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The KU + el dorado Studio: Spring 2012

February 20, 2012

This semester the students of the KU + el dorado studio have embarked on a new project that, in the spirit of Charles Dickens, is a tale of two cities. The project includes a collaboration with Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, his non-profit Rebuild Foundation, and the Omaha-based Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. (more...)

The KU + el dorado Studio: Fall 2011

February 20, 2012

The el dorado studio, a 5th year architecture studio taught by our office at the University of Kansas, just wrapped up an ambitious project in downtown Kansas City. The students spent the fall semester exploring a dynamic urban site immediately west of the newly constructed Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

AIA Avenue Finally URBANbuilt

February 16, 2012

At this time about a year ago, we were finalizing our plans for the installation of The AIA Avenue at the National AIA Convention in New Orleans. The Avenue served as the AIA Expo's Main Street, measuring 1,100 foot long by 20 foot wide. It ran the length of the expo floor, and included a series of modular components that, combined in different arrangements, addressed a wide range of needs, including wayfinding, display, seating and spatial definition. We built the components here in Kansas City–40 overhead signs and 25 A-frame modules–and shipped them down to New Orleans, where we assembled them on site in time for the May opening of the Expo. (more...)

The Hot Tub Dialogues

February 10, 2012

This Saturday marks an important milestone in the 16 year existence of el dorado. The first lecture given from a hot tub. At 7PM, Josh Shelton will join Hesse McGraw in the sweltering basement waters of Kansas City’s Subterranean Gallery for the first installment of The Hot Tub Dialogues, a series of discussions about contemporary art. They fill the tub with some serious art credentials. (more...)

eldo appreciates: The Catch

February 9, 2012

As we watched the Super Bowl and saw Mario Manningham's spectacular catch in the final minutes of play, it occurred to us that we had (possibly) just experienced something that transcended mere physical action. We had just experienced a physical action so unlikely and structurally pure as to bridge into the realm of architecture. (more...)