First Advisor

Todd Ferry

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Architecture and University Honors




Urban parks -- Oregon -- Portland -- Management -- Citizen participation -- Case studies, Urban parks -- Conservation and restoration, Public architecture, Pedestrian areas




The Fourth Avenue street seat on the campus of Portland State University was opened to the public in the summer of 2015. It was originally designed and constructed by students from Portland State’s Architecture department from 2013-2014, and was funded and constructed with significant help from local groups, mainly the former Institute of Sustainable Solutions (ISS) and the South of Market Eco District (SOMA), both now disbanded. Since opening, the parklet has suffered concerns with maintenance and a lack of ownership from the groups previously involved. This paper follows the author’s attempts to understand the status of the street seat in late 2017 and its context at the scale of contemporary urban design, as well as chronicling her process of renovating and re-permitting the street seat.


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