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Cultural Crossing: Traditional and Contemporary Design at the Portland Japanese Garden
Attendees will be allowed access to the Portland Japanese Garden for a self-guided tour before an intimate 1 hour presentation and panel discussion about the PJG expansion design process, featuring garden curator Sadafumi Uchiyama, Balazs Bognar, architect with Kengo Kuma and Associates, and designers from Walker Macy landscape architects and Hacker Architects. After the presentation, we hope to engage the audience in a Q&A session, conversation, and light refreshments. Garden admission is included in the event fee.
Organized by Walker Macy, Hacker Architects, and Portland Japanese Garden.
About Walker Macy
Walker Macy provides landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm services throughout the West. The firm utilizes creative solutions to transform public and private spaces for a variety of sectors, including urban plazas and parks; waterfront revitalization projects; higher education and healthcare; and mixed-use developments. Founded in 1976, Walker Macy serves its regional clients through two offices in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.
About Hacker Architects
We are a studio of 50+ united by a desire to create spaces that enrich the world – spaces that make us feel more connected to the landscape, each other and ourselves.
We believe that architecture is best when it’s an honest expression of the people and institutions it serves, when it interacts dynamically with its surroundings, and makes humble use of the earth’s resources. More than a craft or practice, we see architecture as a calling to create beauty and serve humanity, requiring from each of us our deepest listening, questioning, curiosity and engagement.
We work collaboratively in an open studio, coming together for investigative discussions and creative exploration, and inspiring in each other our most elevated work. Our partnership with clients, with their intimate understanding of the needs of those who will inhabit their buildings, is central to our process – we can only do our best work when we listen deeply and respond wholly and creatively to our clients’ aspirations.
Our devotion to craft and 30+ year history of environmentally progressive design, our expressive use of materials and natural light – above all, our reputation for seeking clarity and meaning in every aspect of the work – has earned us international, national, and regional design awards, top prizes in three national design competitions, and publication internationally. In 2016 Hacker was ranked the #13 firm in the nation by ARCHITECT magazine, and in 2013 named the AIA’s Northwest & Pacific Region Firm of the Year.
About Portland Japanese Garden
When His Excellency Nobuo Matsunaga, the former Ambassador of Japan to the United States, visited the Portland Japanese Garden, he proclaimed it to be “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan.”
The Garden sits nestled in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon overlooking the city and providing a tranquil, urban oasis for locals and travelers alike. Designed in 1963, it encompasses 12 acres with eight separate garden styles, and includes an authentic Japanese Tea House, meandering streams, intimate walkways, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. This is a place to discard worldly thoughts and concerns and see oneself as a small but integral part of the universe.
Born out of a hope that the experience of peace can contribute to a long lasting peace. Born out of a belief in the power of cultural exchange. Born out of a belief in the excellence of craft, evidence in the Garden itself and the activities that come from it. Born out of a realization that all of these things are made more real and possible if we honor our connection to nature.
Cover image courtesy Design Week Portland.