Video Inspires Support for a World Class Trekking Loop in the Columbia River Gorge

The Friends of the Columbia Gorge have big plans in the works for Oregon and Washington’s famed recreation destination. A 200-mile trail system connecting small towns, farms, wineries and wild areas will open opportunities for multi-day adventures, create contiguous areas of protected lands and support Gorge economies by connecting trails to communities. With nearly 80% of the land for the “Towns to Trails” loop secured and 40% of the trails in place, the plan for this new adventuring idea is moving closer to reality.

Mayer/Reed developed a video for Friends of the Columbia Gorge to share this vision. It quickly received recognition; inspiring KGW’s travel segment, Grant’s Getaways, and Willamette Week to feature the Towns to Trails project.

Call for Entries: “Beyond Opening Day”
A Photographic Exhibition

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When does a project become a place? Once design and construction are complete, we as designers step back and watch as each space takes on a life of its own. How do you experience these places?

This is the story we will explore in a photographic exhibition revealing users’ perspectives of Mayer/Reed-designed places. Submit photographs now through July 31 via email or Instagram. Please see complete details about the call for entries here.

The Orange Line Continues to Impress!

LAMcoverMay2016“Need you wonder why we started a drinking game called ‘Portland’ here at the magazine?” says Landscape Architecture Magazine. “The Oregon metropolis always has so much to show for its progressive thinking. A large team of landscape architects and other designers can take credit and pride in the new MAX Orange Line, seen on LAM’s cover this month.”

The May issue features a robust cover story about Portland’s latest multi-modal transit project. Check it out!

Landscape Architects Recognized for Light Rail Line Design

When is a light rail line more than a just a transit project? When an enlightened agency like TriMet hires landscape architects and urban designers to “stitch all the component parts and pieces into a unified whole…and celebrate the distinctive character of each station and neighborhood.”

A recent Daily Journal of Commerce article highlights the role that landscape architects had in designing the MAX Orange Line.  In addition to Mayer/Reed and CH2M who were mentioned in the article, several other landscape architects participated in the light rail line design, including GreenWorks who worked closely with Mayer/Reed on the east side.