Mesilla Valley Performing Arts Center: Las Cruces, New Mexico
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THESIS STATEMENT By responding to without repeating its surrounding built, natural, functional, cultural and historical contexts, and thereby meeting the needs of the community, a building can contribute to the community in such a way that it helps to establish a socially sustainable community. FACILITY STATEMENT This project is a center for the performing arts that wiQ serve the needs of the commxmity by providing spaces more adequate for present activities and the potential for events not currentiy represented in the city. The PAC is situated on a site with the proposed City Hall building, a proposed parking garage with retail at the ground level and a public plaza that connects the three buildings. CONTEXT STATEMENT Las Cruces is located near the Rio Grande River in what is known locally as the Mesilla Valley. There are three mountain ranges surrounding the city to the east, north and northwest. The city is rapidly expanding north and east, and has long since left the downtown area. Recendy there has developed a small interest in revitalizing downtown and bringing back the vitality it once had.