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Regenerative Design December 10, 2020

The Navajo Regenerative Growth Initiative is a proposal for transforming the remnants of a timber extraction site in the Diné community of Red Lake. Through remediation, the polluted and abandoned industrial site can become a model for land-based social and ecological resilience. Phytoremediation by sunflowers helps remove residual pollutants and stabilize or destroy contaminants in the soil and groundwater. Composting programs increase the organic activity in the soil enhancing the site’s water absorption. Healthy soil leads to greater agricultural productivity…

Water-Activated December 10, 2020

Water harvesting strategies have made human habitation and agriculture possible in New Mexico since time immemorial.  All along, foot trails have accompanied constructed water infrastructure. El Camino Real Academy commemorates the system of foot trails that carried migrants from Mexico City into the northern stretches of the Rio Grande region during Spanish colonization in the Americas. Travel routes followed the life-giving waters of the river and connecting irrigation channels, or acequias. The school’s proximity to the Rio Grande and historic…

Linear Study December 10, 2020

Albuquerque’s network of irrigation channels, or acequias, is perhaps the city’s greatest hidden treasure. The acequia system not only irrigates family farms and nurtures rural lifestyles, but its waters also create an extensive public park, complete with walking paths along the length and width of the valley. Integrating the acequia network into the citywide open-space environment would connect the acequia paths with the open spaces of Rio Grande State Park, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, West Mesa, and Sandia…

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