PSA News: March 2018

Save the Date for the PSA 2018 Spring Social
on Wednesday, March 28th 
We’ll be moving beyond the boundaries of the Portland city limits
and checking out the newly constructed expansion of Tyler Technologies 
in Yarmouth, ME designed by Mark Mueller and Associates and managed
by this season’s social sponsor Zachau Construction. This not-to-miss event
will be the highlight of your spring calendar! For more information click  here.
The Bramhall Square Design
Competition has a winner! 
13 inspiring submissions thought creatively about how to use this tiny,
complicated parcel adjacent to multiple roadways on an extremely steep
slope – and will help in catalyzing further stewardship and investment of the site!
The WBRC team won top honors with their proposal.

The jury concluded this proposal handled the complexity of the site
extremely well – from safe buffering of the heavily trafficked intersection,
storm-water run-off and use of vegetation, and reative platforms for
multi-generational users at various times of day.
A very close second was A New Angle on Bramhall Square from the team
at Terrence J. DeWan and Associates (image below). The jury felt the integration
of vegetation, amphitheater seating, the bus shelter, and a platform for public art
combined a myriad of programming at a very accessible scale.
Honorable mention went to both John Gutwin of Pepperchrome and 
for co-organizing this competition. Thank you also, to our judges: Emma Holder
(Parkside Neighborhood Association); Liz Trice (PelotonLabs); Alvah Davis
(Western Promenade Neighborhood Association); Spencer Thibodeau City of
Portland District 2 Councilor; Dennis Morelli (Maine Medical Center); our advisers:
Nina Chase of Merrit Chase and Simon Thompson; and the City of Portland.
Thank you to all the designers for their proposals: 

Matthew Jones

Liz Trice from Peloton Labs and Jocelyn Boothe from WBRC will be
presenting the winning submission and what’s next fro Bramhall Square
at the Portalnd Trails event 15 x 15 on Tuesday, 3/13 at Space!


Advocacy update:
Munjoy Hill and beyond
PSA envisions a municipal Design Review Board appointed with
design and building professionals to review, in a public-process,
larger commercial and multi-unit construction city-wide, outside of
historic districts. 
There has been some interest in exploring the merits
of this Design Review concept applying to smaller, new construction in
areas experiencing growth and change. In the IPOD for the R6 zone on
Munjoy Hill we support the new dimensional standards, but we are
opposed to the prescriptive design standards.  Should those standards
be adopted in permanent zoning we would be opposed to eliminating
alternative design review and advocate for a public-process (by either the
established HP Board or by a new Design Review Board) to replace current
alternative design review protocols.  Additionally, PSA recommends staff
enforcement of quality contextual studies during the site review process for
all projects.
PSA is committed to supporting efforts that encourage contemporary design with
distinction and are willing to collaborate with the City, neighborhoods, and
other non-profit organizations to inform this dialogue and develop solutions. 
PSA has launched a new website 
designed by Blue Anchor Design, a Portland, Maine based web
and general design firm.  Since the website is hot off the press,
please let us know if you see any missing links or any other typos as
we work out the kinks. Otherwise, have fun perusing the site and
let us know if you have any comments or questions.


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