1996 marks a significant moment in time. And we’re not talking about Julia & Noah’s wedding on “All My Children” (June 7) or the debut of Betty Rubble as a Flintstone vitamin (January 1), the birth of Madonna’s daughter Lourdes (October 14) or the release of the first flip phone (January 3), Tupac Shakur’s release of his 4th studio album, “All Eyez on Me” (February 13) or the release of Nintendo 64 (September 29). In 1996, we formally incorporated as el dorado inc. (February 13). We decided on our name (the origins of which are to follow in a forthcoming blog) and leased a 10,000 square foot space at 1712 Main Street for $600 a month thanks to the largesse of an arts-supporting Crossroads developer, and established our first steel shop in the basement. Since that time, a lot has happened. (more...)
Over the past two years we’ve been working with Seventy5North Revitalization Group and Brinshore Development on the Highlander Accelerator, a new prototype for “community center” within a larger 35-acre master plan for the Highlander neighborhood in North Omaha, Nebraska. Tenants for the Accelerator have been identified and we are now working on more than 65,000 square feet of interior space to accommodate amenities that include a business incubator anchored by EARTH components (education, art, recreation, technology and health), an aquaponics facility, a production greenhouse, satellite education facilities, an event hall, and soul food! The Accelerator also hosts generous green space and outdoor programming that will become integral to the lives of families living nearby. Solidifying their commitment to and investment in the community, Seventy5North plans to re-locate their headquarters to the Accelerator and continue their good work as community builders in North Omaha. (more...)
To celebrate 20 years of creating transformative architecture, last week we announced that we will be instituting an annual el dorado Prize, a unique paid summer internship for architecture students set to enter their final year of professional studies. The program will rove from university to university each year, pulling students from the region’s strongest academic programs, shoring up valued academic partnerships and expanding upon el dorado’s commitment to educating future architects and designers. (more...)
SPOTLIGHT: JAMES WOODFILL.
As part of a major ArtPlace America grant, the City of Lawrence engaged el dorado to propose a new streetscaping plan for East 9th Street in downtown Lawrence and East Lawrence, a seven block stretch that connects Massachusetts Street to Delaware Street. At the core of the project approach is an innovative urban planning model that, through thoughtful public engagement, embeds artists into the planning process of the street itself, allowing art practices to pro-actively shape the way our cities and neighborhoods look, feel and function. (more...)
In the summer of 2015, Continuum Partners contacted el dorado with a unique urban design challenge in the Lower Downtown District of Denver: to design an entire city block from the ground up. Continuum had recently completed an innovative adaptive re-use renovation of nearby Union Station as a major downtown mixed-use multi-modal transportation hub, leaving our site, the former downtown bus terminal at 16th and Market, open for new development. Working in conjunction with a comprehensive Urban Design Analysis by Gehl Studio, el dorado is operating as design architect for the site, with Dallas-based BOKA Powell acting as Architect of Record. (more...)