Shawn Evans, AIA
Associate, Director of Preservation and Cultural Projects
Atkin Olshin Schade Architects is thrilled to announce that the Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project is one of thirteen projects from around the world to be featured in the March 2013 issue of Architectural Record.
The special issue, “Sheltering the World,” focuses on the global challenge of providing housing that is “integrated with social services as well as connected to the urban fabric and the wider community.”
The projects are located in Brussels, Singapore, Rwanda, California, China, Brooklyn, Sao Paolo, Helsinki, Oaxaca, as well as our project in Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico.
One of the featured projects is by MASS Design Group, a firm that has been on several panels with Jamie Blosser, our Associate, at many Public Interest Design Institutes events.
Ohkay Owingeh is very proud of this project and is pleased to set an example for balancing cultural preservation with a very urgent need to provide improved housing for its people.
Read the article online here as well the project page on our website. If you have not yet seen the short film produced for the 2012 SEED Awards, it can be seen here.
The image above by Kate Russell captures light and shadow beautifully. In this post we thought we’d share some additional images showing the place full of life. To best mean to understand Ohkay Owingeh is to visit during one of the Pueblo’s dances. It is overwhelming to see these timeless traditions occurring in the plazas which have been so transformed in the last few years. As photography is forbidden during the dances, we’ll share these photos by Tania Hammidi, taken during last year’s community mud plastering.
We took part in the plastering day and look forward to participating in future plastering days as long as we’re invited. It is an honor to assist in the design, rebuilding, and ongoing maintenance of this place with our own hands.