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The View From Phoenix

Earlier this week, I spent two days in Phoenix, reporting a story for Dwell's upcoming December/January issue. My second afternoon, local architects Cy Keener and Jay Atherton offered to take me on a whirlwind tour of what's cool in their city. As a disclaimer Cy explained, as we trundled along in his white pickup, that in Phoenix, "'walking distance' is actually a five or ten minute drive" and that, sprawl notwithstanding, "if you know the places to go, you can live a wonderful life."

Our first stop was the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for '90 Days Over 100°,' the architectural duo's first art installation, and their contribution to the museum's new 'Architecture + Art' series. Atherton and Keener built a cavern out of plywood sheathing and Tyvek, which channels sunlight to melt 1,200 pounds of ice suspended above. With water running down in rivulets, and dripping sounds all around, it was a cool and tranquil contrast to the 101-degree heat outside.

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