City planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Urban beautification -- Oregon -- Portland, Neighborhood planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Urban community development -- Oregon -- Portland
Principals that guided the project:
(1) Create connection between existing activity centers.
- Education: Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and Portland State University
- Parks: Halpern Sequence, Park Blocks, and Waterfront
- Transit centers: Orange Line, Yellow Line, Streetcar and Bus Connection
(2) Add to multi-use nature of area to provide a 24 hr neighborhood environment. Additional residential Development - catering to late night and residence not just office crowd.
(3) Improve pedestrian experience: Increase safety by making traffic changes, add wayfinding and dampen freeway noise.
(4) Design for a diversity of ages
(5) Activate existing/underutilized "dead" or "lost" spaces. Create a "reason for being" for underutilized or underdeveloped land
(6) Add and preserve natural features for both beauty and function: tie green elements in the city into park blocks and waterfront park to create cohesion between places; use natural features to deal with stormwater, traffic nuisances (speed/noise); preserve views of Mt. Hood and River; and provide a gathering place.
(7) Create new centers of activity at key points where transit or uses intersect
(8) Follow/preserve current social and cultural uses in the areas: farmers markets and food trucks
(9) Add design features that reflect social uses, and cultural history: public art
(10) Accentuate neighboring assets: PSU university life and historic Halprin Sequence
This project was conducted under the supervision of Donald J. Stastny and Edward Starkie.
Queiroz, Artur; Gilden, Beth; Martins, Flávia; Six, Hannah; Todoroff, John; Davis, Linn; Schafaschek, Maria; Silveira, Nely; Batista, Sayonara; and Sanccao, Taissa, "Making South Downtown Portland" (2015). Urban Design Workshop. 8.