In the summer of 2020, CAPLA was charged by alumni, students, faculty and staff to take urgent, college-wide action on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Two outcomes of our action are the new CAPLA EDI website and EDI and the built environment bibliography.
Paola Ortez, who is from Tucson, entered CAPLA's BS in Sustainable Built Environments program (Sustainable Building Emphasis) following a series of unexpected physical and mental challenges, testing her but demonstrating her resilience and commitment to sustainability.
A study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Architecture Courtney Crosson makes a strong case that even in arid climates, urban farms can help neighborhoods get the nutritious food they need if the farms are irrigated in a sustainable way.
At the Michigan ASLA 2020 conference held in October, Damon Leverett discussed strategies for how design-oriented organizations can address concerns and conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion and translate them into action. View the presentation.
Morgan Oster proposes a fish hatchery and wildlife research center, which have a strong didactic potential in San Francisco's urban setting to educate the population on endangered species as well as the ecological effects of climate change and pollution.
For Hope Rock Park, Paige Anthony '21 MLA and Ramzy Bejjani '21 MLA chose a linear open space area five miles south of downtown Tucson along the Santa Cruz River, sandwiched between a residential neighborhood and a large shopping center.
The Duwamish People's Memorial and Gallery by Jenny Nguyen adapts cultural practices as well as architectural themes, patterns and materials of the Duwamish Tribe— a community of indigenous peoples who have stewarded the site for thousands of years but were quickly displaced following European settlement.
In her Sustainable Built Environments capstone project, Gabby Abou-Zeid ’19 SBE examines the role of Tucson, Arizona’s built environment in advancing the shift in travel behavior in favor of less carbon-intensive modes, through the lens of walkability.