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  • Spring 2009 January 22, 2009

    2002 Landsat 7 Satellite Image of Phoenix

    College of Architecture and Planning Urban Design Program University of Colorado Denver

    C A N A L S C A P E S UD 6601 Composition Studio Spring 2009 Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 – 8:00PM Instructor Lori Catalano lori.catalano@ucdenver.edu

    The real challenge that confronts us today is not how to radically alter the city

    we have, but how to sustain its viability. The question is not whether or not the

    city should sprawl, but rather how to accommodate all the different ways we as

    individuals will choose to live. Grady Gammage, Jr. Phoenix in Perspective: Reflections on Developing the Desert

    Phoenix, Arizona 33°26'54" north, 112°4'26" west mean elevation of 1,117 feet (340 m), northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert "Valley of the Sun" Phoenix residents 1,552,259 Phoenix Metropolitan Area residents 4,179,427 fifth most populous city in the United States does not observe daylight saving time influential politicians Sandra Day O'Connor, Barry Goldwater, and John McCain summer average annual rainfall 8.3 inches high temperature is among the hottest of any populated area in the United States and approaches those of cities such as Riyadh and Baghdad temperature reaches or exceeds 100°F (38°C) on an average of 110 days during the year, including most days from early June through early September, and highs top 110°F (43°C) an average of 18 days during the year. June 26, 1990 all-time recorded high of 122° winter months are mild to warm, with daily high temperatures ranging from the mid-60's to low 70's, and low temperatures rarely dipping below 40 the city of Phoenix is divided up into 15 urban villages 2007 U.S. Census estimates the city's population was: 76.7% White (48.1% non- Hispanic-White alone) 6.0% Black or African American 2.4% American Indian and Alaska Native 2.7% Asian 0.2% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 14.1% some other race 1.9% two or more races 41.5% Hispanic or Latino of any race U.S. Census estimates 1,321,045 people, 865,834 households, and 407,450 families in the city

    Introduction Metro Phoenix is the prime example of the challenges associated with the intersection of two extremes; extremely rapid growth and a hot, dry desert climate. Phoenix is the fastest growing large city in the U.S. and it receives less than 8.5 inches of precipitation annually. Due to its early occupation and limited water, which is essential to development, it has a rich history of water distribution canals and many different examples of urban and suburban development to be studied. Ultimately, the intent of this course is to explore the complexities of this intersection of extremes and develop alternative strategies for the design of “authentic desert urbanism.”

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    Content This urban design studio will explore and develop alternate visions for a unique form of urbanism to be located along the canals of Metro Phoenix. The existing network of canals creates an interesting potential for ‘Canalscapes’ that potentially cultivate live, work, and play environments along the banks. Dr. Nan Ellin, the Director of Urban & Metropolitan Studies at Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs, originally introduced the concepts of ‘Canalscapes’ and ‘Canal Villages’. Based on her work, students will be given the task of developing designs for these unique communities situated at the intersection of the canals and a spectacular desert. At the end of the semester, the class will prepare and provide to the local community a visioning document summarizing some of the strategies and designs for this new desert urbanism. Collaboration with the local community and colleagues in a parallel course being taught by Dr. Ellin at ASU will be required to accomplish many of these tasks. On Friday, February 6th students are required to participate in the Canalscape Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona. At this symposium local experts will be presenting their work related to water policy, land use, real estate development, canal history, hydrology, and environmental engineering. In addition, students will meet with the community members, artists, and designers, to share ideas for the future of the canals. On Saturday, February 7th students will have the opportunity to explore and experience the canals for themselves. Through out the semester students will be sharing information, findings, and ideas with students at ASU. To accomplish this, students will be teleconferencing and using the blog/website being established and maintained by the ASU students.

    Outcomes There are seven student learning outcomes that will be the focus of this semester. In this studio the end product is important, but the process is important as well. Therefore, each of these outcomes will be presented and discussed as part of the studio process. By the end of the semester students should be able to:

    • Identify and understand various formal, social, economic and political forces giving shape to the built environment.

    • Determine processes and practices that lead to conceptual, analytical, and formative actions that transform existing situations into preferred alternatives.

    • Situate the design problem within a larger cultural, social and ecological context.

    • Set-up and test strategies that synthesis the research and contextual processes.

    • Implement and demonstrate the strategies through physical application. • Prepare and present an organized, professional and compelling verbal and

    visual presentation using appropriate media to explain complex ideas and concepts.

    • Clearly articulate and document the iterative process of developing design ideas.

    Assessment Rubrics will be used as the primary form of assessment for the mid-term and final projects. However, students will be also assessed on their level of participation, ability to collaborate, ability to reflect, and innovatively respond to circumstances presented. (Class presentations may be recorded to use as part of the Elixr Project, which explores the use of rubrics in assessing student’s performance.)

    According to a recent statistic reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, Phoenix, Arizona, has had a 21 percent increase in population during the 1990s. It has become the fastest growing large city in the United States.

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    Schedule (This schedule is tentative and subject to change.)

    Tuesday 6:00 – 10:00

    Thursday 6:00 – 10:00

    Tuesday, January 20 Introduction, ps presentation, “Making Sense of Place: Phoenix, The Urban Desert” documentary, Where to begin?

    Thursday, January 22 Discuss about Phoenix with Jason Rebilliot

    Tuesday, January 27

    Thursday, January 29

    Tuesday, February 3 Presentation of inventory

    Thursday, February 5 – Sunday, February 8 Trip to Phoenix for Canalscape Workshop

    Tuesday, February 10

    Thursday, February 12

    Tuesday, February 17 Presentation of mappings

    Thursday, February 19

    Tuesday, February 24

    Thursday, February 26

    Tuesday, March 3 Presentation of initial strategies

    Thursday, March 5

    Tuesday, March 10

    Thursday, March 12

    Tuesday, March 17 Mid-term presentations

    Thursday, March 19 ASU and UCD teleconference

    Tuesday, March 24 Spring break – no class

    Thursday, March 26 Spring break – no class

    Tuesday, March 31

    Thursday, April 2

    Tuesday, April 7

    Thursday, April 9

    Tuesday, April 14 Progress presentation

    Thursday, April 16

    Tuesday, April 21

    Thursday, April 23

    Tuesday, April 28

    Thursday, April 30

    Tuesday, May 5 Jury Week

    Thursday, May 7 Final presentations Jury Week

    Tuesday, May 12 Finals Week

    Thursday, May 14 ASU and UCD final presentation teleconference Completion of deliverables Finals Week

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    Requirements Students are expected to attend each class. For every three missed classes your grade will be dropped one half of a grade.

    AmeriCorps Students are encouraged to enroll in the AmeriCorps program. By participating in this program students receive a service scholarship that can be applied to qualified school loans or to finance graduate school.

    Recommended Books No single text book covers the range of topics to be explored in this class. Listed below are a few books that might be of interest. Integral Urbanism by Nan Ellin Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature by Douglas Farr Suburban Transformations by Paul Lukez CENTER, Volume 14: On Landscape Urbanism by various authors and Dean Almy

    Policies, Rules and Regulations Students with Disabilities

    Students with disabilities who want academic accommodations must register with Disability Resources and Services (DRS), 177 Arts Building, 303-556-3450, TTY 303-556-4766, FAX 303-556-2074. DRS requires students to provide curr