Last Friday, a few good eldos travelled north to Lincoln, Nebraska to accept this year’s Central States Awards. It was a good year. Of the nine Honor Awards in architecture, four were el dorado projects:
The Echo Ridge Duplexes, four units in a multi-family development in Topeka, stacked like a few lost Jenga pieces and clad in sleek stripes of grey cement board.
Girl Scouts Camp Prairie Schooner, two bunkhouses in the wilderness just outside of Kansas City, their simple, shed-like forms accented in punches of cookie-box colors.
Troost Bridge, a high-tech guardrail and pedestrian walkway of glass and stainless steel on a grand, socially-charged Kansas City street.
Boulevard Brewing Company’s Cellar 1 Expansion, a cathedral-like addition of steel, curtain wall glazing, and perforated aluminum panels, rising around the tanks of our favorite neighborhood brewery. (more...)
When you’re finished directing traffic under the I-35 bridge, please join us for the opening reception of Prairie Logic. It’s happening this First Friday, October 5th, from 5 PM til dusk. Last Friday we lowered the full-scale boxcar onto the roof of Cosentino’s parking garage. In case you missed it, the Great Boxcar Hoist was documented by KCTV, KCUR and The Kansas City Star, dramatically. The installation was a collaboration with artist Janet Zweig. Kansas City’s One Percent for Art Program and the Municipal Art Commission made it possible. (more...)
The underpass at Southwest Boulevard and I-35 may not seem like an ideal spot to hang out. It’s loud, dirty, and not-so pedestrian friendly. The ground features perfect stripes of pigeon poop which mirror the steel beams that support the highway above.
But hanging out there is exactly what we plan to do this First Friday, and we want you to join us. We’ll be easy to spot. We’ll be the ones dressed as crossing guards, our signs directing people to places and events happening in the neighborhood. We’ll have extra uniforms to pass out to anyone who wants one, and umbrellas to ensure safe travel. (more...)
There may be more rewarding moments in the construction process than pouring the footings and foundations. The thrill of the walls going up. The nervous energy of beams or roof trusses being lowered into place. The satisfaction of the final punch list. But there’s no moment so full of possibility as when that first solid piece of the building fills what before was just a hole in the ground.
We don’t speak of the building elements below the ground in terms of their poetry or beauty, only their necessity. Footings and foundations perform a few functions. They transfer the loads of the building and the things inside of it into the earth, so that both the building and the earth around it remain stable. They withstand the varying forces of dry soil, wet soil, and frozen soil, and the tremendous pressure these changes exert. They keep the elements from entering the building. (more...)
Architects and designers, students and architecture enthusiasts, mark your calendars for next Monday, September 17th. Friend of the eldo and fellow Architectural League of New York Emerging Voice Robert Hutchison is paying KC a visit. He'll speak at the Kansas City Design Center on the subject of Practice–what constitutes architectural practice, the inherent connections between built work, research, and student work–really all the points that Allen Iverson failed to address. (more...)