School of Landscape Architecture & Planning Research

Our faculty conduct a wide array of transformative research related to development, planning, design and the built environments.

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Kirk Dimond. January 1, 2021. "A Pattern Language for Solar Photovoltaics." Landscape Journal 39 (1), 21-37.

Nicole Iroz-Elardo and Kristina Currans. (2021). "Injury burden of introducing e-scooters: A systematic review of e-scooter injury studies using emergency department record review, 2015-2019". Transportation Research Record. doi: 10.1177/03611981211032216

Nicole Iroz-Elardo, Arlie Adkins and M. Ingram (2021). "Measuring Perceptions of Social Environments for Walking: a Scoping Review of Walkability Surveys". Health & Place. 67:102468. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2020.102468

Ladd Keith, Sara Meerow, David M. Hondula, V. Kelly Turner, and James C. Arnott. (2021). Deploy heat officers, policies and metrics. Nature. 598(7879), 29-31. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-02677-2

Meerow, Sara and Ladd Keith. (2021). Planning for extreme heat: A national survey of U.S. planners. Journal of the American Planning Association. https://doi.org/10.1080/01944363.2021.1977682

Ladd Keith, Nicole Iroz-Elardo, Austof, E., Sami, I. and Arora, M. (2021). "Extreme Heat at Outdoor COVID-19 Vaccination Sites." Journal of Climate Change & Health.

Shujuan Li and Bo Yang. "How important are the park size and shape to a park system's performance? An exploration with big data in Tucson, Arizona, USA." Socio-Ecological Practice Research (2021).

Arthur C. Nelson, Robert Hibberd, Kristina Currans and Nicole Iroz-Elardo. 2021. Transit Impacts on Jobs, People and Real Estate. Five volumes. Portland, OR: National Institute of Transportation and Communities, Portland State University.

Kim, Keuntae, Keunhyun Park and Arthur C. Nelson. 2021. "Impacts of Light Rail Transit on Labor Participation and Housing Affordability in the U.S.: A Longitudinal Analysis using Propensity Score Matching."  Transportation Research Record.

Arthur C. Nelson and Robert Hibberd. 2021. "(Overlooked) Association between Express Bus Station/Stop Proximity and Multifamily Rents with a Surprise about Transit Mode Synergism and Implications for Transit and Land Use Planning." Transportation Research Record.

Arthur C. Nelson and Robert Hibberd. 2021. "The Influence of Rail Transit on Development Patterns in the Mountain Mega-Region with a Surprise and Implications for Rail Transit and Land Use Planning." Transportation Research Record.

Gary Pivo, Equity and Sustainability Assessment of Tucson’s Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET) Program, A Report for the Tucson Office of Economic Initiatives, February 12, 2021.

Berger, L., AD Henry and Gary Pivo, "Role of city collaboration networks in the acceleration and attenuation of Integrated Water Management." Water Policy. Accepted and forthcoming.

Landgrave-Serrano, M., Philip Stoker, Crisman, J. (2021). “Punctual Urbanisms: Rapid Planning Responses to Urban Problems.”  Journal of Planning Literature. In Press.  

Bierbrauer, A., Brachna, J., Stefani, K., Piro, R., Philip Stoker. (2021) “Survey of Water Planning in Colorado Final Report”. Prepared for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

Ming Chen, Jincheng Bail, Shenwei Zhu, Bo Yang and Fei Dai. "The influence of neighborhood-level urban morphology on PM2.5 variation based on random forest regression." Atmospheric Pollution Research 12 (2021).

Garfin, G., Falk, D., O’Connor, C., Jacobs, K., Sagarin, R., Haverland, A., Haworth, A., Baglee, A. Weiss, J., Overpeck, J., Adriana Zuniga-Teran. (2021). "A new mission: mainstreaming climate adaptation in the US Department of Defense." Climate Services. Vol. 22.

