Summer is here and sunny days are in the forecast. As you head out to enjoy the weather, capture your experience of a favorite place that Mayer/Reed had a hand in shaping. We’re inspired by the moments of joy, beauty and reflection that have been submitted to our Beyond Opening Day call for entries.
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.
Years of planning, rounds of design, site explorations and valuable community conversations and public agency support have all shaped our vision for the Blue Heron site and The Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City. Plans and images of this along-awaited, legacy project were revealed this week at a media event on this intriguing 22-acre post-industrial riverfront site.
Thank you to everyone who joined members of the Design Collective – Snøhetta, Mayer/Reed and DIALOG – for the first public viewing of the concept on Saturday, June 3rd, at the Willamette Falls Riverwalk Design Celebration. It was our pleasure to discuss the design of this complex site, assemble a time capsule and raise a glass to toast the success of the project!
The team is beginning work on detailed design and construction drawings for the first phase of the riverwalk, with ground breaking scheduled for next summer. Check out willamettefallslegacy.org for the latest project news and progress.
2017 marks two anniversaries in the evolution of our interdisciplinary design studio. Forty years ago, Michael Reed, established Mayer/Reed focusing on the intersection of product design and visual communications. Ten years later, Carol Mayer-Reed joined the practice to form a larger multi-disciplinary partnership that includes landscape architecture and urban design. With the more recent addition of Kathy Fry and Jeramie Shane as principals, the practice continues to expand and evolve and is now a studio of 26 diversely talented professionals.
Throughout our 30/40 landmark year, we are exploring the nature of community and place through reflections, observations, and images of Mayer/Reed’s work culminating in “Beyond Opening Day: A Photographic Exhibition.” The November exhibit will explore the story of place and identity as seen through the lens of users. As designers, we are interested in learning how our projects have taken on a life of their own.
What are your experiences in the places that Mayer/Reed has designed? Have you captured special moments or a remarkable shaft of light? Please submit your images now through July 31.