• Effective Strategies to Manage Underground Utilities and Urban Trees in Public Rights-of-Way

      Garrick, Sandi; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Alster, Ellen; Iuliano, Joseph (The University of Arizona., 2018-12)
      With more than 8.6 million lane miles of roads and adjacent right-of-way in the United States, it is easy to understand why the management of those public assets is of vital importance. Public rights-of-way serve a variety of critical functions including, but not limited to, freight transit, recreational travel, utility infrastructure corridors, alternative modes of transport, drainage elements, vegetation management, and aesthetic enhancement or beautification. This paper will explore the constraints encountered in managing these public spaces for such a variety of stakeholders. Through means of case study analysis, literature review, and interviews with industry experts, recommendations will be made for both technologies and practices being used to effectively manage competing interests in the public rights-of-way. Best Management Practices include preliminary utility identification, accurate mapping utilizing Subsurface Utility Engineering, design considerations including appropriate species, planting, irrigation and maintenance of urban tree forests, public policies that are multi-disciplinary and holistic in their approach, along with funding mechanisms that can be leveraged to support a thriving urban tree forest.
    • Green Infrastructure and its Applications on the University of Arizona Campus

      Bulik, Claire; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; McCormick, Grant; Iuliano, Joey (The University of Arizona., 2018-12)
      Cities all around the world are experiencing new challenges in the wake of climate change. In the United States the effects of climate change, coupled with failing infrastructure, are leading to major problems when it comes to flooding and storm water management. With the predicted increase and severity of storm events due to climate change, storm water mitigation is becoming an important task for planners, engineers, and landscape architects. Green infrastructure is emerging as a solution to these challenges where in place of traditional infrastructure multi-layered systems that mimic natural processes are being used to capture, treat and infiltrate storm water on site. This capstone examines the various components of green infrastructure design and how it can be utilized on the University of Arizona campus. This research, in addition to quantitative storm water calculations, have been used to inform the re-design of a site on campus using green infrastructure practices to mitigate flooding and capture storm water runoff. Through a carefully planned green infrastructure approach, the proposed design captures 90% of the storm water that falls in a 100-year, 60-minute design storm on site.
    • Wildfire and Land Cover Change in the Archipelago Mountain Ranges

      Kramer, Sean; Maggi, Amber; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Li, Shujuan; Iuliano, Joey (The University of Arizona., 2018-12)
      This study analyzes 10 years (2001-2011) of land cover and wildfire data in the Sky Islands Region. The aim of this study is to produce visual models of land cover change in conjunction with human-caused wildfires. Research was conducted using data gathered from the National Land Cover Database, the USDA Forest Service and from wildfire.cr.usgs.gov. This information was spatially mapped using ArcMap. Land cover from 2001-2011 was evaluated as either a negative change, a positive change or a constant. Wildfire data was classified as either human-caused or naturally occurring. These two maps were used to compare and analyze the relationship between wildfires and land cover change.
    • A Relative Look at Light Rail Systems and Property Values

      Kramer, Sean; John, Graham; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Christopherson, Gary; Iuliano, Joseph (The University of Arizona., 2018-12)
      The debate on whether or not Light Rail Systems have a net positive or negative on a surrounding areas property values has been a debate raging since the first implementation of the public transit systems themselves. This paper shall attempt to answer this question and do further research into which areas particularly in western culture, ranging from London to Portland and applying said findings to Phoenix, Arizona. Through this research it has shown that although small there does appear to be a positive correlation between the two separate entities. Building upon this a collection of data from Phoenix residents has been collected and shall be discussed as to gauge overall interest in the light rail system. This data may allow planners to understand the wants and needs for the community and in going forward with plans for the public transit systems may be able to systematically implement new expansion lines for the Phoenix Light Rail System.
    • Adaptive Reuse as a Sustainable Solution

