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Bright Lights: An Evening with Douglas Macy

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR, 97205

Portland's Urban Parks: Mapping the DNA of a Dynamic Downtown

No landscape architect has touched more of Portland’s downtown park system than Douglas Macy. A key member of the legendary team that shaped the city’s “living room,” Pioneer Courthouse Square, Macy and his firm Walker Macy went on to design many of the central city’s most dynamic and cherished places, from the cherry-tree postcard shot of Waterfront Park to the busy Portland State University Urban Center.

For decades, Macy has inspired other cities with his history of how Portland’s network of urban parks came to be. Now for the first time, he will offer his historic view to Portland. And, in conversation with journalist and John Yeon Center director Randy Gragg, Macy will reflect on 40 years of practice and offer a candid view of where our downtown parks might go next.

Reception with food and drink to follow at Oregon Historical Society.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Discussion, Portland


UO Portland, College of Design, John Yeon Center, College of Design: Portland

Target Audience

Graduate Students, Alumni, All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public



$10-30 sliding scale to benefit UO John Yeon Center's graduate studio fund (students welcomed for free)


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