Description: This studio challenged students to translate theories of livability in urban design into the context of a neighborhood at the edge of Portland’s city center. The Lower Albina‐Russell street neighborhood is a complex nexus of regional and citywide infrastructure and an industrial area of warehouses and other industrial uses close to the Willamette River. The community is well connected to the rest of the city thanks to a nearby light rail station, but it is challenged by a lack of internal connectivity, which is further exacerbated by the commercial truck traffic serving the industrial areas.
This studio involved a streetscape redesign of the neighborhood’s core, and identified strategies for improving the connectivity between parts of the neighborhood and the river. The studio looked at strategies and possibilities of inhabiting the spaces underneath the I‐5 freeway, reintegrating them into the fabric of the neighborhood and the city.
Project 1: Yuliya Dimitrova-Ilieva
Project 2: Vanessa Walton
Project 3: Deven Young
Instructor: Deni Ruggeri