Clocking in at over 45,000 paved miles across the United States, the Interstate Highway System rivals rivers, mountains, and oceans as the generative physical force shaping the ways our cities look, function, and feel. Within our local urban community, I-35 divides the Westside Neighborhood from the Crossroads District and Downtown Kansas City. This nexus of dysfunction was the subject of el dorado's studio for the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning this semester. The studio culminates this Friday in a public exhibition entitled "Under. On. Gone." (more...)
Our artist friends at sans facon just sent us the video from Kansas City's Limelight installation. The footage is taken from five hours of a Friday night in October, when we turned off the streetlights, turned on two spotlights, and stood back and let things happen. It's not exactly a feature film, but a with a few minutes of spontaneous and intimate performances, (unicycle riding, fiddling, pogo sticking) it's certainly worth watching. Think of it as a mumblecore America's Got Talent or an ambient Evolution of Dance. (more...)
It's spring burning season again in the Flint Hills. In the country's last remaining tallgrass prairie, the fires are part of a centuries-old process of renewal. Before the land was settled, intermittent lighting strikes set the prairie ablaze, and herds of bison and elk fed on the big bluestem, switchgrass, and Indian grass. Now controlled burns and grazing cattle renew the native grasses and hold back the growth of trees and shrubs. Flying over Kansas at night, the view is spectacular, thin streams of fire cutting through the otherwise impenetrable darkness. Driving across the region can be more treacherous, with road signs imploring drivers to pull over when dense smoke obscures the road.
We're excited to be working on three projects in the Flint Hills. We're designing a new residence, renovating an 1890s farmhouse with a small addition, and we're supporting Wendell Burnette's graduate architecture studio at Washington University in St. Louis. (more...)
Starting bright and shiny at 7:30 Wednesday morning, we began the arduous task of loading up three semi-trailers worth of components for the AIA Convention in New Orleans. We've been working madly the last few weeks to finish all of the fabrication, and we made it with an hour to spare. Our crew will take a collective deep breath, get some well-deserved rest, and then high tail it down to New Orleans to meet the stuff at the Convention Center and begin the installation process. We'll start this coming Saturday, and will put the finishing touches on everything Wednesday night, in preparation for the opening of the Expo on Thursday. Hats off to Brady Neely (who headed up the fabrication process) and the rest of his crew that has seen the project through from the beginning: Doug Holda, Nick Knutsen and Solomon Alpert. We also got some timely help from Aaron Jensen, Andrew Lyles, and Steve Salzer.
Next month there will be two new bus shelters in Kansas City, designed upstairs and fabricated downstairs at eldo's world headquarters. The shelters are part of the historic renovation of an entire city block in Kansas City's Hyde Park neighborhood, the site of four 1920s apartment buildings. We were responsible for the ongoing renovation of the site and one of the buildings, the Park Central Apartments, star of an earlier blog post.
We first entered the glamorous world of bus shelter architecture with our design of the Transit Oasis in Kansas City's Westside neighborhood. The Hyde Park bus shelters take lessons learned from the Transit Oasis and expand upon the success of that design, with a variation on the roof system and a beefed up steel structure. (more...)