Gerlak, A.K., Elder, A., Sanderford, A., Adriana Zuniga-Teran., Pavao-Zuckerman, M. (2021). "Agency and Governance in Green Infrastructure Policy Adoption and Change."  Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1523908X.2021.1910018

Gerlak, A.K., Elder, A., Thomure, T., Shipek, C., Adriana Zuniga-Teran., Pavao-Zuckerman, M., Gupta, N., Mastler, M., Berger, L., Henry, A.D., Bo Yang, Murrieta-Saldivar, J., Meixner, T. (2021). Green infrastructure: Lessons in governance and collaboration from Tucson. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, Vol. 63, issue 3. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00139157.2021.1898894

Makarewicz, C., P. Dantzler, P. & Arlie Adkins. 2020. Another Look at Location Affordability: Understanding the Detailed Effects of Income and Urban Form on Housing and Transportation Expenditures. Housing Policy Debate, 1-23. 

Jonathan Bean, Kristina Currans & Nicole Iroz-Elardo. (2020). "Unmasking invisibility". Interactions. 27(3): 22-23.

Courtney Crosson, Andrea Achilli, Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Elizabeth A. Mack, Tamee Albrecht, Padmendra Shrestha, Dominic L. Boccelli, Tzahi Y. Cath, Glen T. Daigger, Jennifer Duan, Kevin E. Lansey, Thomas Meixner, Stephanie Pincetl and Christopher A. Scott. "Net Zero Urban Water from Concept to Applications: Integrating Natural, Built, and Social Systems for Responsive and Adaptive Solutions." Environmental Science and Technology Water (2020).

Kristina Currans, G. Abou-Zeid, K.J. Clifton, A. Howell & R. Schneider. 2020. Improving Transportation Impact Analyses for Affordable Housing Developments: A Data Collection and Analysis of Trip Generation Data. Cities. Vol. 103.

Susannah Dickinson, Jonathan Bean & Aletheia Ida. Critical Practices in Architecture: The Unexamined. 2020 (Cambridge Scholars).

Nicole Iroz-Elardo, J. Schoner, E. Fox, A. Brookes & L.D. Frank (2020). "Active Travel and Social Justice: Addressing Disparities and Promoting Health Equity through a Novel Approach to Regional Transportation Planning." Social Science & Medicine. 261: 113211.

Lauri Macmillan Johnson & Kirk Dimond. "BACKFLIP - Papago Park City Boundary, Arizona," topos. March 2020.

Ladd Keith, Meerow, S. & Wagner, T. (2020). "Planning for extreme heat: a review." Journal of Extreme Events, Vol. 6, Nos. 3&4, 2050003.

Austhof, E., V. Berisha, B. McMahan, G. Owen, Ladd Keith, M. Roach & H. Brown. 2020. "Participation and Engagement of Public Health Stakeholders in Climate and Health Adaptation,"Atmosphere. (March).

Arthur C. Nelson & Robert Hibberd. 2019 (finalized for distribution in 2020). The Link between Transit Station Proximity and Real Estate Rents, Jobs, People and Housing with Transit and Land Use Planning Implications. Portland, OR: National Institute of Transportation and Communities, Portland State University.

Daniel Parolek with Arthur C. Nelson. 2020. Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today’s Housing Crisis. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Deakin, Elizabeth, Arthur C. Nelson, Kristina Currans, D. Lee & J. Renne. The Transportation and Land Development Committee TRB Centennial Paper. Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Invited paper. (2020).

Arthur C. Nelson. "The Little Train That Did: Commercial Real Estate Rents and Proximity to Tucson's Sun Link Modern Streetcar with Lessons for Future Expansions," TREND Report. April 2020.

Arthur C. Nelson. 2020. The Great Senior Short-Sale or Why Policy Inertia Will Short Change Millions of America's Seniors. Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy, 4: 470-5245.

