Podcast | PDXplore: Crossing the Columbia River

March 31, 2010

The Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO) and designers from PDXplore present Crossing the Columbia River: What Does it Mean for Our Region?, a two-phase forum in February and March 2010 at PNCA. Featuring exhibitions and public programs, the forum drew attention to the current status of the Columbia River Crossing, increasing citizens’ recognition of the project’s profound scope and impact, and inspiring broad discussion about its potential for excellence. For more information about the forum, visit the “Architectural Foundation of Oregon” or the “PDXplore website”.

*Columbia River Crossing: An evening with members of the CRC Project Team*

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Representatives from the Columbia River Crossing and the cities of Portland and Vancouver detailed progress made thus far on the project and discussed next steps. The panel spoke about the efforts being made to improve safety, extend light rail, add bicycle/pedestrian paths and support smart community growth. CRC staff also reported how community input has thus far informed bridge, transit and interchange designs.

*International Panel: Fresh Design Perspectives*

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Moderator Ethan Seltzer led a provocative discussion about the Columbia River Crossing with international experts in the fields of design, culture and urban planning. Panelists included: Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell, artist Ed Carpenter, outgoing National Endowment for the Arts Director of Design Maurice Cox, and Toronto architect and urban design consultant Ken Greenberg.

Photos by Ingrid Hain ‘13.