The lineage of public realm preservation in Portland’s case, can be partially traced back to a few smart moves in the 1970s to re-think the downtown. And the result is the admirable livability we’ve come to know today. Randy Gragg unveils the history of the Halprin parks and their restoration, revealing a deeply-engrained pride for the public realm.
On a different scale, but no less ambitious, hear how SPECTACLE Bureau of Architecture and Urbanism, along with photographer Luke Fandrich, transformed a vacant Medicine Hat building into a temporary exhibition of possibilities. Hear about an indie corner office for the start-up culture, parks for stopping and staying in, and mixed-use conceptual ideas. Each idea envisions a more social and culturally synched downtown.
And the show begins with a discussion about the public beaches, street canopies, and insertions reconnecting flow to a watershed habitat. Claude Cormier + Associates reveals just how how intertwined socio-cultural needs are with ecology and built form. Afterall, the public realm is a social experience.
[images: 1/ Sugar Beach by Claude Cormier + Assoc., image courtesy of Mike James 2/ Corner office, rendering courtesy of SPECTACLE Bureau 3 / Keller Fountain opening, image courtesy of the Portland Development Commission 4/ Lovejoy Fountain, image courtesy of the Portland Development Commission 5/ Hydro-Quebec park by Claude Cormier + Assoc., image courtesy of Guillaume Paradis 2013 6/River Boulevard, rendering courtesy of SPECTACLE Bureau ]