Albuquerque Rail Yards

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Guillermo Aguilar, AIA served as the architect/planner on an advisory panel of planners, architects, economists, and developers that was convened to evaluate access and redevelopment opportunities for Albuquerque’s historic rail stations.

Sponsored by the Urban Land Institute, the City of Albuquerque, the WHEELS Museum, and the School of Architecture at the University of New Mexico, the panel evaluated and considered the site and its historic structures in the context of the city and its neighborhoods. This included the redevelopment of the Santa Fe Station in addition to economically viable commercial and housing options in redevelopment of the rail yards.

Planning and design guidelines included the use of outdoor gathering spaces as shared spaces for community integration, and placed smaller outdoor spaces within each level of project use. Given the
rail yards’ location between two communities, a primary goal of the redevelopment vision was to embrace the connectivity of the Barelas and South Broadway neighborhoods, and to ensure that adequate public linkages and amenities were included for their residents.

Planning strategies included a “paseo system” to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle access to both neighborhoods, the stations, and downtown Albuquerque. The final report and planning recommendations have been published by the Urban Land Institute.