Partnerships in Public Space

Transdisciplinary methods for community engagement and collaborative design in South Tucson

Partnerships in Public Space

South Tucson Housing Authority


  • Kenneth Kokroko, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
  • Besty Camara, Student

Project Details

Budget: $10,000, funded by CAPLA Research Seed Grant

Where: Tucson, Arizona

When: January 2022 - December 2022


Project Overview

Known as the “Pueblo Within a City,” the City of South Tucson is a tight-knit vibrant community possessing a unique urban character and rich cultural heritage. However, the City and its residents face a significant economic, safety, and health-related challenges requiring transdisciplinary approaches to successfully achieve community-based and context-appropriate solutions. This research will interrogate these dynamics through the lens of community-based participatory research (Austin, 2004; Lucero et al., 2018; Parker et al., 2020) and will explore strategies for improving quality of life through implementation of public green space enhancements for residents of low-income housing projects managed by the South Tucson Housing Authority (STHA) and the Primavera Foundation - two organizations committed to providing pathways out of poverty via safe, secure, and affordable housing. This project takes place as STHA Senior and Family Low-income Residences between 3rd and 2nd Avenues & 26th and 29th Streets.

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