93: Yuri Artibise
Courtesy of Yuri Artibise
No. 93: Yuri Artibise
Yuri is a recovering public policy wonk. He has a
experience in research and analysis of contemporary policy issues,
stint at ASU's Morrison Institute of Public Policy. His current passion
community building and creating livable neighborhoods.
Five things on your inspiration wall:
Travel. While I strongly believe that Phoenix
unique spirit of place that needs to be nurtured there is a big world
there, filled with awesome ideas to learn from. Being exposed to new
doing things is perhaps the most inspirational activity we can
Although I'm a Google Reader fanatic, there
permanent about books that continue to motivate me. My latest
read was What We See, Advancing the Observations
of Jane Jacobs.
The breadth of the collected essays is amazing, as is how the book
fresh perspective on Jane Jacobs' thinking for a contemporary audience.
People. Despite living in a city best know for
sprawl, I've found a small but passionate community of people determined
Phoenix's urban fabric. As Tim Ferriss said: "It doesn't matter how
many people don't get it. What matters is how many people do." Each time
else who 'gets it,' I know I'm on the right track.
Arizona has an amazing
lineage starting from Frank Lloyd right up to today's crop of
architects like Merz Project and plus
minus studio. I also value our city's mid-century modern
The sense of optimism that architects like Ralph Haver, Al Beadle and
Henry brought to the Valley is a constant sense of inspiration. It is
however, to see so much of it being torn down or stuccoed over.
Despite being accused
of being a city with no
history, Phoenix actually has quite a bit. I continually refer back to
Phoenix that 'once was,' before the
speculators began to dominate our planning decisions. Believe it or not,
the 1960's Phoenix had a dense, walkable and vibrant downtown. It would
great if we could bring even a portion of that fine-grained urbanism
What was your last
My latest big project
was Jane's Walk Phoenix on May
1st. Jane's Walk is
a series of free neighborhood walking tours that helps put people in
their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic
and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. This was the
year that I organized a walk in Phoenix. Over 80 people came out to
Jane Jacobs and learn more about Phoenix's Warehouse District. The large
of the group (nearly three times last year's attendance) is a testament
growing passion for downtown Phoenix and our authentic urban fabric.
What's your next
terms of big
projects, I'm gearing up to bring PARK(ing) Day back to the
streets of Phoenix
in September. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where
activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily
metered parking spots into "PARK(ing)" spaces: temporary public parks.
year's event will be on September 17th.
I'm also working with Tyler
to hold another CenPhoCamp
in October. CenPhoCamp is an 'unconference' designed to bring small,
organizations together and introduce them to the power of social media.
first event in January was such a success that we've been asked to do it
Stay tuned for details!
How much do you
hate being asked what your next big project is?
actually like it. The
question keeps me grounded and focused. If you want to change the world
even a small part of it), you have to keep on pressing forward.
you want Phoenix to know about you? (And, if you're game, what's
you really don't want Phoenix to know about you?)
The Creatives, so far: