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Creative Center of Scottsdale

Housed in the iconic Scottsdale landmark, Mandall’s Shooting Supplies store, the Creative Center of Scottsdale is an urban infill and highly sustainable adaptive reuse of three existing buildings at the southern edge of Downtown Scottsdale into co-working spaces for artists. … Continue reading

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Sip Coffee & Beer

Contour Architecture’s design for this 1,753sf coffee shop focuses on up-cycled materials from the previous tenant – a local knit shop – combining neighborhood history, sustainability and community in a shared gathering space.   Contour’s design uses sustainable strategies to create … Continue reading

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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