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So Long, Mr. Jobs

October 7, 2011

el dorado has been an architecture firm for fifteen years, and a Mac-based firm for every one of them–something quite rare in the industry. The simple, intuitive devices that Steve Jobs and Co. envisioned have helped shape our design culture, and made our jobs, and our lives easier–even though we've had to constantly explain that "Vectorworks" and "Form Z" basically mean "AutoCAD" and "3dsMax". Now the rest of the world, even AutoCAD, has come around to Mac, too, and we can hardly imagine what it would be like to live without the ease and comfort these iThings provide. We'd like to take a moment to remember the vision of Steve Jobs. It would be an understatement to say that the world could use more people like him, those who dream incredible things, then go out and accomplish them. So long, Mr. Jobs.

J4I21023B

September 30, 2011

J4I21023B, also know as the Broadway Overpass, reopened earlier this month. The bridge was entirely rebuilt as part of the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The project was an exercise in speed and efficiency, lasting 10 months from the selection of the design team to the opening of the bridge. (more...)

Meejin Yoon Lecture

September 29, 2011

This Friday, September 30th at 11:30, Meejin Yoon will speak at the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium in Lawrence. She's a founding principal of Höweler Yoon, a multidisciplinary practice that "operates in the space between architecture, art, and landscape design." The Boston-based firm is equally interested in the conceptual and the tangible–their projects across the globe range from mixed use office towers to temporary installations to book design. Meejin is an architect, designer, and educator, serving as Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT.  

Rethinking Triangle Park

September 23, 2011

We’ve been here long enough to know that the Crossroads Arts District has has a lot going for it. Good food, a strong arts community, a steady influx of residents, surface parking, train clatter, historical buildings, a bar named Rhythm and Booze—we could go on. One thing it’s lacking is green space. To sustain that influx of residents, the Crossroads needs parks, dog-walking zones, and trees—places people can hang out in that aren’t paved over. There’s a small triangular lot just off of Southwest Boulevard, as the road crosses east under I-35. The lot is bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue and Avenida Cesar E. Chavez. Although it’s at a crucial entrance to the city, the lot is overlooked, and usually abandoned. (more...)

Echo Ridge Duplexes

September 19, 2011

We made the short drive down I-70 last week to check up on the construction progress of the Echo Ridge Duplexes in Topeka. Kelley Construction has nearly finished attaching the Hardi-Board panels of varying widths and shades to the wood sleepers of the rainscreen system. Even with piles of construction materials strewn about and no landscape to speak of, the shaded courtyard already makes you want to stop and hang out for just a minute, and enjoy the cool breeze drifting through it. The concrete has been poured and the forms stripped off of the first custom eldo sandbox, and the steel awning on the second level patio has been welded and bolted firmly in place. (more...)