Sustainable City Project Director Linda Samuels recently participated on one of two winning teams in a competition called Playground Games to develop new interdisciplinary projects that could benefit the environment and the community at large. In the "Shark Tank"-style competition sponsored by UA'S Confluence Center and Institute of the Environment, more than a dozen University of Arizona... more
Students in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture are developing recommendations for a proposed interstate that would stretch from Nogales to Las Vegas. Arizona could see a new interstate in the future. And if recommendations being developed by students at the University of Arizona are successful, the highway won't be anything like the 1950s versions that crisscross... more
Linda Samuels, project director of the Sustainable City Project, doesn't want to just teach students about architecture; she wants to help create a sustainable future.
For Samuels, architecture is about much more than buildings. From traffic and economics to playgrounds and people, there are countless elements she believes contribute to a city's architecture.
Why is the Sustainable City Project important now? The world is more and more an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment, but academic institutions—particularly design studios—tend to support the autonomous expert. SCP is a model for the next generation of professionals and the next generation of cities. A well-designed city, particularly in this era of limited resources, has to be... more
Throughout American history, large-scale public works have represented our collective optimism. The Interstate highways unify the country not only by connecting it coast to coast but also by elevating speed and mobility to the status of national entitlement. Similarly, we expect our networks of local streets to serve us functionally, formally and symbolically — to establish a sense of order... more
By now it seems like old news: our infrastructure is failing. From the catastrophic post-Katrina levee breaches in New Orleans to the sudden collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, the less-than-mediocre state of U.S. infrastructure has attracted significant attention in the last few years. In its "Report Card for America's Infrastructure," the American Society of Civil Engineers... more