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Arthur Andersson on Timeless Materials & Building "Ruins"

Tower House . Image © Art Gray
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 ruins. 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. 

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'Ricardo Legorreta and Santa Fe' Tribute Event

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.

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, New Mexico. 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.CITE will be modeled after a mid-sized 21st century American city, integrating real-world urban and suburban environments along with all the typical working infrastructure, in order to provide customers the unique opportunity to test and evaluate technologies in conditions that most closely simulate real-world applications.Some of the planned initial core user application areas envisioned to be tested and evaluated within CITE include: Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Green Energy: Alternative Energy Power Generation (e.g. Geothermal, Solar) Smart Grid Technologies Telecommunications Resource Development (e.g. Desalinization) Security With the support of local and state officials, CITE will be the largest scale testing and evaluation center in the world. As reported by NPR, final signatures are not on the real estate deal yet, but it involves a big land purchase and a supplemental 25 year lease from the county.CITE is expected to break ground in June.Reference: CITE-City.com, NPR

Video: Isleta Tribal Services Complex / RMKM Architects

Kirk Gittings 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, New Mexico. The building was constructed by Jaynes Corp. and the structure was built by Pace Ironworks. This building recently won an AIA honor award.

Mayor Signs Contracts Drunk, Blames Design Firm

Sunland Park, N.M– Martin Resendiz, mayor of a small community near Las Cruces, 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