Sonoran Revival: Defending Tempe Butte
Jackson, Peyton Leigh
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Tempe Butte is an anchor for its surrounding community in the city of Tempe, Arizona. The Native American culture, the Hohokam, once called Tempe Butte their home. When the prehistoric Hohokam eventually vanished from the area, they left behind remains of their origins and culture. As new settlers moved to the area of what is now Tempe, Arizona, they began encroaching on this archaeological site. The goal of this thesis is to defend Tempe Butte. Tempe’s rapid development has abused the butte, destroying and disturbing not only archeological artifacts, but bothering the native Sonoran Desert landscaping that once flourished in the area. This thesis proposes a building to protect, preserve, and bring awareness to the threatened state of Tempe Butte. The building educates the public, so they do not lose value of the diminishing remains of the prehistoric Hohokam and the Sonoran Desert landscape where they once lived.