5 Best Midcentury Modern Neighborhoods in Metro Phoenix

Katie Johnson
Marion Estates
It's no secret that we hold a special place in our hearts for Midcentury Modern architecture here in metro Phoenix. While much of the Valley has been overrun with stucco homes and strip malls, quite a few residential and commercial time capsules remain relatively intact. For those who prefer their home have history over a hot tub, eye-catching design over cookie-cutter development, and character instead of a five-car garage, here are five of Phoenix's top Midcentury Modern neighborhoods.

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Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Set to Lose Accreditation in 2017

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Taliesin West faces possible closure in 2017.
It looks like the graduating class of 2017 may be the last for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's board of trustees has decided not to pursue independent incorporation for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, which, thanks to a recent 2012 policy by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), is now required to remain an accredited school. As a result, in two and a half years, the school's Master of Architecture program will come to an end.

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Sarah Hubbell to Share Interior Design Tips at Lowe's in Scottsdale

Evie Carpenter
Get your design on this weekend with Sarah Hubbell and Lowe's.
Listen up, HGTV lovers. If you've been feeling like your home decor is stuck in a rut or are starting fresh in a new space, grab your pens, notepads, and color swatches and head over to Lowe's of Scottsdale this weekend to get some style tips and tricks from Emma Magazine's Sarah Hubbell.

As a part of its Style Saturday series, Lowe's is bringing the local style maven to share budget-friendly design tips, personal consultation, and a hands-on project with guests. The event is free to the public and guests will go home with a potted succulent they will plant during the event.

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Demolition of Phoenix's WPA Civic Building Shelved; Hearing Delayed Until August 1

Katie Johnson
Demolition of the WPA Building has been shelved and the hearing to decide the future of the structure delayed until August 1.

The fate of the historic WPA Civic Building in Phoenix may still be up in the air, but thanks to a last-minute meeting called by the Arizona Exposition and State Fair Board, the demolition has been once again delayed.

On Tuesday, July 22, the Arizona Exposition and State Fair Board called a meeting at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum to discuss the future of the historic 1938 building located on the Arizona State Fairgrounds at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road. The 4 p.m. meeting was held less then 24 hours before a scheduled 9:30 a.m. hearing on Wednesday, July 23, under presiding judge David O. Cunanan to discuss proposed outcomes for the building.

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5 Coolest Apartment Complexes in Tempe

Katie Johnson
If you recognize this mural by Soldier Leisure, chances are you'll know one of the apartments on this list.
If you're still looking for a loft or apartment in Tempe, the clock is ticking. And while some of the more coveted complexes are already leased out it, it doesn't hurt to make a mental note for next time. From affluent ASU-adjacent digs to small-scale Sun Devil living, here are our picks for the five coolest apartments in Tempe.

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Demolition of WPA Civic Building at Arizona State Fairgrounds on Temporary Hold

Katie Johnson
The Civic Building, which served as headquarters for the WPA in 1938, is not out of the woods yet.
Phoenix preservationists acted fast on Monday, July 14, when they noticed construction fencing pop up around the historic Civic Building on the Arizona State Fairgrounds at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road.

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10 Things We Learned From Alison King and AIGA Arizona's "Branding Arizona"

Connor Descheemaker
Alison King filled in some of the documentation gaps in Arizona's design history with her lecture, "Branding Arizona"

As a long-time associate professor at the Art Institute of Phoenix, Alison King is used to schooling groups on the history of Arizona design. So to hear King lecture on typography in a public space seemed like no sweat.

Acting as the first major event inside the confines of the newly-renovated Newton in uptown Phoenix, AIGA Arizona's "Branding Arizona" talk provided an excellent overview of the trends in typography across the first 100-plus years of Arizona design history. Moving seamlessly between in-the-know quizzing for design nerds and pretty pictures for the laymen, King catered well to the diverse crowd, made up of her Modern Phoenix fans, AIGA members, and other interested community folks.

To say there were a number of interesting facts is an understatement. For those who couldn't make the sold-out event, here are 10 things we learned from "Branding Arizona."

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Phoenix Design Week Returns October 2014; Tickets on Sale Now

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Make a note next to your drawing board: Phoenix Design Week returns Friday, October 17, through Saturday, October 24. This grassroots gathering of local and out-of-state creatives will feature everything from practical discussion to hands-on training to networking opportunities with fellow industry members.

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Remembering Scottsdale Designer Janis Leonard

Photo credit: Chris Loomis
Janis Leonard stands in "Under the Wave" at the SMoCA Lounge.
This week the Valley arts community is mourning the loss of Janis Leonard. The accomplished designer, former board member of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and Phoenix arts scene pioneer passed away on Sunday, June 8. She was 55.

An environmental design graduate of the Parsons School of Design, the Canadian-born and later Scottsdale-based Leonard made her creative mark with a multitude of installations around the country and across decades. She won numerous awards including the James Beard Award for excellence in restaurant in design, the Preservation Achievement Award from the New York Landmarks Commission, and ID Magazine's Design Distinction Award for her innovative use of materials.

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Portland on the Park Condos Coming to Downtown Phoenix

Portland on the Park will be the adjacent sister property to Portland on the Park (pictured above).
Downtown living opportunities are definitely on the rise -- what with last year's opening of Roosevelt Point, the newly available CityScape Residences, and, beginning this fall, the construction of Portland Place's adjacent sister property, Portland on the Park.

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