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From: Eugene City Hall Master Plan <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:07:00 -0800
To: City Hall <>
Subject: City Hall Design meeting - date change
Reply-To: Eugene City Hall Master Plan <>

Dear Neighborhood Leaders,
The Eugene City Hall Master Plan Project will be hosting a Community Forum in March.  Please mark your calendars and include the information in newsletters if possible:    Eugene City Hall Community Forum
Thursday, March 13, 6-8:30 pm
First United Methodist Church
1376 Olive Street in Eugene
  The project was planning a series of "Desserts and Designs" meetings, but recent decisions by City Council have made a longer, more in-depth forum a better choice.  You are always welcome to email, call with questions, or visit our website:
Comment Line: 682-5222.

Letter from Project Design Team

September 12, 2007

Dear Colleague,

Master planning for your new city hall is moving forward and we'd like your input. The guiding project values and position statements adopted by Eugene's City Council in 2005 state that the project and resulting building should "Embody environmental stewardship" and "Incorporate meaningful sustainable design goals."

We're hosting meetings to discuss the project's sustainable vision and goals, potential strategies that can make the Eugene City Hall a model of sustainability, and hear your feedback on our work to date.

We would appreciate your participation and are offering two possible times to accommodate your busy schedule. Please RSVP to Eugene City Hall for the time and date most convenient to you. We will limit the number of participants in each session to maintain high quality input.

Wednesday September 26th 6-8 pm, or Thursday September 27th 9-11 am

Both sessions will be held in the Tykeson Room Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Street

Jonah Cohen
Thomas Hacker Architects, Inc.

Mike Hatten
Solarc Architecture and Engineering, Inc.

Response Letter from ArchitectureWeek Editor

September 13, 2007

Dear Friends,

I hope you find the presumptions in the letter (above) as offensive as I do. 'Let's discuss how we can be sustainable about City Hall, starting by gratuitously tearing down a large functional landmark building which is probably our outstanding piece of public architecture of the 1960s.' Heck, who wants to remember the 1960s anyway? (Oh, do we?)

Our planet is right in the middle of a million-year-crisis, due to global climate change, global habitat loss, and global cultural homogenization. Triple-bottom-line sustainability needs to be taken seriously, now. And THIS MUST START with our most symbolically significant projects -- like the City Hall in Eugene, Oregon.

If Eugene doesn't start now to do things right - the big, visible, central, symbolic things - who do we think will?

Reduce use, reuse, recycle. You don't reach for sustainability by tearing down good, renewable buildings. How much better, as a positive vision, to make Eugene's own city hall a master example of great sustainable renewal?!

In Boston, an artfully renewed 1851 prison building has just reopened housing a unique new luxury hotel. Don't tell us that Eugene City Hall can't be revisioned as a literally and symbolically green community icon. Rather, let's work together positively us to achieve just that. This is not about architectural taste. This is a vital chance for a historic turning point in taking sustainability seriously in Eugene.

Will we stand by watching, as a retrograde city administrative culture tries to treat our architectural cultural heritage in much the same way they are rumored to be treating the city fleet of Prius hybrid vehicles - by getting rid of it? Certainly not.

Please join me in advocating for an exemplary green renewal of Eugene's existing City Hall. Stop the destruction of _yet_another_generation_ of Eugene's future architectural history. Help stop the city administration's pork-barrel downtown teardown frenzy.

It's time to speak up for real sustainability. Now.

all best,

Kevin Matthews
President, Friends of Eugene
Editor in Chief, ArchitectureWeek


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