EPA CAMPUS RAINWORKS CHALLENGE | URBAN INVERSION
Urban Inversion seeks to create an identity for the University of Arizona as a unique desert campus, connected to and respectful of the Sonoran Desert that surrounds it, acknowledging the unique ecology and environmental constraints of the harsh desert environment while celebrating and fostering understanding of the unique conditions and attributes of this arid land. By converting a previously impermeable, thermally massive parking lot to a focal green space accessible by students and community members, the northern part of campus becomes an essential locale for recreation and educational opportunities. Additionally, the design addresses the eminent concern for urban flooding by managing runoff that occurs onsite and immediately adjacent in a way that facilitates detention, use and storage. The multiple opportunities for engagement and interaction make Urban Inversion a dynamic, exciting destination that captures the essence of the Sonoran Desert.