Desert Aids Project  
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Back Desert Aids Project
The original Desert Aids Project building was designed by the renowned local modernist, Donald Wexler, and was re-designed in the late eighties. This is the new two-story health care facility –replacing the 50-year old portion of the existing building. The design starts with the function (what’s it for), and is guided by the types of and sizes of spaces, the types of equipment, and how to get around. The context guides the form – how it sits on the site, how it relates to its surroundings, and what the culture of the community is. In Palm Springs, “Modernism” is very important. The “modernist” aesthetic guides the composition of horizontal lines, inter-connecting rectangles and the simple materials. This is vocabulary of the original building: it is dignified, human-scale, modest, and handsome.