Category Archives: Urbanism

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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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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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Surviving Sprawl with Pop-Up Placemaking in Phoenix

Originally Published The Arizona Republic, Friday, April 13th, 2012 Bloomingrock.com, Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 Sustainable Cities Collective, Thursday, April 19th, 2012  Phoenix has the opportunity to translate its expanse of vacant land into a distinctive and vibrant city. By encouraging interim … Continue reading

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Adaptation

by Christina Noble, AIA, LEED AP Originally published in Forward Architecture and Design Journal, a national design journal for the American Institute of Architects, Fall 2011 As Stanford economist Paul Romer pronounced, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”  … Continue reading

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Interview: Janet Echelman

        interview of Janet Echelman by Christina Noble, AIA, LEED AP and Aaron Herring, Assoc. AIA  Originally published in Forward Architecture and Design Journal, a national design journal for the American Institute of Architects, Fall 2011  When Janet Echelman, originally … Continue reading

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Landscape

by Christina Noble, AIA, LEED AP Originally published in Forward Architecture and Design Journal, a national design journal for the American Institute of Architects, Spring 2011 Landscape is often ignored as passive and neutral – something that just is.  Perhaps we … Continue reading