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Robert Hutchison Lecture

September 12, 2012

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...)

Vote Rachel for AIA Associate Director

September 5, 2012

Ah, it’s election season again, and aside from all the mudslinging and bombast and elderly movie stars talking to empty chairs that comes with it, there’s one vote next week that’s particularly meaningful to architects in Kansas City. The AIA KC elections take place on Tuesday, September 11th, and this year our very own Rachel Duncan is running for the position of Associate Director. The Associate Director represents the interests of designers who aren’t yet licensed architects, usually the youngest AIA members, and so this is a very important position. After working with Rachel for a year and half, we can assure you that she’s fully qualified and would make a great Associate Director. We don’t need any more convincing. Here’s why you should vote for Rachel, too: (more...)

Echo Ridge Community Center

August 29, 2012

The Echo Ridge Community Center was completed this spring in Topeka, Kansas, just in time to plant an early summer garden. The Center was built to serve the residents of 30 new affordable housing duplexes in the Echo Ridge Development and the surrounding neighborhoods. The building is divided into four main public zones: Community Zone, Food Zone, Adult Zone, and Kid Zone. Each of the four interior zones connects to a sheltered exterior space to encourage residents to spend more time outdoors. The outdoor areas are shaded by an awning of cedar slats, corrugated fiberglass and, in a few years, tall river birch trees. (more...)

Kansas City Reconstructed

August 20, 2012

Two billboards rise above Missouri Bank’s Crossroads Branch, 930 square feet of prime advertising space on a cross-braced frame of blackened steel. Instead of touting self-help conventions or the latest Tech N9ne album, these billboards are occupied year round by the work of local artists. The Artboards are a production of the Charlotte Street Foundation and Art through Architecture, two fantastically generous organizations created to support Kansas City artists. This year four pairs of artists will be featured, each for three months at a time. While an array of eldo-fabricated furniture sits firmly on the floor inside Missouri Bank, this month marks the first time the work of an eldo has gone airborne. Gavin’s illustration Kansas City Reconstructed went up on the southwest-facing Artboard just in time for First Friday in August. (more...)

Girl Scouts Camp Prairie Schooner

August 2, 2012

It’s just not summer without summer camp. We recently had the chance to revisit our childhood camping adventures (the campfire songs, the water balloon fights, the poison ivy) while designing two bunkhouses at Girl Scouts Camp Prairie Schooner. The buildings, sited along a gravel path between the dining hall and fire ring, were completed this spring and dubbed California Trail and Oregon Trail. We don’t expect the Girl Scouts to spend too much time in the bunkhouses--there are just too many things to do at Camp Prairie Schooner. Practice markmanship on the archery range. Fly through the forest on a zipline. Cool off in the swimming pool. Descend the camp’s 40 foot tall rappel tower. (more...)