Arthur C. Nelson & Robert Hibberd. 2020. The Influence of Rail Transit on Development Patterns in the Mountain Mega-Region with a Surprise and Implications for Rail Transit and Land Use Planning. Transportation Research Record.

Gary PivoA.D. Henry & L. Berger. "Essential elements at play in local environmental policy change: A guide for the perplexed,Environmental Science and Policy. April 2020.

Berger, L., Henry, A. D. & Gary Pivo. (2020). "Integrated water management recommendations in practice: coexistence of old and new ways in Arizona." Water Policy.

Kontokosta C.E., F. Franz, Gary Pivo, J. Sagi, Y. Lai & S. Papadopoulos. 2019. "Estimating Office and Residential Building Energy Retrofit Hurdle Rates and Risk Arbitrage in Energy Efficiency Investments, Real Estate Research Institute Working Paper." RERI-LBNL Research Grant. 

An, X. & Gary Pivo. (2020). "Green buildings in commercial mortgage‐backed securities: the effects of LEED and energy star certification on default risk and loan terms." Real Estate Economics, 48(1), 7-42.

Bell, E., AD Henry and Gary Pivo, "Assessing Sectoral Heterogeneity and Leadership in Urban Water Management." Water Policy 22(5), 867-886. 2020.

Philip Stoker & Adriana Zuniga-Teran. "Urban water security: a comparative study of cities in the arid Americas," Environment and Urbanization. 2020. With R. E. Diaz-Caravantes, F. Martin, M. Bernabeu and C. Scott.

Philip Stoker. "Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)," chapter in Basic Quantitative Research Methods for Urban Planners. 2020 (Routledge).

Bo Yang. 2020. Landscape Performance Evaluation for Socio-Ecological Practice: Current Status and Prospects. Socio-Ecological Practice Research, 2, 91–104.

Díaz-Caravantes, R. E., Adriana Zuniga-Teran, F. Martín, M. Bernabeu, Philip Stoker & C. Scott. 2020. Urban water security: a comparative study of cities in the arid Americas. Environment and Urbanization, 32(1), 275-294.

Lutz-Ley, A.N., Scott, C.A., Wilder, M., Ocampo-Melgar, A., Lara-Valencia, F., Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Buechler, S., Diaz-Caravantes, R., Varady, R., Ribeiro Neto, A., Pineda Pablos, N. & Martin, F. (2020). Dialogic science-policy networks for water security governance in the arid Americas. Environmental Development Special issue organized by the Inter American Institute for Global Change Research.

Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Mussetta, P., Lutz-Ley, A.N., Diaz-Caravantes, R.E. & Gerlak, A.K. (2020). Analyzing water policy impacts on vulnerability: Cases across the rural-urban continuum in the arid Americas. Environmental Development. Special issue organized by the Inter American Institute for Global Change Research.

Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Gerlak, A.K., Mayer, B., Evans, T.P. & Lansey, K.E. (2020). “A multidimensional assessment of urban resilience from green infrastructure systems.” Submitted for inclusion in the Special Issue of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability – Resilience and Complexity: Frameworks and Models to Capture Social-Ecological Interactions, edited by Christopher Scott, and François-Michel Le Tourneau. Vol. 4. Pp. 42-47.

Gerlak, A.K. & Adriana Zuniga-Teran. (2020). Addressing injustice in green infrastructure through socio-ecological practice: What is the role of university-community partnerships? Socio-Ecological Practice Research, 2: 149-159.

Varady, R.G., Gerlak, A.K., Mayer, B.M., Albrecht, T., Lemos, M.C., Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Wilder, M.O., Mukherjee, A. & Ernst, K.C. (2020). The exigencies of transboundary water security: Insights on community resilience. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Vol. 44. Pp.74-84. Special Issue: Resilience and Complexity: Frameworks and Models to Capture Social-Ecological Interactions.

