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.
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.
“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!
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.