urbanism

          

volcano heights

The volcanic escarpment along Albuquerque's western edge is a unique geologic landform and high desert mesa landscape sacred to Native Americans for millennium. In the 1960's, this area was prematurely subdivided into one acre lots and sold to 4000 individuals. The Development Plan balances the market demand for new housing and employment with preserving views of the cliffs, critical wildlife corridors, fragile archeological areas and sacred Native American ritual and healing sites by creating transfer development rights.

Intensifying development into transit villages and a mixed-use town center reduces the initial infrastructure requirements and potential traffic bottlenecks into downtown. Urban Design and Architectural Guidelines seek to create walkable, enjoyable neighborhoods with sustainable practices and building performance. These buildings will continue Albuquerque's architectural traditions and help to establish a unique sense of place.

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