Wilder, M., Varady, R.G., Gerlak, A.K., Mumme, S., Flessa, K., Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Scott, C., Pineda Pablos, N. & Megdal, S. (2020). Hydrodiplomacy and adaptive governance at the U.S.-Mexico border: 75 years of tradition innovation in transboundary water management. Environmental Science and Policy, 112: 189-202.

Blanchon, D., Keck, F., Tonnelat, S., Le Tourneau, F-M. & Adriana Zuniga-Teran. (2020). Sentinel Territories: A new concept to look at environmental change. Metropolitics.

Arlie Adkins, G. Barillas-Longoria, D. Nevarez Martinez & M. Ingram. 2019. “Differences in social and physical dimensions of perceived walkability in Mexican American and non-Hispanic white walking environments in Tucson, Arizona.” Journal of Transport and Health, 14, 100585.

Kristina Currans & Arthur C. Nelson. 2019. A Framework to Operationalize a Deep and Vast Literature for Practice: Translating Land Value Uplift Literature to Estimate Economic Impacts of Multimodal Transportation System Projects. Transportation Research Record, 2673(8), 62–72.

Clifton, K.J. & Kristina Currans. 2019. Multimodal Trip Generation, Vehicle Ownership and Use: Characterizing the Travel Patterns of Residents of Multifamily Housing. Prepared for the National Institute of Transportation and Communities. (Available online at: https://nitc.trec.pdx.edu/research/project/878).

Chapman, J., Whitfield, K., Nicole Iroz-Elardo, Henley, C., Alfonsin, N., Hagerman & L. Frank, L. (2019). Integrating Health and Transportation in Canada. Ottawa, ON: Transportation Association of Canada.

Frank, L.D, Nicole Iroz-Elardo, A. Hong & K. MacLeod. 2019. Pathways from built environment to health: Connecting behavior and exposure based impacts. Journal of Transport and Health. 12:319-335.

Christensen, K., S. Chen & Shujuan Li. 2019. A Comparison of park access with park need for children: Case study in Cache County, Utah. Landscape and Urban Planning. 187:119-128.

Li, E., J. Endter-Wada & Shujuan Li. 2019. Dynamics of Utah’s agricultural landscapes in response to urbanization: a comparison between irrigated and non-irrigated agricultural lands. Applied Geography. 105: 58-72.

Arthur C. Nelson & R. Hibberd. 2019. Express Busways and Economic Development: Case Study of the Miami-Dade South Express Busway. Research in Transportation Economics Transportation 77.

Arthur C. Nelson & R. Hibberd. 2019. Streetcars and Real Estate Rents with Implications for Transit Planning. Transportation Research Record, 2673(10), 714–725.

Kontokosta C.E., F. Franz, Gary Pivo, J. Sagi, Y. Lai & S. Papadopoulos. 2019. Estimating Office and Residential Building Energy Retrofit Hurdle Rates and Risk Arbitrage in Energy Efficiency Investments, Real Estate Research Institute Working Paper – RERI-LBNL Research Grant. 

Philip Stoker, H. Chang, E. Wentz, B. Crow-Miller, G. Jehle & M. Bonnette. 2019. Building water-efficient cities: A comparative analysis of how the built environment influences water use in four wester US cities. Journal of the American Planning Association. 1-14. 

Philip Stoker, S. Hinners, D. Jackson-Smith & Z. Levine. 2019. Neighborhood Effects on Urban Water Use. Sustainable Water Resources Management.

Bo Yang & Young, R. (Eds.). 2019. Ecological Wisdom: Theory and Practice. The Springer EcoWISE (Ecological wisdom inspired science and engineering) book series. United Kingdom: Springer-Nature.

Canfield, J., Bo Yang & Whitlow, H. 2019. Evaluating Landscape Performance: A Guidebook for Metrics and Methods Selection. Washington, D.C.: Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Bo Yang & Shujuan Li. 2019. Blending project goals and performance goals in ecological planning: Ian McHarg’s contributions to landscape performance evaluation. Socio-Ecological Practice Research, 1, 209-225. Special Issue Design With Nature at 50: retrospect and prospect.

