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Old 05-10-2010, 06:00 PM
 
Location: USA
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Yep you're right. Its good ol' shiphead with his cynicism.

Was there any thought put behind the high rises built in Phoenix? Why would someone buy a glass surrounded home in a place that gets up 110-125? Seriously?

Do they not understand how HOT it is with the sun beating down? Even the semi-new library in downtown is a glass box. During the winter it was hot on the top floor.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Tokyo (but will always be) Phoenix, Az
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Well I wouldn't want to buy a place that has no windows at all. Besides your forgetting about the other more than half of the year when it's not 110 degrees. It's never been 125 ever in Phoenix, 122 once but its yet pass 118 degrees during the summer again. Having lots of glass high rises makes Phoenix have its own character. Big, glass and steel modern high rises looks better than windowless cold concrete. We should be remembered for our new and modern downtown.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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I'm quite cofident the builders of the residential lofts have taken care of being sure each unit can be cooled effectively to the satisfaction of the owner of that unit. I'm sure they realize this is Phoenix and they have to build for Phoenix. If you are interested, you may want to ask them. They may have emergency generators in case power goes off in the middle of the hot season.
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: USA
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Well I wouldn't want to buy a place that has no windows at all. Besides your forgetting about the other more than half of the year when it's not 110 degrees. It's never been 125 ever in Phoenix, 122 once but its yet pass 118 degrees during the summer again. Having lots of glass high rises makes Phoenix have its own character. Big, glass and steel modern high rises looks better than windowless cold concrete. We should be remembered for our new and modern downtown.
Looks are fine and all but you can mix "look" with function. Osbourne + Central is where i think this building is. There is one building in downtown, older, that has this. The east/west exposure is limited with slotted windows, futuristic'ish looking. While the inside curve of the building is open with windows.

I am seeing a lot of buildings that probably belong in California, near the beach, not in super hotville.
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:47 AM
 
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Looks are fine and all but you can mix "look" with function. Osbourne + Central is where i think this building is. There is one building in downtown, older, that has this. The east/west exposure is limited with slotted windows, futuristic'ish looking. While the inside curve of the building is open with windows.

I am seeing a lot of buildings that probably belong in California, near the beach, not in super hotville.
That's an office building, and it's quite old. Those "slotted" windows were made to look like the paper cards that went in the dark ages computers, as the building was built for Univac. So, they weren't thinking primarily about heat exposure in the first place. The other side of the building has been remodeled somewhat from the original, I think.

Are you talking about places to LIVE, or office buildings? I tend to agree that there is a LOT of glass used here in public buildings (the ugly federal courthouse comes first to my mind). But I don't notice it as much with the lofts, etc.
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, Sunnyslope area
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I would really prefer glass over concrete for the outside look. I wouldn't mind living in a tall building or even a mid-rise but the concrete looks too bland. Give me something with glass so I can have views and have the great Phoenix sunlight filter in.
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:09 AM
 
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Are you talking about places to LIVE, or office buildings? I tend to agree that there is a LOT of glass used here in public buildings (the ugly federal courthouse comes first to my mind). But I don't notice it as much with the lofts, etc.
Places to live. I suppose you can build these high rises with no thought behind them for the snow birds. They are here when it's "cold."
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:35 AM
 
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I would really prefer glass over concrete for the outside look. I wouldn't mind living in a tall building or even a mid-rise but the concrete looks too bland. Give me something with glass so I can have views and have the great Phoenix sunlight filter in.
Totally agree!!!!!!!!!

Buildings without glass look and feel so dull and boring. The sun here can get kind of intense in the summer but that's what Blinds and Drapes are for. The rest of the year is so nice that I wouldn't want to feel all shut in.

My only beef about High-rises is they shouldn't be built outside of Downtown Phx. or the Central District. Keep them away from Suburban areas - all that glass and concrete can creates a problem for people that don't want to feel like they're living in a big City!!!!!!!!
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