Architecture Week 2014: “Old is the new New”



Cans, kids, eats and one-of-a-kind architectural streetcar tour make Architecture Week 2014 the most innovative yet

This year’s Architecture Week 2014, September 27 to October 5, promises a week of activities that combine great architecture with family activities, hike and bike tours, a celebration of Tucson’s new Streetcar, and an ‘edible’ home tour.

Highlights of Architecture Week 2014 include:

* Taste Downtown, a guided architecture/home tour on Saturday October 4th spanning four areas of downtown and midtown Tucson combining new, historic and notable buildings with Tucson’s burgeoning restaurant scene. Ticket packages include money-off coupons for restaurants and a one-of-a-kind guided Streetcar tour. The architecture tour includes the Barrio district, Downtown, the University area and the Mercado district on Tucson’s west side. For tickets click here. (Discounts available to AIA and LSA members).

* Tour guides during Taste Downtown and the home and walking tours include: John Messina; Corky Poster; Brooks Jeffery; members of Shepley Bulfinch; Michael Keith of Downtown Tucson Partnership; and Rob Paulus.

* The fourth annual collaboration with Living Streets Alliance to promote cycling, walking and Streetcar use during Taste Downtown.

* The fifth annual CANSTRUCTION® build at Tucson’s Park Place Mall on September 27th. The event brings together teams from architecture, design and engineering offices in Southern Arizona in a competition to build sculptural installations using only canned food. The cans are donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, which works to help address the region’s hunger problems.

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Carolyn’s Note:  don’t miss the architectural construction of food cans (Canstruction) at Park Place Mall.  You will be surprised at the creativity of teams who put cans together into art installations (i. e. palm trees, buildings, people’s faces).  I’ve been to this exhibit in the past and was in awe.  Plus the cans get donated to the food bank.


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Dropped by Park Place Mall to check out the entries for Canstruction this year. There were 5 for the People’s Choice voting: Arizona WildCANS (a very hungry caterpillar, with a book theme of “Take a Bite out of Hunger”); #Controversy (with an American flag), CAN U Build it (green cans multiplying exponentially); Canstructioneers (a Saguaro bridge), and UA College of Architecture (a giant flame, themed can you hand the heat?). Also take a look at the creative kids’ competition of building forts, cathedrals, Presidential residences and bridges out of toothpicks & business cards. I love seeing budding future architects and their displays.

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