Cheng, M. Dai, F., Bo Yang & S.W. Zhu. 2019. Assessing the effects of urban green infrastructure morphological pattern on PM2.5 in the neighborhoods of five Chinese megacities. Building and Environment, 158, 1-15.

Cheng, M. Dai, F., Bo Yang & S.W. Zhu. 2019. Evaluating the effects of neighborhood green space on PM2.5 mitigation: Evidence from five megacities in China. Building and Environment, 156, 33-45.

Flint, C., D. Jackson-Smith, Bo Yang & T. Dean. 2019. Transdisciplinary Socio-Scientific Practice: Lessons Learned from Social and Engineering Water Science. Socio-Ecological Practice Research, 1(1), 55-66.

Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Philip Stoker, R.H. Gimblett, B.J. Orr, S.E. Marsh, D.P. Guertin & N.V. Chalfoun. 2019. Exploring the influence of neighborhood walkability on the frequency of use of greenspace. Landscape and Urban Planning, 190. 103609.

Adriana Zuniga-Teran & C. Staddon. 2019. Chapter 13: Tucson, Arizona – A story of “water resilience” through diversifying water sources, demand management, and ecosystem restoration. In Resilient Water Services and Systems: The Foundations of Well-Being, P. Juuti, H. Mattile, R. Rajala, K. Schwartz, and C. Staddon, (eds.). IWA Publishing.

Adriana Zuniga-Teran. 2019. “Walkable Neighborhoods.” In Chapter 15 – Urban ecology and modern life. In Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works by D. Schmidtz and D.C. Shahar (eds.). Third Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Adriana Zuniga-Teran. 2019. “Urban ecology.” In Chapter 15 – Urban ecology and modern life. In Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works by D. Schmidtz and D.C. Shahar (eds.). Third Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Adriana Zuniga-Teran, C. Staddon, L. De Vito, A.K. Gerlak, S. Ward, Y. Schoeman, A. Hart & G. Booth. 2019. Challenges for mainstreaming green infrastructure in built environment professions. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

Adriana Zuniga-Teran & A.K. Gerlak. 2019. A multidisciplinary approach to analyzing questions of justice issues in urban greenspace. Sustainability, 11, 3055.

Ward, S., Staddon, C., L. De Vito, Adriana Zuniga-Teran, A.K. Gerlak, Y. Schoeman, A. Hart & G. Booth. 2019. Embedding social inclusiveness and appropriateness in engineering assessment of green infrastructure to enhance urban resilience. Urban Water Journal.


Select Faculty Presentations

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Gary Pivo, "Equity and Sustainability Assessment of Tucson’s Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET) Program," Presentation to Tucson City Council, February 22, 2021.

Gary Pivo, "Gentrification." Presentation for the League of Women Voters for Symposium on Gentrification: What Is It? And Who Is At The Table? January 16, 2021.

Esther M. Sternberg, Altaf Engineer, Bo Yang, Li, S., Co-Is: Young-Jun Son, Y.J., & Philip Stoker (2021, March). DASH-SAFE: A Multi-Modal Geographic Information System (GIS) Dashboard for Near Real-time Mapping of Perceived COVID Risk/Safety in a Campus Environment. Poster (virtual), 2021 Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Adriana Zuniga-Teran. 2021. “Equity in green infrastructure: Community engagement in Tucson and Ambos Nogales.” Presented virtually during the Climate Pilot Project Symposium Crossing Latinidades organized by the University of Illinois, Chicago. Funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. April 9, 2021.

Adriana Zuniga-Teran and Gerlak, A. 2021. “Diseño urbano sustentable: Justicia en los espacios verdes urbanos.” Presented virtually by A. Zuniga-Teran as a Keynote Speaker for the Seminario Permanente de Posgrado en Ciencias y Artes para el Diseño. Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. March 3, 2021.

