Lower Rio Grande, New Mexico

Visual Essay | Lower Rio Grande Valley

John Acosta


In the following videos, John Acosta captures the arid landscapes and public spaces of New Mexico’s Lower Rio Grande Valley. —Ane González Lara, Diverse Peoples, Arid Landscapes, and the Built Environment report editor

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Rio Grande River, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Near Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Dirt, Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Chile Fields, near Rincon, New Mexico

Landscape, near Hatch, New Mexico

El Sombrero, Socorro, New Mexico

Behind Floreria Fiesta, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Chile Inn, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Videos by John Acosta.


John Acosta

is a first-generation Mexican-American filmmaker who has worked as a filmmaker and instructor for several nonprofits in the Albuquerque area.  In 2018, Acosta teamed with photographer Frank Blazquez to launch “Duke City Diaries,” a documentary film series about Albuquerque which has garnered close to million views on YouTube, as well as mentions in publications like The GuardianThe Albuquerque Journal, and Santa Fe Reporter. He continues to work on ongoing projects in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The views expressed here are those of the authors only and do not reflect the position of The Architectural League of New York.