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Sustainability in Action: Creative Center of Scottsdale

Creative Arts Center of Scottsdale’s Sustainable Features Contour Architecture specializes in sustainable, urban design in Phoenix Metro.  For the Creative Center of Scottsdale we selected the International Green Construction Code as our guidepost.  For this urban infill, adaptive reuse project … Continue reading

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The Shaded Desert City

    Modernism has shaped Phoenix’s history.  Our land area swelled as 20th century modern architecture came into its own. Modernism’s suburban slant condoned a frenetic grab for land on the periphery while simultaneously inspiring individual buildings influenced and surrounded … Continue reading

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Forum Design Journal | Fall 2012

Approximately 40% of the Valley and 11% of Downtown Phoenix is vacant land. Sprawling across 1000 square miles, Phoenix’s urban form is not the result of the real-estate crash, but decades of auto-centered boom-times that encouraged cheap growth on our … Continue reading

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Why Complete Streets & a Bike Masterplan Matter for Phoenix

Today the Phoenix City Council Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee voted on a Complete Streets Ordinance as well as a Bicycle Master Plan.  The Complete Streets Ordinance passed unanimously while the Bicycle Masterplan was tabled.  Here’s our letter from the AIA … Continue reading

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PHOENIX NEW TIMES: The Creative Center of Scottsdale Set to Open in Summer 2014

By Katie Johnson Originally Published in the PHOENIX NEW TIMES on March 21st, 2014 If you’ve driven through Old Town Scottsdale recently, you may have noticed some new changes on the horizon, starting with Sip Coffee & Brew House at the southwest … Continue reading

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Money Does Grow on Trees

Trees figured prominently in the lives of Phoenix’s early settlers.   Moving from enveloping green landscapes on the east coast to the vast and open desert, trees were more than a nostalgic reminder of home – they were also a practical … Continue reading

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ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Scottsdale Approves Plans for New Creative Center

Originally published in the ARIZONA REPUBLIC about the Scottsdale Creative Arts Center, a project I am currently designing for owner Michelle Pelberg-Biely by Edward Gately - May 16, 2013 A former Scottsdale shooting-supplies store with an underground shooting gallery will be transformed this summer … Continue reading