Arlie Adkins, Ingram, M., & Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Sonmez, E. (2020). Workshop: QPED Toolkit – Qualitative Pedestrian Environments Data for better, more equitable transportation decision-making. 2020 Active Living Conference, February 2-5, 2020.

Kristina Currans, Abou-Zeid, G., & Nicole Iroz-Elardo. Linking Residential Parking to Automobile Transportation Impact Outcomes at a Development Level. 2020 Transportation Review Board Meeting. Washington, DC. 2020.

Nicole Iroz-Elardo, Arlie Adkins, & M. Ingram. (2020). Measuring Perceptions of Social Environments for Walking: a Systematic Review of Walkability Surveys. Poster at 2020 Transportation Review Board Meeting. Washington, DC.

Nicole Iroz-Elardo & Ladd Keith. (2020). Heat and healthy habits: supporting physical activity in an era of increased extreme heat risk. Poster at 2020 Active Living Conference, February 2-5, 2020.

Ladd Keith, Hondula D., Jones H., Meerow S. and Turney, V. Kelly, Workshop Organizers: Advancing the Theory and Practice of Urban Heat Resilience. October 19-20, 2020.

Elizabeth Deakin, Arthur C. Nelson, Kristina Currans, David Lee and John Renne. 2020. Transportation and Land Use. Centennial Papers. Transportation Research Board.

Arthur C. Nelson. Keynote, Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute. 2020. "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet: Transforming the Built Environment Through Its Nonresidential Spaces."

Arthur C. Nelson. Special Lecture, Urban Fellows, Georgia State University School of Law. 2020. "The Great Senior Short-Sale."

Arthur C. Nelson. Congress for the New Urbanism. 2020. "Missing Middle Housing."

Arthur C. Nelson. Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute. 2020. "Financing Resilient City Growth”.

Arthur C. Nelson. Transportation Research Board. 2020. "The Influence of Rail Transit on Development Patterns in the Mountain Mega-Region with Implications for Rail Transit and Land Use Planning."

Arthur C. Nelson. Transportation Research Board. 2020. “The Link between Transit Station Proximity and Mode Choice to Work, Working at Home, Vehicle Ownership, and Transportation Costs with Implications for Transit and Land Use Planning Implications."

Arthur C. Nelson. Transportation Research Board. 2020. "The (Overlooked) Link between Express Bus Stations and Commercial Rents with Implications for Transit and Land Use Planning". 

Clare Robinson and Arlie Adkins"The Green Book in Arizona: Intersecting urban history, heritage, and planning." EAAE-ARCC International Conference, Valencia, Spain, November 11-14, 2020.

Adriana Zuniga-Teran. 2020. “State of the Cienega Watershed.” Presented at the Cienega Watershed Partnership Workshop, via Zoom. September 18.

Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Murrieta, J., Garcia-Perez, H., Buechler, St. Lara-Valencia, F. Spickard, G. 2020. “Second Planning Workshop: Raingardens for my School”. This workshop was the conclusion of the project titled “Developing an outreach model for green infrastructure to address flooding and sewage spills in Ambos Nogales,” funded by the Arizona-Sonora Inter-University Alliance. September 24.


Our Research Stories

View our latest research stories and profiles:

Ghana street and residences

Ghana Digitized Its Address System: Its Failure Offers Lessons to Other African Countries Creating Smart Cities

Research by Seth Asare Okyere, CAPLA visiting assistant professor of urban planning, and Louis Kusi Frimpong, Matthew Abunyewah and Stephen Kofi Diko, show that digitalization initiatives in Ghana need to take local factors and engagement into account if they’re going to succeed.

Lecture Recap and Video: Sharon Collinge on 'Working with Communities to Build Environmental and Societal Resilience'

Sharon Collinge shares her experiences working at the interface of land use and climate change in the context of building resilient ecosystems and communities in this CAPLA Lecture Series lecture.