      Breckenridge, Lauren; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Daughtrey, Cannon (The University of Arizona., 2018-12)
      The scope of the research if focusing on how adaptive reuse of historic buildings satisfies the three pillars of sustainability. The implementation of adaptive reuse will reduce environmental impact, provide a place for communities to learn and interact with, and bring money into the local economy. The methodology for the study included an online survey, case studies, and literature reviews. This allowed the research to be unbiased and to obtain current research on the topic to figure out if there is a lack of knowledge on the topic. Case studies offer real-world examples of adaptive reuse in and their payoffs. The literature reviews provide information on the concepts and strategies that are involved with adaptive reuse. An online survey was conducted to grasp the general public’s knowledge of the topic. The purpose of researching adaptive reuse in historic buildings is to persuade people to restore a property for a new use rather than constructing a new building. This practice will be able to fulfill social, environmental, and economic sustainability in communities. The findings towards the research topic implied that more research and implementation of adaptive reuse in historic buildings need to be utilized to show the benefits as a sustainable solution.
    • Green Infrastructure and ArcGIS on the University of Arizona Campus

      Iuliano, Joey; Rouhani, Maryam; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Shujuan, Li; Livingston, Margaret (The University of Arizona., 2018-12)
      Climate change has led to an increase of destructive weather events around the world. This is a trend that is expected to continue in the coming decades. Because of this, making our cities more resilient and sustainable should be a top priority. However, realistically there are limited funds available to spend on improving our urban centers. We must find ways to be increasingly efficient and effective with the way we use our resources. This paper explores one way Arc GIS could play a role in analyzing data in order to decide where to prioritize spending. Green infrastructure is a cost effective and sustainable way to handle storm events. It allows water to be retained on site, rather than funneled through gutters. For this study, Arc GIS to create a density map of where green infrastructure currently exists on the University of Arizona’s campus, and then combining that with an NDVI analysis that reveals what areas are furthest away from existing green space. The resulting map shows what areas of campus are furthest from existing green infrastructure and greenspace, and are therefore in most need of additional green infrastructure. The area identified by the final map as having the most need is the north-west part of campus, by Park and Speedway. This same process could be applied at the scale of a city in order for city planners to make informed decisions on how to allocate their funds.
    • Blue Design: Fighting Food Deserts With Rainwater Harvesting

      Kramer, Sean; Graff, Jackson; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Stoker, Phillip; Iuliano, Joey (The University of Arizona., 2018-11-30)
      Food deserts are an increasing issue in the United States. Low-income areas within cities have little economic incentives for grocery stores, leaving the residence with little to no access to healthy foods. Schools within these food deserts have the ability to provide members of the low-income communities with these healthy foods. These foods can be sustainably grown with rainwater harvesting design and implementation. Tucson Arizona and its food desert locations were the focus area of this study. After generating the data on how much rainwater each school was able to collect in a given year, the amount of potential food produced was calculated for each school. The data and report provide the foundation for schools to build their rainwater harvesting and community farming programs upon. The results suggest that every school has the potential to at least supplement their daily diets with healthy foods grown on campus and watered with a sustainable source.
    • Sustainable Pool

      Virrey, Gloria; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Nader, Chalfoun (The University of Arizona., 2018-05-09)
      The following document addresses the importance of sustainability into design of a private swimming pool. It shows how easy it is to establish human thermal comfort, xeriscaping ideas for a cooler environment, and recycling water and recharging aquifers. All by powering the pumps, lights, heaters, and maintenance only by using solar energy from PV panels used as a Ramada for the pool design. The study was conducted at a residential home in Tucson, AZ. A house was chosen to see how these benefits will impact the thermal zone and how it will perish the water we don’t have much of in the southwest region of the US. Different materials were implemented into the design to show the comparison of the sustainable principles and products versus the non-sustainable products to show how you can save and how the payback period of all the costs to pay back in 2 years.
    • Congestion Control Along Tucson's Streetcar Route: A Case Study Analysis of Implementing Dedicated Lanes

