ENVISION. EDUCATE. INSPIRE.
What do you think the future of Phoenix looks like?
Have you ever walked down a Phoenix street and seen an empty lot and thought to yourself: “That could be a ________.” We have too, and This Could Be PHX aims to spark a conversation to fill in the blanks and imagine our city’s future, specifically life in the Downtown core.
This Could Be PHX provides a creative outlet to envision the city we want and start a community discussion in order to plant the seeds of our future. Our goals are simple: envision, educate, and inspire. Join us to help raise awareness about urban living and sustainability in Phoenix through monthly envisioning projects, educational blogs, and inspirational showcases.
Envision Projects consist of proposed improvements to an empty lot, abandoned building, street, block, or neighborhood. They are creative ideas representing the potential for change envisioned by the This Could be PHX team and other creative members of the Phoenix community.
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Our blog consists of educational posts on different topics related to urban living in Downtown Phoenix. We'll also highlight local businesses, inspirational stories from other cities' urban success stories, and creative posts that help further our mission.
We're simply a pair of people who feel passionately about Downtown Phoenix and the potential it has. Read on to find out a little more about us or, even better, get involved by contributing your talents to This Could Be PHX.
Ryan Tempest is an architect at Studio Ma in Downtown Phoenix. He has a passion for architecture, urban design, city living and a little snowboarding and biking on the side. After growing up in the suburbs of Michigan, he decided to start a new life across the country in Phoenix and instantly fell in love with the city. He graduated in 2007 from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Design Architectural Studies and became a licensed architect at 28. He believes Phoenix has the potential to be great and it continues to inspire him in both his professional and personal life.
Quinn Whissen runs a consulting & design business called Sukha Creative. Quinn fell in love with an urban lifestyle after traveling throughout Europe and living in London, one of the top cities in the world for public transit. She discovered the quality of life she experienced with this type of lifestyle was so much better when she was a direct part of the fabric of the city, rather than just an observer in a car moving from point A to point B. She’s since sought to carve out a similar lifestyle in seemingly un-friendly urban areas like L.A., and now Phoenix. Quinn also has a passion for design, small business, yoga, and art mentorship.
This Could Be PHX has been given opportunities to spread our message far and wide within the Phoenix community. Here are a few articles that we've been featured in and events that we've been invited to speak at. If you'd like to talk to us more about our mission, projects, and events - feel free to shoot us an email at email@example.com.
Article by Katie Snyder, Photo by Carl Schultz in the March edition of Uptown Magazine
“We hope to continue engaging the public and receiving creative ideas, allowing people to explore their reams for the city and hopefully one day make them a reality.”
Article by Samantha Incorvaia, On Wednesday, February 12th, 2013 via Downtown Devil
“We might not be experts, but we’re community members,” Tempest said. “People that live, eat and breathe Phoenix. They’re the experts.”
Article By Sophia Kunthara, On Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 via Downtown Devil
“This Could be PHX, a new community awareness group, is working to educate and inspire Phoenicians to make positive changes to their city by providing a platform for community members to pitch ideas to revitalize downtown’s empty lots and vacant buildings.”
Article by Katie Snyder in the November issue of Local Revibe
“Since 2006, over $4 billion private and public capital has been invested in the 1.5 square mile downtown Phoenix area. Tempest and Whissen are hopeful their movement will inspire more change, making downtown a viable urban center.”
Phoenix Phabulous Experience is an exciting civic engagement initiative, sharing the unique story of Phoenix through arts and culture, innovative storytelling, and captivating 3D projection. Ryan Tempest was invited to share his story about moving to Phoenix and also what he foresaw for the future of our city. He was in the company of other storytellers Bob Boze Bell, Jana Bommersbach, Pat McMahon, Ivan Makil, Barry Wong, Frank Barrios and Marshall Shore.
Quinn Whissen was invited to speak at the GoGreen conference as part of a panel on the topic: Intersections of Health + Sustainability: How We Live and Work. She spoke about This Could Be PHX’s efforts to move the city forward into sustainable practices and how to address the shifting work & lifestyle paradigm happening within the Millennial generation. She was voted in the top 5 favorite speakers from an attendee poll.
Our website was submitted to AIGA’s WordPress website design contest. Quinn Whissen was one of two web designers invited to speak on the topic of her design, content marketing, and development work on the website to the larger WordPress community in Arizona.
Interview on KJZZ 91.5 with Mark Brodie
“People want to live in an area that they love. That’s their main motivation for picking where they want to live. For myself, I know I want to live in Downtown Phoenix. And I accept that there may be higher living expenses and other things that I may not have to pay for living in Tempe, Mesa, or Chandler. But, I’m okay paying those expenses because it is all about where I want to live… and that’s in an urban environment.” – Ryan Tempest
This Could Be PHX is all about getting the community engaged and involved in our discussion. If you want to jump in and help contribute to a monthly Envision Project, or have a great idea for a blog post, we'd love to hear from you! All ideas are welcome.
Topics we cover (but aren’t limited to) are listed below:
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