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In the summer of 2011, the Tejido Group from the University of Arizona gathered a group of volunteer students from both the Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs to develop conceptual design solutions along a pedestrian corridor in Panama City. The project illustrated a collaborative effort between the students from the University of Arizona and students from la Universidad de Panama as both groups worked together to create a revitalization master plan for Avenida Central, supplemented with connective strategies and circulatory corridors. With strong support from the governor’s office, the students, professors, and all others involved experienced some unique design challenges resulting in experiences which fostered both academic and cultural growth. This revitalization project of Avenida Central has evolved into an attempt to develop a “sustainable urban living” prototype that may also have relevance to other distressed neighborhoods in this rapidly growing urban environment.
For the past twenty-five years the Tejido Group has developed interdisciplinary and collaborative applied research programs in which faculty and professionals in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning work side by side with University graduate and undergraduate students in an apprenticeship-style professional learning environment. We are also an international experience and have collaborated on projects in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States.