IN THE MEDIA
Regardless of style, the buildings from the streetcar-era all speak the same design language. Just like with a spoken language, a design language has a certain structure and defining elements that allow for design conversations between different elements of the built environment. The results are mutual design understanding. For instance, the main street buildings of the streetcar era all have certain characteristics in common. These characteristics form the timeless approach to add distinct individual characteristics affordably. They also:
Increase pedestrian interest in the public realm through the use of building texture
Enhance the joy factor of the community experience of the built environment through the beauty and craft of each building as expressed in simple ways
Provide opportunities to highlight local cultural representations and reflections of the surrounding community
For a Main Street Minute and quick overview of some of these patterns, you can watch the Main Street Patterns video, here: tinyurl.com/mainstpatterns.
Heather Flint Chatto, Principal of Forage Design + Planning and Director of PDX Main Streets, discusses how community based planning and visioning work can lead to greater support for density through creative public engagement and increased design literacy. As a 20 year planner and environmental designer, Heather helps communities identify local area patterns, design priorities and establish goals for future development. With Forage, she works to foster adaptive strategies creating re-found spaces and renewed places through sustainable design and planning. Learn more about design, policy, planning and visioning opportunities for a more resilient community culture and climate-responsive urban design for Portland.
Future Prairie Artist Joni Whitworth interviews Heather Flint Chatto, urban designer and Director of PDX Main Streets, on environmental design, street art, civic planning, and the future of collaborative planning. Future Prairie Radio is a podcast that examines the future of art, design, and culture through the eyes of marginalized artists. They investigate the humanist and ethical values that intersect with contemporary life and technology.
Ahead of the November 15th, 2019 deadline for comments, Heather Flint Chatto spoke about the City of Portland's plan to change citywide design policies (the Design Overlay Zone Amendments process), the work of PDX Main Streets, and best practices for city design and architecture.
PDX Main Street, a grassroots group launched six years to advocate good design elements for new builds along SE’s commercial corridors, is accepting nominations for its 2020 Awards. The Awards seek to recognize exemplary architecture and design, with categories including Best Main Street New Construction, Adaptive Reuse, Art & Innovation, Missing Middle Housing, Culturally Important Preservation, and Best Main Street Champion(s) / Community Leaders. PDX Main Street founder Heather Flint Chatto and her co-visionary Linda Nettekoven, in collaboration with architects, artists, activists and others, developed a toolkit of architectural elements to help empower community members during times of growth and change.
Activist Spotlight, Outlandish Queer Comedy Show
Portland Residents Chime in on Design Overlay Talk
by Kent Hohlfeld, Daily Journal of Commerce
DOZA - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
By Midge Pierce, The Southeast Examiner, May 2017
PAST MEDIA ARTICLES
DJC Top 25 Women of Vision Award Winner - Interview with Heather Flint Chatto
By Don McGillivray, SE Examiner, August 25, 2015
Build It & They Will Critique – Division Design Committee reviews PSU multifamily case studies to consider alternative mixed use designs for what is working or not in Portland.
By Karen Henry, SE Examiner, Feb 1, 2015
Portland’s SE Division Street named one of top 10 up-and-coming neighborhoods nationwide
by Melissa Binder, The Oregonian, July 3, 2014
Seeds of SE Uplift – Interview with Heather Flint Chatto of the Division Design Committee
By Jay Derderian, SE Uplift Newsletter, May 30, 2014
By Midge Pierce, SE Examiner, March 1, 2014
By Karen Henry, SE Examiner, Feb 1, 2014