet Freeze/Levy Building at the northeast corner of 31st and Gillham a block east of Martini Corner. Dozens of neighborhood residents and business owners stopped by to hear more about what we're doing and showed enthusiastic support for the project. Since early last year we've been working with Epoch Development on 31 Levy, a set of two mixed-use, multifamily residential buildings, one an adaptive re-use of the century-old cold storage facility and the other, new construction just north of the original Levy Building site. (more...)