What if an abandoned high school building was put to use as a community hub for creativity? What if we had a farmers market that took place at night, drawing all types of city dwellers to purchase farm fresh food? What if we had pedal-powered parking meters in our cities that only accepted exercise as payment?
Last week, GOOD Ideas for Cities came to Portland, and a collection of inventive and energetic suggestions for our city were put forth.
The design-based initiative is a project from GOOD and CEOs for Cities that pairs creative teams with civic leaders to tackle real urban challenges. Generously funded by a grant from ArtPlace, the program travels to cities across the country to host live events and foster creative place-making in urban communities.
Scout Books is pleased to have been a sponsor of the Portland event, which brought together a top-notch cast of designers, advertisers, artists and planners to present their solutions for a better city. We created a pocket notebook for attendees to jot their own good ideas for improving the way we live in our little city. The notebook featured artwork by Nicole Lavelle and Will Bryant.
Moderator Alissa Walker (pictured above with Mayor Sam Adams!) traveled from Los Angeles to host the event, which called upon government and non-profit leaders like the Portland Farmers Market, the Portland Department of Planning and BikePortland.org to issue real-world challenges for the teams to solve.
The Portland Mercury, our local alternative weekly, wrote an excellent re-cap of the event, including the challenges and ideas from each team. The evening featured presentations by teams from Wieden+Kennedy, Ziba Design, THINK.urban, ADX, Sincerely Interested and OMFGCO.
Scout Books was one of many partners that made the event possible, including Widmer Brothers Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, AIGA Portland, Friends of Graphic Design, and ADX. The event was organized by Portland State University’s Graphic Design department and hosted by Ziba Design.
Thanks to GOOD for bringing this excellent initiative to our fair city! The outpouring of energy from the Portland community made us even more proud to call this place home. Head to the GOOD Ideas for Cities website to learn how you can bring the program to your city.
Thank you to Tina Le for the amazing photos!