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The Work of Architecture in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

This article was originally published on Common Edge.

I attended graduate school, in geography, in Tucson, Arizona, United States, 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.

Anello Restaurant / s p a c e BUREAU

© Roehner + Ryan© Roehner + Ryan© Roehner + Ryan© Roehner + Ryan+ 25

  • Architects: s p a c e BUREAU
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  850 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Luceplan, Plumen, Adobe, Baer Joinery, +2

Diamond Head Mountain House / Rob Paulus Architects

© Liam Frederick© Liam Frederick© Liam Frederick© Liam Frederick+ 20

Canopy House / Rob Paulus Architects

© Cooperthwaite Photography + Productions© Cooperthwaite Photography + Productions© Cooperthwaite Photography + Productions© Cooperthwaite Photography + Productions+ 17

Water Street / Rob Paulus Architects

© Liam Frederick© Liam Frederick© Liam Frederick© Liam Frederick+ 23

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1723 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Fiber Cement Rain Screen, Krausch, Myers Group, Ocotillo Concrete, Wents and Patrick Construction

Casa De Plegado / Rob Paulus Architects

© David Olsen© David Olsen© David Olsen© David Olsen+ 26

lightHOUSE / HK Associates Inc

© Logan Havens© Logan Havens© Logan Havens© Logan Havens+ 37

Canyon House / HK Associates Inc

© Bill Timmerman© Bill Timmerman© Bill Timmerman© Bill Timmerman+ 38

DWC House / Rob Paulus Architects

© Liam Frederick© Liam Frederick© Liam Frederick© Liam Frederick+ 56

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

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

© 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

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

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5500 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Poliform, ASL Home entertainment, Bonnema Pools, Fractured Earth, Morrison Barker Steel, +1

Four Practices Shortlisted for Tucson's January 8th Memorial

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:

Tucson Mountain Retreat / DUST

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

  • Architects: DUST
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3640 ft² Area:  3640 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012 Year:  2012

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

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

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

  • Architects: Gould Evans
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008

Barrio Historico House / HK Associates Inc

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

  • Architects: HK Associates Inc
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Silvertree Residence / Secrest Architecture

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