Michael Krause (BArch 2012 Architecture) recently won the International Rio Reimagined 2018 Ideas Competition hosted by the American Institute of Architects Phoenix Metro Chapter, Urban Land Institute Arizona and Arizona Forward. The winning proposal, ECO2, seeks to provide a resilient vision for future development along a 58-mile segment of the Rio Salado.
As contemporary cities and deserts grow, a common issue around the region is how to repurpose underutilized land/resources for urban development. Located at the 19th Avenue Superfund landfill site, ECO2 combines state-of-the-art sustainable technologies with landscape principles for the in-situ removal of soil contaminants to mend the Rio Salado into an economic backbone for the region. The proposal showcases how urbanity and agriculture can be interwoven to enhance the relationship between people and the land while showing solutions for a life beyond oil.
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