What is Public Space Now?
As the line between private and public space becomes less clear, what does it mean to design the public sphere? To explore this question, urbanLAB:PDX, a research collaborative at the PSU School of Architecture, presents a global survey of more than 30 contemporary design projects in the public realm. These include reclaimed waterfronts, active streetscapes, parks, communal rituals, and neighborhood spaces, all amid the diverse demands placed by democratic use today. The exhibition illustrates more than thirty designs, ranging from New York City’s Highline to Paris’s temporary riverfront beaches to Ballast Park on former brownfields in Sidney to Waterfire in Providence.
urbanLAB:PDX invites you to explore this global survey of contemporary design in the public realm and reflect on Portland's public spaces. The exhibition illustrates diverse design strategies for reclaiming waterfronts and energizing streetscapes, as well as new ideas for city parks, neighborhood gathering spaces, and civic rituals. These projects prompt us to ask: How will we conceive, design, build, and use Portland's public spaces in the future?
The exhibition is being hosted by the Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave. and runs from November 7-27. An open gallery discussion of the future designs in the public realm will be held on November 12, 6:00pm.