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UNM SA+P Faculty members to speak at the 2018 TEDxABQ Design Salon

April 13, 2018

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Join TEDxABQ for the first ever Design Salon on April 30th

Design underpins every part of our society. We leverage design to shape our environment, solve problems, meet needs, and add meaning. Our cities, social systems, decor, clothes, experiences, communication, lives—you can see the application of design everywhere. Behind every design is a defined goal with a unique idea destined to shape our world.


On April 30, TEDxABQ will explore the topic of Design with 6 New Mexicans shaping the world around us. Though their fields and mediums differ, each influences how we navigate our environment. Join us to explore these fascinating ideas from the designers who are bringing them to life.

Event Details

Monday, April 30th
5 - 8:30 pm
CNM FUSE Makerspace
101 Broadway Blvd. NE, Suite 3100
Albuquerque, NM 87102
General Admission: $25
Student tickets (with valid student ID): $15

Buy your tickets here!


Meet the Speakers


John-Mark Collins

What if you could bring an existing space to life by making it interactive? John-Mark’s ventures, including his company, Storylab, explore ways to activate space using technology. Focusing on everything from brand engagement to active play, Storylab has created installations that speak to the power of an activated world--a world unfiltered by a headset and felt by your own hands.

Ellen Babcock & Mark Childs


Fresh eyes, creative entrepreneurship, and a sense of joy are the necessary ingredients for the creative reuse of undervalued items and places. Using their experience on an urban design project that spans the length of Route 66, Ellen Babcock and Mark Childs illustrate the power of creative reuse, its impact, and its implications for communities.
Ellen Babcock is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of New Mexico and the founding director of Friends of the Orphan Signs.

A Fulbright Scholar, Mark Childs is the Associate Dean for Research at the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning.

Jaime Jaramillo

By forming a coalition of residents, policymakers, business owners, and other key stakeholders, the city of Alamogordo is designing a brand that will revitalize its once-vibrant downtown area. Through this real-world case study, Jaime describes how place branding, a multifaceted design exercise, bridges the gap between differing perceptions of place and forms mutually beneficial partnerships among civic institutions and residents.

Hannah Greenhood

Chronic disease is a costly health epidemic that has become the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Yet many chronic diseases and conditions are preventable. Hannah explains how, through design, the buildings in which we live, work, and play can help fight chronic disease. 

Katya Crawford

Ephemeral landscape installations have the power to transform mundane locales into places of curiosity and wonder and draw attention to social, political, and environmental issues. Katya illustrates how the power of design, passion, and just a little bit of money can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary in urban public spaces.