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.

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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.

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I-10
  • Globalization
  • Land use
  • Water
  • Immigration
  • Mobility
  • Energy
  • Resilience
  • Governance
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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.

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Ten Across is propelled by three questions:

HOW DO WE KNOW?

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.

WHAT DO WE KNOW?

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.

WHAT FUTURE WILL WE CHOOSE?

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
    Houston
  • ​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)
    wellington.reiter@asu.edu
  • Kate Carefoot
    Program Manager, University City Exchange, ASU
    480.678.1105 (c)
    kate.carefoot@asu.edu

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ASU

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.
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UCX

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.
universitycityexchange.asu.edu

partners

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.
wellington.reiter@asu.edu