I took a walk on the University of New Mexico’s main campus yesterday after a meeting. I had planned to visit the library but it was a nice day to walk and look at that horizon where the landscape meets the sky. The wooden trim and decorated beams adorning buildings and the places where adobe brushes celestial blue make for an abstract charm such as music imparts.
The integration of the built and natural environment is exceptional in New Mexico. Cultural traditions intertwine and inspire new creations. Trees lend a rooted and organic flavor.
Everything in planning and design is about getting it down to human scale. And making the big things like buildings approachable and inviting. The vernacular architecture of UNM makes the mundane seem extraordinary and imbues an everyday walk with a special character. The upclose environment is warm and stimulating. Clouds roll and dissolve in the mile high sky against distant mountain drops. The omnipresent sun. Time has a way of vanishing here.