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)


2019 10X Water Summit



The Ten Across (10X) project intersects with increasingly arid conditions in California and the Southwest, coastal degradation and flooding in the Gulf Region, and numerous multi-jurisdictional disputes over water. These are matters of increasing urgency, particularly as this region continues to grow in population.

The second annual 10X Water Summit will address the realities of water including increased demand, diminishing resources, more frequent inundation, and questions of retreat and restriction pressed by such circumstances. In addition to case studies from across the 10X spectrum and the related science, special emphasis will be placed on communication of complex and urgent issues to a public which is challenged to respond to an unprecedented flow of fact, fiction, and uncertainty.

March 26–28, 2019

Phoenix, Arizona


The Victims of Climate Change Are Already Here

With a new global summit approaching, communities in the southern United States are calling attention to the disaster scenarios they currently face.

The Atlantic

August 22, 2018

California farm baron offered to drop water lawsuit — if his family got a special exemption

A lawsuit in California’s Imperial Valley could determine who controls the single largest share of Colorado River water in the West — a few hundred landowning farmers, or the elected five-member board of the Imperial Irrigation District.

Desert Sun

August 15, 2018

Big Oil is racing to pump all the oil out of Texas

The gold rush is on in Texas, and Big Oil is scrambling for a piece of the action. The oil industry is shelling out billions of dollars in a series of acquisitions in the Permian Basin, the hottest oilfield in the world.

CNN Money

August 15, 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.