      Bramhall, Beatrice; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Iuliano, Joey (The University of Arizona., 2018-05-04)
      This paper discusses the relationships between traffic congestion and public transit within Tucson, Arizona in attempt to pinpoint the direct repercussions traffic congestion has on public transit operating systems and suggest potential solutions to these issues. This paper focuses on Tucson’s most recent public transportation development of the local streetcar system, also known as the SunLink. The significance of traffic congestion along the SunLink route was measured both currently and in the future in respect to estimated population growth and increased automobile dependency. In attempt to distinguish these potential traffic concerns along Tucson’s streetcar route, a case study analysis of two different cities was incorporated within this study. The reported traffic concerns along the streetcar systems of these two cities were compared with Tucson’s streetcar system by similarities in trends that created traffic issues along the routes. Both of these case studies presented in this paper initially implemented a streetcar plan where the public transit systems shared a lane with mixed traffic, similar to Tucson’s initial plan of the streetcar. Each of these cities identified the shared lanes as the underlying reason for traffic concerns along their streetcar routes and later adopted dedicated lanes for the streetcar to alleviate these concerns. Ultimately, this paper seeks to determine whether similar modifications should be adopted along Tucson’s streetcar route and if so, whether these modifications are even feasible for Tucson.
    • Creating a Sustainable House for Klong Toey

      Kramer-Lazar, Sean; Lastine, Michael; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Iuliano, Joey (The University of Arizona., 2018-05-04)
      This capstone looked at a housing problem in Klong Toey which is a slum in Bangkok, Thailand. Currently 100,000 people live in Klong Toey which is only on a 1 square mile plot of land. (Sapsuwan, Peewara, n.d.) The goal was to come up with a new sustainable housing design that could not only solve their housing issue, but also solve power and water shortages and health issues that arise due to their current living situation. The capstone looks at a resource called “Community Action for Sustainable Housing: Building a Low-Carbon Future” to help understand what goes into making a sustainable home. Two case studies were looked at to take ideas that had previously worked. There is also a cost benefit analysis to compare the design of just a simple house to one with more sustainable features added on. In the end it was concluded that there is not enough money to build the most sustainable home so it would be better to just go with the simple design.
    • Renovation and Revitalization of Imuris, Sonora River and Downtown.

      Angulo, Denisse; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (The University of Arizona., 2018-05-04)
      Revitalization and Restoration of the zone composed of the River and Imuris downtown, is a main emphasis of development purpose. Based on a mixed methodology studies, it is intended to achieve a sustainable development on the community, by starting with the redesign of downtown and then, following with the river to revitalize it, where residents and non-residents can spend mornings and afternoons enjoying a nice, environmental and sustainable moment. It is focused for all the public, where will be enjoyable to hang out and spend time with friends, couple, kids or the entire family.
    • Revitalization of Low-income Neighborhood in Douglas, Arizona

      Galindo, Valeria; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Iuliano, Joey (The University of Arizona., 2018-05)
      Environmental justice has negative impacts on lower socio-economic status populations. The intent of study was to address environmental justice through the sustainable design measures of urban greening and green infrastructure in a low-income neighborhood in Douglas, Arizona. The site was thoroughly analyzed and evaluated for potential implementation of urban greening and green infrastructure practices. It was clear that the neighborhood was in need of a revitalization process as it lacked many of the amenities that relate to public health and quality of life. A selection of case studies was reviewed as a means of design inspiration and to evaluate the positive impacts rendered by the implementation of the designs. The preliminary design plan demonstrates that strategic planning in low-income neighborhoods can offer amenities that enhance the quality of life of the residents. The design plan also accounts for a more structured and organized space that facilitates the interaction of the residents with the environment. Although the benefits that the design plan fosters were derived from the selection of case studies, actual implementation and evaluation of the results of this proposal must be done to determine a strong and concrete conclusion. However, creating consciousness about environmental justice and how to approach it is of vital importance.
    • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Rede CUCA: A Precedent for Environmental Education

      Bennett, Andrea; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Bacelar da Silva, Antonio; Iuliano, Joey (The University of Arizona., 2018-05)
      In the area of sustainability, community outreach and engagement is a crucial part in encouraging communities to make more environmentally conscious decisions, such as through environmental education. An important process in the implementation of community engagement programs is the evaluation of the programs to determine whether they are working as intended. This report will use the organization Rede CUCA as a case study. The report will research different methods of program evaluation currently used at CUCA and an independent evaluation of the organization will also take place to analyze its effectiveness. The purpose of the research is to study how to evaluate programs by analyzing current assessments on CUCA as well as through the practice of conducting an evaluation. The gatherings will provide insights on best evaluation practices and processes which programs and organizations can use to analyze their impacts and make improvements where necessary.
    • Factors Influencing Recycling Behaviors and Contamination at the University of Arizona

