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“Make A Place” with the 2015 AIA Phoenix Metro Design Competition.
The 2015 design competition asks entrants to formulate an innovative program for a theoretical project on a site located in Downtown Phoenix in the Warehouse District between Central Avenue and 1st Avenue, south of Jackson and north of Buchanan.
Downtown Phoenix and the Warehouse District to the south lack meaningful connection enjoyed by most adjoining districts. Over the past decade, attempts have been made to connect these two districts that are divided by rail line. Today, land is being amassed for large-scale development along this boundary.
This development will most likely occur on the Warehouse District side and will probably be comprised of low to mid-density housing. This is a critical point in time when, once development starts, a cascade of independent (yet similar in approach and marketability) projects will most likely follow. At this critical point, this competition is calling for creative and visionary proposals that can inspire and educate our community and developers alike.
“Make a Place” is a competition that asks entrants to formulate an innovative program for a theoretical project on a site located upon this boundary. Critically, entrants must clearly define at least one problem that they hope to address.
The entrant’s assessment of the problem(s) facing this site is not limited to this brief’s assessment (lack of connection between the two districts) and may in fact stand in direct contradiction to it. Entrants are allowed to propose any use or program for this project that they feel best addresses the problem(s) they have identified.
While not mandatory, entrants are encouraged to explore some or all of the following: mixed-use development that includes residential, commercial and public spaces, the automobile underpass conditions at Central and 1st, pedestrian access and quality, incorporate or modify the proposed light rail extension through this area and strengthening of community identity.
Entrants will not be limited by actual zoning laws or overlays. Entrants are asked to present their ideas through a concise written description and a single digital board that elegantly conveys their project. This competition is intentionally open-ended and entrant directed. Entrants are asked to be as visionary or pragmatic as they see fit in both identifying and answering the issues they see facing this specific area of Phoenix.
Entries will be judged on the clarity in which they present the relevance of their proposed site issues and how effectively they design and communicate solutions to these issues. The winning entry will be thoughtful, well conceived, graphically communicative and inspirational to not only architects but the community at large.
Find full details for the competition here.
_ An entrant may be an individual or team.
_ This competition is open to everyone and anyone who wishes to register.
_ Members of the jury and organizing staff are not able to participate.
The entry form can be found on the AIA Phoenix Metro’s website at: aia phoenixmetro.org/design-events/
This will be a blind jury. Once registered, entrants will use only the entry number provided to them to identify their presentation board and written description.
$100 entry fee for non-members
$75 entry fee for AIA members and students
(in the case of a team entrant, only one member need be a student or AIA member)
Competition Launch / start of Q&A period: FRIDAY 19 June 2015
Close of Q&A period: 24 July 2015 (noon) – once registered all entrants will be included in a group email where any questions raised by individual entrants will be answered and published via email to the entire group.
Registration Deadline: 31 July 2015 (noon)
Submission Deadline: Monday, 17 August 2015 (noon)
04 September 2015: Jury meets / closed door
09 September 2015: Finalist list emailed to all entrants
03 October 2015: Winner announced at the AIA AZ AWARDS GALA
Select work to be displayed for public consideration and comment through end of year
First Place – $3,000 + (invitation and 2 tickets to AIA Gala)
Second and Third Place – bragging rights and honorable mentions + (invitation and 2 tickets each to AIA Gala)
Images: AIA Phoenix Metro
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On Tuesday, June 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Social Media Day Phoenix (#SMDayPHX) will be returning for its 6th annual celebration of all things social media at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel. From learning about content creation and specific social media apps, like Instagram, to tools to assist with engagement and hearing from local influencers, attendees will enjoy a full day of activities in open forums, ending with a happy hour and networking party.
Hosted by QtheBrand, a Phoenix-based digital marketing agency specializing in social media, SEO, web development and branding, owner MoniQue Hoffman states, “We’ve expanded the event format this year to really delve deep into some trending topics that were of particular interest to attendees. There will be something for both novices and social media experts alike, but the main goal of the day’s events is to bring the local digital community together in an offline atmosphere to celebrate everything we love about the online experience.”
As an event first created by tech giant Mashable in 2010 as a way to celebrate and highlight the ways social media and digital innovation have come to define a generation and make an impact on global communications, #SMDay has since grown into a worldwide celebration.
