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    Portland’s Eastbank Esplanade is severed from the urban core by active infrastructure and heavy industrialization. The goal of the project is to … Read More
    Portland’s Eastbank Esplanade is severed from the urban core by active infrastructure and heavy industrialization. The goal of the project is to strengthen the connection between the urban core and the river by establishing a stationary node on the eastbank to serve as a pedestrian access point to the motive space of the promenade. The design intends to extend the shoreline into the city by establishing a consistent and distinct visual typology developed from the context of the Willamette River that guides pedestrians from the urban core to the river’s edge. Read Less
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Portland’s Eastbank Esplanade is severed from the urban core by active infrastructure and heavy industrialization. The goal of the project is to strengthen the connection between the urban core and the river by establishing a stationary node on the eastbank to serve as a pedestrian access point to the motive space of the promenade. The design intends to extend the shoreline into the city by establishing a consistent and distinct visual typology developed from the context of the Willamette River that guides pedestrians from the urban core to the river’s edge.
The site I've proposed for development is currently a large empty lot on Portland's east bank along the Willamette River.
The site is in a high growth area near the city center. The rapidly increasing density indicates the necessity for a consequent increase in urban green space.
I conducted a comprehensive analysis of the site's social and ecological conditions. From this analysis I discovered that:
1. The site has acceptable levels of connectivity going to the city center, but low levels of connectivity extending further east.
2. The site lies in a zone absent of school or park space on the east side of the river.
3. The site lies in an area void of public green space, and well below the cities goal of 33% urban forest density.
4. The esplanade has a significant discontinuity in its pedestrian and cycling pathways, as they lack a defined connection to adjacent transportation corridors.
5. The site has been listed as a significant target for park acquisition and development by the city of Portland.
6. The area around the site has a sewage system that is combined with stormwater runoff, which necessitates the need for improved water treatment to avoid sewage overflow into the river during significant stormwater events.
Next, I generated user profiles to better understand the target audience, time and type of use for the park, and desirable amenities.
The project intends to create a feature park to anchor the Eastbank Esplanade and serve as a pedestrian gateway to the Willamette River. The East Portland WillametteWalk Park will increase and densify existing pedestrian connections through the illumination of native ecology and hydrology. To this end, I cast my site design literally and metaphorically in the role of a circulation system as a way to illustrate how the improved pathways build functional continuity and cohesion within Portland's east side. At the center of this concept is a baslt walkway that mimics the shape of the Willamette River. As it extends from Main Street into the park it takes the user through a seqeunce of features that builds a narratively correlate to the river --a splashpad, river sculpture, and fountain--before finally delvering the user to the Willamette River itself, right in the heart of Portland. 
The park utilizes native vegetation to create a series of micro-ecologies, which mimic the ecological secession of the state of Oregon from east to west. This has the purpose of preserving native ecologies, improving urban forestry, and treating storm water, all while delivering a restful and enjoyable juxtaposition to urban dwelling.