Urban Design Archive

Springfield Reuses Its Spaces Better Than Eugene

Eugene wants to turn a venerable steam plant into a brewpub. Springfield turned an old power station into a historical museum years ago.

Knight’s New Stadium Would Fit Near College Hill

Allowing the University to expand its footprint to 20th and Willamette would itself restore history. The nearest neighborhood is called College Hill for a reason.

Eugene Loves Its Grandstands (But Not Its Grandstanders)

In the face of tragedy, the Eugene Civic Alliance could have folded their lack of a tent. Instead, they steeled —“timbered” — their resolve and raised a wooden boatload of money to rebuild the site from scratch.

Parking Could Be Smarter With Low-Tech Fix

When Petry recruited artists and writers to post their work at the landings in the Overpark stairwells, it wasn’t to distract people from the steel-and-concrete structure, or even to entice motorists to use the stairs for exercise.

There’s a Big Opportunity Coming

In the case of a societal upheaval, which the next CSZ earthquake could produce, those residual benefits could add up to make a significant societal difference.

The Big One is Coming

If preparing for an unavoidable disaster is what it takes for us to get to know our neighbors and understand how to help one another, so be it. With proper planning and just a little bit of

Invite Amazon to Build Near the Eugene Airport

The airport’s best path forward may not be more incremental growth. If we want an airport hotel and reliable public transportation to and from the airport, a sudden boost would make those amenities necessary and sustainable.

Uber Could Help Eugene’s Economy in Two Ways

Residents may find themselves getting into a neighbor’s car. This detail could end up being more important than you think. To explain why, let me take you on a little side trip.

Neighbors May Have Difficult Days Together

My neighbor and I lean in opposite directions but I didn’t think of us as polar opposites. We felt like polar somethings at that moment, given the sudden chill in the air.

Kesey Square Proposal (2003), Revised

“Ken Kesey Square” deserves to be at the center of Eugene for its oxymoronic value alone. Was there ever a man who more refused to be a square than Ken Kesey?