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Eastbank Esplanade Rosecity Rowing Boathouse OBT Transported Pickathon Gateway Hillside Harmonic Oaks Bottom Dockswim Taylor St. Corridor Oregon WaterShed Institute
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Rosecity Rowing Boathouse
This boathouse and adjacent public riverbank enable physical access to the Willamette River while establishing an institution that encourages Portland to engage the river that it grew from. The architecture is informed by the organization of a rowing crew as its captain quarters lead the building out into the river, the mid-sections provides huge storage space and strength-training, while the aft of the building provides fine tuning and repair services visible to the public.
A mobile stage and extension of the Oregon Ballet Theatre, OBT Transported expands the audience and extends the reach of Oregonâ€™s leader in classical and contemporary dance. A performance in itself, the unfolding of the stage relates the planting foot of the ballet dancers and the extension of a developpe. The dressing rooms plant firmly first with a heavier motion. The dance floor extends out as the leg in the act of developpe, while the upper structure follows with a light and delicate gesture similar to the armhand movement towards full extension.
An archway design based on manual bamboo pole construction and lashing techniques. A threshold experience with interactive musical elements spaced to reflect and sonify the simple ratios that define harmonic frequencies.
Based on the shared musical experiences in natural amphitheatres and harmonic frequencies available to the human ear; this venue provides a built â€˜hillsideâ€™ that optimizes analog performances. The primary performance area sits atop a sound gallery that opens to the street for publicly visible and audible shows, performances.
Oaks Bottom Dockswim
A waterway intervention stemming from a nature path through a wildlife refuge. Providing a protected swimming area with floating and fixed docks this project emphasizes the dynamic changes in depth of the willamette river as well as the iinevitably of a riverbankâ€™s propensity for erosion.
Taylor St. Corridor
This project connects disparate ecologies. At the periphery we have the forested residential, fine-grain neighborhoods; at the center we have the willamette river separated by the industry-heavy warehouse workplaces of the central east side. Natural collection areas (col. summers park), areas of exchange, and local industries are linked by pedestrian friendly walkways, two-way designated bike lanes, softened street scapes, water features at major intersections and constructed wetlands that recall the role of this area as a riparian zone of the willamette river.
RECONNECTING ECOLOGIES: AN INDUSTRIAL RIPARIAN NEIGHBORHOOD COLONEL SUMMERS PARK TO THE EAST BANK ESPLANADE
public parks in appropriate range from corridor fast
TREE’D STREETS manage stormwater...reduce pollution... capture carbon dioxide...decrease erosion... provide wildlife habitat...improve streetscape experience.
city blocks 20th ave. to the eastbank esplanade highlighting potential corridor to connect: fine grain forested neighborhoods...large scale industrial area...river habitat + touchpoint
CENTRAL CITY GROWTH 2010 Census: 24,989 Households 2035 Estimate: 58,979 Households 2011-2035 Increase: 25,090 Households
Oregon WaterShed Institute
An institution based on the importance of our waterways, OWSI functions as an academic extension catalyzing â€˜riparianâ€™ growth along the Willamette River. It draws people down the taylor street corridor and leads them to the eastbank esplanade by way of water features and a constructed wetland walkway. This throughway separates private and public OWSI functions. All runoff from the site is collected and passes underfoot as it flows through the public walkway.
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