The first phase of the 20th Street Streetscape project is finished, and the Final Report is being bound, distributed, and beamed across cyberspace. The project calls for a complete, block by block transformation of the portion of 20th Street stretching from Central to McGee. This stretch of the street is important for a number of reasons. It's one of the few roads that cross under I-35 and link the Crossroads Arts District to the Westside neighborhood. It's very close to the Kaufmann Performing Arts Center, which promises to be a vitalizing addition to the neighborhood when it opens in September. And it's already home to a number of people and businesses, and the street swarms with pedestrians every First Friday.
20th Street cuts through the heart of the Crossroads Arts District—the epicenter of creative activity in Kansas City. Over the past twenty-five years, an influx of residents, entrepreneurs and artists has transformed a neighborhood of semi-abandoned industrial warehouses into a vibrant, diverse community. (more...)
A gentle reminder and call to Kansas City Art Institute alumni, faculty and designer friends:
We know you’re asked repeatedly to support fundraising activities of all stripes. We also know that you do more than your fair share by saying “yes” more often than “no.” All of this said, this one’s unique. It’s highly likely that most of you received some kind of financial support as students. This is the one biennial event dedicated exclusively to raising funds for student scholarships.
The deadline for donating work to this year’s Art and Design Auction is Friday, April 1 (no joke). That’s to ensure full color image inclusion in the Auction Catalogue, a terrific way to make sure everyone sees your work ahead of time so that appropriate levels of lust and desire can be built. Donations afterward are welcome too. They’ll just be included in a black and white addendum.
Thanks for your consideration. The event is June 4th, 2011 on the KCAI campus. For more detailed information, visit the Kansas City Art Institute's website. (more...)
Mardi Gras hit el dorado particularly hard this year. A week later and we're still piecing together the details. For those who haven't read accounts of our capers or (or experienced one of them firsthand) el dorado has, over the years, constructed a fleet of Mardis Gras floats for the YJ’s parade. These floats typically include, but are not limited to: cryptic acronyms, questionable construction methods, code-violating transportation strategies, and something edible.
The young eldos were encouraged to carry on that time-honored tradition, to revive the capers of years past. Never having experienced a Mardi Gras at YJ's themselves, they asked around the office for advice. It soon became clear that they would get no easy answers. Josh told them: "The less likely it is to work, the more successful it will be when it does work. Unless, of course it really doesn’t work, in which case…you’re fired." (more...)
We're excited about a number of projects in the works. Two of them have turned our minds to New Orleans—the sub-sea-level land of easy living, square donuts and Lil' Wayne.
The first—a design build project for the AIA Convention and Expo described in a previous blog entry—is in full crank mode. We have two months to build the components and ship them down to the Crescent City, where we will install them in the week leading up to the Convention.
The second one takes us about 5 miles Uptown. el dorado was one of twenty firms invited to submit qualifications for the renovation of Richardson Memorial Hall, home to the Tulane School of Architecture. We were pleased to be asked by Tulane to partner on the project with FX Fowle from New York City. (more...)
el dorado was hired by Rick Powell to design 25 condos as part of the historic renovation of the Union Carbide building in downtown Kansas City. David Hughes, director of the Charlotte Street Foundation, purchased a unit on the 4th floor of the building early in the renovation process. He asked el dorado to customize his condo to accomodate his expansive and remarkable art collection. Befitting of David's role as a local cultural leader, the project grew out of creative collaboration with the arts and design community of Kansas City. (more...)