Community Initiatives

Helen Erickson April 14, 2020

CAPLA Heritage Conservation Project Director Guides Urban Planning Graduates and Neighbors in Creating a Cultural Asset App for Tucson

Each year Helen Erickson brings together graduate students in her preservation planning course with neighborhood residents on a project designed to benefit the community. This year they created the Tucson Community Treasures app.

SLUG April 10, 2020

Sustainability Laboratory and Urban Garden (Slug) at CITY High School

Designed by CAPLA Assistant Professor of Architecture Christopher Trumble and Washington University in St. Louis Associate Professor of Urban Design Linda Samuels and built with CAPLA students and others, CITY High School's Sustainability Laboratory and Urban Garden (SLUG) converted an unusable alleyway into a dynamic, multipurpose space.

Intubation box demonstration April 8, 2020

Paulus Musters Leads CAPLA Design Thinking (and Building) Efforts to Protect Healthcare Providers from COVID-19

As part of the Arizona Makers Fighting COVID-19 group, Materials Labs Manager Paulus Musters is using CAPLA facilities and tools such as laser cutters and 3D printers to create face shields, aerosol boxes and face mask frames to protect healthcare workers and first responders.

Lisa Schrenk Feb. 28, 2020

CAPLA Architectural History Professor Opens Women in Architecture: The Legacy of the Bauhaus in the U.S. Exhibition in Phoenix

The Women in Architecture: The Legacy of the Bauhaus in the United States exhibition curated by Lisa Schrenk is on display in the Gallery of the Arizona chapter office of the American Institute of Architects in Phoenix through March 12.

Drachman Design Build Coalition Residence 4 Dec. 16, 2019

Drachman Design Build Coalition Residence 4

The Drachman Design-Build Coalition Residence 4 is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence of 1200 square feet in area. This residence combines thermal mass Integra-block with light gauge steel frame plus insulation.

Drachman Design-Build Coalition Residence 3 Dec. 16, 2019

Drachman Design Build Coalition Residence 3

The Drachman Design-Build Coalition Residence 3 is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence of 1200 square feet in area. The main building features include two courtyards that allow natural light and ventilation to reach all habitable spaces, a sliding wall panel that enables reconfiguration of interior space, a super-insulated building envelope, and innovative use of polycarbonate sheathing.

Drachman Design Build Coalition Residence 5 Nov. 26, 2019

Trombe Wall House

The Trombe Wall House is a three bedroom, 2 bath residence of 1300 square feet in area. It was designed and constructed by School of Architecture faculty (Mary Hardin and David Bullaro) and students in 2013-2014.

Approach to Sentinel House Entry Court From Carport. Nov. 25, 2019

Sentinel House

Drachman Design-Build Coalition Residence 7 (Sentinel House) is a three-bedroom, two-bath dwelling of 1300 sq. ft. It was designed and constructed by School of Architecture faculty and students. 

Drachman Design-Build Coalition (DDBC) Residence 6 is a three-bedroom, two-bath residence of 1200 square feet in area. It was designed and constructed by School of Architecture faculty Mary Hardin and Bil Taylor and students in 2011-2012. Nov. 25, 2019

Sustainable Affordable Housing, Residence 6

Drachman Design-Build Coalition (DDBC) Residence 6 is a three-bedroom, two-bath residence of 1200 square feet in area. It was designed and constructed by School of Architecture faculty Mary Hardin and Bil Taylor and students in 2011-2012.

Nov. 12, 2019

Students Evaluate Innovative Complete Streets Project in Tucson

In fall 2018, students in Arlie Adkins Transportation Planning Class worked with the City of Tucson and Living Streets Alliance to transform a dangerous car-centric intersection north of Downtown Tucson into a pedestrian friendly community hub.

Sept. 20, 2019

Pocket Parks on Park(ing) Day 2019

MLA students in the American Society of Landscape Architects Student Chapter designed and installed a colorful pocket park for Park(ing) Day 2019.

May 16, 2019

Affordable Housing Project Receives National Recognition

An innovative mixed-income housing development designed by an interdisciplinary team of CAPLA students was awarded 2nd Place/Honorable Mention in the 2019 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Low-Income Housing Challenge.

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