      Garcia, Fermin; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Iuliano, Joey (The University of Arizona., 2018-04-30)
    • Rainwater Harvesting at the University of Arizona

      College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Conrad, Kathryn; Iuliano, Joey (The University of Arizona., 2018-04-30)
    • Hydroponic Towering Agriculture vs Traditional Soil Farming in Southern Arizona

      Browne, Alexa; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Iuliano, Joey (The University of Arizona., 2018-04-30)
      The purpose of this study is to define the sustainable differences between vertical agriculture and traditional soil based farming. In order to first understand what hydroponic towering agriculture, historical research will aid in explaining how technology and agriculture have advanced to create such sustainable farming techniques. Readily available food is a privilege that people take for advantage and forget that much of the world is not so fortunate. An analysis of nutriment deficiency is an important subject to discuss which will pave the path for the exploration of alternative types of farming. As populations are on a continuous rise, less space will be available for agriculture due to increased demand in houses and city sprawl. The concept of vertical agriculture is not only benefiting food availability but it also has the ability to beautify a city. It is important now more than ever to begin looking towards alternative sustainable ways of life so that there is a future that generations after us can enjoy. Hydroponics and aquaponics are advancements in agricultural technology that, if implemented correctly, could have tremendous long term benefits. This capstone is heavily based on qualitative information with quantitative data to support such results. Combining all of the data, through a mixed methods analysis, it will assist someone in understanding the importance of alternative agriculture.
    • Rainwater Harvesting at the University of Arizona

      College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Iuliano, Joseph (The University of Arizona., 2018-04-24)
      Cost-benefit analysis, case study, and research paper on the ENR2 Building and CAPLA on the University of Arizona Campus
    • Addressing Sustainable Management of Natural Resource Use: Coltan

      Makabu, Moïse; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Iuliano, Joseph (The University of Arizona., 2018)
      The Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) is home of Tin, Gold and Coltan which is extracted from tantalum (Ta) and is a key mineral in the production of cellular devices, laptops, aviation components and other electronics. With the mining practices having an effect on land, wildlife & biodiversity, government officials and industry leaders worldwide must adopt sustainable approaches and socially responsible policies and report on their implementations to assess impacts. The movement towards sustainable management of natural resources in the D.R.C. would require proposing organisations such as the United Nations Global Compact to take initiatives in aiming to encourage D.R.C.’s mining industries and coltan-using industries worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies.
    • Closing the Gap Between Food Waste and Food Insecurity

      Livingston, Margaret; Iuliano, Joseph E.; Stoner, Grace K.; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Ligon, Victoria (The University of Arizona., 2017-12-05)
      This project strives to discover the most efficient way in which we can connect the edible food that would be sent to rot in a landfill with the people who lack access to adequate and healthful food. Existing charitable food distribution programs will be assessed so as to determine how to create a food distribution event that is far-reaching, well attended and effective. This research will be translated into a comprehensive plan outlining best practices for carrying out a distribution event on a college campus.
    • Complete Street Implementation in Tucson

      Paulson, Kameron; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
      This study will focus on the implementation of Complete streets in Tucson, AZ and the associated impacts and requirements needed to successfully integrate these projects into the community. As a city predominantly catering towards the automobile, the majority of roads in Tucson lack the fundamentals of non-automobile transit and pedestrian use. With many other forms of transportation available, the city of Tucson must accommodate these other forms of transit to create a well-rounded, strengthened community. Helping accommodate a larger percentage of the total population, the implementation of complete streets would offer safe access for its pedestrian, bicyclist, motorist and transit users at the same time. By creating a community that can effortlessly move and travel by a variety of means, the addition of complete streets in Tucson would yield countless social, economic and environmental benefits. While the implementation of complete streets seems like a worthwhile investment in any community, there are many logistics that play a role in the feasibility of similar projects. With issues such as construction size, time, cost and communal acceptance, complete streets must overcome a number of challenges before taking shape. Through study and analysis, this study will answer the question of how the Tucson community can successfully incorporate complete streets with sufficient funding and backing by the community. Through analysis of other project cases and various data acquisition, this study will focus on a successful complete street proposal for the city of Tucson.