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Surfacedesign, Inc.:史密斯广场和联合广场改造工程将位于UNM(新墨西哥大学)主校区中心的3.3英亩土地转变为UNM标志性的社交聚会空间。新的中央广场被学生、教职员工和当地社区成员占据,成为一个平等、丰富而包容的社会空间。史密斯广场面向历史悠久的齐默尔曼图书馆、学生会大楼和学术大厅,以开放的姿态展现了UNM的校园生活。

Surfacedesign, Inc.:The Smith Plaza & Union Square Renovation transforms 3.3 acres at the heart of UNM’s main campus into UNM’s signature social gathering space. Intensely occupied by students, faculty, staff and local community members, the central plaza redesign acts as a social space of equity, diversity and inclusion. Addressing the historic Zimmerman Library, Student Union Building, and academic halls, Smith Plaza is the welcoming gesture and representation of UNM campus life.


©Marion Brenner
©Marion Brenner



As the exterior host for numerous student life functions and events, the plaza not only requires robust functionality, but also authenticity to place. Inspired by the West Mesa and nearby plateaus, the plaza is layered in formation and use. The lower plaza, analogous to arroyos of the region, allows for multitude of movement networks while a hierarchy of occupiable and planted plateau terraces create a unifying identity to the plaza and support the dynamic characteristics of campus life.


©Blake Marvin
©Marion Brenner
©Marion Brenner



The design placed importance on material selection to prioritize local availability and representation. Use of brick for the shifting wall surfacing recalls the earthen clay character and material recollection of the Albuquerque Basin. Salvaged brick from the past pavement surface was repurposed in the lower plaza pavement. The paving pattern and layout provide the great room centerpiece that is complemented by a ground finished cast concrete that exposes the native stone aggregates. Deeply colorful and textural stone aggregates allow stormwater runoff to infiltrate at the plaza edges. Native and adapted plantings soften the edges, providing vegetative massing, while rolling lawns provide for the exceptional calming oasis at the campus core.


©Marion Brenner
©Marion Brenner
©Blake Marvin



Visitors are encouraged and empowered to move seating around the terraces, fostering ownership and pride for their space. The movable furniture supports adaptable site programming, while segments of precast concrete walls from the UNM reservoir building were reconstituted as fixed seating and lounging elements for full day usability. Major path routes integrate contrasting colors and a textured concrete finish that helps aid visually impaired visitors to navigate the site.


©Marion Brenner
©Marion Brenner



Complimentary to the land inspired formations and active plateau terraces, New Mexico culture and tradition provided guidance in the development of the weathering steel shade elements. Presenting an interpretation on ornamental ironwork and tinwork characteristic to New Mexico, the canopies improve environmental comfort and protection from the high desert climate’s harsh sun.


©Marion Brenner
©Marion Brenner
©Blake Marvin


为了成功实现史密斯广场和联合广场的设计,该过程需要利益相关者的宝贵投入、严格的参与和公开的对话。这一合作过程获得了反馈,为构思和设计过程提供了基本的洞察力、真实性和权威性。为了充分发挥设计的潜力,项目设计团队还采用了项目交付的合作方式。 SURFACEDESIGN担任景观主创设计师,与阿尔伯克基的景观设计师MRWM和建筑师McCLAIN + YU合作。

To successfully achieve the Smith Plaza/ Union Square design, the process required invaluable stakeholder input, rigorous engagement and open dialogue. This collaborative process garnered feedback that provided foundational insight, authenticity and ownership to the ideation and design process. To push the design to its full potential, the project design team also employed a collaborative approach toward project delivery. SURFACEDESIGN served as the lead design landscape architect in partnership with Albuquerque based landscape architect MRWM and Albuquerque based architect McCLAIN + YU.


©Marion Brenner
©Marion Brenner




景观/建筑公司:Surfacedesign, Inc.
设计团队:创始合伙人James A. Lord; 校长Tim Kirby;助理 Matt Bombard
建筑师:McClain + Yu Architecture and Design;
助理景观设计师:MRWM Landscape Architecture
图片来源:Marion Brenner、Blake Marvin

Project name: University of New Mexico – Smith Plaza
Completion Year: 2018
Size: 3.3 acres
Project location: Albuquerque, NM
Landscape/Architecture Firm: Surfacedesign, Inc.
Website: http://www.sdisf.com/institutional#/university-of-new-mexico-smith-plaza/
Contact e-mail: alex@theivaagency.com
Design Team: James A. Lord, Founding Partner; Tim Kirby, Principal; Matt Bombard, Associate
Clients: University of New Mexico
Architect: McClain + Yu Architecture and Design;
Associate Landscape Architect: MRWM Landscape Architecture
Photo credits: Marion Brenner, Blake Marvin
Photographer’s website: https://marionbrenner.com/



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