Class Syllabus – 1966 Fall Studio

September 19, 1966

This document, prepared by Professor Robert McConnell, gave a clear beginning to the students’ semester work. It allowed the students’ to be very productive in the 8 week project and produce a high quality product that could be presented to the public.

Source Credit Professor Robert McConnell


1969 Scottsdale Conference Releases Rio Salado III Report

November 7, 1969

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This Rio Salado III report was presented to about 100 civic and municipal leaders at a conference in Scottsdale.  Organized and chaired by Dean James Elmore, the day long conference presented new and more detailed elaborations of the Rio Salado Project. This, the benefit of the further studies made by the succeeding classes of the ASU architecture students. An Arizona Republic editorial which reported on the conference stated, “Last week’s conference voted to transfer the development of the Rio Salado Project to the Valley Forward, which has succeeded Valley Beautiful.  A catalyst, intended to bring the Valley’s resources to bear on such problems,Valley Forward is the right agency for this job. ASU’s College of Architecture has developed a brilliant idea; Valley forward should move ahead with it.”

Source Credit ASU Archives


Corps of Engineers Feasibility Study

April 10, 1998

This Final Feasibility Study found that the proposed environmental restoration alternatives along the Salt River in Phoenix and Tempe were warranted because upstream water projects have curtailed year-round water flows and converted the once perennial Salt River into a dry river bed devoid of native vegetation and species diversity. The study identified two potential sites that held promise as favorable cost-shared construction project locations that would restore the Salt River linear corridor to re-establish rare and valuable native riparian plan communities, establish cover and habitat structure, and provide the opportunity for wildlife to utilize this area once again.  The first site, referred to as the “Tempe Reach,” is in the City of Tempe, on portions of the Indian Bend Wash (1.3 miles) and the Salt River (1.0 mile). The second site is located in the City of Phoenix, on the Salt River (5 miles), and is referred to as the “Phoenix Reach.”

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Professor McConnell’s Letter to Class

May 1, 1998

Professor Robert McConnell’s letter to the members of the 1966 Rio Salado design studio was written to congratulate them on the success of their work over the past 32 years and express concern that the Rio Salado Exhibit (Fall 1997) at the Tempe Historical Society Museum “gave almost no credit to all of you and others who participated in the first months of Rio Salado’s life.” The document is a well organized description of the class effort.  Attached are historical notes and the “Log of the Original Slide Presentation” and a list of the members of the “Rio Salado Design Class.”

Source Credit Bill Close archives