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PURL Launches "Phoenix Ideas and Design" Competition

"Wouldn't it be great if ..." is often the start of an overheard conversation at any coffee shop in metro Phoenix.

The City's full of creatives and big thinkers -- and now thruogh May 1, the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL) is looking for ideas to "improve and Retrophx (pronounced "retro-fix") the Phoenix urban environment."

Get thinking.

Students and members of PURL, which is an extension of The Design School at Arizona State University, will use the specific location-based idea bank as a springboard for local discussion with the community.

"Wnning" ideas will advance to the second phase, where local and national design students and professionals in planning, urban design, and landscape architects will create site-based proposals.

"We want you to share your ideas, thoughts and desires on land uses, activities, transportation modes, and other issues that contribute specific, place-based ideas for urban improvement," write PURL members. "By creating ideas that are aesthetically appealing, economically feasible and communally smart, PURL is promoting a design competition that generates and rewards ideas from anyone with an interest in helping to create a more sustainable built environment."

Ideas can be submitted to the project website until May 31.

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