The construction to support the next phase of development at Mesa del Sol has begun. This includes the expansion of the Dog Park, and a new neighborhood, which comprises the construction of O’Keeffe Avenue, in honor of Georgia O’Keeffe, Mother of American Modernism.
“Mesa del Sol continues to prepare for the next phase of homes, and we are pleased with the progress being made,” said Karl Smith, Director of Residential Development for Mesa del Sol. “The next phase will continue to offer unique homebuilding and lifestyle opportunities for both Albuquerque residents and our new neighbors soon to make Albuquerque their home. ”
As most residents will tell you, Mesa del Sol is a different type of neighborhood. With the new urbanism approach to sustainability and quality of life, it only makes sense to name the distinguishing characteristics Mesa del Sol embodies after innovators, artists, and pioneers.
Each area of the development encompasses a different theme, such as: Creativity & Expression where the streets are named after artists who championed the areas of cinema, design, and literature.
The Mesa del Sol Neighborhood Naming Program is another way to deepen the physical naming relationship of the landscape, architecture, and core values of the project, the developers of Mesa del Sol chose a particular naming convention for each neighborhood, with the exciting addition of O’Keeffe Avenue well underway.
Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887-1986, Mother of American Modernism is best known for creating large-format paintings of enlarged objects, expressing the wideness of the world in her work. O’Keeffe utilized rocks, bones and the desert floor of New Mexico as distinctive architectural landscape forms of the area subjects of her work. She is well recognized for documenting the New Mexico Winter, Heartland New Mexico, and a vast amount of pictures of Navajo Nation. O’Keeffe’s work is preserved in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.
“Anytime you see Georgia O’Keeffe’s name you know it is related to New Mexico,” said Miguel Gandert, Distinguished Professor in Communication & Journalism Director, IFDM. “This is a great way to generate interest in a community that is really exciting and educational.”
The first neighborhood at Mesa del Sol was built with Stieglitz Drive, after Alfred Stieglitz, artist and husband of Georgia O’Keeffe. Alfred Stieglitz, 1864-1946, was most known as a modern art promoter/photographer. Stieglitz helped make photography an accepted art form in the early part of the 20th century.
“Stieglitz was a huge supporter of O’Keeffe’s work,” said Gandert. “It is very appropriate to have the two of them as street names running parallel to each other at Mesa del Sol.”
“We are really looking forward to continually highlighting artists such as O’Keeffe and Stieglitz who helped make this region a prominent part of the southwest,” said Smith.