This was a weekend long a pop-up event to allow the public to envision and participate in developing ideas for a re-developed St. Michaels Drive corridor in Santa Fe. St. Michael’s Dr. is located in the geographic Center of Santa Fe. While the area has a long history, since the 60’s it has been developed as a typical suburban style, 6 lane, strip mall dominated highway. The event featured demonstrations and site specific artwork in the areas of energy, water, transportation, entrepreneurship and built environment. Activities included: parades, car show, concerts, lectures, film screenings and a youth night. In the long term, an interpretive center has been established on the site to continue the community dialog and a planning studio from UNM is studying the corridor and working on a form based code.
Autotroph was involved in 3 projects for the event:
1. A building made from shipping containers that represents design standards the developed by the City’s long range planning division for the St. Michael’s corridor: Basic design concepts included taller buildings pushed up to the street, porticos and tree lined streets and courtyard spaces within.
2. A mock-up of a bus shelter that we are developing for the City’s transit division. It is an interpretive exhibit that contains information on our project and represents one of our shelter designs.
3. A micro grid; sourced from biomass, solar and wind energy; that powered most of the event and an energy village with information for the public. A smart home demonstration was integrated into the Shipping Container building.