Cady Mall

Honor Award - Student Individual
Paula Wheeler


This project aimed to enhance Arizona State University’s adaptive capacity of water resources through a redesign proposal of the northern section of Cady Mall in Tempe, Arizona. Analysis for this project examined the local and regional social-ecological systems of urban ecology such as climate trends and “socio-economic” characters, as well as water resources (stormwater runoff, irrigation, and water consumption across campus). The project applied principles of ecological and resilient design by implementing modular design components, developing multi-use/ multi-functional elements, and intelligent use and reuse of water throughout multiple systems. It envisions a future where ASU’s Tempe campus is a national leader in sustainable water management. The resilient strategies embraced by ASU support a biodiverse campus through visible and educational systems that inspire innovative designs for integrating the human environment with ecological systems in which systems complement and enhance one another. The resilient social-ecological systems will sustain not only the ASU Tempe campus but the surrounding city of Tempe to withstand and mitigate increased extreme weather from climate change. The design adopted Walker and Salt’s resilience concept that “resilience capacity can be strengthened by bio-diversity, modularity, tight feedbacks, social capital, acknowledging slow variables and thresholds and innovation” to create guiding principles for the site. Resilience is defined as ”the capacity of the system to respond to change or disturbance without changing its basic state” (Walker & Salt, 2006).

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