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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.


The report was created using Prezi, the .exe file is available for download.

Created for USP 475/575 Urban Design Workshop.

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