During the fall of 2016 Coen + Partners and el dorado inc were engaged by United Properties, First Avenue Productions and Thor Companies to lead master planning and urban design efforts for a 48-acre site in Minneapolis fronting the Mississippi River. The site, adjacent to a robust and diverse North Minneapolis Community, offers a unique opportunity to re-engage the river as a celebrated civic gesture while re-invigorating its longstanding history as a manufacturing hub through the introduction of smart industry and a range of innovative housing options. (more...)
In 1996, we founded el dorado in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City as part architecture firm, part fabrication shop, and part art gallery. The neighborhood was just beginning to take shape: artists holed up in abandoned buildings; tumbleweed blew down streets empty of hip galleries and rustic coffee shops; and artist Jim Leedy was the spiritual leader. Our practice was an experimental platform, assembling artists, makers, and designers to meet in studios and raw exhibition spaces to envision new ways of working. We considered ourselves outlaws, and with our friends in the Crossroads, we were right at home.
Over the years, we have helped build and grow the Crossroads and Kansas City at large, forming a design and fabrication team that now extends our unique platform regionally and nationally. (more...)
After 20 years of design excellence and business leadership, Douglas Stockman recently informed his close friends and colleagues at el dorado that he will be retiring his esteemed jersey and stepping out into the world for a brave new adventure. Immediately, this involves some traveling and thrill-seeking with his wife Amanda and their two kids, Sarah and Liam. We consider Doug and his family part of the great family of el dorado and will miss their exuberant dominance of our many games of street football and foosball in the shop, having stretched across countless late evening BBQs at 510 Avenida Cesar E Chavez. (more...)
In late January, the reStart Housing project in Kansas City was named a 2017 SEED Design Award honorable mention winner. Selected for excellence in Public Interest Design through a competitive jury process, reStart was recognized among projects in Bolivia, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Palestine, South Africa, and the UK. The international competition was hosted by Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network, designbuildXchange Network and Live Projects Network, in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest Design. (more...)
During the past 10 years, a series of adaptive re-use projects in Warehouse Arts District of East Lawrence has hosted an organic mix of creative businesses, light industrial uses, artist studios, incubation spaces and galleries. Its industrial urban fabric and contemporary vibe serves as an extension to the eclectic neighborhood culture of East Lawrence and is a perfect compliment to Massachusetts Street, Lawrence’s longstanding historic business corridor seven blocks to the west. The Warehouse Arts District hosts a new generation of entrepreneurship-- a vibrant blend of local artists, thinkers and makers that will do their part in shaping the cultural terrain of Lawrence in the years to come. (more...)