The line up for Social Media Day Phoenix will include the following:
9:30 a.m.: Registration
10 – 10:30 a.m.: Introduction to Social Media Day Phoenix 2015
10:35 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.: Matt Gottesman – Content Creation & Instagram
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Fireside Chat with Mayor Greg Stanton & Robbie Sherwood
12:20 – 1:40 p.m.: Lunch Break
1:50 – 2:35 p.m.: Kevin Spidel – Gamification and Tools to Assist with Engagement
2:45 – 3:30 p.m.: Influencer Panel – Learn from Local Social Media Influencers
4 – 7 p.m.: Happy Hour & Networking Party
Attendees have the option to enjoy the entire day’s conference plus the party as an event
“Socializer” for $65, or can attend the happy hour and networking party only as a “Party Animal” for $25.
In recognition of National Independents Week, Local First Arizona will honor locally owned and independent businesses across the state from Saturday, June 27, through Sunday, July 5. The nationwide Independents Week campaign, coordinated by the American Independent Business Alliance and known as “Indie Week,” takes place during the week of Independence Day with the purpose of enlightening consumers to the importance of supporting local businesses.
“Independence Day is a time for us to reflect on what makes our state and country great,” says Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona. “Arizona’s independent business community is the backbone of our local economy and the driving force behind what makes us proud to call Arizona home. Up to four times more money stays in the local economy when consumers choose an independent business over a national chain. Independents Week is our way of drawing attention to the important role independent businesses play in our daily lives.”
This year’s Independents Week will feature the return of the Golden Coupon, an Independents Week contest with great prizes, and fun events with local businesses in the Phoenix Metro area and across the state:
TAKE THE ‘BUY LOCAL’ PLEDGE
Arizonans are encouraged to take the pledge to ‘Buy Local’ and support Arizona’s independent businesses during Indie Week. Anyone can take the pledge by visiting http://localfirstaz.com/independents-week/ and filling out the simple form. Pledgers can choose to publicly have their names listed on the Local First Arizona website or remain anonymous. All pledgers will be entered in a raffle to win a Phoenix staycation package, which includes a one-night stay at the Clarendon Hotel, a $100 gift card to the Vig and admission for two to the Phoenix Art Museum.
THE GOLDEN COUPON RETURNS
The popular Golden Coupon, printed by Think! Graphic and Printing Solutions, is the ticket to saving 20% off purchases from hundreds of locally owned establishments including auto repairs, home furnishing stores, boutiques, florists, restaurants, yoga studios, nurseries, and more. Individuals can simply print out the Golden Coupon from the LFA website or download the coupon on their smart phone and use it at as many participating locations as they please throughout Independents Week. The Golden Coupons present the perfect opportunity for consumers to visit participating stores that they have wanted to try and to find new spots they may not have known about, all while spending locally and saving money.
INDEPENDENTS WEEK EVENTS
Independents Week is always accompanied by several events celebrating local businesses:
5th Somewhat Annual Phoenix Independents Bowl: Grab your friends (and a ringer or two) on Sunday, June 28, and set up your teams for this sometimes annual bowling tournament supporting Local First Arizona. Organized by Steve Chilton of Psyko Steve Presents & LFA, this is a fun get-together at locally owned Let It Roll Bowl in Phoenix.
“Painted Skies” by Lisa Olson & Terry Pisel at Modified Arts: Lisa Olson and Terry Pisel invite you to join them in celebrating the striking beauty of Arizona. From the sprawling spectacle of the Grand Canyon to the gridded streets of Phoenix, Arizona holds a dramatic and ever-changing variety of landscapes. Native Arizonans, photographers, friends, and collaborators, Olson and Pisel use their photographic skills to showcase some of the unique features of our state set against its biggest asset—the sky. Using hand-transferred photographs altered using unconventional mediums, the artists portray a series of wide-ranging scenes: from cactus to pine tree, city to mountain, valley to mesa. Their wood panels feature interpretive regional landscapes giving homage to the forests, deserts and majesty of our home. Opening reception is Third Friday, June 19, at 6:00 p.m.
Independents Week Pub Crawl: Local First Arizona is taking over Old Town Scottsdale on Friday, July 3, for our annual Independents Week Pub Crawl. Hit the streets with us as we trek around sipping libations in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Each local stop along the way will feature one $4 drink special exclusively for attendees. Attendees can participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the evening for the chance to win prizes. Pub Crawl stops include Brat Haus, Craft64, 5th and Wine, and Hula’s Modern Tiki. Free to attend, guests are responsible for purchasing their own beverages. Find more details on Independents Week at http://www.localfirstaz.com/independents-week/
DPJ is launching a new Placemaking editorial series in partnership with the Phoenix Metro Chapter of the AIA (American Institute of Architects). Together we will explore the buildings and structures of our city, look closer at what makes them special, and perhaps challenge those who want to contribute to our built environment to approach downtown development in a more thoughtful way.
