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Pizzabella South

March 28, 2013

Barring another early spring snowstorm, the patio at Pizzabella South will be opening soon. The new restaurant features the patented indoor-outdoor dining experience pioneered at Pizzabella’s original Crossroads location. It’s located in Overland Park’s new Mission Farms development and, based solely on good taste, we would call it the anchor tenant. What features make Pizzabella’s indoor/outdoor dining experience so pioneering? Why, the durable, built-in, Ipê and steel furniture. The east-facing outdoor seating doubling as spatial edge. The eleven-foot tall aluminum sliding doors (call them triple bypass–it sounds like heart surgery). The cleanly concealed slat-wall fluorescent lighting. The clever planning and permitting approaches required to overcome a few self-defeating city ordinances. (more…)

Theaster Gates Lecture at KCAI

March 26, 2013

On Thursday, March 28, Theaster Gates visits KCAI’s Epperson Auditorium as part of the Current Perspectives Lecture Series. Theaster was raised in West Chicago. Though his work has spread throughout the world, he still resides in Chicago, and many of his projects are based there. Theaster’s art is indelibly linked to architecture and the issues that influence it–race, class, inequality, place. He’s built his practice around the creation of “new economies” in blighted Midwest neighborhoods–using art, creativity, and culture to address residents’ fundamental needs. If you had to categorize Theaster’s hard-to-categorize work, you could say it falls into the realm of "place-making"–performance, site interventions, micro-development and sculpture. (more…)

KCBJ Capstone Awards

March 15, 2013

The Kansas City Business Journal recently announced its Capstone Award winners, and, on a long list of notable Kansas City projects, Girl Scouts Camp Prairie Schooner appeared again. The Trail Center at Camp Prairie Schooner was one of three winners in the Architectural Design category. We credit the success of the project to the owner, the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri. They desired more than a traditional bunkhouse. From the start of the project, it was their ambition to create a modern camping experience for a century-old organization, and they believed design could be the catalyst. (more…)

Asiatica

March 12, 2013

Approaching the twentieth year in her Westwood location, Elizabeth Wilson decided to give Asiatica a facelift. People driving by on Rainbow Boulevard often missed the store, or didn’t know what went on inside of it. What in the world is Asiatica, passerby wondered? An Asian fusion restaurant? A smoking lounge serving as front for underground gambling ring? A travel service for exotic vacations to the Orient? The truth is at once simpler and cooler. Asiatica is a retail shop, selling beautiful, hand-crafted objets d'art, high-end clothing and an assortment of Eastern antiques and curiosities. (more…)

Les Grube Memorial Design Award

March 4, 2013

And the Grube goes to.....the Broadway Overpass! As 2012 drew to a close, the members of a clandestine society called the Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute held their annual meeting at an undisclosed location. (Okay, it was in Scottsdale.) Details are fuzzy, and what really transpired remains shrouded in mystery, but we do know this: By the time the CLFMI emerged, the Broadway Bridge had won the prestigious Les Grube Memorial Design Award. (more…)