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New Mexico: Cultural and Social Ecology of Architecture


THE STUDY OF CULTURAL LANDSCAPES is a way of thinking about everyday built spaces as evidence of social groups, power relations, and culture. The following Architecture and Landscape Architecture studio investigations emphasize the study of the interrelationship between people, social groups and human settlement, the concern for the effect of human activity on the environment and the impact of the built form on the environment and society. The design investigations focus on the intersection of cultural landscapes and architectural practice in New Mexico. The studio work and supporting essays encourage and draw inspiration from interdisciplinary scholarship, the exchange of ideas and shared passion of historians, literary critics, anthropologists, sociologists, journalist, geographers, landscape architects and architects. Placebased practices and production, traditions, communities, settlement patterns and identities are examined and analyzed in spatial terms to study and inform the responses of the built environment to the natural landscape. Architectural regionalism is addressed through the practices of Socially Conscious and Performative design, that aim to reconnect human cultures to region-scale ecosystems, cultivate environmental sustainability and privilege local cultural practices. The intent is to understand the interaction between people and place and the cultural behavior
that defines a place, using an “outsiders” lens, to inform architectural practice.

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