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    For Would-Be Urban Visionaries, an $800,000 Question


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    Wouldn’t it be nice of the federal government to just give someone an $800,000 prize to come up with a cutting-edge redevelopment idea for Cashman Field? Or for the medical district around University Medical Center and Valley Hospital?

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    Drawing the City

    By Greg Blake Miller

    Among the highlights of the the American Institute of Architects' recent Nevada Designs Conference was a Downtown sketching class led by Eric Roberts of SH Architecture and Matt Brehm, an art professor at the University of Idaho and a key player in the international Urban Sketchers movement.

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    Out of the Ashes

    By Nora Burba Trulsson

    On February 26, 2009, an unoccupied, circa-1960 house at Las Vegas’ McNeil Estates exploded and caught fire. The force of the explosion blew concrete blocks from the front wall onto the street. Neighbors said that the rooftop air-conditioning unit was found on the next block. Fire investigators suspected arson.

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    Super Model

    By Nora Burba Trulsson

    Tyler Jones isn’t sure exactly when his newest model home became a Las Vegas visitor attraction. But on a recent weekday morning, groups of cargo-panted, flip-flopped tourists were oohing and ahhing their way through the builder’s sexy, sophisticated four-level home, admiring the zero-edge pools and the state-of-the-art kitchen, and imagining the parties that could be hosted in the huge, open-air basement bar.

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    Summer Break, With Structure

    By Melinda Sheckells

    Do you have a budding Frank Gehry or Zaha Hadid at home? If so, the place for them to hang out this summer is DDC2, the UNLV Downtown Design Center’s first-ever Design Day Camp. The three-week summer program for high school students (9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10-28) is designed to challenge students to think in new ways about tomorrow’s built environment.

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    LEEDing the Way

    By Heidi Kyser

    “Prudential—they can afford it; Terrible Herbst—they can afford it; Nevada Cancer Institute—they can afford it…” Jared Fisher is making a clockwise sweep of his new neighbors at Town Center Drive and Interstate 215. His point: It would have been a lot easier for any of these large corporations to build a LEED Platinum-certified, net-zero energy building than it was for Escape Adventures/Las Vegas Cyclery, the company Fisher and his wife founded in Las Vegas 20 years ago. But none of those big shots did it; the Fishers did.

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    Gallery Girl

    Our architecture should be reflective of where we want to go as a city,” says Amy Finchem, who comes on like gangbusters when the topic of conversation is design in Las Vegas. And why shouldn’t she? Last week, Finchem, herself a designer, opened a new chapter in her own life, and quite possibly the life of the city, with the launch of COLAB, her downtown architecture and design gallery.

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    Best View

    Talk about having box seats on the Strip! Perched … nay, towering over the iconic boulevard is Chateau Gardens, the third and final phase of the Sugar Factory/Chateau Nightclub & Gardens complex. Joining the nightlife scene this fall, the garden-inspired outdoor party space sits atop the casino, between the legs of Paris’ Eiffel Tower and adjacent to Chateau Terrace—a triple threat for year-round partying. Ferrell broke in the venue at the October grand opening; Good Charlotte’s up next on Dec. 30.

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    Best Visual Display

    Opening amid the dramatic takeover of electronic music, and the competition to create the most stimulating and memorable nightlife experiences, Marquee Nightclub knew its visuals had to match its stellar DJ lineup. That’s why Tao Group hired Emilio Sa and Vello Virkhaus to create unique themes for the club’s chic party ambience. Tao Group President Jason Strauss’ favorite look is also Marquee’s signature look: Golden Goddess, featuring gold-painted girls who look like Mediterranean goddesses.

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    Best DJ Booth

    When a DJ puts on a show, it’s all about the sound. But through its DJ booth, XS Nightclub is elevating the guest experience with live DJ performances unlike anything seen in Las Vegas. The DJ booth is set up in the middle of the nightclub so guests get the full sensory effect as soon as they walk down the grand staircase. Three floor-to-ceiling LED screens combine streaming graphics and video during the set. The booth, which can be customized to be as unique as the DJ manning it, can also be converted to a circle with wrap-around screens.

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    Best Spot to See a Performance

    Haze Nightclub routinely books the A-List of performers and DJ lineups. Drake, Usher, David Guetta, Tiësto—each has taken a spin in the DJ booth or at the very least danced upon it. Lucky for all the guests who pack the 25,500-square-foot venue, that booth is the absolute focal point of the entire club, the center of the known universe. Above, motorized screens along the back upper wall give an even larger than life experience.

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    Better Than a Go-Go Box

    Who needs a go-go box when you can writhe, performs splits and dangle from a 25-foot-wide black trapeze net suspended over a packed nightclub dance floor? That’s what the go-gos do at Gallery Nightclub. Their provocative performances enchant guests from aloft, all the while underscoring the club’s voyeuristic theme: They are watching you.

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    Best Nightclub Marketing

    It’s wasn’t just the massive undertaking of the High Society campaign and later the Ghostbar Day-club campaign. Nor the sexy, serial comic-book appeal of Moon’s Bang! ads. Not even just the time JRoc squeezed himself into a Playboy bunny suit. Or the Captains of Industry Christmas fliers and the hilarious avatars of the Snitch crew. But collectively, we bow to N9NE Group’s pool of talented graphic designers and marketeers who dazzle, shock and amuse the hell out of us with their advertising genius.

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    Orange You Glad It’s Tangerine Tango?

    By Grace Bascos

    This time of the year is usually marked by the seasonal shades of red and green, but according to Pantone, the leading authority on color, the hue we should all pay attention to is orange. Announced Dec. 8, Tangerine Tango has been heralded as the 2012 Color of the Year. Locally, the Las Vegas Design Center combines its annual Design Professionals Holiday Gala with its first Color of the Year celebration in conjunction with Pantone on Dec. 19.

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    Deco on Display

    By Cynthia Behr Warso

    With Hoover Dam, its accompanying artwork and the original Las Vegas High School, Southern Nevada boasts prominent examples of large-scale art deco sculpture and architecture. But for those who yearn for art deco on a smaller scale, A Celebration of Erté, showing through December at the Martin Lawrence Gallery, focuses on the work of one of the period’s great artistic masters.

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