Nestled along the Rio Grande Bosque on the MetroABQ's westside sits a community that is a living study of New Urbanist theory. For 50 years, the La Luz community has been celebrating "environmentally friendly habits by creating walkable neighborhoods containing a wide range of housing" types. The 96 townhome community is now looking toward the next fifty years of life. Designed in 1968 by renowned architect Antoine Predock (see the Rio Grande Nature Center in the North Valley, the Aperture Center in Mesa del Sol & hundreds of other lifetime projects), the neighborhood, riverside near Montaño & Coors Blvd, threw a party commemorating the last fifty & celebrating the next fifty. I was lucky to be at the event, in The Meadow gathering space, seen above & the two images far below. Just below is an image facing the other direction, toward a row of residences on Tennis Court NW... Read More
Near Mountainair, New Mexico, sits some of the coolest ruins in the country. The Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument consists of three Spanish Missions amid numerous Pueblo Ruins: Gran Quivira, Abo Ruins & Quarai Mission. Read More
The El Vado Motel has had an eventful 80+ year history so far...Restaurants, shops, the refurbished motel & public gathering/convention spaces are bringing the historic property into the next 80 years... Read More
The private Diamond Street Compound residences enjoy a half acre of land & is discreetly hidden behind gates on a side-street, a few blocks from the Plaza. If you know what you're looking for--beautifully decorated sculptures that act as gates--you'll know when you pass by. Built in the mid 1920's, the three rock houses sit amongst gardens, greenspaces & incredible sculptures across the property. The rock walls are approximately 18" thick & are comprised of random-sized uncut boulders & stones with plaster interiors. You can see the gates & stone houses below. Read More
I learned two new concepts along the way at Los Poblanos: what a Coping is & all about Zaguan Doors...A coping is a cap or covering of a wall, like the brick that caps
the top of Meem Territorial building, seen below & here. They may consist of stone (capstone), brick, tile, slate, metal or wood. A Zaguan Door
is a door-within-a-door--a large, often decorated grande entry door to a hacienda courtyard, with a more functional human-sized door carved out of
it. The larger door can be opened for horses or carts to be brought inside. A good example from Los Poblanos can be seen in the two images below, one
from the outside & another image from inside the hacienda-style courtyard.
Above & below are three of more than half a dozen Nob Hill murals featured in Mural Fest '18 this
year. For the woman surrounded by red: Ernest Doty updated his wall outside the Slice Parlour--it's my favorite mural this year & is stunning
up close...Also, The Guild Cinema exit doorway now sports a geometric eye design that is easy to miss. A muralist
outside Empire Board Game Library works on his wall during the festival.