Model: Call for Artists

The Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL) at Arizona State University (ASU) announces a call for artists and designers to re-imagine PURL’s physical model of downtown Phoenix.

National Trust Field Survey

The Phoenix Urban Research Lab (PURL) is looking for 6-8 volunteers to be involved with a project of the National Trust for Historic Buildings, surveying buildings with retrofit potential.  A description is below.

Students would attend one meeting in December, but the real work would start in January. It will involve 10 hrs/week for 8 weeks. There will be full training of all students, starting in early January.

Participants could work with Emily Talen to earn Independent Study credit in connection with their contributions to the project.

Interested students should send a resume to Aaron Kimberlin, Assistant Director for PURL, at

Internships & Projects

PURL sponsors interns to work on research and applied design projects. These projects are designed to give ASU students real world experience and to positively impact the urban environments of our local communities.

Faculty Research

PURL To Fund Three Collaborative Faculty Research Proposals

The Phoenix Urban Research Lab is committed to promoting innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration. The problems that our cities face call for solutions that integrate the knowledge and approaches of many diverse disciplines. The Phoenix Urban Research Lab is a platform for a systems thinking approach to urban design and urban planning. To this end, the Phoenix Urban Research Lab supports collaborative research projects that bring together the many resources of Arizona State University to focus on the future of urbanism. The Phoenix Urban Research Lab’s Collaborative Faculty Research Program is designed to foster original research from ASU faculty representing two or more academic units. We fund projects that will contribute to the Phoenix Urban Research Lab initiatives.