Thursday, May 5, 2011



The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) invites you to participate in a highly engaging and collaborative faculty and staff workshop that will contribute to shaping the future of the Tucson region. CALA and UA Bookstores are cosponsoring the first Scenario Building Exercise as part of Imagine Greater Tucson (IGT), a highly collaborative effort to create a shared vision for our region's future growth. This workshop is your opportunity to illustrate how your values should guide the future growth and development of the Tucson region.

As faculty and staff, the quality of where we live is directly related to the quality of our workplace and job satisfaction. Participating in this UA/Imagine Greater Tucson Scenario Building Workshop will provide university faculty and staff with an opportunity to voice concerns and provide feedback through interactive exercises about how the quality of life and access to opportunities in Tucson could complement or provide a better working environment here at the University of Arizona.

Details for the event are as follows:

Event: Imagine Greater Tucson Scenario Building Workshop Sponsored by the University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UA Bookstores, and Imagine Greater Tucson.

Location: Bear Down Gym, University of Arizona Main Campus

Date: May 5, 2011

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

Participants: University of Arizona Faculty and Staff

To help us make this event successful, please:

1) RSVP your expected attendance HERE

2) Distribute this information to all of your colleagues.

3) Pass along any additional contact information for other personnel who might be able to mobilize and publicize this event.

4) Contact the UA event coordinators (Ryan Perkl or Iris Patten) if you would like a brief presentation given to your department or college.

For additional information or if you have questions, feel free to contact Ryan Perkl or Iris Patten (contact information below). We truly hope that you and your colleagues will participate in shaping a collaborative future between the U of A and greater Tucson region.

Thank you for your time and warmest regards,

Ryan M. Perkl, PhD - Assistant Professor, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 520.621.2306

Iris E. Patten - Assistant Professor, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 520.626.7004

  Download the Invitation HERE

  Download the Imagine Greater Tucson Values HERE


IGT is a rapidly growing, community-based effort dedicated to protecting and enhancing our quality of life in the greater Tucson region. IGT's primary goal is to include residents, businesses, and the communities of eastern Pima County in the creation of a shared vision for the future and catalyze the development of strategies to realize this vision. The IGT process consists of three phases:

Phase I: Development and Distillation of Shared Community Values

Phase one was based upon gathering values and understanding what mattered to communities within the greater Tucson region. This phase captured feedback from over 3,500 people; including 2,500 online or paper-based survey respondents, over 730 individuals who attended 51 IGT sponsored community conversations, and a random sample survey of 600 residents yielding over 40,000 comments. This feedback has been shaped into a set of shared values to help guide future growth in the region. Also produced during the first phase was the "Trend Scenario" or a graphical illustration of projected growth given a continuation of current development patterns.

Phase I resulted in the distillation of the following shared regional values:
- Business and the Economy
- Cultural Diversity and Regional Character
- K-12 Education
- Land Use and Urban Design
- Natural Resources, Environment, & Outdoor Recreation
- Transportation & Accessibility
- University of Arizona and its Role in the Region
- Well Being & Safety

Phase II: Community Visioning and Mapping Exercises

Starting in May 2011, four Scenario Building Workshops will engage the public through mapping exercises enabling residents, businesses and communities in the region to designate where they would like housing, employment, open space, and new transportation options to be placed. This phase connects a spatial component to the shared values created during Phase I. Common themes that emerge from the maps produced during the Scenario Building Workshops will then be presented to the public as a set of potential scenarios for the region. Scrutinized by a number of performance metrics and the shared values produced in Phase I, the result of Phase II is a preferred (or hybrid) scenario of future growth.

Phase III: Implementation

Phase III involves putting the necessary planning and policy mechanisms in place to achieve the desired pattern and form of growth identified in the preferred future growth scenario. Coordination of both public and private planning, policy, development, and control agencies and community stakeholders is critical in implementing the preferred scenario of future growth.