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<br />e <br /> <br />F. Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) <br /> <br />Mr. Whitlow said that the City has scheduled a meeting with BPA officials on <br />February 2, at the City Manager's Office to discuss and offer input into BPA <br />issues and invited interested councilors to attend. Ms. Ehrman said she <br />would be present at this meeting. <br /> <br />II. SCHAEFERS BUILDING PROJECT REPORT <br /> <br />Mr. Rutan provided an overview about the Schaefers Building project. He said <br />that he participated last summer as a judge for a design project undertaken <br />by University of Oregon students at the historic Schaefers Building. Daphne <br />Walwyn, building owner, sponsored a contest whereby students in the <br />Architecture and Allied Arts Department were to design and develop models for <br />different types of space in the downtown Eugene area. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />Mr. Rutan said that this program was a tremendous success and that many of <br />the designs generated out of this contest were the best that have been <br />developed for the downtown area in years. He pointed out the enormous <br />resource that the City has in the University of Oregon and suggested that <br />this type of partnership be considered in the future for similar types of <br />projects. <br /> <br />Ms. Walwyn indicated that the idea to sponsor this design project came out of <br />the need for practical use and enhancement of the public space in downtown <br />Eugene. The project was particularly beneficial in that it provided students <br />with a IIhands-onll experience for the process of city design. <br /> <br />Jim Gibons, University of Oregon staff, gave a slide presentation demon- <br />strating the structural needs that must be considered when undertaking city <br />redesign and identified aspects of student's projects which captured these <br />needs. Mr. Gibons pointed out that this project was successful because it <br />focused on an organic, piecemeal approach to growth most desired for downtown <br />growth. His presentation included slides from other cities such as Portland <br />and Seattle that have successfully assimilated many of these aspects in their <br />downtown architecture. <br /> <br />Mr. Boles commented that of all the contributions that the University has <br />made to the larger community, this city redesign project is one of the most <br />important; the University has provided the community with a high-quality <br />resource which can help solve problems associated with downtown redesign. <br />Mr. Boles expressed disappointment that the City will not have the <br />opportunity to have this same group of students and faculty assist interested <br />business owners in applying such principles to their downtown design <br />projects. <br /> <br />Ms. Ehrman offered appreciation to the students for their work and pointed <br />out specific places in the city which, as outlined in this presentation, make <br />for a more integrated urban environment. Mr. Green also complimented <br />students on their efforts; students demonstrated a good knowledge of what ;s <br />needed to draw people to any downtown area. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br /> <br />January 31, 1990 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />
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