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Mayor Berry Announces ABQ + UNM CityLab

Partnership with the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning

July 3, 2012

Albuquerque – In an innovative approach to urban design and planning Mayor Richard J. Berry introduced a first of its kind partnership with the UNM School of Architecture and Planning that will provide fresh ideas within the City of Albuquerque.. The partnership will utilize UNM graduate students and faculty and is coined ABQ + UNM CityLab.

The ABQ + UNM CityLab team will be housed in a 3,000 sq.ft storefront studio space at 505 Central after the property lease is approved by the City Council on June 4th.  UNM + ABQ CityLab would begin operations with the start of the UNM Fall 2012 semester.

"This is a phenomenal opportunity for the City of Albuquerque to connect with our flagship university in a meaningful way that will not only move our city forward but will provide  the next generation of professionals an opportunity to contribute to the planning of our city," said Mayor Berry.  "Additionally, these students and faculty will be bring with them a presence and vitality to the downtown corridor that everyone will benefit from."

The University of New Mexico plays a major role in the advancement of Albuquerque as a thriving city.  This partnering with the City of Albuquerque will provide the following benefits:

ABQ + UNM CityLab will provide opportunities for UNM graduate students in the field(s) of Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture to gain first-hand knowledge and experience working directly on City projects while working within the school curricula.

505 Central Ave. is an ideal location for the purposes of this partnership.  Located on Historic Route 66, the “storefront” location in Albuquerque’s urban center will serve to extend UNM’s reach downtown creating a vibrant synergy for the students and downtown alike.

The City of Albuquerque will directly benefit from the work delivered by students who will be working directly under the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and the City Planning Department.