School of Landscape Architecture & Planning News & Headlines

Fountain in Sonoran Underwood Garden

Bloomberg CityLab and Archinect Highlight CAPLA’s Innovative Air-Conditioning Condensate Reuse

The college's innovative condensate reuse initiative at the CAPLA building and Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory is one of several projects featured in an article published in Bloomberg CityLab and Archinect. Assistant Professor Jonathan Bean is referenced.

Puerto Rico damaged houses on coastline

MS Urban Planning Student Envisions Resilient Energy Prioritization Tool for Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico

First-year MS Urban Planning student Chrissy Scarpitti has been awarded first place in the 2021 Planning Excellence Competition sponsored by the Friends of Planning for her project Resilient Energy: Community-Scale Solar Microgrid Siting on the Island of Puerto Rico.

Road in Utah

Planning Professor Philip Stoker on How an Infrastructure Bill Can Help Rural Communities in the West

In an article by Deseret News examining possible impacts of an infrastructure bill in the rural West, Philip Stoker speaks to elements contained in President Biden's proposed infrastructure bill, including “soft infrastructure” such as housing.

Downtown Tucson and Sentinel Peak at sunset

CAPLA Students and Faculty Partner with Local First Arizona to Help Organizations Develop Sustainability Plans

Assistant Professor of Architecture Altaf Engineer and Lecturer in Architecture Sandra Bernal-Cordova helped build the SCALE UP curriculum and train its facilitators, and are now preparing to engage CAPLA students and recent graduates in the award-winning, community-oriented program.

Green infrastructure work at Star Academic High School in Tucson

Sustainable Built Environments Faculty Provide Insight on New Study of Urban Heat Disparities in Tucson and Other Western Cities

New research on neighborhood-by-neighborhood heat differences across Tucson—and 19 other cities in the West—has garnered additional insight by Assistant Professor of Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Ladd Keith and Assistant Research Scientist Adriana Zuniga.

Free Water poster by Hunter Lohse '22 MLA

Rainwater Harvesting Analysis by Hunter Lohse ’22 MLA Takes Second Prize at UArizona 2021 Student Showcase

Hunter Lohse '22 MLA was awarded second prize in the UArizona 2021 Student Showcase categories of Sustainability and Environmental Impact for his project Free Water: An Analysis of Potential Impacts of Large-Scale Residential Rainwater Harvesting, which calculates the potential impacts of rainwater harvesting if implemented by single-family homes across Tucson.

Lecture Recap and Video: Richard Johnson on the Age of Climate Action

In this "lightning talk," CAPLA Futures Council Chair Richard Johnson addresses the current unprecedented surge in climate action and facilitates a conversation about what this means for the future of the built environment and for CAPLA.

WalletHub U.S. map of cities with most overleveraged mortgage debtors

CAPLA Real Estate Lecturer James Marian Provides Insight on 2021's Cities with the Most Leveraged Mortgage Debtors for WalletHub

In WalletHub's evaluation of 2021's cities with the most overleveraged mortgage debtors, the financial information resource turned to real estate experts like James Marian, adjunct lecturer in real estate development, for insight.

THRIVE Training Program screen

CAPLA, Mrs. Green’s World and Pima County Team Up to Increase Participation in County’s Sustainable Action Plan

CAPLA Lecturer in Architecture Sandra Bernal-Cordova is collaborating with Mrs. Green's World and Pima County to design, implement and evaluate a new "Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations" engagement program for county employees.

Nancy Pollock-Ellwand on mission to Norway

From Hedgerows on the Prairie to Footsteps on the Moon: A World Heritage Site Evaluator’s Journey

CAPLA Dean Nancy Pollock-Ellwand discusses the importance of heritage conservation and the fascinating work she does as a "mission expert" and former co-chair of the World Heritage Evaluation Panel for the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

Former 7-Eleven on Walnut Hill Lane in Dallas, Texas, following October 2019 tornado.

Dallas, Texas Turns to CAPLA Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Professor and ULI for Guidance Following Natural Disasters

Ladd Keith, assistant professor of planning and sustainable built environments, chaired the Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Panel that evaluated and made recommendations on rebuilding a Dallas neighborhood following a devastating tornado. Keith also provided insight into the recent Texas power grid failure.

PV panels at ENR2

Harvesting Sunlight and Plant Power on UArizona's Greenest Building

New solar panels and a rooftop garden on the university's ENR2 building, a project headed by a team that includes Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Kirk Dimond and Professor of Landscape Architecture Margaret Livingston, not only generate electricity but also create unique environmental research opportunities.