Canalscape

Dreamers look anew at Valley waterways

[Source: Arizona Republic, September 7, 2009] Early this year, a group of dreamers envisioned something radical for metro Phoenix: They imagined that the Valley cities actually use their only real source of surface water, the Valley’s canal system, as an architectural asset. Imagine that. Well, they did. Imagine creating buildings and open space to attract throngs of people alongside the Valley’s canals, that is. And with luck the result will provide the spark for the real-life development at some of the heretofore ignored urban corners where water flows. The “Canalscape” competition has been sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, Phoenix Metro Chapter in conjunction with Arizona State University’s Canalscape Symposium – the gathering in February of this year of architects, engineers, Salt River Project officials and students that analyzed the challenges of developing the canal regions and kicked off the competition. To read the full article, visit the online edition. To see images from the competition, view the print edition.