Design Week Portland 2016 will generate interesting dialog that will most certainly invigorate the local design scene. As in years past, we look forward to connecting with other creative minds during this annual city-wide exploration of all things design April 15 – 23. Carol Mayer-Reed, FASLA, will offer thoughts on two remarkable urban renaissance opportunities:
For Central Eastside: Beyond Taking Sides, Carol and the other panelists will explore new visions that could substantially re-define the character of Portland’s historic Inner Eastside Industrial District. Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 pm at Bora Architects.
A fast-moving PechaKucha Night will examine the intersection of Design & Identity through a wide array of topics. Carol will focus her 20 images on the Willamette Falls Riverwalk project in Oregon City. Thursday, April 21st, 6:00 pm at Hatch Innovation Lab.
Mayer/Reed’s eighth floor studio glowed orange in celebration of Portland’s Winter Light Festival February 3-6, 2016. As a firm sponsor with steering committee members for this inaugural event, we were thrilled to see how the festival’s imaginative installations and activities brought the community out to light up these dark days of winter. We hope it’s the start of a new Portland tradition!
At Mayer/Reed we are proud of our commitment to alternative modes of transportation. But we asked ourselves, how are we actually commuting as an office? So during this year’s Bike Commute Challenge we broadened our participation in the studio by tracking all modes of travel. In addition to biking, we wanted to encourage and reflect on our use of other forms of alternative transportation. We had fun drawing our routes on a large shared map and marking a colorful chart to track walk, bike, bus, MAX, carpool and single occupancy car.
Mayer/Reedies used them all! We are happy to see that we traveled by bicycle more than any other mode of transportation and only 30% of commutes were by single occupancy car. Here’s looking forward to doing even better next year!
Congratulations to TriMet on completing the MAX Orange Line! And what a ride it’s been! After years of planning and design involving multiple public agencies, communities and design professionals, the light rail line and Tillikum Crossing Bridge opened to public festivities on September 12.
Mayer/Reed is proud to be part of an effort that pushed the project beyond just moving commuters between Portland and Milwaukie, Oregon. TriMet’s commitment to an in-depth public process, bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, public art, sustainable design and high quality rider amenities allowed the design team’s response to weave the new line and its stations into the fabric of the neighborhoods along the 7.3 mile corridor.
Soon station areas will buzz with activity as people incorporate the new connections and community improvements into their daily lives. We look forward to seeing how this public transit infrastructure becomes a catalyst for economic vitality in the region!