Alibi Picks: The Plazas Of New Mexico Exhibition At Unm

New Book Sets Things Square

Sam Adams
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The Plazas of New Mexico exhibition at UNM
(Miguel Gandert)
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Without architectural preservation, Downtown would probably look like an uninspired strip mall. And all the Territorial and adobe houses—scattered about our neighborhoods, setting us apart from any other major city in the U.S.—would probably be little boxes made of ticky-tacky. Just think of how great the new KiMo sign looks. Or how pissed you were when they tore down the Aztec Motel. In that vein, UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning pays tribute to some of the state’s finer vertical designs. Specifically, its reception tonight at George Pearle Hall on the UNM campus looks at the plazas and courthouse squares that inhabit New Mexico, exploring their “decline, recent revival and prospects for the future.” The event is in conjunction with a new book on the subject, as well as a photo show by Miguel Gandert and an exhibition on nine plaza communities curated by José Zelaya. A full symposium (registry required) follows the next day from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More details at
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