The headline got my attention: “Where are the Architects?”
The flyer was an invitation to the March 26th, 2015 AIA Phoenix Metro meeting which would feature a panel discussion of that provocative question: where are the architects? I am familiar with all three speakers and knew I would probably go after reading about the first two. I liked what I saw.
Jim Coffman is a Scottsdale landscape architect Jones Studio worked with when he was employed by the City of Phoenix Parks Department. Next on the list was Mark Stapp, a land planner I first met when he worked for Peter Lendrum’s office. Mark is the Executive Director of the Masters of Real Estate Development (MRED) Program at ASU. He is a gifted educator. So far, so good.
I was fairly sure I would be going. But then I saw the name of the third panel member: Michael Levine. That’s it, I’m in. Levine’s subversive nature makes most activists look like puppies! Our city is lucky to have him. He personifies passion, conviction, and determination.
Michael is very critical of architects. Therefore, we need him. He says things we won’t say. He doesn’t care who he pisses off; especially architects; and especially architects from big firms! Whether you love him or hate him, he is necessary. Not only do I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he does and says, I like him. I like all the panelists so, needless to say, I was excited to attend.
Jim goes first. His power point is well done; his presentation…..nonconfrontational. He demonstrates, through example, street scape, in the right hands, can be transformative.
Mark follows with a very compelling presentation defending the “business” of Architecture. He describes the typical players in development projects and their relationships; most importantly, the dependence of the players on one another. Mark doesn’t preach, he just lays out reality, almost as if it could be a mathematical equation with a fixed set of outcomes. Nothing particularly confrontational here either.
Predictably, Mr. Levine insults most of the audience in his first 5 minutes. Since I am not singled out for a beating, I find his presentation to be entertaining and informative. One can be put off by Michael’s aggressive, even angry, speaking style, but know this: he does not ask anything from us he doesn’t ask of himself.
While we advocate for historic preservation, repurposing and the importance of urban continuity, Levine is buying old downtown buildings with his own money to save them from demolition or worse; insensitive development. He does his research. He may know more about the dwindling historic warehouse district than anyone. Say what you will, but Levine actually puts “his money where his mouth is.” Our community gets less bad every time the “Levine Machine” intervenes.
It was a thought provoking evening; many reactions, many opinions.
A few days later, I received an email from Peter Newton. I have always admired Peter’s political savvy and persistence. He is obviously frustrated with architects and wonders why we move so slowly, if at all. His email was expressing frustration, of course! He wondered why, in spite of the panel’s title, no one ever really posed the question: “Where are the Architects?”
Therefore Peter, this one’s for you.
Jim Coffman made it clear: urban architecture is more than site plans limited to an invisible boundary we call a property line. In order for our designs to be more holistic and impactful, we need to look beyond the setbacks; embrace the sidewalk, curb, street, across street, etc. Sure, there are legal constraints we use to excuse our timidity, but architects are in a position to integrate a much larger territory. At a minimum, we can use our non-threatening drawings to advance ideas inclusive of adjacent property, habitable intersections and a merging of streets, walks and buildings, until one day there is a significant shift in thinking.
Following Jim, Mark Stapp argued these ideas are subject to the “natural” laws of business. He claimed if architects refuse to acknowledge these forces, their ideas will be expectations. Mark clearly warned, if architects don’t show up, we will be passed over and our cities will be designed by dollar signs and doomed to continued mediocrity.
Committed architects are the first line of defense and guys like Levine are important for our collective consciousness. I’m sure Michael is not immune to fear. He has a young family to support. But his faith in possibility exceeds his fear of bureaucrats and the looming consequence of risk. He cannot hold back. Screw the rules, screw the politicians and yes, screw the architects. In his mind, if we cannot affect, then get out of the way. That is all he asks.
Maybe by now, Peter, you see where I’m going with this. There was validity in all three presentations. I found great value in the speakers’ diverse message and varying levels of assertiveness. Architects need to nurture a combination of all these qualities.
I want architects to fight. I want us to believe our collective intellect can push our commissions beyond contractual responsibility. Regardless of scale, all buildings are big. Therefore, they require big money. No one wants to get hurt…but Levine reminds us all.. collateral damage for the sake of a quality environment is sometimes necessary.
For me it is the difference between architecture as a profession or architecture as a cause. When one’s convictions become one’s practice, no one needs to ask “Where are the Architects?”
The custom typefaces that appear in this post were designed by the author, Eddie Jones. Inspired by the custom font designs of venerated architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff, Jones believes that these typefaces add another dimension to his message and hearken back to a time when “words were as important as the beauty of letters.”
