Crossing The Columbia

In March 2010, the afo board of directors joined with PDXplore, an independent design collective, to develop an exhibit and forum, Crossing The Columbia: What Does It Mean? Concerned that the average citizen was unable to comprehend the scope, complexity and process of the proposed Columbia River Crossing project due to a seeming dearth of media coverage and an apparent lack of transparency on the part of project officials, the group set out to:

  • Create greater awareness of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area as one unified region with multiple commonalities and interests
  • Stimulate a deeper understanding of the role of comprehensive design thinking and its opportunities to influence the planning process
  • Encourage community leaders and public officials to maximize the CRC project’s potential for excellence

A video detailing our exploration and featuring megaproject design and planning experts we brought to Portland for the forum is available for viewing below.

Our efforts were to strengthen the process and achieve a better result for Oregonians and Washingtonians alike. In the summer of 2013, the Washington State Legislature declined to provide that state’s share of funding for the project, closing the book on their participation after 20 years and millions of dollars that had been invested. The Oregon legislatiure is currently condisering a bill to move forward without support from Washington State. All of the files, reports, meeting notices, maps and other data related to the project remained avaliable for viewing at At the time of this posting, all of the files, reports, meeting notices, maps and other data related to the project remained available for viewing at http://www.columbiarivercrossing.org/

The architecture foundation of oregon stands, as strong as ever, behind our initial position that comprehensive design thinking and its opportunities to influence the planning process are an essential ingredient from the beginning for the potential for excellence to be maximized in major public infrastructure projects. We look forward to continuing the dialogue with officials and citizens across Oregon as, together, we protect and celebrate Oregon’s environment and its development for current and future generations.