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First Annual eldo Prize

February 23, 2016

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...)

East Ninth: Artists Shaping City Planning


January 28, 2016

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...)

el dorado designs city block in Denver

January 20, 2016

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...)

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2016

“...even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream.” 53 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered a speech at what he correctly called “the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” It’s fitting that today, on the day set aside to honor Martin Luther King Jr., our first African-American president is closing out his second term. It’s one more step toward the realization of Dr. King’s dream, a realization that’s drawn ever closer but is still very much a work in progress. (more...)

7540 Washington Street

January 11, 2016

In close collaboration with reStart inc., Botwin Commercial Development and A.L. Huber Construction, el dorado recently completed a new multi-unit housing development in Waldo, a historically diverse and inclusive urban neighborhood located seven miles south of downtown Kansas City. Unlike typical apartment buildings, this project plays a unique and important role in its community. (more...)