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I Like Coke

January 25, 2011

GOOD Magazine recently asked a bunch of non-food writers - architects, designers, science bloggers, human rights reporters, etc. - to write about food, or meta-ly speaking, to write about food writing. More than forty pieces were collected by GOOD's Food Editor Nicola Twilley, and the entries are as exciting and diverse as you might expect. Dan chose to write about a "well-designed fluid." In his story, he expounds on the many mysteries of Coke: the universal appeal of the drink, the inherent contradictions of a beverage best enjoyed in moderation, and the relative advantages that drinking a Coke holds over floating in deep space like a sea cucumber. Check out the full article, entitled I Like Coke, part of the week long Food for Thinkers series.

Replacing the Broadway Bridge

January 21, 2011

el dorado, GBA, and Derek Porter are working with MoDOT to replace the Broadway Bridge over I-670 in downtown Kansas City. We're no stranger to the I-670 bridges, having completed work on five of them in all. We first tackled the Wyandotte Bridge (Landscaped Edge) with design firm mk12, followed by four more bridges down the corridor (Pedestrian Strands) with artist Jim Woodfill. These projects were intended to reconnect the Downtown Loop with the Crossroads neighborhood and encourage pedestrian movement over the highway, while meeting functional requirements of guardrails and lighting. The Broadway Bridge is no different. (more…)

Pinewood Derby Appreciation

January 20, 2011

For many American boys, the Pinewood Derby is a rite of passage. Young Cub Scouts have repeated the ritual for almost sixty years now, retreating to the garage with our fathers, sanding and sawing down a single block of wood, as it becomes increasingly clear that dad is way more excited about this than we are. There's something elemental about it, fashioning a machine from raw materials, harnessing the force of gravity and our rudimentary knowledge of physics, our efforts rewarded or our hopes vanquished in a head to head, winner-take-all tournament. (more…)

el dorado featured on the ra50

January 14, 2011

el dorado is one of 50 firms featured on Residential Architect's "short list of architects we love." According to editor S. Claire Conroy, "We know and appreciate a great number of other residential architects, but this collection comprises the ones whose names keep rising to the top - of our design awards programs, of our case studies waiting for a place in the magazine, and of our roster of cover profile subjects." With practices like Glenn Murcutt, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Koning Eizenberg rounding out the list, we're honored to be in such esteemed company. For the rest of the ra50 and a brief but enlightening interview with David and Doug, check out the full feature.

KCAI Art & Design Auction

January 12, 2011

el dorado inc is chairing the 2011 Art and Design Auction for the Kansas City Art Institute, along with honorary chairs Gary and Pam Gradinger. It's June 4 on the KCAI campus, rain or shine. Get your tickets now and come prepared for bidding wars: great artwork is donated by KCAI alumni, and classic design pieces are acquired with help from local design and architectural firms. The auction takes place every other year and raises scholarship funds for future Art Institute students (and possible future eldo's – we have three on staff right now). Being involved in this important event is just one of the ways we show our gratitude to the contribution KCAI makes to the culture, the community, and the arts in here Kansas City.