This studio involved the synthesis of a new cultural district, incorporating aspects of old Santo Domingo Pueblo and its historic transportation hub. It also included the design of a new development with housing for 300-400 families, and regional services. To inform our studies, the studio investigated settlement principles in the American Southwest. Students looked at how materials and processes with different characteristics and origins can be combined to face a harsh environment and support cultural preservation. The purpose of the studio was not to replicate or simulate traditional practice, but to use the study of precedents and site visit activities to understand how the integration of building materials, forms, and technologies might inform contemporary practice.