The U.S. Interstate 10 corridor provides the most compelling window on the future of the country, one which presents the challenges of the 21st century in the highest relief.


This singular transect strings together many of the most pressing societal, economic, urban and environmental topics of our time. A project spanning the entire continent, Ten Across (10X) engages this region as a living laboratory for resilience, innovation and new narratives for the future.


  • Globalization
  • Land use
  • Water
  • Immigration
  • Mobility
  • Energy
  • Resilience
  • Governance
10X Matrix

Ten Across frames the most rapidly expanding portion of the nation, a uniquely American landscape shaped by 20th century technologies, demographic change and delicate ecosystems profoundly altered by human intervention. Enriched by repeated literal and virtual passes along the I-10, Ten Across demonstrates how this specific piece of infrastructure and shared latitude behaves as an exceptional binding agent and a catalyst for revelatory exchange.

Ten Across is propelled by three questions:


Ten Across draws heavily on the nuanced observations of those living, working and adapting to changing circumstances across this singular transect, in their own voices.


Networked sensors, earth observing technologies and digital visualization tools have opened new vistas of understanding and removed any excuse for ignorance of the impact of human habitation on the environment.


The environment, built and natural, is filled with signals. Ten Across generates a more informed awareness of our options for a more sustainable and inclusive future and our need for a more robust decision-making process.

Ten Across is a platform for productive information exchange and the purposeful construction of strategic partnerships around critical issues. The output will be curated and distributed through a variety of formats including print, digital and broadcast, and will be accelerated by place-based convenings and summits.

10X Project Area

The 3 most populous states in the U.S.
California, Texas and Florida
​5 of the 12 largest cities
Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio, Houston and Jacksonville
​1 of 2 U.S. “megacities”
Los Angeles
​4 of the largest U.S. international ports
Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans and Jacksonville
​The global energy capital
​A bi-national metro region
El Paso - Ciudad Juárez
3 state capitals
Phoenix, Baton Rouge and Tallahassee
​3 of the top 5 largest state immigrant populations
California, Texas and Florida
​The 4 highest state poverty rankings
New Mexico, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama
​“New normal” western drought conditions
California, Arizona and New Mexico
​Climate change-impacted sea level rise
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida
Resilience/recovery after disaster
Houston and New Orleans

10X Contact

Wellington Reiter, FAIA

Senior Advisor to the President, ASU Executive Director, University City Exchange, ASU

480.235.7380 (c)

Kate Carefoot

Program Manager, University City Exchange, ASU

480.678.1105 (c)


10X Water Summit

The Water Institute of the Gulf and Arizona State University present the inaugural 10X Water Summit.

The varied geography of the 10X study area will be especially impacted by climate change, as clearly evidenced through the issue of water. Drought conditions are becoming the new normal in the Southwest. Coastal degradation and inundation are already hallmarks of the Gulf region.

Balanced between these two extreme conditions, the 10X Water Summit will explore not only the complexities of water — whether too much or too little — but the greater questions of our capacity to respond to matters of such great magnitude.

May 16–August 31, 2018

Water Institute of 
the Gulf

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA


The Water Wars of Arizona

Attracted by lax regulations, industrial agriculture has descended on a remote valley, depleting its aquifer — leaving many residents with no water at all.

The New York Times Magazine

July 19, 2018

As the Arizona drought persists, Phoenix's water use continues to drop

Salt River Project announced in June that water use among its users has decreased by one-third since 1980, even though the state’s population has doubled since then.

Arizona Republic

July 12, 2018

Climate change is heating up Los Angeles. We need a grid that can keep the power on when it's sweltering.

The record-breaking heat that baked Southern California and prompted mass power outages last weekend was just a taste of what is to come.

LA Times

July 12, 2018

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Ten Across originates at Arizona State University as a reflection of the New American University design imperatives to leverage place, transform society, fuse intellectual disciplines and promote use-inspired research.


The University City Exchange operates within the Office of the President at ASU to advance multi-stakeholder projects that serve both the mission of the university and the communities in which it is embedded, at local, regional and national scales.


Ten Across is intended as a collaborative project across states, cities, landscapes, institutions, corporations, disciplines, individuals, media and engagement formats. The 10X team encourages inquiries regarding ideas, connections and potential joint efforts.