ASLA National has launched a mobile friendly, online guide to over 48 significant landscapes in Portland. The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Portland is organized into tours under categories such as grand parks, social equity, wildlife, water, and health. It includes site reviews along with addresses, maps, bike and transit routes.
As one of 11 local landscape architects who contributed, I was asked to be the guide for the Water Tour and demonstrate how Portland leads the nation with the development of green infrastructure. The Water Tour showcases a range of public open spaces that highlight ways Portland experiences, expresses, treats, uses and celebrates water. To tell this multi-faceted story, I reviewed Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the Water Pollution Control Laboratory, the Rain Garden at the Oregon Convention Center, Sandy Blvd. Streetscape, and the Amy Joslin Memorial Eco-roof at the Multnomah County Building.Portland is a walkable, bikeable tour-friendly city. It’s a city without a single, stand-out landmark; yet increasingly we see visitors on the streets with maps and mobile devices exploring our many nooks and crannies. Through the eyes of visitors, this is an opportunity to ask ourselves, what has Portland done right? What can other cities learn from Portland? What is Portland doing to maintain our quality of life and continue to become even more sustainable?
Design Week Portland is just one week away! Mayer/Reed is excited to join our peers in a celebration of our city’s creative contributors. We all play a role in making Portland a place we love to live, work and play.
On Monday, October 6th, we welcome you into our studio for an open house. On Tuesday, October 7th from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, visit our installation at the Ira Keller Fountain as part of SEGD Portland’s “Revolution in the Landscape.”
Hope to see you next week!
Yost Grube Hall Architecture celebrated 50+ years with an exhibit opening at The Center for Architecture this month. As longtime colleagues and friends, we are honored to be part of this milestone event. Collaborating with YGH, Mayer/Reed orchestrated the design, copywriting and construction of the exhibit, bringing to life rich stories of people, places and projects the firm has touched over the decades. The exhibit runs through Sept 30 at The Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR.
Mayer/Reed joined Team Otak last spring in a competition for the design of the Mesa City Center. This center is key to downtown Mesa, Arizona’s efforts to create a walkable, vibrant live, work, learn, and play environment. As one of the three finalist teams, we recently presented our design for The Living Room Plaza to the City Council and Mesa residents. The plaza will become a dynamic, multi-cultural, educational center of a new arts district in the city, exuding a sense of community and vitality. Check out the competition results and consider lending your support!