Archinect - News 2017-07-22T16:57:47-04:00 A Spiralling Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix has been donated to the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-06-12T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T14:01:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week marked what would have been Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">150th birthday</a>. Celebrating the occasion, Zach Rawling and his family donated his Wright-designed home in Phoenix to a foundation under the auspices of the Arizona Community Foundation to benefit the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.&nbsp;</p><p>The house, designed for the architect&rsquo;s son, was saved from demolition by Rawling and, with its distinctive spiraling ramp, is seen as a precursor to the Guggenheim Museum in New York, according to Aaron Betsky, dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.</p><p>The donation &ldquo;will allow us to use that great legacy to be a living laboratory in which we will figure out how to use what Frank Lloyd Wright taught us about living in the desert Southwest, to make the life in this desert and in this community even better in the future,&rdquo; said Betsky.</p><p><img src=""></p><p>Rawling bought the property back in 2012 for $2.4M in order to save it from demolition. While he wanted to restore the building and turn it into ...</p> Maricopa County in Arizona, home to Phoenix, experienced the largest population growth in 2016 Nicholas Korody 2017-03-24T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-24T17:44:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maricopa County in Arizona had the highest annual population growth in 2016. Home to the city of Phoenix, the county gained 81,360 people, or 222 people per day. More than half were people who moved to the county from another area, while 25,428 were from natural increase (births over deaths). 10,188 people came from abroad.</p><p>Meanwhile, on the other side of things, Cook County, where Chicago is located, saw the largest decrease in population with a net loss of 21,324 people. Wayne County, home to Detroit, saw 7,696 people leave, while Baltimore had a decrease of 6,738 people.</p><p>Check out more demographic data <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Phoenix may become a lot more green Nicholas Korody 2016-08-02T13:31:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T22:26:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Los Angeles Times</a>,&nbsp;</em>the sunny city of Phoenix, Arizona might become a little cooler, as the city develops a plan to give 25% of the city a tree canopy by 2030. Currently, the city has about half as much shade.</p><p>The city plans to use a mix of steel 'trees', native plants like mesquite and palo brea, and non-natives that have proved tough enough to weather the grueling heat. Already known for its high temperatures, Phoenix is trying to prepare for even hotter temperatures as global warming heats the planet up.</p><p>The plan is intended to do more than just make for more pleasant strolls. "Aesthetically, it&rsquo;s quite pleasing," notes forestry supervisor, Richard Atkins. "It can bring commerce to any business that had it out front because, you know, people are drawn to nice vegetation and shade."</p><p>For more news from the hot and dry American Southwest, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California eases some drought restrictions but makes others permanent</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin ...</a></li></ul> To pour concrete in mid-summer Phoenix, wait until the moon comes out Alexander Walter 2016-06-29T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T23:03:19-04:00 <img src="" width="580" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of construction workers is pouring concrete onto the frame of a structure that will eventually become a wastewater treatment plant. It's 1 a.m. on a clear night in the suburbs of Phoenix. The temperature is still in the high 80s. But that's way down from the area's recent record high temperatures, up to 118 degrees. [...] "We try to pour and place and finish concrete when it's below 90 degrees," says Daniel Ward, the construction company's project director.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.'s urban heat island effect accounts for temperatures up to 19 degrees hotter</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Phoenix un-suburbanize?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li></ul> Frank Lloyd Wright house causes controversy in wealthy Phoenix neighborhood Alexander Walter 2015-04-10T13:07:00-04:00 >2017-06-08T19:53:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New plans for the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Arcadia has neighbors riled up. Owners of the 1952 house want to turn it into more than just a home, but those living in the wealthy neighborhood aren't too happy about it. [...] said the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house is "an example of what I consider to be an architecture embodiment of Arizona exceptionalism." However, this landmark home now finds itself in the middle of controversy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Can Phoenix un-suburbanize? Alexander Walter 2014-01-20T13:01:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:15:33-05:00 <img src="" width="610" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s a movement afoot to bring new money into urban areas all over the country, and surprisingly, Phoenix, is part of that movement. The city has long been famous for its suburban sprawl. But now, plans are moving ahead to link high-rise downtown with a neighboring Latino barrio that wealthy developers have mostly ignored for the better part of 100 years. Not a shovel of dirt has moved, though neighbors already have expectations and fears.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness? Alexander Walter 2013-12-27T14:29:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T18:22:20-05:00 <img src="" width="608" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week, the city of Phoenix made a startling announcement. The Arizona capital had previously identified 222 chronically homeless veterans living in the city, more than half of them veterans of the Vietnam War. [...] Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said last week that every last one of them now had a roof overhead. The city has effectively ended chronic veteran homelessness, according to the mayor [...]. Phoenix did this &ndash; prioritizing housing first, then wrapping other services around it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architecture start-up's software models steel skeletons of any surface Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-05T20:15:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:21:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using digital fabrication and some clever tricks we're able to manufacture beautiful, low cost structures which easily bolt together. You design for it like it's a big imaginary 3D printer then you and your friends get together and bolt your house together! [...] It works like a techno version of a barn raising.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architecture start-up Arcology Now wants to provide an alternative to 3D printing building technologies, focusing on reliable materials and elbow grease. The Phoenix, Arizona group has developed a digital fabrication software that generates a framework for any 3D surface out of steel tubes and bolts. For example, if you scanned an igloo, the software would model something like one of those geodesic dome playground structures. The software also produces manufacturing and building instructions, that is then coded directly onto the individual steel bars during manufacturing.</p> <p> The entire structure is then built in modules, so many people can work in parallel following the instructions on the physical materials.&nbsp;Arcology Now's eventual plan is to produce entire communities in this way, and is working on methods to insulate and install power distribution systems.</p> David Wright House Saved - Preservation Success Archinect 2012-12-20T17:25:00-05:00 >2012-12-27T13:09:44-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has facilitated the purchase of the David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, Arizona, through an LLC owned by an anonymous benefactor. The transaction closed on December 20 for an undisclosed price. The property will be transferred to an Arizona not-for-profit organization responsible for the restoration, maintenance and operation of the David Wright House.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> BIG Designs Sexy Observation Tower for Phoenix Alexander Walter 2012-12-19T17:19:00-05:00 >2012-12-28T06:34:53-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="477" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>News just broke that BIG has been commissioned to design a sleek 420 ft tall mixed-use observation tower for Phoenix, Arizona. Quite possibly the city's new symbol?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Buyer drops bid to purchase David and Gladys Wright House Archinect 2012-11-13T17:23:00-05:00 >2012-11-13T18:08:33-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;While the prospective buyer strongly supports efforts to preserve the David and Gladys Wright house, he has concluded that for personal and business reasons, this is not an opportunity he will pursue at this time. He has every confidence that a preservation minded buyer will be found, and that the house will be preserved," representatives of the prospective buyer told Joffe.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Frank Lloyd Wright's David House: Sold & Saved Archinect 2012-11-06T11:36:00-05:00 >2012-11-07T07:38:55-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The current owners have reached an agreement to sell the early 1950s home to a buyer who wants to preserve and restore it, real-estate broker Robert Joffe said Wednesday. The property is being sold for the listing price of nearly $2.4 million to a buyer who wishes to remain anonymous</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Wright Masterwork Is Seen in a New Light: A Fight for Its Life anthony dong 2012-10-03T11:34:00-04:00 >2012-10-03T15:15:19-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s hard to say which is more startling. That a developer in Phoenix could knock down a 1952 house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Or that the house has until now slipped under the radar, escaping the attention of most architectural historians...a spiral home for his son David.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Save the David and Gladys Wright House Archinect 2012-08-22T16:56:00-04:00 >2012-08-27T22:19:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A remarkable Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix is under threat of demolition. Wright designed the house for his son David and it is unique among all his residential designs. Your support is needed to urge the City of Phoenix to approve historic preservation designation for the house thereby extending its temporary protection from demolition.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Via Kevin W. in the Forum</a></p> Where “hot” is not employed lightly Nam Henderson 2012-08-07T19:44:00-04:00 >2012-08-09T17:39:45-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I always thought that shorts were inappropriate for a federal courthouse,&rdquo; Ms. Leal said. &ldquo;But it&rsquo;s either wearing it, or melting away.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Fernanda Santos recently conducted an informal post-occupancy study for the Sandra Day O&rsquo;Connor Federal Courthouse designed by Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects. Located in&nbsp;Phoenix, Arizona the project opened in 2000 and employs "<em>a process known as adiabatic cooling to regulate the temperature</em>" in it's giant-glassed in atrium. Whether, talking to the security guards stationed therein, or visitors (lawyers, plaintiffs etc) Ms. Santos writes that while it is "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a marvel of modern architecture. Much of it is also very HOT.</a>"</p>