PSA Design Charrettes: Visioning Growth for Portland
Growth and change that supports economic equity and a high quality of life should be planned into Portland’s future.
PSA, in coordination with the USM Muskie School of Public Service, Creative Portland, and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, presented a series of 3 design charrettes that examined ways in which Portland can become a city of 75,000 and be better than it is today.
PSA architects, landscape architects, engineers and planners responded to our open call to participate in the charrette series. They were joined by representatives of PSA’s program partners for the first charrette on July 18 at the Muskie School Wishcamper Center. Over the course of the summer, teams examined growth scenarios in different areas of the city.
Urban growth and densification are worldwide phenomena that will shape the future of Portland. Growth and change that supports economic equity and offers high quality of life should be planned into Portland’s future. PSA, in coordination with the University of Southern Maine, Creative Portland and the Portland Chamber of Commerce, assumes the position that the addition of 10,000 people living in Portland is a beneficial goal.
Based on several charrettes held over the summer of 2016 and serious financial and economic studies, Portland Society for Architecture, USM Muskie School, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Creative Portland have released this report on what the future might look like for responsibly planned growth and change in Portland.