Tactical Urbanism Workshop: Designing for People

Portland State University, Transportation Research and Education Center


Friday, April 26, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 3:30 p.m. PDT

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Description: This workshop will introduce what “tactical urbanism” is, discuss various terms used to describe it, and talk about why this is such a valuable tool for making communities more people-focused. We will review several case studies put on by advocates, agencies, and consultants to discuss the various forms that these projects can take. Attendees will break into small groups and be assigned a site to plan and design their own pop-up project and work through challenges along the way.

Better Block PDX Walkshop (mobile tour) - 

Description: The group will walk through several Better Block PDX projects and hear about how each one progressed from activist ideas to city funded projects. Projects range from bike facilities, crosswalks, and plazas, each with a unique story about how it came about. Opportunities for questions and answers will be provided along the way, ensuring attendees come away with insights into how to implement their own idea.

Learning Objectives:

*Learn what tactical urbanism is and associated terminology
*Learn how tactical urbanism can help make communities more people-focused
*Learn about tactical urban case studies
*Design your own pop-up project as a hands-on activity
*Learn about local Portland tactical urbanism projects that progressed from activist ideas to city funded projects, by touring them.
*Gain insights into how to implement your own tactical urbanism projects.


Ryan Hashagen

Ryan Hashagen is a board member with Better Block PDX. A Professional Tricyclist, he has founded and run several tricycle based businesses in Canada & the U.S. Hashagen won the Cargo Messenger World Championship in 2003 & 2004 in Seattle & Edmonton on a tricycle. He enjoys working to connect, collaborate, and ... Read More

Gwen Shaw

Gwen Shaw is an engineer in Toole Design’s Portland office. She has been volunteering with Better Block PDX since 2015 when she led the design and implementation of a pop-up shared use path in a repurposed travel lane along downtown Portland’s Naito Parkway, now known as “Better Naito ... Read More

Contact Info

TREC PDX, asktrec@pdx.edu