University of Arizona
Teamwork in Tucson Function
The sleeve rolling took place in Tucson. The occasion was Xtreme LA 2011, the fourth annual landscape architecture charrette sponsored by Landscape Forms and the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Hosted by the University of Arizona at its downtown Drachman Institute, the October event brought together sixteen UA landscape architecture and architecture students, eighteen young design professionals nominated by their firms as up-and-coming leaders, and two team leaders, both distinguished landscape architects with international experience in urban planning and design. They were challenged to take a fresh look at Tucson's downtown and environs and to generate workable concepts for connections between Tucson's historic and new neighborhoods and activities east and west of the 1-10 Corridor; integration of the new Tucson Modern Streetcar, potential InterCity Rail, and inter- and intra-city bus systems into the downtown fabric; development of vacant and underutilized land to provide positive experiences for residents and visitors; and creation of a strong identity for the unique city located on land first inhabited by native peoples 12,000 years ago.