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Thursday, July 6, 2017

On 10:44 AM by Rachel Preston Prinz in ,
So, a few weeks ago, USAToday posted a list of the 25 essential buildings to see in New Mexico that they got from the AIA. I personally think there are some missing, and some that shouldn't be there (Pearl Hall? Really? Over Hussan Fahty's Dar al Islam in Abiquiu?) But this is a fine starting place. The thing they did NOT do was add a map so you could actually find your way to any of the sites when you come to visit. So I put one together really quickly so you can print it out and get there! ♥
Right click on the image to open and print it full size on standard letter size paper.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

On 2:54 PM by Rachel Preston Prinz in , ,
So I recently was made aware that there is a 10 year old little girl who is coming to Santa Fe and loves architecture. Her dad reached out to Friends of Architecture Santa Fe and asked them if they knew anyone who could give her a 2-4 hour architecture tour. Now I'm not sure if anyone does have one and since this will be an evolving post, check back from time to time because I'll update the post if I find anyone! But I used to give tours of Taos and I know what I like, and I was able to build tours that I got great responses to, so hey, why not! Here's my stab at my "best of Santa Fe" architecture tour, with supplements from some of my amazeballs architect and creative friends.  This list will evolve as I have only really been here a year and a half, so I haven't seen everything, and I'm sure I'll remember more faves in the coming days!
First off: Here's a list of common Santa Fe Architectural Terms and their meanings!

Puebloan (1200-400 years or so ago)

There's just not any in town. There are several pueblos nearby but they aren't really open, unless you catch them on a feast or crafts show day. 
  • Bandalier and Tsankawi (Almost always open, unless there's a fire, like now. Check ahead to be sure.  A one hour drive from Santa Fe thru Los Alamos and SO worth it.
    See cliff houses and a D-shaped early pueblo in one place. Tsankawi has a really magical quality if you are up for a short hike.

Spanish/Mexican (150-400 years or so ago)

  • Pretty much anywhere you can walk. Look for: small+high windows, courtyard plazas.
  • San Miguel Chapel
  • Palace of the Governors (for context, more than anything, heavily modified)
  • Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts (for context, also great American period architecture) and their outlier house
  • Loretto Chapel
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
    Thanks for the reminder Nicole Kleibert from Cornerstones Community Partnership!   
  • Canyon Road, and El Zaguan at The Historic Santa Fe Foundation (also great American period architecture) 
  • Sena Plaza is a late period/early American period building. It is wonderful to meander around. Thanks for the reminder from architect pal Eric Haskins.   
  • Alto St. (especially between Defouri and Closson), "It’s part of a historic district – the road narrows to one lane with narrow sidewalks and the houses are on the road – if you wander that whole neighborhood you’ll find some pretty cool doors too!" - Nicole Kleibert from Cornerstones Community Partnership

American Period (Past 130 years or so ago)

Outliers worth the trip

  • Los Golondrinas has architecture from all over the state and every period and it's only a half- hour from town.
  • Acoma Pueblo and the Sky City Cultural Center (1.5-2 hours drive. call to verify they are open.)
  • Santo Domingo Trading Post (half hour drive)
  • Tent Rocks (It's not architecture but sometimes I pretend it is! and the hike is awesome!)
  • 10,000 Waves. Amazeballs Japanese baths - an oasis in the desert.

Hope this helps~!
♥ Rachel

Sunday, April 30, 2017

On 5:23 PM by Rachel Preston Prinz in
A friend in film suggested that I watch The Art of Storytelling sessions from Pixar in a Box at the Khan Academy. I have only watched the first three videos in the series thus far, but there are several great suggestions in there! Here's a link to the free class! https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar/storytelling

Wall-E character from Pixar

Here are my favorite takeaways:
  • We already ARE storytellers. 
  • A story is really a sequence of events (narrative) that unfolds through time. It begins, something happens, and it ends.
  • To get good at storytelling, we should practice anywhere and everywhere: telling stories in front of the campfire, writing plays and novels and short stories, making movies, taking photos, and even tweeting each other. 
  • To make a story really come alive, put something into the story that talks about your own life and how you FEEL. 
  • It may take 30 iterations to make a story sparkle. Editing is essential!
And my favorite exercises:
  • Q: How did you start telling stories?
  • Q: Where do you get your ideas from?
  • If you are looking for ideas, write about the last time you... (did anything).

Monday, January 2, 2017

On 5:12 PM by Rachel Preston Prinz in , ,

there was a icy chill to the morning
hoarfrost on the mirror of my RAV
my first excursion out in days
everything was still because of the holiday and the dusting of snow
i drove purposely slow
i didn't know why
til she ambled out from behind a tree and across the road in front of me
resplendent from an easy winter
she kept walking and never dropped her gaze
we passed each other as if we were in a slow motion movie
her eyes looking straight into mine
I opened the window and called
hey sugar baby, you sure are a pretty little thing
I hope you're havin a good winter
I love you
and I smiled
and I swear to god she quite nearly walked right up to me

not this time, the first time.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

On 8:39 PM by Rachel Preston Prinz

It was the grand opening of a new basement gastropub. After the election, a lot of us had been shellshocked, and it was the first time many were venturing out. 

