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New York’s High Line And Portland’s Green Loop: Linear Parks And Urban Futures

September 28, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

High Line Green Loop Linear Park

New York’s High Line park, an innovative promenade created on a disused elevated railway, is one of the world’s most iconic new urban landmarks. Portland’s Green Loop, a proposed 6-mile linear park and active transportation path, is an ambitious design concept promoting a new type of civic ecology. Featuring presentations by urban theorist Christoph Lindner and representatives of the City of Portland’s Urban Design Studio, this evening of discussion will explore how these two linear park projects connect with a range of pressing urban issues facing cities, including sustainable design, gentrification, historic preservation and cultural resources, community activism, and the privatization of public space.

Christoph Lindner is dean of the College of Design at the University of Oregon and honorary research professor in cultural analysis at the University of Amsterdam. His work focuses on the interrelations between cities, globalization, and creative practice. Recent books include, with Brian Rosa, Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park (Rutgers University Press, 2017), Global Garbage: Urban Imaginaries of Waste, Excess, and Abandonment (Routledge, 2016), Cities Interrupted: Visual Culture and Urban Space (Bloomsbury, 2016), Imagining New York City (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Paris-Amsterdam Underground (Amsterdam University Press, 2013).

The Urban Design Studio at the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability advances the design quality of places citywide. UDS employs visual and graphic technologies to illustrate ideas and concepts about future physical changes as Portland continues to grow. These ideas are eventually translated into policy, objectives, guidelines, and projects to forward community-supported design. UDS’s practice builds upon Portland’s unique setting and history, its special places, and its changing population to enrich the quality, health, and livability of the city.

Copies of Deconstructing the High Line will be available for purchase at the program.

Free admission ($5 suggested donation); as seating is limited, pre-registration is recommended.

About the Architectural Heritage Center
The Architectural Heritage Center’s mission is to “inspire people to conserve the art, craft, and context of historic buildings and places to promote our cultural heritage as a vital element of livable, sustainable, communities.” We seek to preserve the historic character and livability of our built environment, and to promote sustainability through the re-use of period homes and buildings.

Owned and operated by the non-profit Bosco-Milligan Foundation, we empower people in the Portland region to preserve both landmark buildings and the regular “vernacular” vintage homes and storefronts that collectively define our neighborhoods, traditional downtowns,culture, history, and quality of life.


Cover image courtesy AHC.


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