Context architecture: A new school of architecture and planning at the University of New Mexico
Vorhes, Shawna E.
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A building should respond to the culture, history, and geography that surrounds it. Context architecture does just that. It uses elements of a region to express a building's design. This, in turn, makes the building a product of its place. The School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque will be a free-standing facility that will provide students, teachers, and campus visitors with a place not only to view architecture, but a place that will make one a part of the architecture. The context of the facility is in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The proposed site is located on the University of New Mexico main campus. The climate of Albuquerque is arid with the possibility of heavy snowfall in the winter. Thus, not only is it necessary to design the facility with the culture and history of the area in mind, but it is also necessary to design the building according to the climate of the region.