Just Launched – The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Portland

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.Oregon Convention Ctr Rain GardenPortland 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?

Posted October 09, 2014
Written by: Carol Mayer-Reed, FASLA

Publication: Wayshowing > Wayfinding

WayshowingLibrarySpreadWe are honored to have two projects featured in a new book by Per Mollerup, Wayshowing>Wayfinding: Basic & Interactive. The firm’s visual communications work for Tri-Met Portland Transit Mall and the Vancouver Community Library are featured as examples of successful wayshowing from around the world.

WayshowingTrimetspreadThe book is a follow-up to the 2005 edition, Wayshowing: A Guide to Environmental Signage which also featured Mayer/Reed’s work. Per Mollerup is Professor of Communication Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne and author of several books on design.

Posted: Jan 10, 2014
Written by: Kathy Fry
Posted January 10, 2014
Written by: Kathy Fry
Categories: PUBLISHED 

Bud Clark Commons Gate Featured in eg

The Bud Clark Commons courtyard gate is featured in the current edition of eg, the award-winning magazine focusing on visual communications in the built environment. The magazine is published quarterly by the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD).


“Mayer/Reed was responsible for landscape architecture and environmental graphics for the center, including a distinctive courtyard gate that at once communicates the center’s ethos of safety and inclusiveness.

Waterjet-cut from weathering steel, the 16-foot-wide gate contains quotations that establish connections to the community and to the shared human condition.”