Arthur Andersson on Timeless Materials & Building “Ruins”

Tower House . Image © Art Gray

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural  in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Arthur Andersson of Andersson-Wise Architects wants to build . He wants things to be timeless – to look good now and 2000 years from now. He wants buildings to fit within a place and time. To do that he has a various set of philosophies, processes and some great influences. Read our full in-depth interview with Mr. Andersson, another revolutionary ”Material Mind,” after the break.

Chamisa Village Phase II / Steinberg Architects

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Architects: Steinberg Architects
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico,
Area: 127,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Tim Griffith

‘Ricardo Legorreta and Santa Fe’ Tribute Event

Courtesy of University of Art and Design and the Art Institute

Santa Fe University of Art and Design and the Santa Fe Art Institute recently announced the Ricardo Legorreta Tribute event, a weekend of activities across the city honoring Legorreta’s influence on Santa Fe design. Taking place October 19-20, the event will include a series of lectures, films and tours that will honor the legacy of the late Mexican architect whose inspired designs have helped shape the landscape of many residential, academic and corporate buildings in Santa Fe. More information on the event after the break.

AD Classics: Prince Home and Studio / Bart Prince

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Nestled in the suburbs of , New Mexico are the otherworldly forms of Bart Prince’s Personal Residence and Studio. As home and work place for the architect the structure truly reflects Prince’s main design principle that form so closely follows function. This ideal leads to the relatively uncommon architecture produced by Bart Prince. More after the break.

Diné College Library / DLR Group

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Architects: DLR Group
Location: , New Mexico, USA
Project Area: 26,000 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of DLR Group

Ghost Town planned for New Mexico to test emerging technologies

Pegasus Global Holdings, LLC, a private international technology development firm, has announced plans to build a new billon-plus dollar city capable housing 35,000 people Lea County, . However, no one will live there. The vacant city will be a full-scale, fully functional test city, dedicated to enabling and facilitating the commercialization of new and emerging technologies. Looking for a place to test out that self-driving truck? Look no further. The Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation (CITE) will provide 15-square-miles of resident-free cityscape in the middle of the New Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert.

Continue after the break to learn more about CITE.

Video: Isleta Tribal Services Complex / RMKM Architects

recently created a video for the Isleta Tribal Services Complex, a multi-award winning project by RMKM (Rohde May Keller McNamara) Architects. The video illustrates the construction of the building’s unique architectural facet located in Isleta Pueblo, . The building was constructed by Jaynes Corp. and the structure was built by Pace Ironworks. This building recently won an AIA honor award.


Rothstein-Meckler House / Praxis Architects Inc

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Architect: Praxis Architects Inc
Location: 1710 W. Alameda St., , New Mexico, USA
Project Architect: Gabriel Browne
Client: Scott Rothstein and Marcia Meckler
Project area: 1,760 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
General Contractor: Praxis Ltd Co
Photographs: Laurie Allegretti


Mayor Signs Contracts Drunk, Blames Design Firm

Mayor Resendiz, from his Facebook page via CURBED
Mayor Resendiz, from his Facebook page via CURBED

Sunland Park, N.M– Martin Resendiz, mayor of a small community near , admitted earlier this month to signing contracts with a San Diego–based parking design firm while drunk. The company, Synthesis +, is suing the city for nonpayment. Resendiz claims the contracts were never valid since the City Council did not approve them.

“The day I signed … I had way too much to drink. It was after 5 p.m. and I signed it (the contracts) and I didn’t know what I was signing,” Resendiz wrote in response to questions from Synthesis+ lawyers. “My sister had to pick me up.”

“Again, this was after two or three hours of us drinking, not exactly the best time to do business, not exactly the best time to read over legal documents, which he (Soltero) did not portray at any time to be legal documents,” Resendiz said in a deposition.

Soltero is a Synthesis+ executive. The deal is worth over $1 milllion; the drinking happened at Ardovino’s Restaurant in Sunland Park.

VIA The Washington Post and New Mexico Independent

Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary School / Jon Anderson Architecture


Architect: Jon Anderson Architecture
Location: Albuquerque,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 84,000SqFt
Project Cost: $12M
Client: Albuquerque Public Schools
Contractor: Shumate Constructors Inc.
Photography: Kirk Gittings


Atrisco Heritage Academy / Perkins+Will and FBT Architects

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Architect: Perkins+Will, FBT Architects
Location: Albuquerque,
Project Team: Eric Brossy de Dios, Angela Kunz, Ann Knudsen, Charlene Martin, Kevin Mereness, Ashley Stoner, Nathan Wilcox
Executive Architects: Fanning Bard Tatum Architects AIA, Ltd.
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: New York Focus Photography

Duranes Elementary School / Baker Architecture + Design

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Architect: Baker Architecture + Design
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Client: Albuquerque Public Schools
Building Area: 10,000 SqFt
Contractor: FAMCO Inc.
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: CME Inc.
Structural Engineer: MacCornack Engineering
Civil Engineer: High Mesa Consulting
Photography: Richard Nunez


Barcelona Elementary School / Baker Architecture + Design

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Architect: Baker Architecture + Design
Location: ,
Project Year: 2009
Client: Albuquerque Public School
Building Area: 12,500 SqFt
Contractor: MV Industries Inc.
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: CME Inc.
Structural Engineer: MacCornack Engineering
Civil Engineer: High Mesa Consulting
LEED Consultant: Halcom Consulting
Acoustical Consultant: Southwest Noise Control
Photography: Richard Nunez


Olo Yogurt Studio / Baker Architecture + Design

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Architect: Baker Architecture + Design
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Contractor: Sims General Building
Electrical Engineer: Stone Electrical Design
Mechanical Engineer: Walker Consulting Engineers
Photography: Richard Nunez


Flyway View House / Jon Anderson Architecture

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Architect: Jon Anderson Architecture
Location: Albuquerque,
Project Manager: Jarrod Arellano
Project Year: 2008
Building Area: 4,590 SqFt
References: Blueher Abodes
Photography: Kirk Gittings Photography


The Final Launch


With over a million people watching Atlantis’ trip to the International Space Station, today marked the 135th and final lift off of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. A monumental occasion or as NASA commentator said, a “sentimental journey into history”, the end of America’s 30-year shuttle program also opens the door to ask, what is next for the future of space travels?

We are sharing with you Foster + Partners design for The Spaceport Authority Building, currently under construction and set for 2011 completion. Winning an international competition in 2006 with team members URS Corporation and SMPC Architects, Foster + Partners created a design concept fit for the first private spaceport in the world. A sinuous shape, the building morphs from the landscape creating interior spaces that seek to capture the drama and mystery of space flight itself, articulating the thrill of space travel for the first space tourists.

Renderings and construction photographs following the break.