David Krietor has served as CEO of the newly-formed Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (“DPI”) since April 8, 2013. In that time, he has begun work with community stakeholders to develop the downtown we want. “Your Downtown” shares his thoughts and DPI’s progress with the downtown community and beyond. Read the other chats here.
For the past year, Phoenix residents have provided thoughtful feedback on the City of Phoenix’s future investment in the Move PHX transportation plan (Prop 104) and the General Plan (Prop 100). At our next Radiate PHX networking event on Tuesday, June 16 at the DeSoto Central Market at Central and Roosevelt, the Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) board of directors invites you to rally in support of these important initiatives and their beneficial impact on Downtown Phoenix at the ballot box on August 25.
We’ll hear from Shawn Connelly, general manager of the wonderfully-restored DeSoto Central Market; Mo Stein, board chair of the Phoenix Community Alliance who has been instrumental in developing the General Plan; and District 8 Councilwoman Kate Gallego, who co-chairs the Move PHX Campaign. In “Rock The Vote” spirit, an official voter registration ambassador from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office will be on hand to register voters and answer questions. For more information about RadiatePHX and to RSVP, click here.
On Wednesday, June 17 at 3 p.m., the Phoenix City Council will consider a new five-year contract for DPI to manage the core Enhanced Municipal Services District. While the Downtown Phoenix partnership (DPP) will remain a major partner overseeing services in the core, the new contract ensures we have a coordinated and collaborative approach to managing our increasingly dynamic downtown.
In other recent news about our downtown…
- Retiring Deputy City Manager Naimark Looks Back and Ahead
- ASU downtown charter school graduates first class
- Charlie Rose receives Cronkite Award from ASU Downtown
- Deserving good neighbors to be awarded artistic front porch benches
- Randy Johnson receives key to the city
- Kimber Lanning saves vintage Wurth House on Roosevelt Row
- The Counter Custom Built Burgers opens in Downtown Phoenix
- Freak Out Dinner at DeSoto Central Market to feature 13 top Valley chefs
- Restaurants open and close in May in metro Phoenix
- Short Leash Hot Dogs opening second Downtown Phoenix restaurant
- Surge in seafood restaurants hits Phoenix area
- The Duce on first episode of new Food Network show
- Bentley Gallery creates intimate Warehouse District art space
- Comicon takes over Downtown Phoenix
- Could the Arizona Coyotes move back to Downtown Phoenix?
- First Friday music guide for June in Downtown Phoenix
- Phoenix featured on Snapchat
- Soak up thriving art scene, great food in Phoenix and its suburbs
- 10 cool things we saw in Downtown Phoenix during June’s First Friday
- artHAUS brings artful residential infill to midtown Phoenix
- Business execs, change agents & localists attend national BALLE conference
- Center 8 Townhomes planned for 8th Avenue
- Community forum highlights opportunities for proposed Roosevelt BID
- Construction firms, engineers betting on Phoenix light rail expansion
- Cutting edge, arts-oriented infill coming to Downtown Phoenix
- Developers ask for more time to buy, redevelop Barrister Building project
- Forum explores Phoenix’s rapid growth and future
- Four Phoenix coworking spaces among top 100
- Orlando leaders look to Phoenix for downtown inspiration
- Phoenix one step closer to creating downtown entertainment district
- Phoenix poised for $3.2B capital investment; experts say it’s not enough
- Phoenix ranked Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community
- Topping out ceremony signals ASU law school’s downtown arrival
- City of Phoenix suing FAA over aircraft noise
- Phoenix shelter needs a lot of water to help homeless during summer
- Power surge disrupts experience for downtown Hyatt guests
- Residents long for fix to Downtown Phoenix’s business problem
Downtown Phoenix Inc. recently launched a new mobile-friendly website with bright colors, a visually rich design, and expanded content. We realize it’s a big shift from the old website and through this transition, we want to ensure you have the best experience possible. To continue providing you the latest and greatest Downtown Phoenix events, news, research, maps, and information, please click here and take five minutes to fill out the questionnaire. We feel this new resource better showcases our vibrant urban center, and hope you love the new website as much as we do.
The newest What’s Happening Guide for the upcoming week is hot off the presses. You can download a copy by clicking here.
I wanted to share with you an interesting perspective and commentary from former Arizona Republic reporter Eugene Scott about the significant downtown changes and community building he experienced during his time in Phoenix. Whether riding a GRID Bike Share bike, walking our neighborhoods undergoing transition, or taking in the First Friday arts and music scene, Eugene reported from a refreshing “ground up” approach. Congrats to Eugene on getting his Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard and now reporting from our nation’s capital on all things politics.