Beyond making us feel good, art improves our buildings and the communities in which we build. Without it, life is less inspiring. We seek ways to increase access to the arts in all of our projects.
Many of our buildings feature visual art elements in building facades, lobbies, landscape amenities and surrounding parks. In our buildings, we hope the artistry is evident in the way they are put together; we strive for outstanding design in all of our projects and view architecture (if done well) as art. In addition to the built environment, we support the arts in the communities in which we build.
The Brewery Blocks exemplifies our commitment to building community with art. To ensure that the neighborhood has a significant connection to the arts, we facilitated the redevelopment of the historic Armory into a performing arts center that is home to Portland Center Stage. Everything about the project embodies art: the engineering and architecture blend history and technology, linking past and present; several small theaters accommodate multiple performances; and additional gathering and learning spaces promote creative interaction of the community. The theater is a cultural and creative hub for the Brewery Blocks and the entire city. It also stimulates economic development of the neighborhood.
The B Street Gallery, located in the nearby Wieden + Kennedy building, serves as both a gallery exhibiting work by local artists and a sales office for The Civic, our condominium project on West Burnside Street in Portland.
Our South Park project in L.A. is one of the first residential developments to be involved in the Community Redevelopment Agency’s one percent for art program, which funds on-site public art projects, cultural facilities and more.