Networked Urbanism

design thinking initiatives for a better urban life

Design critics: Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo, principals of Ecosistema Urbano

Understanding the cultural background as a determining factor for urban life. How is urban development linked to cultural aspects of the local and global context? How do people understand their relationship with the place they inhabit? How do habits, traditions or laws transform cities?


The problem is the future strain on Portland’s transportation infrastructure, due to the expected population growth of 1 million people by the year 2040.

Portland is expecting to become denser, and though Portland’s population has increased, the congestion of traffic has not. This is due to Portland’s predominant bike culture. Portland is America’s biking capital, with a bicycle commuter rate of 6.3% vs. the national average of 0.61%. There is already an existing system of bicycle pathways through the city of Portland, so building new infrastructure is not the way to generate more cyclists.

Our intent is to help Portland reach the modal split goal of 25% bicycle trips taken by the population inside the metro area. (more…)

We have created page accounts to go along with our app. This allows for deeper connection and to get the ball rolling on creating this app as a marketable item. Also along with the use of Facebook and Twitter as base pages, we have created a hashtag that goes along with our app and pages to further group conversations and connections.





Here is a mapped out version of the development of the Bike PDX app so far…

Tree of App


bike pres_2.14.14


We constructed a survey to better understand the people of Portland.








Here is the mock-up of the base structure/design of the interface of the App.

app board


DenCITY_update of 2-3-2014_Cutright_Vanderhoof

In the middle of November, we were asked to create a proposal for the final review “performance” for former Loeb Fellow Jim Lasko.

Nov 19 Final Review Proposal

Below are initial attempts to create a mobile application to solve the logistical problems associated with digitizing maps and tickets, and beginning to design a visitor-to-visitor commenting platform.

Artboards for upload-01 MFA for upload_4 MFA for upload_3 MFA For Upload_2 Artboards for upload-05

Below is the presentation given during our two-day midterm review on October 22 and 23, 2013.

MFA RVEx Midreview 02

Development of a resource network — in progress.


Bibliography presentation of one film and one book to further our research on the issue of waste:

Bibliography Presentation 15 October

By Khyati Saraf and Anji Clubb

Mind Map of research and feedback as of October 17, 2013

Time Reimagined Mind Map_Oct 17

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