The ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family, with a mission to improve the growth of quality affordable homes and sustainable communities, is moving from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Affairs to the College of Design. There it will work in partnership with related departments: the Herberger Center for Design Research, the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory, and the Planning and Design Academy.
The Stardust Center has been involved in two major demonstration homes on the Navajo Reservation (2005) and in the town of Guadalupe (2006). At the end of October, it was selected as the recipient of a $20,000 Urban Land Institute Community Action Grant along with Local Initiatives Support Coalition to develop a presentation toolkit and campaign strategy to engage local residents, business groups, community organizations, and civic leaders in discussions about challenges presented by the population growth of metropolitan Phoenix, as well as realistic solutions and designs for building sustainable, affordable, and healthy neighborhoods.
The Stardust Center’s associate director for design, Daniel Glenn, is working with Chicanos por la Causa on a 47-unit subdivision under construction that uses structural insulated panels, a construction system that speeds on-site construction and creates a highly insulated home that reduces cooling and heating requirements. This project will be the first “Green Communities” project in Arizona.
The Stardust Center will continue to be located at the ASU Mercado in downtown Phoenix and is searching for a new director. Sherry Ahrentzen is interim director. Click here for more information.