About the Center

The Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family was created to address the urgent needs for affordable housing recognizing that affordable housing is critical to a healthy, sustainable community. The Stardust Center uses the tools of research, community engagement, education, and public forums to raise awareness and build capacity to address the needs for quality affordable homes.

The opening of the ASU Stardust Center in January 2005 was made possible through a generous gift from Jerry Bisgrove and the Stardust Foundation. In its initial phase, the Stardust Center offered technical and design assistance to communities interested in integrating sustainable concepts into affordable housing design and development. The Center worked with communities all over the state – from urban projects in the Valley of the Sun that feature sustainable building techniques, such as solar power, Energy Star rated appliances, and renewable materials – to projects for Navajo elders, single and multi-generational families, and first-time homeowners. A full archive of this important work can be found here.

Building on what we have learned, the ASU Stardust Center will now launch “Stardust 2.0.” This next generation of the Center will continue its attention to the local context of affordable housing while focusing on the educational and intellectual aspects of housing affordability, family well-being, and sustainability.

The next-generation mission will provide ASU students and the greater ASU community with knowledge and skills that enable them to create affordable homes and empower families, a vital part of achieving economic and social sustainability. Stardust 2.0 will accomplish this mission through a new series of dynamic, educational coursework, an engaging public lecture series, and by continuing to be an important information and knowledge center for the broader community.

Stardust 2.0 Guiding Principles

The mission of Stardust 2.0 is guided by these principles:

  • Well-designed affordable housing is fundamental to the sustainability of every city and community. Affordability covers a range of household incomes, demographics, and cultural conditions that are underserved in a growing number of cities and communities in Arizona.
  • Well-designed affordable housing is environmentally sustainable; responsive to cultural, social, and household needs; enhances and becomes an asset to the greater community; and is valued by residents.
  • Working with the community and getting their participation in design and planning decisions is key to successful development; students in our courses will engage directly with the community.
  • Value-added knowledge and evidence-informed practice and teaching are instrumental in affecting changes in policy and practice.
  • Expanding public awareness of the challenges and opportunities of affordable housing is essential to strengthening the community’s commitment to affordable housing.