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Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory hosts Symposium on Latino Urbanism

April 21, 2011

The Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory in The Design School in the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

On May 4 and 5, 2011, the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory invites the public to attend the free symposium, Latino Urbanism: Defining a Cultural Urban Form. Latino Urbanism is an emerging approach to development that responds to Latino lifestyles, cultural preferences, and economic needs. Through public presentations, panel discussions, community outreach and a design forum, we will celebrate and seek to understand how Latino Urbanism is reshaping the American urban landscape.

The keynote address will be by Arabella Martinez, a community leader, activist, developer, former CEO of Unity Council and former Assistant Secretary of the U. S. Office of Health, Education and Welfare; with an introduction by Tom Espinoza, President and CEO, Raza Development Fund. Panel presentations will feature nationally noted architects, urban designers and planners, including Stefanos Polyzoides and James Rojas, as well as ASU faculty members.

All events are free. Registration is required for the panel presentations on May 5. To register, email

Keynote address by Arabella Martinez: May 4, 5 p.m., 
AE England Building, 424 N. Central Ave, Phoenix

Panel Presentations: May 5, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, 
PURL, 234 N. Central Ave, 8th Floor, Phoenix

May 4–5, 2011 

Free but registration required; To register, email

Public Contact
Aaron Rothman 
Project Specialist 

The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University offers a holistic approach to design, blending teaching and research in a forward-thinking environment. Our more than 1,600 students are challenged to think creatively about architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental systems design, and visual communications design. The school also houses InnovationSpace, a transdisciplinary research and educational laboratory that unites design, business and engineering. Phoenix and the Southwestern desert's extreme environmental conditions provide an innovative laboratory for teaching and applied research. For more information about The Design School, visit:

Media Contact:
Aaron Rothman 
Project Specialist