A middle-aged entrepreneur named David sat down next to me, after I scooted into an empty slot so he could sit with his friends. I offered him a taste of my French onion soup as he told me stories of all the renovations he was doing to his various properties. Eventually, he confessed that his girlfriend had broken up with him a month before because she had gone to a Tony Robbins weekend, and when she came back, she wouldn't return his phone calls. 

I couldn't bear to tell him... that's exactly what had happened to me, only I had lost interest in my relationship once I figured out that it was one of the things draining me (while I was doing the work from a Tony Robbins book), so I was the bad guy in the scenario. That's why I was alone there drinking hard cider and eating French onion soup. But oh, was it ever so good.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

On 2:57 PM by Rachel Preston Prinz in , ,
My maker friend Meredith suggested that our team watch this talk from renown maker Leah Buechley, so that we could chat about diversity and make a plan to really engage girls in the Makerspace project we are working on together.

Today I finally had time to watch it, and I was really struck by what Leah had to say, especially the reality of who Makers are in today's world.

Today's Makers consist of:
  • 80% are males
  • 44 years average age
  • 97% have a college degree
  • 80% have some post-grad work as well
  • median income is $106,000 a year: a higher annual salary than 80% of US households and 96% of individuals
*Leah shares these metrics and who measured them in much greater detail in the video below.

This is great data from which to build a more sustinable, culturally-relevant platform for our upcoming project. 

But what most intrigued me was the way that Leah looked at "outsiders" - the "base" culture of can-do-it-ive-ness that has been cultivated by ALL people, including people of color and women - and realized that they too, are worthy of being recognized as Makers. She highlights the importance of people like Lady Ada Lovelace, who realized that knitting machines (looms) could be used for computation; and Grandmaster Flash, who realized that two turntables could be wired together and records could be played in new ways, thereby becoming the grandfather of rap as we know it today. She even highlighted some interesting New Mexico examples: the low-rider culture, which interestingly is being featured in an exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum RIGHT NOW, and of course, Acoma Pueblo pottery. 

I loved seeing a new perspective on who the audience is for Maker movement, and thinking about how we might make strides to make the Maker culture (which is being actively brought into our schools) more relevant for the diverse children we are trying to reach. 

Did this talk inspire you?
What will YOU do to make what you love to do more relevant for your community?
Share your thoughts with us!!

2015 Closing Plenary by Leah Buechley from The UTeach Institute on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

On 10:30 AM by Rachel Preston Prinz in , ,
About 14 days ago now, I found out that I was invited to Washington DC, by THE WHITE HOUSE! to attend the inaugural South by South Lawn festival. It was the most amazing event. And even more amazing that out of 20,000 nominations, I somehow made the cut!

What was even more amazing was that my parents and friends rallied to get me there. My folks gave me airline miles to fly and my friends raised some money with a gofundme campaign that allowed me to travel with zero worries.

I had three days in town: Sunday for fun, Monday for the festival, and Tuesday as a backup for the festival in case of rain, which we didn't need, so I got to see one of my besties. The "fun" day Sunday ended up being 10 hours touring and 14 miles walking. I saw almost everything, monument and memorial wise. That night, I went on a nighttime small group tour with Bipartisan Tour Company that was out of this world good! Here are a few highlights of my photography from my explorations in DC that day:

I stopped outside the capitol and across the reflecting pond for a few moments and watched Japanese and Chinese and Korean tourists get photos of themselves there. It took me about 15 minutes to catch my breath. All I could seem to do was cry. I was so grateful for everything that had come together to allow me to be here.

I texted my mom this photo of the awesome Carrion plant from the US Botanic Garden. I just couldn't help but wish that the person who taught me to love flowers and plants and trees would be there. Right at that exact second, she called me!

I met this awesome little Albanian girl outside of the Museum of the American Indian, which I worked on the design of once upon a time when Smithgroup hired my firm to help do structural and mechanical coordination on. She wants to be an architect when she finishes school. It was awesome to meet her!

 Iwo Jima always makes me think of my dad. When I was born, he was a Marine Corps DI. Which is why military school was so easy for me! LOL!

 I could have spent an entire day in the Air and Space museum!


On 10:29 AM by Rachel Preston Prinz in , ,
There just are not words to fully describe the impact of #SXSL on me. So I'm just going to collect things here that inspire me about it, from my own pics to others' videos and projects.

Blogpost: The Best Thing about #SXSL by Verizon's Chief Storyteller Jason Moriber 

Real American Heroes!!!

Ananda Leeke

Obama + DiCaprio + Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, photo by Julia Youngs


Luke and Chris from Nexus! Photo by random stranger. : )

Jason Moriber, Luke Ritchie and Chris O'Reilly of Nexus Productions UK

Amy the amazing lady astronaut!