Richard Lowenberg

Richard Lowenberg has spent over 40 years creatively integrating understandings and involvements in architecture, environmental design, rural community planning, information sciences, telecommunications networking, economics, eco-systems, and new-forms arts creation.

He is the founding director of the 1st-Mile Institute (now a program of Santa Fe Complex), which has been awarded ARRA–NTIA Sustainable Broadband Adoption funding to host the “Info-Eco” Open Broadband Economic Summit; also funded by the NM McCune Foundation.

As Senior Broadband Planner with Design Nine, Inc. , he prepared the New Mexico “Integrated Strategic Broadband Initiative” plan for the Governor’s Office, and was State contracted to steward statewide ‘broadband stimulus’ initiatives in 2009-2010.   Other involvements include broadband planning for the three state, 15 county Memphis, TN region; western counties of South Carolina; Eagan, MN; Santa Fe, NM; and Kansas City, MO.

Richard was founding Programs Director for the Telluride Institute in Colorado, co-organizing annual Telluride Ideas Festival (Reinventing Work, Reinventing Politics, Glasnost, Perestroika, Energy ’91 and Tele-Community ’93); annual Composer to Composer programs; Watershed and High Altitude Agriculture programs; and directed the InfoZone Project, making Telluride the first rural Internet POP in the U.S., first wireless WAN and pervasive community network in the early 1990s.

He is past Executive Director of the Davis Community Network (CA), 1996-06 , another example-setting community networking initiative, for which he developed Waterworks, a watershed online decision-support toolkit; served on the National Research Council’s study, which published “Broadband – Bringing Home the Bits” in 2002; and advised on networked society initiatives in the U.S., Canada, Europe (Austria, Corsica, Majorca), Japan and Argentina.

He has taught at Pratt Institute, and UC Davis, and has guest lectured and presented extensively.

Richard’s interdisciplinary media arts, installation and performance works have involved collaborations with NASA, the Gorilla Foundation, military agencies and industries, and numerous science research institutions, and have been presented internationally, including at the Whitney Museum, San Francisco MOMA, Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, NTT-Tokyo, Santa Fe CCA and the Venice Biennale.   He is the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Colorado, California and New Mexico State Arts Councils, Art Matters, Inc., National Space Society, Apple and many other institutions and companies.