Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry is a humanities institute at The University of Arizona, whose mission is to enrich the collaborative atmosphere for innovative research and interdisciplinary endeavors across campus and beyond. They provided funding for the research project and this subsequent publication.
The primary goal of the initial project was to understand (and teach our students about) local water and its relationship to global climate through our practices of art, design, architecture, and creative writing. We hope the resulting book will raise awareness of the importance of this precious natural resource.
One goal of the project was to explore ways different disciplines—art, science, and design—approach the same topic: a local dry riverbed. The cover illustrates this concept. The line on the front reads as a river but on the back cover, when x and y axes are added, the same line represents the declining water table, the demise of a river. This book is the container for student, faculty, and community work addressing local water issues. It was produced as sustainably as possible with design and production working together in service of concept and content.