What is CityLab?
Partnership between the City and UNM where Architecture & Planning students get to work on real city projects.
What's important for CityLab
- win-win for City & UNM
- a way to move forward using tomorrow's leaders
- Students get to work on real projects
- Prepares them for the workforce
- City gets a fresh perspective and variety of talent
- A great way to promote UNM
- Economic development opportunities
- Symposiums, lecture series, special topics
- Research opportunities
This is a great way for us to move our city forward, while also helping propel our students into the workforce.
Here's the CityLab agreement: The city is providing about 3000 sq. ft of space downtown in the historic Sears Building (505 Central) to house students, undergraduate and graduate. These students will provide planning and design services for the City and will create innovative and cutting-edge proposals that will move our city forward.
There is a need for our city to reach a new level of master planning. UNM's School of Architecture and Planning has signed an MOU with the city to help cultivate this creative new outlet. The city is leasing the space in return for the collateral creations of the UNM students.
Projects include innovative ideas in the areas of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning designed by tomorrow's leaders.
The City Planning Department is currently working with UNM's Dean Forbes-Isais and her team to further this program and the UNM curriculum in developing projects that would be a win-win for the City and UNM. Plans for the upcoming school year focus on the Downtown Core/ Innovation District and the Route 66 / International District.