I am so excited to be headed to one of my favorite places on Earth later this month to see what some of my favorite people have put together. In my mind, Portland will forever be the great urban laboratory of the US—from food carts to bike infrastructure to maker culture—and luckily there’s now a fantastic annual event celebrating it all. Design Week Portland takes place April 15 through 23.
I’ll be speaking on the main stage on Friday, April 15, introducing the great Ethan Seltzer, who will be talking about the ever-developing “brand” of Portland. And I’ll be providing my own little snippet of commentary on how we can shape our cities into the places we want them to be. A few more people I can’t wait to see speak: Andy Pressman, Craig Dykers, and my estranged second cousin by marriage thrice removed, Rob Walker.
Tickets are still available and give you access to a whole week of cool activities throughout the city, so come be a part of it! I’ll see you there!