Posts Tagged ‘kathleen bartolomei’

Tweet I can’t believe it’s been one full year since Places, Spaces and Faces Community Dinner was started!  We started off small, but with fantastic participation at a quality venue, setting the standard for future events.  Kathleen Bartolomei, one of the original founders, had a brilliant suggestion at the first dinner which has helped sustain the dinners every month since.  She installed the tradition of voting for the best cook in the different categories (sweet, savory and later drinks) and the winners would help organize the next dinner.  “Built-in sustainability” she called it and boy she was right!  As the…

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February 22, 2011

Don Ryden on Why Phoenix is a City of Optimism

by: Taz Loomans

Tweet Today’s post is the second half of my conversation with local historic preservation architect Don Ryden and the author of Midcentury Marvels. If you missed part I, don’t forget to go back and take a look! Blooming Rock: You had mentioned the idea of communal memory at your lecture for the release of Midcentury Marvels at the Phoenix Council Chambers. Can you talk a little bit about this concept? Don Ryden: Communal memory is one of the reasons we deal with historic preservation.  In the lecture I said it’s either love, money, or duty (why we preserve historic buildings)….

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Tweet In yesterday’s post, I explained the basics of building orientation and the appropriate types of shade for the east, west and south sides of a building.  Today I’m going to show you some examples of how shading is used brilliantly in some of Central Phoenix’s mid-century modern buildings. This mid-century modern beauty on Osborn and 4th Avenue uses these curved precast concrete panels to create shade for the windows on the south side.  Not only does the shade work well, as you can see in the photo below, it’s also fundamentally integrated with the design of the building making…

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