3-D Virtual Walking Tour: 339 56th St SW

3-D Virtual Walking Tour: 339 56th St SW
by Chris Lucas

MetroABQ People Circa 1969: Let The Sunshine In at The ABQ Museum

MetroABQ People Circa 1969: Let The Sunshine In at The ABQ Museum
by Chris Lucas

Although not currently open, the ABQ Museum is still featuring Let The Sunshine In online, a peek into the time period & life of a diverse Burqueños from 1969-1971. There are 1500+ images in the archive that depict Albuquerque from people crossing streets, to interesting residential & large-scale commercial architecture, to aerial views of the city & hundreds of other objects along the way. Read More


MetroABQ Downtown Plaza to Plaza Walk

MetroABQ Downtown Plaza to Plaza Walk
by Chris Lucas

MetroABQ Plaza to Plaza Architectural Walking Tour -- From Downtown to Old Town. Read More


A Growing Pocket Neighborhood Trend: Co-Housing

A Growing Pocket Neighborhood Trend: Co-Housing
by Chris Lucas

The top image is a plat map for a planned cohousing community in the near South Valley, across the river from Tingley Beach & the Albuquerque Country Club community. Envisioned by Cohousing ABQ, & in the Vecinos del Bosque neighborhood, the 2.3 acre site--still a large vacant lot that abuts the Rio Grande--will have 27 homes with over 60% open space, & several sites planned for agricultural production. The site is close to the ABQ Biopark, numerous restaurants & lodging, like the refurbished El Vado Motel close-by.

In the Vecinos del Bosque cohousing community, "all dwelling units & the common club house to comply with the PHIUS+ 2018 Source Zero Passive Building Standard. This is the most rigorous energy standard for buildings that currently exists in the US & balances aggressive energy and carbon reduction with both cost effectiveness & strict source energy requirements. All homes meet the Passive Building Standard: continuous superinsulation throughout the entire airtight building envelope; high-performance windows & doors; minimal space conditioning with balanced heat & moisture recovery system; & exploitation of solar gain to maximize the sun's energy during the heating season & minimize overheating during the cooling season. In addition to high level of comfort even in the most extreme weather, Passive House homes are extremely resilient buildings with almost no moving parts & with just one or two PV panels they will achieve ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions over the year." ~From their website.

From CohousingABQ.org: At the South Valley cohousing community, the estimated home prices range from $125,000 - $430,000, comparable to prices of newly built energy-efficient homes in Albuquerque.

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The Many Sides of the ABQ Museum's Sculpture Garden's Big Head

The Many Sides of the ABQ Museum's Sculpture Garden's Big Head
by Chris Lucas

The public art Sculpture Garden at the ABQ Museum is a surreal site. Located in Old Town across from the impressive Tiguex Park, the outdoor garden is a great prelude to the ever-changing museum shows inside the building. Now walk around the garden & notice the sculptures from different angles--it's a whole new experience with each new gaze at the figures. Below are numerous views of The Head, easy to access & prominently displayed in the garden. Read More