Modern Phoenix Week will celebrate mid-century architecture starting Friday – Downtown Devil

Modern Phoenix Week, which runs from March 24, to April 2, will comprise 10 days of talks, mixers, 31 dynamic audio system and varied excursions across the metropolis exploring Phoenix architecture. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Modern Phoenix Week, a ten-day-lengthy occasion highlighting mid-century architecture in Phoenix, begins this Friday.

From Friday, March 24, till Sunday, April 2, the 13th annual occasion will comprise 10 days of talks, mixers, 31 dynamic audio system and varied excursions across the metropolis exploring Phoenix architecture.

Modern Phoenix Week will encourage folks to discover all the metropolis of Phoenix having buildings and excursions spanning from uptown to midtown to downtown, mentioned Alison King, founding father of the occasion.

“It’s all about having a enjoyable time and studying one thing new on the identical time,” King mentioned. “And taking a break out of your on a regular basis world and getting into this type of glamorous, modern, clear, fashionable world for per week.”

The annual occasion has grown over the previous 13 years, increasing help and partnerships together with cultural establishments and business areas, in accordance with King.

“Individuals are actually starting to understand mid-century design as historic and as vital,” King mentioned. “So I feel there was a basic change in perspective on the general public’s behalf and positively a marketplace for that as properly.”

This 12 months the occasion will be internet hosting the Docomomo US Nationwide Symposium on Modernism and Local weather, a nonprofit group that educates the general public about the fantastic thing about fashionable mid-century architecture.

Mid-century architecture is the design that represents the mid-20th century developments. Docomomo US and passionate residents of Phoenix take delight in this sort of architecture and take a look at their greatest to protect it, King mentioned.

“It’s how we dwell,” Liz Waytkus, government director of Docomomo US, mentioned of the significance of architecture. “It’s the place we relaxation our head at night time. It’s the place we work. It’s the place we go to highschool.”

There are a number of buildings in downtown Phoenix that embrace fashionable mid-century architecture, such because the First Nationwide Financial institution Plaza (Wells Fargo), Hanny’s, and the Valley Heart (Chase Tower).

There will be a number of occasions embracing the historic buildings of Phoenix, together with the revealing of the interpretative plaque that represents the Government Towers’ presence on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations. The towers are situated within the Encanto neighborhood and the standing is one thing residents have been ready a very long time for, mentioned Roger Brevoort, who wrote the nomination for the constructing to be added to the listing.

“We’re generally known as a mid-century metropolis, and the manager towers are generally known as a really robust illustration of that,” Brevoort mentioned.

Docomomo US has a big membership and follower base, permitting for many consideration for contemporary buildings which can be being threatened.

“I need them [event-goers] to be impressed, I actually do,” King mentioned. “I need them to really feel refreshed and able to sort out their very own tasks and to have new concepts and new insights and to probably even be extra delicate of their therapy to mid-century architecture.”


  • “Modernique” e book signing with Julia Buckingham 6-Eight p.m. at Jonathan Adler Retailer at Biltmore Trend Park


  • Analysis Your Midcentury Residence Workshop 10 a.m- p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library
  • Final Tour of the Valley Ho p.m. on the Valley Ho Foyer
  • Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti 9a.m. at Cosanti, Paradise Valley


  • Government Towers Nationwide Register Dedication four p.m at Government Towers, Midtown Phoenix


  • Repositioning Modernism Via Sustainability and Excessive Design 6 p.m. at TBA


  • What's Desert Applicable Architecture? One Level of View 6 p.m. at Copenhagen, Phoenix


  • Welcome Docomomo US Night Reception 5-6:30 p.m. at Shepley Bulfinch at Phoenix Monetary Heart Rotunda


  • Docomomo US Symposium 10 a.m.–four p.m. at Bulpitt Auditorium at Phoenix School
  • Superlite Block Manufacturing facility Tour 12:30-2:30 p.m., bus leaves from Phoenix School
  • Taliesin West Tour and sundown reception four-7:30pm at Taliesin West in Scottsdale
  • Desert Modernism Lecture Collection 6-Eight p.m. at Design Inside Attain at Scottsdale Quarter


  • Docomomo US Symposium Eight:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. at Arcosanti
  • Mesa’s Neon by Evening Bus Tour 6-9 p.m. at Park and Experience: Value Freeway at Apache Boulevard


  • Midcentury Midtown Bike Tour Eight-10 a.m. at GRID bikeshare rack on the Clarendon Lodge
  • Soleri’s Cosanti and Dome Home bus tour 10 a.m. at Cosanti, Paradise Valley
  • Midcentury Banks bus tour 10 a.m.-2 p.m., tour begins at Federal Pizza
  • Founding Fathers of Modern Phoenix Tour 10 a.m.-2 p.m., tour begins at Copenhagen
  • Holy Homes! Bus Tour with Doug Sydnor 2-four p.m., tour begins at Federal Pizza
  • Better of the Beadle Bins tour 2-6 p.m., tour begins at Federal Pizza


  • Modern Phoenix Residence Tour -6 p.m., examine-in location to be introduced close to 32nd Avenue and Shea Boulevard

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Modern Phoenix Week will celebrate mid-century architecture starting Friday - Downtown Devil