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ABQ + UNM CityLab

A partnership between the City of Albuquerque and the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, where students worked on City-related projects.

CityLab provided opportunities to help prepare students for the workforce and provides the City with fresh new ideas. The primary activities of CityLab included generating and sharing innovative ideas in the areas of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning—developed by tomorrow's environmental design leaders—to contribute significantly in realizing the City’s vision for growth over the coming decades.

CityLab began in 2012 when UNM signed an agreement with the City to help cultivate this creative new outlet. The City provided space downtown in the historic Sears Building (505 Central) to host classes and other events for students, faculty, and community stakeholders. With this collective pool of knowledge and skills, they were able to generate and represent ideas that will excite and energize a wide range of stakeholders that contribute to the making of this city, and who are committed to the quality of life here.

CityLab’s storefront presence in downtown Albuquerque served to connect the citizens of Albuquerque to the processes of imagining and re-imaging their city, and to create a healthy public dialogue.

Topics included:

  • Route 66 projects to revitalize the Mother Road in the areas of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning
  • 2030 District and Innovation District studio
  • Innovate ABQ and the Rail Yards redevelopment
  • Stories of Route 66 (supported by an Our Town grant from the NEA)
  • Valle del Oro/2nd Street Corridor
  • Innovation District, including Innovate ABQ, a Linear Park and downtown open space network

UNM has received a donation of a studio building and archive in the downtown area.  They intend to carry on with a range of projects, some of which will surely be Urban interventions.