Phoenix Envy

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February 26, 2009
Originally published in Always Modern
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  Phoenix locals take advantage of the sun near the Palo Verde Library, designed by Gould Evans Associates LC and Wendell Burnette Architects. The building utilizes visual concepts usually applied to retail environments and is connected to an identically scaled structure that serves as the Maryvale Community Center.
    Phoenix locals take advantage of the sun near the Palo Verde Library, designed by Gould Evans Associates LC and Wendell Burnette Architects. The building utilizes visual concepts usually applied to retail environments and is connected to an identically scaled structure that serves as the Maryvale Community Center.
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  The Cosanti Foundation, a non-profit educational organization established by Paolo Solari in 1965 to research urban development, is open to the public. The ceramic studio seen here is adjacent to Solari’s original drafting room.
    The Cosanti Foundation, a non-profit educational organization established by Paolo Solari in 1965 to research urban development, is open to the public. The ceramic studio seen here is adjacent to Solari’s original drafting room.
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  The Lisa Sette Gallery, located in Scottsdale, has earned a reputation for compelling fine art exhibitions.
    The Lisa Sette Gallery, located in Scottsdale, has earned a reputation for compelling fine art exhibitions.
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  The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, known as SMoCA, is just one of Bruder’s contributions to the Phoenix area’s design catalog.
    The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, known as SMoCA, is just one of Bruder’s contributions to the Phoenix area’s design catalog.
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  Southwest-style hipsters bask in the kitschy glory of the diminutive Welcome Diner, where the burgers are sublime and seats are limited.
    Southwest-style hipsters bask in the kitschy glory of the diminutive Welcome Diner, where the burgers are sublime and seats are limited.
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  The Burton Barr Central Library, another one of Bruder’s projects, has become one of the area’s architectural benchmarks. Skateboarders love it for the courtyard, designers are attracted by the deft marriage of style and energy efficiency.
    The Burton Barr Central Library, another one of Bruder’s projects, has become one of the area’s architectural benchmarks. Skateboarders love it for the courtyard, designers are attracted by the deft marriage of style and energy efficiency.
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  Designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz’s Garden of Eden theme for the Mondrian Scottsdale Hotel takes the form of a giant rooster at Asia de Cuba, the hotel’s savvy and sumptuous restaurant.
    Designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz’s Garden of Eden theme for the Mondrian Scottsdale Hotel takes the form of a giant rooster at Asia de Cuba, the hotel’s savvy and sumptuous restaurant.
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  A mural provides the perfect backdrop for this van parked at the Icehouse, a historic space now home to art installations and community events.
    A mural provides the perfect backdrop for this van parked at the Icehouse, a historic space now home to art installations and community events.
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  Patrons sip on exotic cocktails alfresco at hot spot Skybar, located at the Mondrian Scottsdale.
    Patrons sip on exotic cocktails alfresco at hot spot Skybar, located at the Mondrian Scottsdale.
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  The surrealistic imagery of a used car lot on Camelback Road affirms Phoenix’s dedication to the automobile.
    The surrealistic imagery of a used car lot on Camelback Road affirms Phoenix’s dedication to the automobile.
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