UNM Student Wins International Design Competition

Mar 23, 2018

Philadelphia's Center for Architecture and Design hosts an annual competition for design students at universities around the world.  This year, the Center's challenge was to find new ways for Philadelphia to connect its residents and visitors with the city's cultural and natural resources.  The first prize went to Sam Fantaye, a third-year student in the graduate Landscape Architecture program at the University of New Mexico's School of Architecture and Planning.

Sam's plan would change the priority of Philadelphia's busy Lehigh Corridor "from cars to people."  Called Smart Weave, the plan provides wide, shaded walkways, a dedicated bikeway and "a simple but helpful gadget," a monitor that "allows people to track their health and directs them to what's around them," including public art works, local murals and the riverfront.