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One City / Many Futures: The Portland We Are Making

March 12, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Free – $20
One City/Many Futures: The Portland We Are Making

What the hell are we doing?
Buildings are rising everywhere. Streets are clogged. Maybe you’ve heard there is a new Portland Plan or that half a billion will be spent to “widen” I-5. How many bioswales and bike lanes are enough? How many highrises? There’s lots of talk about equity, but is anyone creating it? Is Lents the new Pearl?

How do all the changes to Portland fit together? Do they?
One City: Many Futures will offer a panoramic view of the next Portland with an unprecedented line-up of the people and projects defining the city’s future: top city officials, developers, architects, and community activists shaping the places that we live, work, and play.

March 12, 19, and 26; 6-7:30 pm, followed by a reception. Admission: $5-20 each evening; students free.

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Presented in association with the Portland Center Stage at the Armory, Business for a Better Portland, and NextPortland.com


March 12: What are we building?

  1. The Big Plans: Kimberly Branam, director, Prosper Portland; Joe Zehnder, director of Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
  2. The People’s Plan: Joy Alise Davis, Portland African American Leadership Forum
  3. Sharing the Wealth: John Haines, director, Mercy Corps Northwest
  4. Portland Timbers Get Higher: Allied Works Architecture
  5. East Portland Rising: Mustapha Finney, co-director East Portland Action Plan
  6. A Kinder, Gentler Infill: Madeline Kovaks, 1000 Friends of Oregon
  7. And more . . .

March 19: How will we move?

  1. The Big Plans: Leah Treat, director of Portland Bureau of Transportation; Eric Hesse, director of strategic planning, TriMet
  2. Mobility Across the Ages: Bandana Shrestha, Director of Community Engagement, AARP Oregon
  3. Portland’s Next Bridge: John Breshears, architect
  4. Revolution in the Streets: Ryan Hashagen, Better Block; Jillian Detweiller, Street Trust
  5. The New Portland Airport: Curt Robinhold, director, Port of Portland
  6. Plus: What’s $500 million buying I-5 and the Rose Quarter?
  7. And more . . .

March 26: Greening Portland

  1. The Big Plans: Mike Abbate, director of Portland Parks and Recreation; Jonathan Blasher, director of Parks and Nature, Metro.
  2. A New Willamette Riverfront—OMSI and Willamette Falls, Michelle Delk, Snohetta
  3. An Industrial Transformation: Charlene Zidell, Zidell Yards
  4. Beyond Bioswales: Dawn Uchiyama, Bureau of Environmental Services
  5. Plus: grassroots green in East Portland; a new master plan for Washington Park; a gateway to Forest Park; and more

Hosted by longtime Portland journalist Randy Gragg, each evening will be fast-paced, lively, show-and-tell of active plans and projects on the horizon, by the people guiding from the top and working and agitating at the grassroots—an unprecedented gathering of leaders on a public stage.


Design Week Portland, now in its fifth year, explores the process, craft, and practice of design across all disciplines. Our mission is to increase appreciation and awareness about design and its far-reaching effects on matters of cultural and social relevance. Randy Gragg is a longtime Portland critic, journalist, and curator on architecture and planning. This series of programs is an outgrowth of his longstanding onstage talk show, Bright Lights: Conversations on Portland’s Future and is one part of Design Week’s strategic push into year-round programing .

Portland Center Stage at the Armory (PCS) is the largest professional theater in Portland and among the top 20 regional theaters. Housing two theater spaces, The Armory is the first building on the National Register of Historic Places to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. The building has become much more than a theater space; it has become a gathering place for the community. As one of its major cultural organizations, The Armory embraces the responsibility to be of service to this City, and to all its communities. Enjoy $10 off tickets with promo code ONECITY.

Business for a Better Portland is a membership organization that combines the strength of business advocacy with the power of technology and grassroots social change. BBP’s goal is to ensure Portland is an equitable city where prosperity can be shared by all. In its first year as a membership organization, BBP engaged over 200 Portland companies in critical issues of tenant protections and state tax reform and provided members the opportunity to support and participate in events such as Pitch Black, Vanport Mosaic Festival and holiday efforts to support Street Roots vendors.

NextPortland.com is an award-winning blog that is the go-to source for discovering new buildings on Portland’s horizon. It offers a simple tally of multi-family residential, retail, cultural buildings, educational buildings, hotels and other large projects being designed or under construction in the City of Portland.


Cover image courtesy Design Week Portland.


Portland Center Stage at The Armory
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