Thirty-nine students and five faculty members from the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning recently visited Denver to learn about Denver’s successes in urban revitalization and public transportation. The trip was part of their Architecture 401 course.
While in Denver last month, the UNM group met with University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning instructor Ken Schroeppel. Schroeppel led the group on a two-hour walking tour and discussion on Denver’s growing rail transit system and the Denver Union Station transit project that is currently under construction.
Schroeppel’s presentation on the history of transit in Denver and the system’s current expansion under RTD’s FasTracks program provided the group with the broad context for understanding Denver’s urban landscape and the role that transit plays in creating strong, sustainable cities. Following Schroeppel’s tour and presentation, the UNM students and faculty met with other local experts involved in planning, design and public transit.
The UNM trip to Denver is a good example of how Denver is viewed nationally as a model for urban planning and development, and how our College of Architecture and Planning faculty are recognized as leaders and experts in the community and in understanding the dynamics of the urban environment.
(Photo: CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning instructor Ken Schroeppel talks about Denver’s urban landscape to students from the University of New Mexico.)