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University of Kansas Fall Lecture Series

September 6, 2011

We el doradans consider fall to be the greatest season of the year. Now, on top of football, cookouts, campfires, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the autumn weather, you can add an exciting lecture series to your list of things to look forward to. The University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design, and Planning Fall Lecture Series kicks off this Thursday at the Lawrence Arts Center with Lars Spuybroek. He runs NOX, an art and architecture studio in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (more...)

The el dorado Experience

August 31, 2011

We really caught the teaching bug this year. Last week, two fifth-year master's studios embarked on what we like to call "the el dorado experience." (Actually nobody calls it that.) But it's an experience nonetheless. For the sixth semester in a row, we're teaching a studio at the University of Kansas, and, for the first time, we'll be leading one at Kansas State University. (more...)

eldo Juries 2011 A|L Design Awards

August 24, 2011

Architectural Lighting magazine just announced the winners for the 2011 Light & Architecture Design Awards program. They covered a wide range in scale - from a public plaza to an art collector's loft - and in budget - from an office for 2,000 employees in Essen, Germany to a modest pub in Oklahoma City. At least one eldo was not surprised by the results. This spring, at the invitation of editor Elizabeth Donoff, David flew to Washington D.C. to join a distinguished jury in reviewing the 119 entries. (more...)

Echo Ridge Community Center

August 19, 2011

Construction is winding down on Topeka's Echo Ridge Development. Let's take a second to travel to the capitol city. Today it's 82°, an incredibly beautiful day in an otherwise scorching summer. The good men at Kelley Construction are fastening the cedar slats to the awning frame at the Echo Ridge Community Center. The sun is glinting off the corrugated metal facade, and the steel awning is casting long shadows on the coursed Kansas limestone. (more...)

Baltimore/Wyandotte Streetscape

August 15, 2011

el dorado's first streetscape project was the conceptual design for the 20th street corridor, a significant east-west link between the Crossroads Art District and the Westside neighborhood. Since then, we've undertaken two more streetscape projects. Both are connected to 20th Street and both expand upon the ideas we proposed for it. At the west terminus of 20th street is West Pennway, a historic parkway and star of last week's blog post. Farther east, in the heart of the Crossroads, we're working on the streetscape design for the stretch of Baltimore and Wyandotte that runs from 20th to 22nd. (more...)