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Design + Preservation


The Design + Preservation functions complement each other in support of the departmental mission to deliver a safe, beautiful and sustainable built environment, fostering pride, economic stability and an improved quality of life for all. The Design Studio develops illustrative graphics, design guidelines, architectural/development concepts and other products utilizing appropriate methodology and technology to foster a better architectural and living environment in Tempe.



DESIGN + Placemaking Guidelines

Mill + Lake District Placemaking Guidelines

Streetscape Principles + Guidelines [41 pgs.]
3 Decades of Development 
Community Design Principles [21 pgs.]
Urban Open Space Plan
     Urban Open Space Plan - Full Report [136 pgs.]
     Executive Summary [13 pgs.] 

Architecture + Design in Tempe  

Tempe is home to a variety of architectural styles. Here are but a few examples:





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