Creative Placemaking, Tactical Urbanism, Better Blocks, Streets as Places, and similar programs are emerging interdisciplinary movements that can be dynamic processes for engaging, empowering and transforming communities. These movements focus on the public realm as their physical areas for implementation, which include public highways, streets, parks and vacant public spaces. In New Mexico, they often occur in the historic core of a town center. In the process of revitalizing and re-activating these places, there can be complications arising due to transportation policies with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, or protecting the historic integrity by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. This session will overview these movements and through examples of case studies around the state, illustrate how some of these issues are now being resolved through creative collaborations and partnerships between the local governments, state agencies, and local organizations involved in economic development and the arts, to stimulate action toward common and positive community-building efforts.
Cynthia Nikitin, Senior Vice-President, Project for Public Spaces
Bill Hutchinson, State Landscape Architect, New Mexico Department of Transportation
Barbara Zook, Architectural Project Reviewer, New Mexico Historic Preservation Division
Charlie Deans, Urban Planning Program Associate, New Mexico MainStreet