Recently, I arranged to videotape an interview with David Green, the internationally known urban planner from Perkins and Will. P&W is the architecture firm recruited by the University of New Mexico’s Robert Frank and engaged primarily by UNM but also by the city to help chart our course to the creation of a vibrant new urban technology corridor.
The PW framework calls for a synthesis between science and research entities and the city, county and others. Together, science and the city, we will give birth to a third new thing; an innovation ecosystem known in urban planning circles as a “Rain Forest.”
This Rain Forest environment has been shown to generate an inordinate amount of creativity and economic activity. The Rain Forest’s center will be a 7 acre site at Broadway and Central.
The P&W framework proposes open space and startup amenities designed to foster interaction; mixing business, science, art and play. It proposes re-arrangements of some streets downtown, new mini-neighborhoods, glass atriums and new buildings. It’s a big and exciting idea.