I am happy to announce the formation of a new organization, THINK.urban in Portland, Oregon. Along with colleagues Katrina Johnston and Allison Duncan, our group plans to promote, as our tagline mentions: “Better Design Through Applied Research.” We bring a range of experience in urban design research, landscape architecture, urban ecology, public space, and social science, combining academic rigor with creative expression.
In short, we are a research based non-profit that connects academic research to urban design practice through a number of means, including expertise, scholarship, interventions, publications, and consultation with professionals. We have current focus areas in public space, streets, and landscape – and cast a broad net across urbanism in general – with a goal to act as a bridge between theory and practice. We are currently forming the 501(c)(3) organization and recruiting board members, so more is happening in 2012.
A snapshot of a couple of the projects that we are working on in tandem and as an extension of our studies at Portland State, include:
- Public Space + Protest: OPDX (Katrina Johnston)
- South Auditorium Study (Allison Duncan)
- Hidden Hydrology Project (Jason King)
In the spirit of economy (and my own sanity), I will be cross posting periodically between these two sites – particularly posts that are relevant to both – but will still have original content on each as it makes sense. Enjoy!