MetroABQ Scenes: Public Fractal Images (reprint)

MetroABQ Scenes: Public Fractal Images (reprint)
by Chris Lucas

Above are two fractal images adorning the Monte Vista Elementary School, created by students. From the Nob Hill-based Fractal Foundation website: The Fractal Foundation was formed in 2003, as an outgrowth of the Albuquerque based “Chaos Club”. Since then, we have taught fractals to over 68,000 children and 50,000 adults. Based in Albuquerque, most of our activities have thus far taken place in New Mexico, but they continue to spiral outward and upward…  Read More


Welcome to La Luz: Architect Antoine Predock's All-Adobe Homes

Welcome to La Luz: Architect Antoine Predock's All-Adobe Homes
by Chris Lucas

Click on the image below to view the 3-D Walking Tour.
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Neighborhood Spotlight: Spruce Park

Neighborhood Spotlight: Spruce Park
by Chris Lucas

Spruce Park Drone View Read More


MetroABQ’s Urban Heat Island & the Petroglyph Monument

MetroABQ’s Urban Heat Island & the Petroglyph Monument
by Chris Lucas

An Urban Heat Island (UHI), found in metropolitan areas, is when the city temperature is considerably warmer than the surrounding rural areas, due to human activities. In these areas, the temperature is often much higher at night, and the effect is more pronounced during the summer and winter. Urban Heat Islands are caused by dark or massively solid surfaces, which absorb/collect heat, then release that heat at night; asphalt, concrete and tar are good examples—think of large paved parking lots, tar and gravel roofs and concrete arroyos and buildings. A lack of vegetation is another reason for UHI effects: with fewer trees, cities lose essential cooling effect and valuable shade; and the removal of carbon dioxide, created by the trees, adds to the temperature rise. Besides the increase in temperature, UHI’s can alter cloud patterns and trap particulate matter below cooler layers, creating pollution. UHI’s increase the demand for energy—air conditioners run longer—which costs more, and creates more waste pollution. An example of the Urban Heat Island effect is the weather forecast: notice the temps up & down the Rio Grande Valley—the Metro temperature is often higher than areas north or south.  Read More