Great cities are built by great communities over time, layer upon layer upon layer, each adding depth and breadth to the others before them. Canalscape builds upon what is already constructed as well as inspired thinking by many contributors (see Precedents), laying a strong foundation for a vital and vibrant Phoenix region long into the future.

Canalscape seeks to fulfill the Design Aspirations for a New American University and is one of the Green Phoenix initiatives advanced by the City of Phoenix. Canalscape has been designated an Arizona 2012 Centennial Project.