Aerial cable car terminal and ski center, Ruidoso, New Mexico
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Architecture can express movement through form and function , evoking and contributing to emotional experiences of inhabitants and observers. Movement can be defined as an experience by comparing positions of stationary objects in relation to each other. Articulation of objects to reveal movement can create different feelings in the mind of the observer. Environments change as we move through them, and they conversely move around us as well. The dynamic movement of the occupant can create the spatial experience. Architecture can enhance this motion as built form through methods such as repetition, rhythm, and patterns. The continuity of space comes alive where different types of motion can come together, possibly expressing different functions of space. In such an example, architecture can reflect the movement through the built form interpreting and contradicting feelings evoked from activities. The physical function of the facility simultaneously becomes revealed in the form created. The site exists at the base of the Sierra Blanca Peak located in the Sacramento Mountains at 11 ,500ft within the Lincoln National Forrest. Ski Apache, the small resort there, is owned and operated by the Muscalero Apache Indian Tribe, and is considered part of their reservation. The scenery from this area contains some of the most spectacular scenery including a 200 mile panoramic view of pine trees and snow covered mountains. Ruidoso is a well known tourist village that accommodates this area, and is Icreated 16 miles away. A newly developed ski center could adapt to and introduce new uses and activities. Although Ski Apache is not considered a major ski resort in New Mexico, its popularity has grown considerably within the past 5 years. Ski Apache's peak can currently accommodate up to 7,000 skiers per day, however the facilities have not developed with the increase in usage. With a new ski facility in place, Ski Apache could very well accommodate the large number of visitors increasing its popularity as an attraction within the ski industry. This ski facility not only positions itself around movement, it serves as a place where all forms of movement can come together.