Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
A quote from Peter Calthorpe's recent book, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, that I feel is a perfect metaphor for the current condition of many of our cities - and Albuquerque certainly resembles these remarks:
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Another block of the downtown urban fabric being put to better use than parking or abandonment. The urban farm is well on its way to success and ownership by the larger downtown community. Hats off the the Downtown Action Team for making this happen.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
September 16, 2011 — In cities around the globe today, artists, activists and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called "PARK(ing) Day."
Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The planning strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”
Locally, the event will be celebrated in Albuquerque by various groups, organizations, businesses, and anyone else that would like to participate in the free event. There are planned parks in downtown and the UNM area. Join your friends, coworkers, classmates, or someone random on the street and create a public space in a metered parking spot between 10 and noon on Friday, September 16th!
More information can be found on the event website:
A page for the event in Albuquerque can be found at:
If you are interested in participating, the group webpage can be used to coordinate and discuss any planning related issues.
We hope to see many parks, er parquitos, on the 16th!
About the founders of Park(ing) Day
Rebar (www.rebargroup.org). Founded in 2004 in San Francisco, Rebar is an internationally recognized art and design studio operating at the intersection of art, design and ecology.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Looks like the city awarded the plan update to another non-planning firm and is getting quite the nugget in return - and it ain't golden. See it here.
For those of you that use the bicycle facilities in this city, please take a look and provide feedback to this document. The city's website calls it a "final" document but it appears to be more like a 50% draft. And...discuss.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
2) A regional scale park (probably not quite like Zilker but more akin to Millenium in Chicago but smaller, and extends to the north along 1st a-la Old Montreal's waterfront park) on the north side of the Rail Yards where one can take in the Sandias, the Railyards, and downtown skycrapers, while reading a book in a lawn.
3) A streetcar running in a loop on 2nd and 3rd between Cesar Chavez and I-40. Also, a line between UNM and the airport along Yale to connect with the loop.
4) An upzoned warehouse district for mid and highrise housing and commercial, which extends the downtown core to the north.
5) Upgrade the Bosque trail to include wider pathways, places for seating, and lighting...at least in the busiest portions
6) Desertpunks Comp Plan idea is spot on. We need to designate and upzone nodes for density (a REAL centers and corridors plan) and compliments the transit system.
7) The fairgrounds I'd like to see turned into an urban village that supports housing, commercial, and an MLS soccer stadium/complex that compliments a downsized fairgrounds area. All parking could be structured and underground.
8) A symphony hall downtown...or the fairgrounds if you must, but only if 9...
9) A downtown arena and 35+ story hotel tower all crammed into downtown proper...none of this sprawling-into-edo mess
10) Bus service extended to late night to compliment the mass transit loop
11) New, attractive, modern central library...hold an international design competition so you know who doesn't horde that project as well...
12) I do like the idea of utilizing the river for recreational purposes. We have an amazing natural environment that compliments the built environment but we need to incorporate it better.
Oh, and bike lanes and paths all around downtown. It's flat and there are trees...perfect for walking/biking!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Eric Fischer was nice enough to post this on his flickr account after a friendly request. What does this image say about our built environment? How can the urban design of Albuquerque be influenced by this?