Sustainable Built Environments

Nov. 4, 2021

Lecture Recap and Video: Jonathan Jae-an Crisman on 'Civic Expression: Art, Culture and the Built Environment in Little Tokyo'

Jonathan Jae-an Crisman, assistant professor of public  and applied humanities at the University of Arizona, joins us for the CAPLA Lecture Series on the topic of "Civic Expression: Art, Culture and the Built Environment in Little Tokyo." View the video from Crisman's November 3, 2021 presentation. 

Oct. 24, 2021

Lecture Recap and Video: Courtney Crosson on 'Designing Food Systems in an Urban Desert'

Courtney Crosson is a licensed architect and assistant professor at the University of Arizona, where she teaches classes on water in the built environment and community outreach studios.

Tucson 2050 public presentation Oct. 12, 2021

UArizona Architecture Students Design a More Sustainable Tucson Thanks to CAPLA Partnership with GLHN

Since 2017, GLHN Architects & Engineers has sponsored and provided technical advising on four architecture studios designed to craft a more sustainable Tucson by the year 2050. This year, the focus turns to urban food systems.

Sign for Extreme Heat Cooling Centre, City of Vancouver, B.C. Oct. 5, 2021

Researchers from UArizona, ASU, UCLA and Aspen Global Change Institute Call for Attention to ‘Heat Governance’ to Protect Those Most at Risk from Extreme Heat

By implementing six guiding principles, researchers and decision-makers will not only address heat inequities but also create coordinated metrics and plans to adequately address extreme heat risks.

Sept. 24, 2021

Lecture Recap and Video: Jie Hu on Urban Design with Nature - Explore Sustainable Urban Development in China

Jie Hu, clinical professor of landscape architecture and chair of the Master of Sustainable Urban Design program at the University of Illinois, joins us for the CAPLA Lecture Series to discuss Shan-Shui City principles.

Adriana Zuniga Sept. 23, 2021

Exploring Human-Landscape Connections: Adriana Zuniga ’10 MS Arch, Assistant Research Scientist

Assistant Research Scientist Adriana Zuniga came to CAPLA from Mexico in 2008 to pursue her MS Architecture degree. Since then, she has also earned a PhD in Arid Lands Resources Sciences and has taught and conducted research on human-landscape connections at CAPLA since 2015.

Ladd Keith Sept. 14, 2021

CAPLA Professor Ladd Keith on the Imperative of Planning for Heat Resilience

Assistant Professor of Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Ladd Keith recently published two editorials in important national and international publications. With UArizona Professor of Geography Andrea K. Gerlak he authored “There’s no place in the US safe from the heat” in The Hill, and with ASU Assistant Professor of Geography Sara Meerow he authored “Cities must plan for heat resilience now,” published by Reuters.

Ash Avila Sept. 9, 2021

Meet Ash Avila ’23 BS SBE, 2022 Transportation Research Board Minority Student Fellow

Ash Avila, a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments student from Nogales, Arizona, who will graduate in 2023, has been awarded an acclaimed Transportation Research Board (TRB) Minority Student Fellowship for 2022. Avila is one of 24 students selected by TRB.

wall-EIFS Sept. 2, 2021

UArizona Team Led by Architecture Professor Jonathan Bean and Engineering Professor Wolfgang Fink Wins $200,000 ‘American-Made Challenge’ E-ROBOT Prize

wall-EIFS, a robotically applied, 3D-sprayable exterior insulation and finish system for building envelope retrofits, is one of 10 finalist prize winners of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Envelope Retrofit Opportunities for Building Optimization Technologies Prize, or E-ROBOT Prize.

Desk in office with window Sept. 1, 2021

CAPLA Experts: In Wake of COVID-19, Employers Must Make Offices Healing Spaces

Altaf Engineer and Esther Sternberg, two CAPLA professors who study how work and living spaces affect physical and mental health, say the pandemic has forced employers to think about how office spaces can reduce employees' stress and enhance their wellbeing.

Aug. 25, 2021

The Role of Building Emissions in Meeting Climate Change Goals: Architecture Professor Jonathan Bean Interviewed by KJZZ

Jonathan Bean was interviewed by KJZZ Radio regarding the role of building emissions in meeting climate change goals, noting that if we want to get to a zero carbon future by 2050, we must cut emissions from buildings in half by 2030.

Soccer field green infrastructure Aug. 20, 2021

Civil Engineering Magazine Discusses Green Infrastructure Proposals Created by CAPLA Architecture Students

“How do you retrofit a city for infrastructure that it doesn’t have?” asks Assistant Professor of Architecture Courtney Crosson in Civil Engineering magazine. “The idea is that instead of digging up roads and putting in single-purpose piping, green infrastructure is a multi-benefit way to adapt and upgrade city infrastructure.”

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