When I applied to be the office coordinator at GreenWorks, I figured I had the upper hand. I’d been around landscape architecture since I was fifteen (my brother’s a landscape architect). After starting at GreenWorks, however, I quickly learned I was not much further along than people who think landscape architecture is the same as landscaping maintenance. I found myself listening to conversations around the office feeling like that scene in Stranger Things where Winona Ryder’s character is trying to decipher messages through holiday lights strung up on her wall.Read More
Depave has been replacing local parking lots with paradises by hosting community work parties for more than ten years. With mentions in Time Magazine, the BBC, and The Guardian, it’s become a bit of a phenomenon—so much so it’s now a verb.
We’ve been honored to participate and even help design some of the “depaved” spaces and we’re working on another one right now.Read More
Scarification can be done before new soil is brought in or done in-place, when things are added right on top of existing soil to improve it. Regardless of the method used to create a new planting soil profile, the important takeaway is that scarification makes the soil healthier because the subsoil is loosened a few inches below the new planting soil.Read More
We’re excited to announce that because of our commitment to reducing watershed impacts, healthy-streams advocate Salmon-Safe has recognized GreenWorks with Salmon-Safe accreditation—and we’re the first landscape architecture firm anywhere to do it!
The Portland-based nonprofit Salmon-Safe works with public and private landowners to promote onsite stormwater treatment, water conservation, habitat restoration, and protection of water quality. Firms like GreenWorks are Salmon-Safe accredited for extensive efforts to halt runoff from entering streams and impacting imperiled salmon through integrated stormwater management.Read More
You’ve probably heard planners are considering a new Trimet MAX line to Southwest Portland. The new line, right now known as the Southwest Corridor (SWC) Plan, is in the planning stage. There’s no sure bet the line will happen, as there are many hurdles it’ll need to clear before the project can be completed, but there are lots of people working hard on the design in hopes it will go to construction. GreenWorks Senior Project Manager Jennifer D’Avanzo, as part of the Urban Design Team, has been involved with the project since mid-last year.Read More
Fay Savage recently joined the GreenWorks team and we’re thrilled. She comes to us with an MBA and great experience in the energy, creative, hospitality, and manufacturing industries. She brings innovative, detail-oriented analytical skills, and a wonderful sense of humor. So where has she been and what does she get around to when she’s not helping us pay the bills?Read More
We’re thrilled Vivian Schoung has joined the GreenWorks team as a Landscape Designer. She’s hit the ground running and we’ve really enjoyed having her around. We wanted to get to know her, so we asked why she chose this work, where she’s been, and what she does for fun. Here’s our interview.Read More
The community was the inspiration for a nature play area. We created various working groups for the waterfront development and one of the groups focused on recreation. Their first project idea was the Nature Play Area.Read More
It’s June and that means the peloton of Pedalpalooza rides are already pulling away, catch up!
Pedalpalooza is “a month-long celebration of bicycles and bike culture” put on by a planning committee known as Shift. Portlanders plan rides and Shift helps them get the word out. You can join rides celebrating pretty much anything worth celebrating.Read More