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ARCHITECT 50 Leadership Lab

October 24, 2012

Dan travels to New York this week as el dorado’s ambassador to the ARCHITECT 50 Leadership Lab. He’ll speak in a segment called “Firms on the Frontier,” beside Martina Decker of Decker Yeadon, Gordon Gill, AIA of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, of SHoP Architects. The Leadership Lab runs from Wednesday, October 24th to Thursday, October 25th. It’s a sort of meeting of the architectural minds to discuss strategies for success in a business that’s constantly changing and evolving. It will be held in Times Square, in Renzo Piano’s New York Times Building. Pretty cool, we think. (more...)

17th Street Streetscape

October 16, 2012

We recently wrapped up the final stakeholder meeting for the 17th Street Streetscape project inside the cool, colorful, skeleton-clad walls of the Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery, conveniently located on 17th Street itself. As anyone who lives or works in the neighborhood knows, there are a lot passionate folks in the Westside. Stakeholder meetings are a great way to focus that passion, to organize a diverse neighborhood for effective action. The project, undertaken in 3 phases, sets a precedent for LED lighting to be introduced into the public right-of-way. The first phase focuses specifically on lighting under the I-35 bridge. (more...)

2012 AIA Central States Awards

October 10, 2012

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...)

Prairie Logic: The Opening

October 4, 2012

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...)

Crossing Guards for Imaginary People

October 2, 2012

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...)