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Phoenix Urban Design Week, March 31 through April 7, 2016, convenes and engages people making the future of Phoenix – from urban planners, designers, landscape architects, and policymakers to entrepreneurs, artists, and placemaking specialists. This year’s PHXUDW brings together 50 subject matter experts at sixteen events in and around Downtown Phoenix.

PUDW graphic 3According to Lindsay Kinkade, event co-host and founder of Design RePublic, “The design of our rules, our built environment, and our culture are essential ingredients of economic growth, sustainability, and community empowerment. We are collaborating to design and build a city we all want to live in.”

“In addition to tours, talks, workshops, happy hours, and a community BBQ and potluck, we added several kid-friendly events so the whole family can participate… in thinking how to make Phoenix a better place,” said Dorina Bustamante, event co-host and director of community engagement for Downtown Phoenix Inc.



  • Biophilic Urban Design, Security Building, 234 N. Central Ave., 5 pm – 8 pm, Speaker: Jonce Walker, Terrapin Bright Green, New York City.


  • The Intersection: Phoenix Projection Project, Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., 7 pm – 11:30 pm, Organizers: City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture and Union Digital.


  • “Design A Traffic Triangle” Urban Art Project, E. Roosevelt St. at 4th St., 9 am – 12 pm, Organizers: Evans Churchill Community Association, HandsOn Greater Phoenix, Roosevelt Row CDC, and City of Phoenix.
  • Insider Tour of Uptown Plaza, 252 E. Camelback Rd., 11 am – 1 pm, Organizers: Modern Phoenix and Uptown Plaza.
  • Bike Parade to Bike Prom, Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. to Phoenix Ale Brewery, 6 pm – 11 pm, Organizer: Phoenix Spokes People.
  • The Intersection: Phoenix Projection Project, Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., 7 pm – 10 pm, Organizers: City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture and Union Digital.


  • FORTuitous Children’s Fort Building, Ro2 Lot, E. Roosevelt St. at 2nd St., 12 pm – 6 pm, Organizers: Dorina Bustamante and Chris Pruitt.
  • Historic Neighborhoods of Phoenix: A Talk by Marge & Gerry McCue, Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. 2 pm – 3:30 pm, Speakers: Marge and Gerry McCue.
  • Roosevelt Row Community BBQ & Potluck, Ro2 Lot, E. Roosevelt St. at 2nd St., 3 pm – 6 pm, Organizers: Evans Churchill Community Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, and The Davis Experience.
  • Mesa’s Main Street Neon by Night, Valley Metro Park and Ride, Price Freeway & Apache Boulevard, 6 pm – 8 pm, Tour Guides: Marshall Shore, The Hip Historian, and Vic Linoff, Mesa Preservation Foundation.

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  • Meet Me Downtown Walk: Phoenix Historic Alleys & Plazas, CityScape, 1 E. Washington St., 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm, Tour Guide: Jeff Sherman, Thunderdome Neighborhood Association for Non-Auto Mobility.


  • Conversation with Experts: Community Development through the Arts, Historic Preservation & Placemaking, ASU University Center, Room 480, 411 N. Central Ave., 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Class Instructor: Carol Poore, Ph.D., MBA, Arizona State University.
  • Placemaking in Phoenix Public Spaces: Arizona State Fairgrounds & Margaret T. Hance Park, The McKinley Club, 800 N. 1st Ave., 6:30 pm – 8 pm, Speakers: John Drury, Drury Design Arts; Lauren Allsopp and Phil Allsopp, 1938 WPA Administration Building & State Fair Stakeholders Group; and Kris Floor and Phil Weddle, Hance Park Master Plan Design Team.


  • Warehouse Wednesday Self-Guided Bike & Walking Tour, CCBG Architects, 102 E. Buchanan St., 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Organizer: Warehouse District Business Association.
  • Arizona Storytellers: Modern Phoenix Architecture & Design, Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd., 7 pm – 9 pm, Organizers: Arizona Republic and Modern Phoenix.


  • Corgan Presents: Artists & Placemaking: How Do Artists Enrich Community Identity?, Central Arts District Plaza, 1850 N. Central Ave., 5:30 pm – 8 pm, Host: Corgan Architects.


For complete details on this year’s Phoenix Urban Design Week events and activities, visit:


Arizona Republic, Arizona State University, CCBG Architects, Changing Hands Bookstore, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, Corgan Architects, Design RePublic, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Drury Design Arts, Evans Churchill Community Association, Floor Associates, Hance Park Conservancy, HandsOn Greater Phoenix, Maricopa County, Marshall Shore/Hip Historian, Meet Me Downtown Phoenix, Mesa Preservation Foundation, Modern Phoenix, Phoenix Spokes People, Roosevelt Row CDC, The Davis Experience, The McKinley Club, Thunderdome Neighborhood Association for Non-Auto Mobility, Union Digital, Uptown Plaza, Warehouse District Business Association