November 06 2012

A Long-range Plan for the Tohono O’odham Nation

Native American in Tohono O'odham

Currently, the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona is collaborating with the Tohono O’odham Nation to develop a long-range plan that will address the Nation’s specific district needs based upon their different characteristics.

Tohono O’odham Nation is a United States reservation, comprising 11 districts. Today, the Nation is occupied by Native American people with a population around 28,000. The rich culture and uniqueness of the Nation requires a long-range plan that guides the future development on the reservation. Iris Patten is an Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona, and is the principal investigator for the collaboration with the Nation. According to Patten, preserving open space and vernacular culture are as important as economic development. The creation of a comprehensive plan is the first component of the project. To achieve the goal of a comprehensive plan, Patten and her team will engage local residents, stakeholders, and officials to get valuable ideas as well as feedback regarding the plan. At the same time, the team is also analyzing spacial data, which they have gathered in summer 2012, in GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

Tohono O'odham NationLand Use Conflict Identification Strategy (LUCIS) is integrated into the process of spacial analysis to identify and address conflicts between different land uses, and to guide land use decisions.

The final comprehensive plan will be a document that addresses a number of urban elements such as housing, energy, water, open space, circulation, and transportation and so on to help the Nation with future development decisions.

How well do you imagine that this plan can address the Nation’s need?

Credits: Images and data linked to sources.

Wanyi Song

Wanyi Song is a graduate research assistant of the University of Arizona in Science of Planning. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture when she was living in Southern China. After her undergraduate studies, Wanyi worked full-time as a Landscape Designer in China and Singapore. Her interests range from environmental science and GIS technology to architecture and urban design. She enjoys participating in sustainable development projects which integrate green techniques and a sense of aesthetics, to create livable communities as well as to mitigate natural resources conflicts.

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