On Saturday, April 16, 2016, in tandem with Design Week Portland, members of the first-year cohort—in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation, the Urban Design Studio, Department of Planning and Sustainability, Portland Department of Transportation, and Better Block PDX—presented “Activate the Block,” an afternoon of activities, food, music, and neighborhood camaraderie designed to inform all who passed through—approximately 125 people in total—about public spaces in their city. Citizens lounged in Adirondack chairs, noshed on ice cream and sipped iced coffee, created art, played four square and hopscotch, and discussed the future of the park blocks.

(Photos courtesy of PNCA's 2017 Collaborative Design cohort and the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability/Urban Design Studio)