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ALTERNATIVE DESERT CITIES

THE DESIGN SCHOOL AT ASU / FALL 2017

CRITIC: Bryan Maddock

STUDENTS: Isabelle Borie, Brittany Cleveland, Evan Epperson, Lindsey Griffith, Claire Hinchman, Nadya Lakaeva, Israel Lozoya, Genevieve Miller, Monique Paulis, Rikkie Pedregon, Nika Pniak, Yamileth Ponce, Angel Rodriguez, Lexie Sanchez, Andrew Synacek, Yuchen Zhao

The studio was tasked with proposing housing for 5,000 people anywhere within the Phoenix Metropolitan Area (The Valley of the Sun/Salt River Valley/Metro Phoenix). Students defined this demand on their own terms and through narratives that they  individually created and developed each throughout the semester. While the housing requirement was the only explicit programmatic concern, ancillary programs in support of the housing (office, industry, transport, farming, entertainment, sport, education, etc) were up to the discretion of each student in accordance to their specific project scopes. 


Though the task operated at a range of scales that differed from student to student, the inherently diverse and flexible tools and methods of architecture were utilized to best demonstrate the unique qualities in each project. Both conceptual and detailed drawings/models were coordinated across the studio to illustrate a comprehensive and comparative collection of 16 unique conceptual desert cities.

YUCHEN ZHAO

Proposal for a new urban typology of towers and platforms to densify and shade downtown Phoenix

LINDSEY GRIFFITH

Proposal for linear frame for cliff dwelling cities to move over Camelback Mountain

BRITTANY CLEVELAND

Studies for scaling the spatial demands of personal need for furniture/belongings from individual units to urban forms

MONIQUE PAULIS

Proposal to create self-sufficient cities within singular autonomous buildings lifted above the desert landscape 

LEXIE SANCHEZ

Linear housing bars extruded along lightrail infrastructure to create a charged urban interior zone in Downtown Phoenix

ISABELLE BORIE

Collective stacks of modular forms that capture, manage and monitor water usage along the canal in Scottsdale 

CLAIRE HINCHMAN

Collection of remote mountain masses for sustaining communities away from Phoenix's sprawl

EVAN EPPERSON

A lifted mat-building of multi-storied housing modules replicating the topography of the desert wash below

NIKA PNIAK

Assemblages of vertical frameworks connected to transient networks to create a City for Nomads near the airport

RIKKIE PEDREGON

Proposal to infill suburban cul-de-sacs with linear cities that would accelerate the decline of single family urban sprawl

NADYA LAKAEVA

Regional plan limiting the growth of Phoenix by infilling desert cities between natural preserves 

YAMILETH PONCE

Insertion of a city covering the highway and linking a series of shaded public spaces in downtown Phoenix

ANDREW SYNACEK

Adding density to the existing urban fabric through scaffolded multi-directional sprawl

ANGEL RODRIGUEZ

Arrays of stepped flats exploring the possibility of a porous edge along Phoenix's perimeter

ISRAEL LOZOYA

A meandering infill network of towers and elevated walkways crossing through and over Phoenix's warehouse district

GENEVIEVE MILLER

Transformation of the space above highway interchanges into dense interconnected living nodes and urban centers