Paul Coseo

810 S. Forest Ave
Room 394
Tempe
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1605
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1605
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1605
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1605
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1605

Biography

Dr. Coseo is an Assistant Professor, Sustainability Scientist, and Licensed Landscape Architect at Arizona State University’s (ASU) The Design School. He is an optimistic designer and researcher with a love of urban landscapes and weather. Growing up in metro Detroit, he witnessed how social forces drive not only the development of great public spaces but also urban decline that leads to extreme environmental inequity. At ASU, he examines the intersection of urban climate and design through 1) ecological, 2) climate justice, and 3) social learning lenses. His background in meteorology, landscape architecture, and urban planning allows him to not only focus on the drivers of extreme temperatures in cities (i.e. driven by the built environment and global climate change), but more importantly on the strategies to create more thermally comfortable and equitable cities. Paul argues for pushing past the term “mitigation” or strategies to simply reduce temperature extremes to a new concept of “Urban Climate Design” that advocates more holistically designing better and more moderate urban climates for cities. Urban Climate Design moves past simply being less bad and moves toward improving a city’s thermal environment, quality of life, health, and equity of thermal outcomes. Thus, Urban Climate Design involves issues of justice through equitable, inclusive, and accessible social learning design and research processes. His research areas extend from the analysis of social and ecological drivers of extreme temperatures to design processes that address those drivers to monitoring of implemented strategies.

 

Currently, Paul manages several transdisciplinary projects that illustrate his design and research approach. Most of his projects bridge disciplines and universities often involving city or non-profit partners. His approach aims to make research more socially relevant through co-production processes. He believes co-production integrates critical experiential knowledge to guide research. Whether resident or city official, non-researchers require relevant empirical knowledge about the drivers of local urban climates to inform interventions including knowledge about the efficacy of those interventions. Paul’s work spans from building scale efforts to examine heating and cooling of various roof materials in the Sonoran Desert to neighborhood scale projects where he listened to Chicago, IL residents about heat coping strategies to city-wide climate action planning processes at how best to manage extreme heat and cold in Tempe, AZ and Buffalo, NY. This city-wide project is a National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities (SCC) Planning Grant that aims to build capacity within city managers and staff to tackle current and projected increases in extreme heat and changes to extreme cold events. The SCC grant is a partnership between Tempe, AZ, Buffalo, NY, ASU, Northern Arizona University, the University of Buffalo, and the National Weather Service to understand pathways toward smarter and more connected ways to manage extreme heat and cold. Paul brings lessons and findings from research into his teaching through his urban ecological planning and design courses in the Landscape Architecture Program at ASU. Paul is co-lead of the Urban Design Interdisciplinary Research Theme at the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research project at ASU. He is on the leadership team of ASU’s Urban Climate Research Center and an affiliate faculty member of the Biomimicry Center and the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes at ASU. 

Education

  • Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • M.L.A. Landscape Architecture,  University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • B.S. Meteorology, Central Michigan University

Research Interests

urban heat island mitigation; urban climatology; adaptation to climate change; landscape architecture; urban and ecological design; urban and environmental planning; urban sustainability; land use planning

 

 

Research Activity

  • Coseo,Paul Joseph*. APS: Green Roofs in Hot Arid Climates: Opportunities and obstacles to address urban heat islands and reduce energy consumption in AZ (ASUF 70004529). ASU FDN(12/5/2014 - 6/30/2016).

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
LAP 352 Ecosystems&Sustainable Design
LDE 461 Landscape Architecture III
LAP 492 Honors Directed Study
LAP 592 Research
EPD 792 Research
EPD 799 Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
INT 494 Special Topics
INT 594 Conference and Workshop
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
LDE 462 Landscape Arch IV
SOS 493 Honors Thesis
LDE 622 Adv Landscape Arch Studio IV
EPD 690 Reading and Conference
EPD 790 Reading and Conference
EPD 792 Research
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
LAP 352 Ecosystems&Sustainable Design
LDE 461 Landscape Architecture III
SOS 492 Honors Directed Study
LAP 492 Honors Directed Study
LDE 592 Research
DSC 592 Research
EPD 690 Reading and Conference
EPD 792 Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
LDE 522 Adv Landscape Arch Studio II
ATE 590 Reading and Conference
LPH 598 Special Topics
EPD 690 Reading and Conference
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
LAP 352 Ecosystems&Sustainable Design
LDE 461 Landscape Architecture III
SOS 590 Reading and Conference
LDE 592 Research
EPD 690 Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
LDE 262 Landscape Arch Design Fund IV
LDE 590 Reading and Conference
MUD 593 Applied Project
EPD 690 Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
LDE 461 Landscape Architecture III
LDE 592 Research
LTC 598 Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
APH 509 Foundation Seminar
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
LDE 590 Reading and Conference
LPH 598 Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
LDE 461 Landscape Architecture III