Some rough footage of the water feature at the Women’s Center of Southern Oregon, which was completed in the fall of 2012. I put together a compilation of some clips from the feature in action, which takes the Rogue River as a analogy for the design, particularly the variation of textures and depths which articulates subtleties of light and sound.
A beautiful new video about the Cully Park Community Garden. Enjoy.
Some info from the clip about the Let Us Build Cully Park! project:
“The Thomas Cully Park project is located in NE Portland’s Cully Neighborhood, a neighborhood characterized by concentrated poverty, racial diversity, as well as by lack of access to nature and other environmental benefits.
In response, Verde and partners have organized the Let Us Build Cully Park! coalition, a collaboration of 15 community-based organizations, including the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, the Cully Association of Neighbors, Hacienda CDC, Latino Network, Native American Youth & Family Center, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, and Verde.
Let Us Build Cully Park! is an opportunity to create access to nature, create healthy recreation opportunities, redress a long-standing absence of a park in Cully, educate youth, create economic opportunity for low-income people to participate in the green economy, and build environmental wealth.”
Building Cully Park
A couple of nice bits of press for the Cully Community Garden, and the larger park process. First, an article in El Hispanic News by Julie Cortez on ‘Building Cully Park” asks the question “Can a new model for development bring health, wealth, and equity to a neighborhood?” A snapshot from the previous site visit for the stakeholders and Metro Capital Grants folks led by Tony Defalco, LUBCP coordinator, offered a chance for dialogue and to see the larger site – which as Tony mentions, is “…a chance to restore essentially a mountain of trash into a community asset.”
As mentioned in the article, the approach is different, but involvement in the community and provision of park and recreation opportunities are both equally important to a community that has been marginalized and lacks access to nature and good food.. As mentioned in the article: “Local residents have already received training and experience in gathering soil samples to ensure safe human usage, and elementary and junior high students at Scott School have helped plan the layout of the community garden. Once park construction begins, workers will be hired from the Cully neighborhood and from the diverse clientele of the Living Cully organizations.”
Portland Public Schools
On that note, a a video by Portland Public Schools documented the design process for the Community Garden at Cully Park with a great video that shows the students hard at work, and offers some input from some of the participants. Go to the link and look in the right sidebar for the video (sorry not embeddable) and check it out.
A preliminary rough cut of some footage of the Move the House Apartments in Southeast Portland. I took the opportunity to capture a bit of video on a windy day that offered a significant downpour that activated many of the site features. See it in action below: