Growing cities in arid regions


Urban Design in Arid Zones

Jan. 20-23, 2005

AME Auditorium, Speedway at Mountain Avenue

$175; $125, AIA members; tours are $25

Contact Information
Ignacio San Martin,
professor and coordinator,
UA Urban Design Program
[email protected]

Jeanne Bourke
[email protected]

Steve Harvath
[email protected]

U.S. cities located in arid regions must deal with pressures created by rapid growth, the patterns that shape growth, and the scarcity of resources in the natural environment. Understanding this basic principle is the biggest single sustainable issue confronting urban design in arid regions.

The School of Architecture at the University of Arizona is organizing the second international symposium on "Cities in Arid Regions" in collaboration with the Facultad de Arquitectura at the Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) of Santiago, Chile; the University of Newcastle, Australia; and the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ETSAM), Madrid, Spain. The meeting is scheduled for Jan. 20-23, 2005, in Tucson.

The program is organized along six areas of research, including:

  • Who designs the city: The political framework of urban design
  • Ecosystem dynamics and ecosystem management in arid regions
  • Human ecology and urban design: Prospects for a new arid regions' urbanism
  • Transportation and ecological mobility alternatives
  • Building technology: Sustainable technologies and materials for city building
  • Approaches for establishing institutional bridges for effective change

Notables at the conference include Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano; Bob Walkup, mayor of Tucson; Jeremy Harris, president of the International Mayors Institute; and Secretary Douglas Foy, director of the Commonwealth Development Office in Boston.

UA Provost George Davis will give the welcoming address. Keynote speakers include Ofelia Zepeda, professor of linguistics at the UA; Columbia University Architecture Professor Kenneth Frampton; McGill University Architecture Professor Alberto Pérez Gomez; and Fernando Pérez-Oyarzun, a professor of architecture at PUC in Santiago.

A number of University of Arizona faculty will serve as panelists, including Nader Chalfoun, Ralph Hammann, Alvaro Malo and Ignacio San Martin (School of Architecture); Robert Glennon Jr. (College of Law); Sharon Megdal (Water Resources Research Center); Jonathan Overpeck, (Institute for the Study of Planet Earth); and Bill Shaw (School of Natural Resources).

The symposium is sponsored by a Richard A. Harvill Foundation Grant for the Advancement of Higher Education. The Richard A. Harvill Memorial Endowment Committee and the Richard A. Harvill Conferences are designed to explore challenges facing universities and colleges. Richard Anderson Harvill, who guided the UA for 20 years, stressed the importance of the UA's threefold role of this university - education, research, and service.

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