Ghana

Ghana’s Informal Residents Show How Social Innovation Can Solve Urban Challenges

A recent paper by Seth Asare Okyere, CAPLA visiting assistant professor of urban planning, and Stephen Kofie Diko, assistant professor at the University of Memphis, argues that the solutions residents in poor, marginalized, informal and crowded urban areas come up with to make everyday urban life livable are a form of social innovation.

Camp Naco

Award-Winning Heritage Conservation Efforts by CAPLA Faculty and Students Lead to $4.6M in State Restoration Funding for Buffalo Soldier Camp

CAPLA Heritage Conservation Program Project Director Helen Erickson and graduate students Sarah McDowell and Teresa DeKoker have been instrumental in efforts to preserve Camp Naco, a borderlands Buffalo Soldier camp located near Bisbee, Arizona, resulting in awards for their story map and new funding to preserve the site.

Tucson, Arizona

UArizona Researchers Awarded $3.5M to Fight Extreme Heat

A UArizona team led by CAPLA Assistant Professor Ladd Keith is collaborating with researchers from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University on a $25 million project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, to study the impact of climate change on Arizona's urban areas.

Lecture Recap and Video: June Williamson on 'A Retrofitting Suburbia Agenda for Equity, Health and Resilience to Climate Change'

June Williamson lectures on the urgent challenges produced by northern American suburban form and showcases urban design strategies to mitigate and address these challenges.

Dry border

With $6M Grant, Researchers Will Explore How Southwest Communities Can Best Adapt to Climate Change

University of Arizona researchers, including CAPLA's Ladd Keith, are furthering their efforts to examine how water, aridity and heat impact communities in the American Southwest thanks to a $6 million grant from NOAA's Climate Adaptation Partnerships program.

Map of China

CAPLA Student-Faculty Team Uses GIS to Create Digital Atlas and Award-Winning Poster of Historical Buddhist Sites in Hangzhou, China

This spring, MS Urban Planning student Glenn Ingram, recent MLA graduate Mattea Wallace and Associate Professor Philip Stoker, working with UArizona East Asian Studies Professor Jiang Wu, created the “Regional Religious Systems in Hangzhou China” story map using GIS. This fall, Ingram's poster from the project won an award.

Sandra Bernal Cordove

Learning as Rich Experience: Sandra Bernal Cordova, Lecturer and UArizona Hispanic Serving Institution Fellow

UArizona Hispanic Serving Institution Fellow Sandra Bernal Cordova, who joined CAPLA in 2018 as a lecturer, uses her built environment research, community service and cross-campus collaborations to inform the classes she teaches and co-teaches, which include Water Efficiency in Building, Equitable Cities and the Sustainable Built Environments Capstone.

Lecture Recap and Video: Seth Okyere on 'Walking the Unwalkable City: An Exploration of Walking Conditions, Experiences and Interventions in the Global South'

Seth Okyere lectures on "Walking the Unwalkable City," a discussion which brings forward conditions and experiences of a walking city that is not walkable and, most importantly, resident improvisations to minimize walking inequities.

Sunlit urban street with cyclist

Timely, Essential ‘Planning for Urban Heat Resilience’ Report Wins Planning Awards

CAPLA Assistant Professor of Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Ladd Keith and ASU Associate Professor Sara Meerow have been honored with the Western Planner 2022 Sheldon D. Gerber Merit Award for Excellence in Environmental Planning and 2022 APA Arizona Open Category (Applied Research) Award for their Planning for Urban Heat Resilience.

June Williamson

Designing Suburban Futures: June Williamson, Visiting Professor of Architecture

Visiting Professor of Architecture June Williamson has joined CAPLA for the Fall 2022 semester from The City College of New York. Her research focuses on northern American suburban form and its discontents, documenting how underperforming suburban property types and development patterns are being redeveloped, reinhabited or regreened.