Phoenix Transect Project

PROJECT: Greater Phoenix: Public Space for Innovation


As a post-war city characterized by suburban development, Phoenix largely lacks the categories of public space which exist in older American cities. The design of streets, plazas, and squares is informed by reliance of Phoenix residents on vehicles and air-conditioning, two factors which reduce opportunities for social interaction within the public land and spaces of the city. The built environment in greater Phoenix and the reality of intensifying climate extremes are issues which call into question how and where public opportunities for new space creation should occur. Public space is increasingly evaluated in terms of its economic performance; as a result, specific activities and audiences inform the way spaces are created, maintained, and utilized.

Cities, though often inefficient, are thought to be of specific value in that they enable the exchange of knowledge, driving innovation and discovery. Global cities have begun to transform neighborhoods into specific zones which are intentionally designed to facilitate the processes which drive innovation. These districts often include public and civic space, which as suggested by Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute, exist to encourage a “choreography of collisions.”

An Arizona State University collaboration with cities to create publicly supported innovation spaces within local libraries lists locations within fourteen communities across the country. The Entrepreneurship Outreach Network, also referred to as EON, reflects an opportunity in greater Phoenix to consider how public space may be created in the future: climate controlled, distributed at locations across a broad region, and optimized for an intended audience with economic and community development goals in mind.

This project is the reflects the spaces of three such EON locations within greater Phoenix.

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Circled Chairs, Eureka Loft
Description: Located near the front desk of the Eureka Loft, grouped chairs are presented for group meetings.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Scottsdale
Keywords: Interior Space, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Sign-In, Eureka Loft
Description: As visitors enter the Eureka Loft, signage requesting participation in a data collection survey stands adjacent to the staff desk.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Scottsdale
Keywords: Interior Space, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Scottsdale Economic Developement Entry
Description: The Eureka Loft, located at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, offers access and entry to the city's Economic Development Office.
Date: 2/2016
Location: Scottsdale
Keywords: Interior Space, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Eureka Stairs
Description: Within the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, the Eureka Loft is accessible via stairs located in the gallery.
Date: unknown
Location: Scottsdale
Keywords: Interior Space, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Survey Screen, Eureka Loft
Description: Visitors are asked to provide information about their use of the Eureka Loft. A touch screen interface delivers a survey, which requires approximately 3 minutes to complete.
Date: 3/2016
Location: Scottsdale
Keywords: Interior Space, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Information Desk, Eureka Loft
Description: Upcoming events, meetings, schedules and additional content in printed format are offered at the Eureka Loft information desk.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Scottsdale
Keywords: Interior Space, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Presentation Space, Eureka Loft
Description: Meeting and presentation infrastructure, used regularly in scheduled events, are offered in the Eureka Loft.
Date: unknown
Location: Scottsdale
Keywords: Interior Space, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Scottsdale Civic Center Entrance
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Date: 2/2016
Location: Scottsdale
Keywords: Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Library Entrance, Scottsdale
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Date: 3/2016
Location: Scottsdale
Keywords: Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Pathway to the Mesa Red Mountain Library Entrance
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Date: 3/2016
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: About Being an Entrepreneur, Mesa Red Mountain
Description: An ASU poster in the THINKspot location within Mesa Public Library's Red Mountain branch offers ideas about the entrepreneurial experience.
Date: 3/2016
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Interior Space, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: hive@central, Meeting Space and Front Desk
Description: A view toward the hive@central meeting room.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Interior Space, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Meeting in Progress, hive@Central
Description: A recurring professional development series underway in the hive@central's presentation and meeting room.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Interior Space, People, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Desk Space, hive@central
Description: Open desk space at the Burton Barr branch of the Phoenix Library.
Date: 3/2016
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Interior Space, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Internet Access, Burton Barr 2nd Floor
Description: Occupied desktop stations in the interior of the Burton Barr library, as seen from the interior of the hive@central desks.
Date: 3/2016
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Interior Space, People, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Katie Belous
Title: Desks and chairs, hive@central
Description: Desk and chair configuration in the hive@central space.
Date: 4/2016
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Interior Space, Public Buildings, Public Space, All Images

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