Architecture and Design

Phoenix Urban Design Week 2015: Your Guide to This Year's Events

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The week kicks off on Saturday April 18, from 8 a.m. to noon with Build + Create + Beautify, a morning of community beautification service. Volunteers will start out the morning by building picnic tables and front porch stoops at the CPLC Pickle House, 1401 East Van Buren. Then they'll team up with the local chapter of AIGA graphic designers to create a typography installation on the chain-link fence in the parking lot. To register for this free event, visit People of all ages are welcome at the event, but volunteers much be 12 or older.

Later that day, join other bike lovers and Phoenix Spokes People during the Bikeshare + Lightrail + Adventure from 1 to 4 p.m. Meet at the Roosevelt Street and Central Avenue GRID bike station, grab your GRID bike, get your clues, and go explore the city. Tickets for this event are free but limited to 35 riders over the age of 16, so register soon at

On Sunday, April 19, during Bikes + Film + Conversation, Phoenix storyteller Brandon Ferderer will lead a "Path Less Taken" bike tour starting at 9 a.m. at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. The tour will end back at FilmBar and a showing of Maker, a film about the maker movement, will begin at 12:30 p.m. To register, visit Tickets are $15.

Check out a special Meet Me Downtown social walk/run by maker-friendly spaces on Monday, April 20, at The Corner at CityScape, 50 West Jefferson Street. Check-in is between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Register for this free event at Then at 7 p.m., head to Lab, 818 North Central Avenue, for Posters + Short Talks where you'll see a gallery of posters from ASU's graduate graphic design students and hear from local urban design entrepreneurs on everything from innovative projects to new residential renovation models. For tickets ($10), visit

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Evie Carpenter is a visual journalist. Using photography, videography, design, and sometimes words, she tells stories she hopes make a bit of difference in the world, even if those stories are in list form and include GIFs.
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