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The fortunes of the university and the city are inextricably linked. The UCX was formed to ensure a continuous, nimble, and coordinated address to the pairing of institution and place. In this role, the UCX develops integrative project frameworks which unite the deep capacity of the university with critical urban issues at all scales. Projects range from urban plans reflecting multi-stakeholder objectives to constructed projects in campus or urban settings to expansive thought-leadership efforts related to long-term sustainability. “These projects are advanced as a form of university ‘extension’ aimed at driving creativity and solutions regarding building a better future” (President Michael Crow, ASU).
CITY - The city is a profound societal indicator. As a focused urban observatory, the UCX examines the built environment for opportunities leading to transformative university engagement and impact. The UCX merges city and institutional interests on actual sites and in built projects that promote a vital public realm, socio-economic benefit for all and long-term resiliency strategies.
UNIVERSITY - The university is an idea engine. The University City Exchange (UCX) tracks the academic and research assets of ASU and seeks to apply them in the city for the greater good. The UCX is dedicated to the advancement of the Phoenix metro region and of the American city through unique conceptualization and visualization of collaborative projects and through the construction of alternative narratives for a more sustainable future.
On Monday, June 11, 2018, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings hosted an event featuring the newly released report titled Catalytic development: (Re)creating walkable urban places. The report offers insights from six case study cities, including Phoenix, Ariz., where private, university, or non-profit developers coalesced to reinvigorate their communities. UCX particpated in the Panel 1 discussion.
Host Mary-Charlotte Domandi speaks with three sustainability experts who explore the challenges Phoenix and other “extreme” cities face. This includes architect Jack Debartolo, ASU dean of social sciences, geographer and urban planner Elizabeth Wentz, and architect and urban designer Wellington “Duke” Reiter.