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The One Redeeming Feature That Brings Humanity to the Sameness of Suburban Sprawl

09:30 - 9 August, 2017
The One Redeeming Feature That Brings Humanity to the Sameness of Suburban Sprawl, Scottsdale, Arizona. Image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scottsdale_cityscape4.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a> in public domain
Scottsdale, Arizona. Image via Wikimedia in public domain

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "The Work of Architecture in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction."

I attended graduate school, in geography, in Tucson, Arizona, in the late 1990s. Tucson draws fame from a number of things, including its Mexican-American heritage, its chimichangas, its sky islands, and its abundant population of saguaro cacti.

Plenty of things about Tucson, though, are perfectly, achingly ordinary.

Perhaps the most ordinary thing about Tucson led me to develop something halfway between a hobby and an academic pursuit. On occasion, whether for sport or research, friends and I used to go “sprawl-watching.” We were not exactly, say, Walter Benjamin strolling through the arcades, embracing the human pageantry of Paris. But we did our best to plumb Tucson’s depths.

Courtyards House / HK Associates Inc

15:00 - 3 May, 2017
Courtyards House / HK Associates Inc, © Timmerman Photography / Bill Timmerman
© Timmerman Photography / Bill Timmerman

© Timmerman Photography / Bill Timmerman © Timmerman Photography / Bill Timmerman © Timmerman Photography / Bill Timmerman © Timmerman Photography / Bill Timmerman + 26

House in Sabino Springs / Kevin B Howard Architects

11:00 - 18 July, 2016
House in Sabino Springs / Kevin B Howard Architects, © Winquist Photography
© Winquist Photography

© Winquist Photography © Robin Stancliff Photography © Robin Stancliff Photography © Winquist Photography + 21

Four Practices Shortlisted for Tucson's January 8th Memorial

01:00 - 16 November, 2014
Four Practices Shortlisted for Tucson's January 8th Memorial , Future site of the memorial. Image Courtesy of January 8th Memorial Foundation
Future site of the memorial. Image Courtesy of January 8th Memorial Foundation

The January 8th Memorial Foundation has selected four finalists out of the 60 practices and artists, both national and international, who submitted applications to create a permanent memorial and master plan concept for the El Presidio Park in Tucson, Arizona. The permanent memorial would commemorate the January 8, 2011, mass shooting that wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, killed six people and injured 12 others. The memorial is also intended to honor the spirit of the Tucson community in its responses to the tragedy and to inspire future generations to work together on community issues. The four finalists are:

ArchDaily at the University of Arizona

00:00 - 27 November, 2013
ArchDaily at the University of Arizona

ArchDaily will lecture on Dec 2nd at the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, as part of their Critical Practice lecture series.

Tucson Mountain Retreat / DUST

01:00 - 8 May, 2013
Tucson Mountain Retreat / DUST, © Jeff Goldberg/Esto
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto

© Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Jeff Goldberg/Esto + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tucson, United States
  • Project Team

    Cade Hayes, Jesus Robles, Dale Rush
  • Area

    3640.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Tucson-based Architects Line and Space Wins 2011 AIA-Arizona Architectural Firm of the Year Award

15:00 - 22 November, 2011
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge – © Mike Torrey
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge – © Mike Torrey

Architecture firm Line and Space, has been selected as the 2011 Architectural Firm of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award recognizes a firm that has produced distinguished architecture for over ten years, has made significant contributions to the profession and the community, and has transcended local boundaries in making these contributions. Awarded by an out of state jury comprised of architects, the honor was given to Line and Space at the Institute’s Celebrate Architecture Awards Gala held in Phoenix on October 22.

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Renovation / Gould Evans

00:00 - 25 August, 2011
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Renovation / Gould Evans, ©  Roland Bishop
© Roland Bishop

©  Roland Bishop ©  Roland Bishop ©  Roland Bishop ©  Roland Bishop + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dean of Students Office, The University of Arizona, University of Arizona Passports, PO Box 210021, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
  • Architect

    Gould Evans
  • Landscape Architect

    Wheat Scharf
  • Structural Engineer

    Paragon Structural Design
  • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer

    Bridgers & Paxton
  • Technology Consultant

    The Sextant Group
  • Client

    University of Arizona
  • Project Cost

    $21M
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Barrio Historico House / HK Associates Inc

00:00 - 22 July, 2011
Barrio Historico House / HK Associates Inc, © Timmerman Photography / Bill Timmerman
© Timmerman Photography / Bill Timmerman

© Timmerman Photography / Bill Timmerman © Timmerman Photography / Bill Timmerman © Timmerman Photography / Bill Timmerman © Timmerman Photography / Bill Timmerman + 27

Silvertree Residence / Secrest Architecture

00:00 - 12 March, 2011
Silvertree Residence / Secrest Architecture, © Secrest Architecture
© Secrest Architecture

© Secrest Architecture © Secrest Architecture © Secrest Architecture © Secrest Architecture + 16

CALA / Jones Studio

00:00 - 13 January, 2011
CALA / Jones Studio, © Robert Reck
© Robert Reck

© Robert Reck © Robert Reck © Robert Reck © Robert Reck + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Team

    Eddie Jones, Neal Jones, Brian Farling, Maria Salenger
  • Landscape Architecture

    Ten Eyck Landscape Architecture
  • Civil Engineering

    Evans Kuhn & Associates
  • Electrical Engineering

    Woodward Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

    rudow + berry
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Kunka Engineering
  • Contractor/Cmar

    Bill Lloyd
  • Specifications

    Litter & Associates
  • Acoustics

    Mckay Conant Hoover
  • Cost

    C.C.M.C.
  • Client

    Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of University of Arizona College of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
  • Area

    33645.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

University of Arizona Student Recreation Center Expansion / Sasaki

00:00 - 14 December, 2010
University of Arizona Student Recreation Center Expansion / Sasaki, © Timmerman Photography Inc.
© Timmerman Photography Inc.

© Timmerman Photography Inc. © Timmerman Photography Inc. © Timmerman Photography Inc. © Timmerman Photography Inc. + 17

  • Architects

    Sasaki
  • Location

    Tucson, AZ, USA
  • Cost

    $22.7 million
  • Area

    54000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs