On Tuesday of this week, the City of Lawrence Commissioners voted to officially receive our proposed plan for the redevelopment of East 9th Street, connecting Massachusetts Street to East Lawrence and the Warehouse Arts District. The plan represents an innovative urban design model, embedding artists in the city planning phases of street design and sustainable infrastructure implementation. Calgary based art practice Sans façon and Minneapolis based landscape architect Coen+Partners joined local civil engineer Bartlett & West and Lawrence historian Dennis Domer to engage Lawrence citizens, stakeholders and city staff to collaboratively develop a street design that is highly responsive to the historical urban and ecological fabric of East Lawrence while introducing new infrastructure that supports multi-modal transportation, communal gathering and responsible stormwater management. The project, catalyzed in part by a national ArtPlace America grant, benefited a great deal from artist participation. Along the way, East Ninth invited eleven artists to join its team, eight of which are Lawrence-based art practices. (more...)
Two weeks ago we held a successful community meeting at one of our midtown Kansas City projects, 31 Levy, in the old Velvet Freeze/Levy Building at the northeast corner of 31st and Gillham a block east of Martini Corner. Dozens of neighborhood residents and business owners stopped by to hear more about what we're doing and showed enthusiastic support for the project.
Since early last year we've been working with Epoch Development on 31 Levy, a set of two mixed-use, multifamily residential buildings, one an adaptive re-use of the century-old cold storage facility and the other, new construction just north of the original Levy Building site. (more...)
We are absolutely gob-smacked by our latest civic asset — the Kansas City Streetcar. We just can’t stop fawning over these sweet people-moving machines, these signifiers of urban intelligence. For anyone out there spending time along the 4 mile starter corridor, seeing the sleek new cars slide down Main Street is a wonder to behold. We couldn’t be more excited for the healthy future that we are collectively willing into existence.
For those about to enjoy the ride for the first time, we thought we’d take a moment and point out a few works of architecture and public art along the route. (more...)
Last week David wandered over to Knoxville, Tennessee, to join Wendell Burnette and Ursula Emery McClure for reviews at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. Wendell has a brand new monograph out called "Dialogues in Space." It’s equal parts visual stunner and bicep workout. Buy it; you’ll like it. Ursula teaches at Louisiana State University and runs a great practice in Lafayette called emerymcclure architecture. Check ‘em out. In addition to graduate thesis reviews and select bachelor of architecture final projects, the three toured UTenn’s new Fab Lab. Serious innovation is happening there.
This was David’s first time in Knoxville. Josh grew up nearby and studied at UTenn. One of our latest hires, Matt Barnett, is also a recent UTenn grad. Good southerners, they’ve both told many a tall tale about the place. This was really a fact-checking trip, and David definitely came back with an understanding of exactly what it is that makes Josh and Matt tick.
Thanks for the invite Jason Young. The department is in good hands with you and we look forward to seeing the impact your architecture grads will have.
During the past few months, el dorado has engaged new projects nationally and internationally. In addition to an abundance of work here in Kansas City, our project teams are currently working on exciting new higher-ed and urban design projects in Fayetteville, Arkansas; Bentonville, Arkansas; Wichita, Kansas; Lawrence, Kansas; Manhattan, Kansas; Omaha, Nebraska; Denver, Colorado; Minneapolis, Minnesota and Calgary, Alberta. (more...)