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Wendell Burnette in Phoenix

Wendell Burnette Architects

America settentrionale | Phoenix

Flying into Sky Harbor International Airport, passengers see Phoenix and such adjacent cities as Tempe, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale spread out across the desert floor. With low-density suburban housing, manicured office parks and occasional, dramatic outcrops of rock, this is one of America’s fastest growing conurbations attracting both retirees and young families to a highly commercial, and at times Biblical, promise of sunshine and space. With its hotel and car rental desks, the airport is geared to tourists who come for the winter sun, organised sports and luxurious spas. Many also make it out to Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, on the far fringes of Scottsdale, where America’s hero architect established his radical yet environmentally attentive Taliesin West in the 1930s.
Wright’s immediate legacy survives hereabouts in the often derivative work of many architects trained at...

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