More missives from PDX via Scot:

Great to come across examples where wood is used in the urban environment both above and below, as seen here during my recent trip to Portland.  Not quite sure how the wood decking along Jamison Square in the Pearl District holds up slip-wise during the winter, but it succeeds in extending the park into the streetscape and adding texture and warmth to the ground plain.

Architecturally it would be nice to see more timber incorporated into Vancouver’s building facades, a welcome break from green glass and concrete.





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  1. Wood can warm up the urban palette but it can also weather very poorly. How about a pictorial study of “new” Vancouver buildings with wood features at about 5 and 10 years of age.

  2. You would see it more…in North Vancouver. Lots of woodwork into the new infill facades along Marine Drive. But to be fair, these are more modest structures like the ones you show in Portland. What would be neat, albeit criminally wasteful, is the extensive use of wood in the facade of your typical downtown apartment tower.

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