The Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL) is an extension of the Herberger Institute, The Design School at Arizona State University. Our interest is the design of human settlement and its relation to sustainability, social justice and cultural understanding. Through sponsored research, internships, symposia, courses, and a range of community outreach activities, PURL addresses such issues as urban livability, civic space, infill development, suburban retrofitting, urban codes, complete streets, transit-oriented development, and ultimately the central role of design and place-making in the achievement of a progressive, sustainable urbanism.
PURL’s studio, located on the 8th floor ballroom of the historic Security Building in downtown Phoenix, is a convening space for lectures, symposia, charrettes and gatherings hosted by PURL and a wide variety of other organizations devoted to the betterment of the built environment. Featuring a 1/32-inch model of downtown Phoenix and tall windows with inspiring views of the city, this space is well situated to be the nodal point for dialog about the future of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Please contact us if you are interested in using PURL’s studio for an event.