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Vegas Life

Recon Recap

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I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect this year at ICSC RECON. With the mounting number of retail closures and downsizings, it could have been pretty bleak or sheer panic. As it turned out – it looked like business as usual. The national guys were there, the locals were there, the mom and pops were there, the seminars were overcrowded and the line at Starbucks was about 20 minutes. I was on the floor for about three minutes before I ran into a developer client and his posse from NYC who was running back and forth between appointments with new deals.
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AIAS: A Life Outside of Studio

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Life as an architecture student can be stressful to say the least. Our design studios can feel like a 60+ hour jobs that never seem to end.  Yet out of this pressure comes relationships that can last a lifetime. For my brother and I, it is important to branch out beyond the UNLV’s School of Architecture and connect with our fellow students from across the world. Read More

Thinking Outside The Rocks / Las Vegas Desert Landscaping

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[Disclaimer:  I’m not an Architect.  I’m not a professional Landscaper.  I’m just a gardening nut who loves the Desert, interesting plants and the critters that call this place home.  The contents of this blog post reflect my personal opinions and not those of SH Architecture.]

The climate in the Las Vegas Valley is one of the most challenging in the US, especially when it comes to Landscaping.  Located on the Northern edge of the Mojave Desert, we receive less than 10 inches of rain per year, and temperatures can range from 115F+ in Summer to below freezing in Winter.  Despite this, it is possible to have a vibrant, colorful and productive yard without having to spend a fortune in water and maintenance.

Desert landscaping has a bad reputation amongst some Las Vegans, mainly because they associate it with a flat square of rocks peppered with cacti and maybe a palm tree or Sumac.  This was the extent of “Desert” landscaping offered by most homebuilders during the late 2000’s, as an alternative to grass.   Fortunately, with some time and effort, and a little bit of research, a Desert landscape can be so much more, whether installed by a professional or the home gardener.  Here are some tips we learned over the years…

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