Below is a listing of the major events and presentations of Canalscape, excluding the exhibit and publication.

PechaKucha Phoenix

In May 2010, Dr. Ellin presented about Canalscape to PechaKucha Phoenix. Watch the video below.

UT Arlington Architecture Lecture Series

On March 10, 2010, Nan Ellin presented canalscape during a lecture on “Desert Urbanism,” part of the University of Texas Arlington School of Architecture Lecture Series.

GreenBuild Conference 2009

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On November 11, 2009 from 8am to 11am, Professor Nan Ellin and Sustainability graduate student Braden Kay presented Canalscape at Greenbuild, an international conference and expo coming to downtown Phoenix. Their session was titled “Canalscape and the New Downtown Phoenix Park” and was a joint presentation with Jay Hicks of EDAW and John Kane of Architekton. Click here to learn more.

AIA Canalscape competition

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Phoenix Metro Chapter in conjunction with ASU’s Canalscape Symposium 2009, sponsored a Professional Design Competition for projects adjacent the city’s canal banks. To see the winners of the contest, please visit the Canalscape competition page. To learn more about the AIA competition visit their website here.

Historic Preservation Conference

On June 19, 2009, Nan Ellin spoke about Canalscape at a session on “Infill as a Sustainable Strategy,” at the Seventh Annual Arizona Statewide Historic Preservation Partnership Conference. The other two presenters in this session were Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and Kimber Lanning, Executive Director of Local First Arizona. You can read more here.

Green Phoenix (City of Phoenix and ASU)

The City of Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University, Valley Forward, Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, First Solar and BrightSource have described a 17 point plan to make Phoenix the first sustainable city in America. View the Green Phoenix plan[PDF, 4MB], or visit their website.


Symposium Sponsors

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The Canalscape Symposium, held on February 6, 2009, was a full-day series of short presentations. From the Program: “This ASU symposium explores the possibility of an authentic desert urbanism for Metro Phoenix comprised of vital urban hubs where canals meet major streets. Presenting their work related to the canals will be local experts in water policy, land use, real estate development, canal history, hydrology, and environmental engineering. In addition, artists and designers will present public art along the canals, art inspired by the canals, as well as visions for art and urban design along the canals.”

  • View the Symposium Program here.
  • To see pictures from the event click here.

Workshop and Studio

In the spring of 2009, Dr. Nan Ellin, professor at ASU, taught a workshop with 25 students from 10 different programs at ASU, in tandem with a studio of 15 additional students from 3 additional programs at the University of Colorado Denver, taught by landscape architect Lori Catalano. Learn more about the workshop and studio.