Urban Design Archive

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?

Put Kesey Square in the Center of the Universe

In a way that the Merry Pranksters would appreciate, the brass circles would encourage exploratory wandering, forcing the daily bustle to slow down a bit.

Consider EmX As Art

Every EmX station and every EmX vehicle should display what EmX could look like when it’s fully built. We’re a community that likes to know where we’re going.

Hidden Homelessness Culprit: Agency (Twice)

Lost in that transition was any coherent way for the government to help those who cannot or will not help themselves. Many agencies, public and private, step into that breach and do heroic work on a daily

Affordable Housing Strategy: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

If we haven’t passed the tipping point, we’re fast approaching it. Soon, most of us will know somebody who has been unhoused in Oregon, at least for a little while. Something will change when it feels to

Millrace Opportunity Abounds

Taken together, these two parties can handle the beginning and the end, leaving only the middle. Connecting those dots shouldn’t be difficult.

Envision a Party for Eugene’s Growth Boundary Decision

“Giving ground” to the other side can be in fact what’s necessary to release the interwoven tensions that trap both sides inside a controversy.

Paid Parking Can Make People Feel Free

Eliminate every possible confusion with improved signage. Parking garages are elaborately ramped circles, so people naturally feel spun around.

How We Look Shapes What We See

The boss won’t see the bugs or the birds or the straw — but he will see that one tree, standing alone in the tract he paid you to clear.

Downtown Solutions Disappoint; Here’s What Will Work

The report’s suggested solutions ... are wholly unoriginal — a paint-by-numbers picture of a bright and cheery downtown in Anyplace, USA.