City High & UA Collaborate on Alley Design Project

City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom School students and staff are collaborating this semester on an exciting project with professors and students from the University of Arizona’s Sustainable City Project and College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) to redesign our alley space into a more livable and beautiful environment for learning, hanging out, growing plants, eating lunch, performing, and playing. Every Friday afternoon CAPLA students from Chris Trumble and Linda Samuels’ studio class come to City High School to meet with Efren Martinez’s Urban Sustainability elective class to discuss and design plans. (Photos below.)

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The CAPLA students also spent a Saturday morning in September inviting the public into the alley to provide input on early design ideas. City High students, parents, staff, alumni, along with general passersby from the community came by to add their visions, suggestions and critiques. (Photos below.) The semester-long project is developing quickly as the fifth-year CAPLA students stay focused on a December deadline to finish both the design and build phases of this project!

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A competitive UA Green Fund grant is providing significant support (approximately $35,000) along with matching dollars (approximately $10,000) from City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom School. The CAPLA students are contributing significant in-kind services on all levels, including labor for the build phase of the project. Find more info about the project and view more photos on the Sustainable City Project website. Keep an eye out for alley upgrades happening soon!

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