Project Details


sunBLOCK sunBLOCK Urban heat is a growing challenge for cities all across the world. Phoenix is distinctively positioned to demonstrate international leadership in generating solutions to urban heat problems as the hottest large city in the United States. As cities work to address urban heat, attention to social and cultural dimensions of proposed solutions often lags behind physical and engineering aspects. With support from the NEA, the City of Phoenix is advancing the role of the arts and models for community engagement as part of the design process for keeping cities cool and residents comfortable. Arizona State University researchers are pleased to support the City of Phoenixs SunBLOCK project through the universitys cross-cutting Urban Climate Research Center. In the first project year, UCRC researchers will convene a volunteer advisory team that will assist the city in program development and establishing design guidelines. This advisory team will also contribute to the production of public-facing educational materials about heat, its impacts, and heat mitigation strategies. This team will be led by faculty member David Hondula, a member of the UCRC leadership team, and research faculty member Melissa Guardaro, who represents ASUs Knowledge Exchange for Resilience and Health Urban Environments initiative. In the second year, a graduate student supported by the grant will lead qualitative and quantitative assessments of the thermal comfort impacts of proposed design solutions. This student will be mentored by faculty from multiple disciplinary backgrounds. Meteorological instrumentation from the UCRC, including infrared cameras and portable weather stations, will be available to the researchers and city officials working on this project as additional in kind support.
Effective start/end date8/10/208/8/21


  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): $35,000.00


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