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.
Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Think Out Loud” radio program discusses the Willamette Falls Riverwalk which will be designed by the Mayer/Reed-led team that includes Snøhetta and DIALOG. The interview which aired June 3, features Carol Mayer-Reed and Michelle Delk of Snøhetta.
Carol Mayer-Reed examines Portland’s lively food cart culture and its relationship to urban vitality in “Portland’s Street Food Phenomenon,” published in the May issue of ASLA’s blog, The Dirt. “The carts, which also form food cart pods, make a positive, colorful contribution to the city’s sense of livability, promote social interaction, and support small businesses. After all, the presence of people gathering in places attracts more people.”
“It’s no surprise that the nature based play movement, which in recent years has taken off across North America, has found fertile ground in Oregon.”
The March 2015 edition of Landscape Architecture Magazine features three Oregon nature-based play areas including Mayer/Reed’s Outdoor Adventure at the Portland Children’s Museum. Where some nature-based play areas redefine play equipment, author Katharine Logan says, “the Portland Children’s Museum challenges the need for playground equipment at all.”